Knitting Series: Yarn Stash Part 1

Let’s talk about my yarn stash.

So I thought it might be fun to run down all the yarn I have in my stash right now.

I actually have a pretty reasonable stash for a yarn lover like myself, but I’m sill going to split this into several posts, because I have quite a bit to say about each and every luscious skein.

There are a couple reasons that my stash isn’t wildly out of control.

First, it makes me anxious to have a bunch of yarn that I don’t know what to do with. I also have a pretty tight budget, which doesn’t allow for spontaneous yarn purchases. Usually, I have to have a plan for all the yarn in my stash; I can’t just buy something and not have an idea of what and when I’m going to knit it.

Crazy, right?

But it works for me, and it means that I have most of my yarn earmarked for specific projects, all of which I’m going to detail below.

Of course I as soon as I say that I make sure all of my yarn has a designated project, I realize that a few skeins are still TBD on that front. This bright orange beauty is earmarked for a person – my friend Taylor, whose favorite color is orange – but it doesn’t yet have a designated project.

It’s Madelinetosh Pashmina in the colorway Citrus. It’s a sport weight 75/15/10 blend of Merino, Silk, and Cashmere.

I purchased the yarn from my LYS, when they were having a sale. I usually would never be able to justify the purchase of this kind of yarn. The price is more than I’m willing to pay, and I wouldn’t have purchased this skein without that sale. That being said, when I saw it, I knew that I had to have it for my friend.

I don’t know what I’m going to make with it, but I’m sure whatever it turns out to be, the yarn will be a dream to work with.

I’ve been absolutely in love with tweed since the moment Taylor first sent me a picture of some of what she herself had dyed. This isn’t from her, but the tweed is specked in the same way that hers is.

I purchased this gorgeous green tweed from a booth at the Ann Arbor Fiber Festival in October. I picked it up because I have a small obsession with deep greens like this, but also because of the fiber content.

One of the things that I’m trying to do this year is work with different types of fiber. This tweed has an 85/15 fiber content with superwash BFL (Bluefaced Leicester) and nylon. It’s by 2 Guys Yarn Company and is their Northwoods colorway.

I’m so excited to see how the BFL compares to my usual Merino.

This skein is all caked up because I intended to make a pair of socks for myself earlier this year. It’s still going to be socks (Hermione’s Everyday Socks, to be specific) for me, but first I want to get through the gift knitting I want to get done this year.

This gorgeous combo I also purchased at the Ann Arbor Fiber Festival. It’s by Northern Bee Studio, on their Shawl Sock base, which is 100% merino wool.

This one isn’t a new fiber content, but it will be a new experience for me. I just recently got these two colors wound up for knitting, and I’m going to be doing my first contrasting heel/toe/cuff with them. These socks are going to be for my mom, also in the Hermione pattern.

Oh, and I have to mention the colorway names for these – Wine on the Dock for the deep purple, and Gold Rush for the gold, both of which I think are just perfect.

This set of yarn is the first kit I ever purchased. The yarn is Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport, but the kit and pattern were created by Julia Vesper.

I bought this kit at the Sandhill Crane Vineyards Summer Wine and Wool Festival in August last year.

This is one of my favorite festivals. The vineyard is an absolutely beautiful location, the vendors are friendly, and the patrons are all sliiiightly tipsy from wine tasting, which makes everyone so agreeable! It’s such a fun event.

The pattern, by the way, is called Super Simple Stripey Mittens (of Epic Awesomeness), which is one of the best names I’ve ever heard.

This yarn is the one skein in my stash that I think I’ve had the longest.

It was one of my first ever luxury yarn purchases. I got it at a LYS near where Taylor lives back when I was first learning about yarn.

I fell in love with the texture and color of this yarn immediately. It’s by Tahki Yarns, in their Kismet base, which I recently learned has been discontinued! It’s a 54/46 Alpaca/Nylon blend, and it’s magically soft, in the colorway Wine.

Unfortunately, I was intimidated by the luxuriousness of the alpaca wool, and so it has just sat sadly in my stash, continually looked upon and squished, but never used.

I have plans to make this the lining of the mittens from my mitten kit.

So, that’s all for now. I still have plenty more yarn to tell you about though, so keep your eyes peeled for my next Yarn Stash post!

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