Sunday, May 14, 2006

Latest yarn acquisition

See I'm not a yarn snob... I found some gorgeous soft acrylic the other day at AC Moore. This was the day that honest I only went in for birthday party supplies. I couldn't help myself this stuff is beautiful and on sale. The yarn is James C. Brett Marble, in colorway MT5, Granite (it has grey white, pink & purple). It's a DK weight yarn with 240yds/100g. I bought 10 skeins, hopefully enough for a sweater for me. What I didn't realize when I bought it was that it was a self striping yarn. I learned that after searching for more info and finding this. Mind you, that nice wide striping is showing up on a DOLL's sweater. Well I know from sock yarns that striping works best with a simple one stitch pattern (alternate rows of sc and esc does weird things to a stripe pattern!) So instead of finishing my baby sweater I spent too much of last night pattern hunting for this yarn. Why, when I have so many other things I need to finish first? Because I felt compelled! Maybe this sweater (modeled by the designer at CGOA Fashion show) from Susan Huxley's Today's Crochet.

I made another AC Moore yarn purchase that same day. Making the baby sweater and the Jiffy Jacket in Caron Simply Soft (and wearing the latter) has reminded me how much I love the feel of this yarn. And you can't argue that when it comes to kids - washable acrylic has its benefits! Anyway, I couldn't resist the Simply Soft navy (2 lbs) and dark grey (1 lb) mill ends that I found. I want to make my ds some pullover sweater vests. He loves them. Now I need to pattern hunt again! I have the Jenny King booklet of patterns For the Boyz but it calls for sportweight yarn for every pattern. I can probably adjust it for Simply Soft. Anyone seen any boys pullover vest patterns? Or V-neck sweaters that I can just leave off the sleeves?

I posted this Classic Elite 'Pink Tweed' yarn the other day and was planning on making a tank top for me, in spite of Abby's protests that all pink yarn is for her. Well, Abby won out. In part because I decided it might be a bit too bright for me, and in part because she's just too cute. She doesn't know it yet, but I'm going to use it to make the NY Yarns Caprice SunDress. I had to go back to my LYS to get some more yarn for this, and being economical I also went to return the extra skein of Svale leftover from the Sweet Pea cardigan. We arrived to a completely re-organized store and a 2nd floor full of sale items (mostly items that were discontinued or that they were not going to carry because the colors or the yarns didn't sell well). Off season yarns were 30% off and cottons were 25% off.


Well I fell in love with this Knit One Crochet Two yarn and, at 25% off, it was a bargain! It's called 2nd Time Cotton, made from recycled cotton, and is 75% cotton, 25% acrylic. It has 180yds/100 g. I like the colors. I bought 6 skeins of 'English Heather' the pink, green, dark & light gray multi and 4 skeins of 'Nantucket, the yellow, green, blue, gray multi. This yarn is for me!



6 comments:

Norah said...

Wow! Excellent choices!!

Elisa said...

Thanks! That CGOA sweater is exactly what I've been looking for. Love the striping sweater yarn too.

Anna said...

That sun dress is adorable! I think I just found my next project for my niece(s). Thanks for the link. :)

Grete said...

wow. all that lovely yarn. hope I can find a sale of yarn soon.

sara said...

you can go yarn shopping for me anytime!!!!

Anonymous said...

love love love finding great yarn at a sale price, I purchased 4 skeins of the Marble in Charcoal (grey, white, slate colorway) and made a large neck warmer/cowl and OMGosh this yarn is TDF...I hope to get there and buy more if I can find it...I want the rosebush colorway now! Excellent choices on the things to do! :)