Friday, July 07, 2006

Yarn Porn or Why I Thought I needed More Yarn Or Something

First off, because I know everyone is eager for yarn porn, I wanted to show something I blogged about in May and thought I had lost all the pictures for and I was lamenting the fact because this rocked. This is the Mother's Day basket I made for my mother-in-law and the only reason I wanna post it is because I am damn proud of how it turned out. After being out of retail for almost 6 years now, I still make a kick-ass basket. As always, click for a larger image.

And now, yarn porn! Yay!! Y'all, there's a lot of yarns out there I covet simply because you guys have said how yummy they are. I am, however, a very tactile person. I have to touch things. Anytime I am in any type of store I have to touch. Is that figurine as cool and smooth as it looks? if I walk by a clothing rack I skim my hand along it. So, when it comes to yarn, I have to be able to feel everything. Well let me tell ya, this weekend was a textured dream. So many different feels, wooly, alpaca clouds, angora (yummy!), silk, cotton...just...I think I touched everything in both stores.

The first thing that hopped into my basket at The Woolie Ewe was this lovely.

My first Lorna's Laces. No, I don't knit socks. Tell me how this is relevant to me buying sock yarn. Do you see it? Are you even looking at the picture? Could you have walked by that and said "No, I'll pass"???? I keep taking it out and playing with it. It's so pretty. It's so soft. It's so mine.

Speaking of sock yarn I don't knit, this little beauty jumped into my basket next. No, I don't knit socks. I also don't "trek" so piss off. Mine! My sock yarn! So preeeeetty. Sooooft. MMMmmmmm.

I had just about decided I was done. Three skeins of sock yarn I won't use was enough right? Wrong. I walked past this stuff. I read the label. I did what it told me and now this stuff owns me. I am going to make a big ass square of this stuff and just roll nekkid on it. No, it will not be blogged nor will there be pictures. Just stop that.

If you have never felt this stuff, don't. Just run away. It's yarn crack. It also comes in every color known to God. I got varied shades of purple (that dark one is aubergine, not black) and a cream color. It's going to be divine. It's so soft and cool to touch I could cry.

Next we went off to Shabby Sheep. Again, cute little store, lovely atmosphere and sooo much softness. I blame...uummm.....P-la for this one. This was her fault. I think. Or was it NanC. All I know is someone let me feel it and I forgot who was standing around me. At one point someone tried to take it away to put it up and I slapped at said hand. My apologies to whomever was hand assaulted.

Again, big square, nekkidness and no pictures. This stuff is dreamy. My first thick wonderful alpaca. Mmmmm, Stalker like very much.

Last but not least, I got my first ever Noro. This is silk garden and it wants to be a knit shawl. Anyone know an easy, non-lace, knit from the top shawl pattern that will really show this off? Cuz I am willing to beg. Seriously.
Oh and lest we forget, I FINISHED THE SHAWL!!!!! Woohoo!!!!! Here is most of the full thing looking a bit wonky due to the couch, but it's so not wonky.

It gorgeous and I love it. The feel, the weight, the colors. We are pleased. Also, a closer pic of said FINISHED shawl.

Specs:

Pattern: Sweet Pea Shawl from Stitch N' Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker.

Yarn: SWTC Bamboo in the Preppie colorway worked up with an H hook.

This yarn was awesome to work with and I love the drap of it. Very much recommended. So very glad to be done with it. And that, folks, is a wrap. (Buh dun dun)

12 comments:

pacalaga said...

I'm pretty sure that Noro wants to be a clapotis.
And I too have touched the Touch Me. The only reason I don't own it is that DH had gone off to buy emergency diapers, and my purse was in the car. There wasn't going to be any rushing while I visited my vacation LYS.

P-la said...

mmmmm....yaaaarn...droooool
I am a true believer that you don't have to knit socks to own sock yarn. Heck, you don't even have to knit to own yarn. Just as long as I have more than you.

Carol said...

I finally made to your blog! Got here from the Harlot who mentions you quite often & I think it's a riot that you don't knit. I've crocheted for close to 40 yrs & taught myself to knit last Nov & lovin it! I have Stoller's "hooker" book too & love it. Do you notice a difference in crochet patterns written by knitters? Cause I do & that's how I got intro'd to all the "special" yarns & stuff. Using valuable time to get my lamo blog going right, now I have to learn code too? Jeeze knitting was enough to learn.
I'm glad I stopped by & will have to check you out daily now. Shame there isn't a career in blog reading...

Imbrium said...

Easy, non-lace, knit from the top shawl? That would be Wendy/L-B's Shawl Formula, found here: http://wendyknits.net/archives/000613.html#000613

It's dead easy (verging on mind-numbing) and the results are glorious. It's what I knit with one of my Fleece Artist poncho kits (becasue there was no way in hell I was knitting a poncho.) A great way to show of a beautiful yarn!

Sachi said...

Wow... Just, wow. All of it.

Norma said...

Oh, how sweeeeeet of you to make that lovely basket for me!

WHAT?!

M said...

I just wandered onto your blog a little while back and I am lovin' your sense of humor. :o)
I got all ... excited (for lack of a better word) yesterday ... "yarn porn"!!!! I was thinking unraveled skeins, maybe some missing labels ... :o)
Also, I too be a crocheter (among other things), but not a knitter for many a year now. I have knitted, I just prefer the hook.

Thanks for the laughs.

Karin said...

great stash haul - you have great taste in colours! The basket is lovely!

Petra said...

You do good basket! That is a great gift. I haven't bought any of the Touch Me because it just seems too precious! What are you going to do with yours? LOVE THE SHAWL! Totally intend to do that SOON!

Rabbitch said...

I think that the Noro wants to be Kiri. I really do.

Rabbitch said...

Oh poop, you said non-lace. Clearly I was maddened by the fact that no matter how hard I tried to touch the yarn porn, all I could feel was the glass of my monitor.

Either that or I'm drunk again.

Cookie said...

You don't need to knit socks or knit anything at all to have the yummy yarns. I have a hank of Blue Sky baby alpaca that I will never knit with. I cuddle with it on really bad days.

What?