Stash Enhancement

I’m discovering that it’s really difficult to keep up the blog while being away from home.  Even if I have time, I don’t have the tools I need to deal with photos and a blog post without photos is just not worth doing.  So I have some catching up to do before I have to hit the road again.

As you know, I was in California for 2 weeks in April.  My last post showed you the fabric I scored while in LA.  Now to show you the yarn I scored, all purchased online and shipped to my Mom before I even got there. It was all waiting for me when I got to her house.  It felt like Christmas in April!  Here we go…

First up, I ordered a sweater quantity (SQ) of Imperial Stock Ranch Erin yarn.  This is the same base that Madelinetosh used to dye and sell as Erin yarn, but they since stopped selling.  It’s non-super wash so much more like “real” wool yarn. Warm and sheep-y.  It’s worsted weight and will make a super cardigan.  I also bought a black separating zipper to sew into it.  I don’t know yet exactly what pattern I will use.  I do plan to knit it this summer while we have lots of daylight.  I can’t imagine knitting black yarn in the dark winters here.

Next up is another SQ of yarn, this time DK weight, DK Twist from  The color is called Ojai Sky.  I know exactly what I’m going to make with it.  Another Neon sweater!

Also from the Madelinetosh web site I bought some 80/10/10 Fingering in color Cardinal.  This 80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon.  This will make a nice lightweight sweater.  It’s almost like the color way Tart, but this is more orange-red whereas Tart is more blue-red.

I also bought yarn from 2 people who were destashing.  I bought 3 skeins, already caked, of Tosh Merino Light in color Begonia Leaf.  Again, another lightweight SQ worth of yarn.

and 1 skein of Tosh Sock in color Citrus.  You can never have too much Citrus.

Finally, from wool2dye4, I bought 10 skeins of DK weight yarn to dye this summer.  It’s 55% BFL (blue faced leicester (sheep breed)) wool and 45% silk.  I didn’t want to open the plastic yet, so you can’t see very well how wonderful this yarn looks. It has a nice twist to it and the silk really shimmers.  I can’t wait to dye it.  I think I’m going to go for a deep blue semi-solid color.

So, a bit more than 5 SQs of yarn.  Not bad, right?  Could have been worse.  I managed to fit this, and my fabric, and 8 sewing patterns, and 2 pompom makers, and 6 knitting magazine, along with some other shopping, into my suitcase.  And I was just a few ounces/grams under the weight limit.

I’m now looking forward to another long flight and some quality knitting time.  If you have pattern recommendations for any of the above stash, suggestions are welcome!

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