yarn stash

Yarn Shipment: The Plucky Knitter

I am so happy that have finally gotten my hands on this yarn. I've seen it everywhere online, lots of knitters love it, and the dog mascot is so adorable. The Plucky Knitter team was so gracious to give me yarn support for an upcoming Fall/Winter design I have planned in the works - and now I have ten wonderful skeins of their Primo Worsted based, in the color ways Dirty Blonde and High Cotton. 

The yarn arrived at my doorstep at just the right moment. I had just finished updating all of the English version of my patterns (which I shall be uploading onto Ravelry, LoveKnitting and here in the next few days) and I was exhausted. However when the postman knocked on my door, I knew I had a package of yarn just waiting for me and sprinted down the stairs, tore open the package and immediately started taking photos. I love taking photos of yarn. It's both relaxing and really fun!

I'll begin working with this yarn sometime next month, as I have some other projects lined up for me. And I'm waiting on one more yarn shipment... Hopefully that one arrives soon!

As extra site news, I am in the process of uploading the revised versions of the English patterns onto Ravelry and LoveKnitting and all the patterns on this site have already been updated. Here's a sneak peak at new layout.

Yarn Shipment: Berroco Maya

Berroco Maya

Berroco Maya

This week I received quite a few yarn packages from various parts of the world, all contain delicious skeins of yarn for upcoming projects. Today, I want to present to you Berroco Maya. This is a squishy yarn made up of 85% Pima Cotton and 15% Alpaca, making it a good match for a top this summer and fall. I am very much enamored with drop-sleeve tops with a good amount of positive ease, couples with lace and cable panels, so be on the look out for that upcoming design! 

This is my first time working with Berroco yarns as well as working with cotton. I'm interested to see how it compares to it's plant based sibling linen and how the combination of plant and animal fibers knits up on the needles and how it blocks out.

I hope six skeins is enough.

I hope six skeins is enough.

Each skein has 137 yards of worsted weight yarn so this should knit up fairly quickly, probably even more so than my lace cardigan that I made a few weeks ago (and that is a blog post for another time!).

Stay tuned in the upcoming week for more posts about my updated yarn stash!

Birthday Yarn Shipment, Part 2

My yarn order of Julie Asselin's Gradient yarn set came in over the weekend (merci Mont-Tricot!), but I could only get around to taking photos of it today. The majority of the weekend was spent away from home: on Saturday, my husband and I met up with a fellow knitter and Ravelry user halfawake, a lovely woman living about two hours from the main city. It was absolutely amazing meeting her and getting to know her, and it was a lot of fun walking through the clothing stops deconstructing knit sweaters, and eating lots of delicious food. On Sunday, my husband had to get up early to go to a Junior Judo tournament. He is one of the assistant coaches and this was his kids' first tournament. I also tagged along and spent the entire time swatching and gauging knits. 

I still haven't started the actual knitting of the linen top, but I can expect to begin this week, finally! I've been swatching so much for other secret designs that I've been preparing to send in to knitting publications. My submission to amirisu was rejected, but I was surprisingly not torn up about it (I do admit that my design wasn't that exciting and I honestly wasn't looking forward to knitting it again). But I am definitely putting more thought into my submissions for these other publications as I'm still serious about my goal of getting at least one of my designs in a knitwear magazine this year.

Anyways, to the yarn! This is Julie Asselin's Leizu Fingering Nuances set. Its soft and bouncy and I love the heather color ways. I took so many photos of this lovely yarn, and its going to be transformed into a crescent shawl. I've already got a design idea lined up for it. A simple design because I don't want to take away from this wonderful and beautiful gradient set.

Once again, I took my husband's camera and snapped a million photos of the yarn, along with a bouquet he bought for me for my birthday.