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Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category

Big Mail Day

Posted by mobarger on Apr-25-2015

First of all, this arrived from The Loopy Ewe.
That’s fine – I like Blue Moon, the colors are lovely, and I like it very much.
The problem is I DON’T REMEMBER ORDERING THIS YARN. I threw in some samples of Soak Wash, which was very nice and thoughtful. But I have absolutely no recollection of purchasing any of it.

But this guy, I remember.
Opal Sweet and Spicy, color “Cake Pops.” It has been haunting me, taunting me from so many blogs. I started on my quest about a month ago, searching the usual vendors, then googling, searching eBay and Ravelry stashes. Not all who had it really did, and those who did have it did not want to part with it. And it continued to to taunt me.

Then I found 3 on Amazon. From Germany. Shipping one ball cost the same as shipping all 3 so I bought all 3. Why not.
I love these yarns. Sure they are machine-dyed but the designs are fun to watch develop and the color schemas are great.

So I see a lot of Cake Pops in my future. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, do you?

A Sock and A Sale

Posted by mobarger on Feb-22-2014

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The sock I started during the Super Bowl? I finally finished it today. A couple of brain farts really got in my way: stupid short row heels and reading patterns. The pattern approaches the heel in a different way. Also my brain was convinced that SSK = K2Tog. This rarely turns out well. Did it turn out well this time? Pretty much, but now I am dealing with too tight of an EZ sewn bind-off and trying to make the cuff looser.

Meanwhile to distract you I will tell you of 2 sales of which I recently partook. I had no business buying yarn, but Craftsy is having a sale on TML. For $15.36 you can get a skein. I have to tell you I have been coveting the Stephen West colorway for a while and I may have bought one two three.

Another sale is at Interweave Knits — on books this time. Their shipping can be a little high but if you use code WEAVE15 you will get 15% off. Like me. *sigh. I found some knitting books I have been looking at for a while and they were less than $4. But here’s the thing – they have stuff from all of their fibery crafts on sale and that code still works. Just saying.

Imports and Inspiration

Posted by mobarger on Jan-19-2014

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A few weeks ago I broke down and bought some Wollmeise grab bags. What is it about the element of surprise that excites me so? I am a sucker for grab bags from anywhere.

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This color would be called Taube but I guess it is not up to par. I love it. I haven’t seen many Wollmeise skeins that are so saturated but so muted at the same time.

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Kind of like this female cardinal at the newly-remounted window feeder, right?

Meanwhile I was looking for inspiration for patterns for this new yarn. Have you checked out “Pure/Twin – SHOW YOUR FOs!” discussion in the wollmeiseholics anonymous group on Ravelry? A lot of people are creating some *gorgeous* things. I may have added several to my queue just this morning – I am only up to 1357 items there. What’s a few more?