A couple months back, someone I vaguely know in passing from a website I frequent took possession of several of the items I had been giving away. She wanted to compensate me somehow, I gave her my PayPal address and my mailing address and forgot about it.
A few days ago I received a package from her that was so perfectly me! She included a project bag she made, a nice card, some sock yarn, a skein of beautiful metallic embroidery floss, and a gorgeous focal bead!
To say I was thrilled is an understatement!
The project bag is perfect because my doggos are two of my favorite people!
This photo does not do the bead justice!
Anyway, thank you again, dear stranger / friend from the internet! ❤️❤️❤️
It’s been since November that I last posted and I’ve been trying for ages to make a new post but it keeps not happening. I’ve been getting past a yarncraft slump, where for months I didn’t want to do anything more than give some of my softer skeins an occasional squeeze. I’m past that now though, and have knitted a few things, and am currently working on the Good Vibes shawl from wonderful French designer. I’m almost done with the big main color section and I will start the first stripe tomorrow when my other yarn color arrives.
Speaking of yarn, I’m currently cold sheeping. I’m hoping to make it through the end of the year without falling off the wagon, but we’ll see. My big goal is to get down to only 38 miles of yarn in my stash- I had 52, I donated 4, and now I just want to use up another 10. There are a few exceptions of when I can buy yarn, though for the most part, no new yarn is kind of the rule.
- I can use gift cards to buy yarn.
- I can accept yarn from swaps or as gifts.
- I can buy additional yarn to finish a project I’ve started.
Its pretty simple, but if you buy yarn like I tend to, its not easy!
I rearranged my craft room yesterday, and picked out another 3 bags of stuff to donate. This included all the sewing patterns I previously had listed for sale, so those are gone now, and I have more room on my shelf. Of course that shelf is mostly filled with large skeins of yarn… LOL.
The website also underwent a physical change a few weeks ago, getting a complete makeover. I like to think it looks more modern and on trend with what’s good today… Of course the 3 dozen emails I get in spam every day offering their design services seem to think otherwise! Ha!
The craft fair was yesterday and to keep it simple, I’ll just say it was disorganized and not very many people were making sales. Traffic was so-so, and several people commented to me that they would never spend money at something like this. It was just not a good day.
After all that, today I decided I needed a little retail therapy. There were several good coupons in the apps for both Joann’s and Michael’s, so I decided to visit both of them.
This is what I came away with.
Caron jumbo skein with a 60% off coupon – $5.99 (reg. $9.99)
RHSS jumbo skein with a 40% off coupon – $4.79 (reg. $7.99)
8 regular skeins of RHSS with a 30% off coupon – $2.44 each (reg. $3.49)
2 Big Twist value at 25% off – $2.39 each (reg. $3.19)
Total savings $17.18
After that I decided to go back to Michael’s and got this stuff.
3 skeins Craft Smart with 20% off coupon – $2.39 each (reg. $2.99)
2 skeins Caron Simply Soft at 2 for $5 & 20% off coupon – $2 each (reg. $4.49)
Impeccable BIG! on sale for $7 and 20% off coupon – $5.61 (reg. $9.99)
Total savings $11.09
I spent $54 including tax on 18 skeins of yarn, mostly in colors I didn’t already have.
Now the question is where am I going to put it all?
First things first. I have a lot more yarn them I need and I keep acquiring more. I just flew home yesterday from Washington state and in my bag was 11 new skeins of yarn, from two different but wonderful yarn shops. I stopped at So Much Yarn first and later at Maker’s Mercantile and neither one was disappointing. Both received 5 star reviews from me on Yelp and on their Facebook pages.
I also ordered some more yarn online while I was on my trip and it will be arriving early next week. What else did I order? A shelving unit that better suits my needs and takes up a bit less floor space in my craft room.
This morning I grabbed a screw driver and a hammer and built the unit and started loading it up. I put all my sewing and crafting books into two of the spaces, and the rest will be dedicated to yarn.
The bottom left square has my luxury / natural fiber yarns, and the top two /middle ones with yarn is my Red Heart Super Saver. I was able to take my skeins I had stored in totes out and put them on display. The bottom middle and two empty spaces will hold the Caron Simply Soft I ordered when it arrives.
