Before I get into Stitches, I’ve got one last Olympic photo left on my desktop.
Behold…the Clipboard of Power!
I laughed so hard when I saw that. Also, I want one! Clipboards definitely give you super powers. This one must be very special. I bet they needed specific training before being allowed to handle it. Yup, I definitely want one.
List #1 for the Clipboard of Power…all the yarns I want to buy next year.
Neighborhood Fiber Co for starters. I was drawn back to their booth so many times. Surprisingly, I bought nothing there??
Hedgehog Fibers…nope, didn’t bring any home?! A Verb for Keeping Warm…it was gorgeous, didn’t buy any though. I passed up the Shibui booth entirely. I never visited the Yarn Over Truck. YOTH…not this year. Sincere Sheep, such a shame to miss.
Frankly, once I gave myself permission to buy whatever I wanted, it’s amazing that this is all I came home with:
So where DID I shop?
First stop: Miss Babs
That’s five skeins of Yowza caked up at the top of the photo. It’s the yarn that set my color palette for the weekend and for year one of nephew knitting. I hit the teal-purple-grey with a pop of chartreuse color scheme pretty hard this year. If I’m going to do all this baby knitting, I may as well like it.
Those five skeins are going to become the ultimate Rebecca Danger layette set — a monster blanket and a monster sweater, both with pockets for monster friends. There will be a whole gaggle of monster friends and whatever else I can squeeze out of those 2800 yards. That’s 1.6 miles of yarn. It sounds like a lot. I’m not convinced though. Good thing I kept shopping…
Next, KnitPicks. I’ve long had a love-hate relationship with them. Love the product, hate the shipping issues. Being able to buy their yarns in person, even if it’s only at special events, is awesome!
I got a couple hanks of the new worsted weight yarn, Provincial Tweed. It’s got baby sweater potential. I love tweed for it’s ability to hide pills. I’m guessing it will hide spit up pretty well too?!
And of course, fan favorite, self-striping sock yarn, Felici. I don’t even knit socks but show special $3.50/ball…how do you resist that? Blaming this one on the impending baby as well…thinking a Baby Vertebrae and a set of little baby leg warmers. Chubby baby legs wrapped in yarn are pretty adorable. Once the idea was planted, there was no ignoring it.
Still, though, I wasn’t done. Zombie Yarns was definitely calling my name. I can’t wait to knit this. I got the ‘Playful Monster’ yarn pack to make the ‘Playful Monster Hoodie’. I’m not sure it’s monster enough though. I may have to put some monster ears on it to jazz it up a little more. (and also knit it in my size!)
Never fear though, I did by some yarn for myself. I know you were probably concerned about that. I think I’ve finally collected enough speckles for a speckle fade cardi!!
A couple finds from the Western Sky Knits sale bin (the two on the left)! $15 speckles! Yes Please! In the middle, a gorgeous purple speckle from Hooker’s Corner called Wisterious. Love it! On the right, another purple speckle, this one from Arucania.
I think getting out the rest of the collection for a full fade inspection will really be the motivation I need to cast on a fingering weight sweater.
And finally, there’s the first yarn to make it onto needles. It’s Valley Yarns, Goshen – a cotton/tencel/silk blend. A July baby needs a cotton blanket!
A bit of a swatch and off I went…
I’m just happy it’s not a hat! :) I’m making good progress. Fingers crossed I can resist the urge to cast on more new yarn. It’s time to finish my current sweater WIP. A little focus goes a long way!