Giving the gift of yarn

April 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Knitters love yarn, all kinds of yarn. Thick yarns, thin yarns, soft yarns, and some even like scratchy yarns (but not this girl!) Having a hobby like knitting often means that the knitter acquires a stash of yarn to peruse at their leisure. But what does a knitter do if they are saving funds for say, a marriage, and does not have much (if any) stash yarn? Usually, they would yarn diet, or hope that someone is kind/thoughtful to gift them with yarn.

Which is what I’m doing in the case of my Ravelry penpal Gavin, who lives in London, England. Gavin is getting married later this month and I snuck a look at his Ravelry stash and learned both from our letters and from his online notebook that he has 4 stash yarns. 4!! To compare, I have (ahem) 64 yarns stashed (although I am looking to trade/sell about 5 of them). Most of my stash has been collected over the years and from buying cheap lots either online or at my local wholesaler Dressew.

I thought I would give my penpal the gift of yarn, not only for his upcoming nuptials, but also because it’s his birthday later this month. Living in England, I wanted to find him something special that he would not be able to source there. My choice, this beautiful sock yarn from Peru:

 yarn closeup

Its Arequipa Sock yarn, content being 65% Superwash wool, 20% Alpaca and 15% Nylon, in a lovely earthy colourway. I was having difficulties in the store where I purchased it because I couldn’t fully remember what were Gavin’s favourite colours. Luckily, I checked back on Ravelry afterwards, and his are “earthy tweedy” so I think I succeeded! Complete with really sweet card and handwritten letter, I hope he loves this gift.

gift

Now I just need to go to the post office and mail it!

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Girl down the block cowl

April 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve got this amazing friend. She’s a snowboarder and asked (yes, asked!) me to knit her a cowl. So I complied! She loves it and it fits perfectly (keeping her cheeks covered when on the slopes). She’s rather shy, so I’ve only got this blocking picture to share:

cowl

Pattern: Guy-Next-Door Cowl (Ravelry link only, sorry!)
Yarn: 145.2 yards of Cascade 220 in a brown heathered yarn
Needle: 4.5 mm, 16″ circular

This project counts towards my stashdown efforts, which puts me a -88 yars (negative numbers indicating how much stash one has knit in relation to new yarn bought).

Next up, a lovely baby cardigan for my friend Monica’s new girl child. Photos of cuteness coming soon!

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