Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

What’s Wrong With Orange?

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I married someone who thinks certain colors are meant for certain seasons and can only be worn at specific times. Orange in particular. Orange is fall. October and November and that is it. Orange is pumpkins and turkey and fall leaves, or so he thinks. I once found a beautiful orange cardigan and he said “well, you could wear it in the fall, but that’s about it.” He’s nuts.

I like color. All the colors, all the time. I don’t WEAR them all the time, but I like them. But a good, vibrant green is about my favorite. Pair it with a bright, warm orange? Swoon! So when one of my favorite yarn shops was closing and I found a few skeins of an alpaca blend in my two favorite colors, of course I snapped it up! There wasn’t enough of either to make any large project, but I figured I could use them for smaller projects – hats, mittens, scarves. It’s been marinating in my stash for a couple of years now.

When I first saw Alicia Plummer’s pattern for Backshore, I knew that was the one for my long-hoarded yarn. I had almost enough yarn to make it, and was able to gather enough of the now-discontinued yarn through Ravelry destashes to finish the job. A comfy, striped pullover in my favorite colors? Yes, please. It’s driving my husband insane. “Why are you knitting a fall sweater in January?” “I guess you can wear it in October.” I can not wait to wear it this spring. Sometimes it’s fun just to push his buttons.

Looking Back at 2013

I made one New Years resolution in 2012, and that was to make 2013 the year of (mostly) selfish knitting. For the first time ever I (mostly) succeeded in keeping my resolution.

In 2013, I knitted 8.10 MILES of yarn. That’s 14, 256 yards. 42,768 feet. 513,216 inches. 13,035.7 meters if you prefer metric. That’s a lot of yarn.  What does that make??

  • 1 shrug
  • 7 pairs of mittens and fingerless gloves
  • 11 hats
  • 1 bag
  • 7 sweaters
  • 8 stuffed animals
  • 1 pair of baby leg warmers
  • 3 cowls/scarves
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • 6 shawls 
  • and 2 dishcloths
 I’m going to have to knit faster in 2014 if I want to put a REAL dent in this stash…

Have Yarn, Will Travel

Every summer we take a family trip back East. Usually we meet up with my in-laws in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This year we’re heading back to the old homestead one last time before my husbands parents move south. And did I mention it’s my 20th high school reunion?

My husband hates flying, and I mean he hates it with a hot, fiery passion. But given his limited vacation time each year, it’s the only practical way for him to go. I discovered early on that I hate flying with my husband, because he’s grumpy and cranky until we’re on solid ground. I don’t have the restraints he does, being a stay at home Mom. I can take my time, so I pack up the kids and make it a road trip. They enjoy the drive and it’s 6 more days I don’t have to make entertaining during summer vacation. Win win.

When most people plan a road trip, they figure out their route and then find fun things to do along the way. Well, of course that’s how I plan my road trips, too! I open up mapquest, I map out my route, I go to knitmap, cross reference yarn shops along my route and their hours of operation… What’s that? Other people don’t plan their trips around yarn shopping? REALLY?

I’ve spent the last three days driving from Denver to New York, pausing to check out as many yarn shops as I could along the way. I’ll be back later with some of my finds. For now, I’m off to the airport to get the grump.

Oh, and the shrug? Don’t want to talk about it. Suffice to say, I might be shopping after we get to the farm


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