I was able to spread this yarn out more and arrange it better by type and brand. The two uppermost left are all Charisma yarn, which is my favorite bulky, and the two next to them in the middle is all Bernat Softee which has lovely colors but I’ve honestly not yet used. The second one from bottom on the right is all my sock yarn. I have tons and still haven’t tried knitting socks… Lol.
Of course what I really need to do in there is vacuum the carpet and clean off my tables but I’ll do that later… Eventually… One day? Lol
On the 15th of January, I got in the car with one of my best friends and I drove with her to Kent, Washington. We spent a lot of time just hanging out, but I also did some crocheting and some shopping.
This is the throw blanket I did almost entirely while at Nikki and Dennis’ house. It’s a chevron pattern with 4 rows of shells down each side. I had hoped to use up all of the yarn I broth with me but didn’t quite do it.
I also visited two fantastic yarn shops and between them, spent about $120 on some really lush yarns I normally wouldn’t have bought plus a book on crocheting monsters.
There are all sorts of neat designs in the book and I hope to make a few of them.
The two shops I visited are So Much Yarn in Seattle, and Maker’s Mercantile in Kent. I have nothing but good to say about either one of them.
I’m flying home early Wednesday morning so my bags are all packed but I’m looking forward to sharing with you my new lush yarns after I get home and can properly photograph them.
Some odd weeks ago, I was texting my good friend Nikki who now lives in Washington and I showed her a blanket pattern I was considering making. She commented that she loved it and the next thing I knew, I was crocheting it for her without telling her. It was a baby blanket pattern that I worked to a larger size, and it was so easy to make once I found a video explaining the instructions a bit better.
I didn’t get any good photos of it really as I worked on it, but I do have this close up of it that shows the colors really well. I worked it up in Red Heart Super Saver yarns in Black, and Blacklight, and I used one entire Jumbo skein of black plus 3 regular sized skeins of Blacklight. The colors in Blacklight are truly neon and super bright.
Nikki shared this photo she took of the blanket after she received it (which is another story!) and posted it to Facebook where it got lots of compliments, which made me super happy! One of the points was a little odd center due to me not properly counting my stitches at the beginning but otherwise it turned out really well.
I’m planning on making another star blanket, but with more points next time, and in different colors. I’m thinking Pink Camo, Light Raspberry, and Aran. I was dying to share this one with you guys for weeks but had to wait until after Nikki had received it.
I was super worried she would never get it though. I dropped it in the mail one night and only after it went into the chute did I learn her phone had auto-corrected her mailing address into a street that does not even exist so I had no idea where her package would end up or if it would find its way back home. Luckily her mail carrier is stellar and figured out the correct address and delivered it to her!
Saturday night Mattie and I were at friends’ and I was chatting with my friend Tracy via messenger. Tracy is a fellow crafter and all around brilliant creative mind. I’d say this conversation was divergent from the norm, but that would be a lie because all of our conversations go kind of like this.
Me : I bought some novelty buttons today that look like bees. I’m not sure why. They should be here midweek.
Tracy : Do you need bee buttons?
Me : No, but maybe I can make a beehive hat? Lol
Tracy : Beehive hat… Never thought you would be interested in something like that.
Me : There is a hat pattern on ravelry.com called Wurm that I think in the right colors would look like an old cartoon style beehive with some small modifications.
Tracy : Um…what occasions do you plan to wear this too?
Me : Haha I have no idea. To the beekeepers convention?
Tracy : You don’t keep bees. Lol
Me : Um… Erm… I… Uh… I honestly have no good answer.
Tracy : I think you are getting as bad as me. Lol
Me : Craft daft?
Tracy : Yes. And buy supplies with crazy ideas in mind for no good reason.
I’m positive that we are not the only crafters out there with this problem, and lots of you are also buying up random supplies with a wild idea vaguely in mind or just because the impulse struck, and you were sure you could use them one day. I personally now really want to make the beehive hat and saw some yarns at Joann’s which would work perfectly for that I had in mind!
As someone who only a few months ago had never even read the yarn labels on a skein of yarn, much less purchased and used one, the label was a baffling thing at first! However, much like the link I shared a while back on reading the back of a sewing pattern envelope, there’s a link with clear illustrations that explains the symbols on that skein of yarn you’ve been eyeballing!
I’ve reposted the graphic here, but you can see the site where I found it here.