Sunday, March 8, 2009

Stash 'N Stuff

First off.. I HAVE to brag about my Tapestry Beret! This is my first non-rectangular crochet project and it does have a few mistakes but you really can't tell. I used the Simple Beret Pattern written by Suzanne M. Barrow and crocheted it up in Rowan Tapestry, Country colorway. I think it turned out really cute. I crocheted 2 flowers and sewed them onto the beret for a little extra embellishment. I think I'll keep this beret since it was a real learning experience. But since I have 1.75 skeins of this yarn left, I'm going to crochet one up for my grandma (who is undergoing chemotherapy). The best part of this project - it was SO quick!! I whipped it up in an afternoon.
UPDATE: Hat looks completely hideous on me. I look like I'm channeling the '80s or that I, myself, am 80. Gave hat to grandma who gushed over it. She didn't even notice the teeny mistakes. :)

Now, onto the stash enhancement pics:

I picked up this gorgeous yarn from a WEBS' sale. My camera just does not do this Cascade 220 Superwash Paints yarn in Cherry Pie colorway any justice. I have no idea what I'll knit with it - but the price was unbelievable and the colorway is to die for. It has a slight varigation to it that makes it sublime! I also got several hanks of the Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Cotton in Wasabi (SO AMAZING)!

Next up.. I ordered these colorful fabric strips in Spring theme from the awesome Heather Knitz. (I love supporting Etsy shops as often as possible and hers is not only terrific on it's own merit, but she's a terrific seller with unparalleled customer service.) Then I went to Michaels and picked up this Vanna's Choice in Kelly Green colorway. I'm going to take what I learned from the PGH Knit & Crochet festival and knit up a rag rug using the yarn and fabric strips. What an absolutely adorable spring rug this is going to make!!

I picked up these cuties from Knit One North (one of my LYS) during my weekly therapy session with Karen. Pictured on top is Sublime Soya Cotton DK in Pomegranate. I am not sure what I will use this yarn for but I couldn't resist the silky feel of this cotton. Pictured bottom is the amazing Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn in Orange, Red, Pink, and Green colorway. I have it on reserve for the Swallowtail Shawl that Karen has convinced me that I CAN knit. (We'll see.. she has more confidence in me than I do!) Again, my camera just does not do this Noro justice. It's absolutely gorgeous!!

And last but certainly NOT least, I ordered these lovelies from one of my new favorite hand-dyed yarn shops: Creatively Dyed Yarn. From top to bottom: Tradewinds in Sour Orange colorway; Woodbrook in Sweet Gum colorway; and Calypso in Tea Leaf colorway. Her yarns are to die for!! And you've gotta love that she handpaints each yarn individually! I am planning socks for the Calypso and the Tradewinds but have no idea what I'll do with the Woodbrook... YET.

So as you can see, I've been hoarding all of this yarnie goodness so that I could post it all in one post. (Actually, I've been so terribly busy that I haven't had a chance to keep up with updating my stash. So you kinda got everything all at once!)

Off to knit! Toodles!



  1. UHHHHH, lots of goodies! All that fiber looks delicious. I can't wait to see your rug. I've been wanting to make a rug with rags, but haven't found a pattern yet.

  2. WOW, what a great stash... I look forward to the day I can build a collection like this. Very nice.

  3. I love drooling over other people's yarn! I shouldn't have clicked on the pictures to make them bigger, though... that Creatively Dyed Yarn is much too pretty! I love that Woodbrook.

  4. that hat is super cute! love it!

  5. First of all the beret is adorable. I love it.

    I did some shopping over at WEBS recently. I got my very first stash of Noro... I got Cash Island, because it was in the closeout. I have been just looking at it, occasionally touching it, but I haven't even started to think of what I might make with it.

    There are a few skeins in my stash that fall into the category of "I worship these from afar, but haven't got the heart to use them in any projects yet." I just don't want to use the fabulous yarn in a mediocre project.

  6. Cute beret! And what a gorgeous stash of supplies...interested to see what you do with it all :)

  7. For a beginner, may I say your hat is beautiful!, I hope I can make one someday. :)


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