The problems of yesterday are just that . . yesterday’s problems. Vince will deal with it all today, it’s out of my hands and I’m glad. Life goes on, the blog goes on. I always say that I can’t change people and I’m not going to let people change me. This was one of those examples. Thanks for the support . . even when I was vague about the problem.
Back to our regularly scheduled program . .
One thing I’ve learned . . maybe . . is to be very cautious about agreeing to a challenge. When Denise issued her “no yarn buying challenge”, it sounded like a good idea. Maybe I wasn’t thinking clearly. Maybe Vince had just had something to say about the amount of yarn we had moved. Whatever my reasoning, it was a bad idea and I’m done with that challenge. I’m retracting my commitment. Not that it really matters what I say at this point because I’ve failed miserably. Maybe I’ve added less yarn that I would have except for the challenge but . . who cares . . I have new yarn and I love it all.
This is String Theory Caper yarn . . the yarn I’m currently working with and I love. I really love it! Bottom row, left to right is Laguna, Lodestar, Damson. Top row is Black Cherry and Grove.
Skein is a new brand for me. This is Top Draw, which has great reviews on Ravelry, and is 85% superwash merino, 15% nylon. It feels a lot like Wollmeise to me.
From left to right, these are Dapple, Quill, Milk Opal, Knight, Little Red and Hazel.
Looks like I have a whole lot of knitting to get done! Quilting? Knitting? Gardening? What’s a girl to do when there are too many fun things to do and just not enough hours in the day?
You will do the same as the rest of us, do what you can and enjoy every minute.
Judy, when it comes to yarns, patterns, and needles I think of you as providing the rest of us a service similar to Consumer Reports. and that’s a valuable service! You tell us of new yarns, new colors, how the yarn feels, what it’s best use is, etc.
Who could imagine denying you the pleasure of having something that you love in your hands.
deciding whether to buy or not to buy is an individual decision. We don’t all leep like lemings, and no one should imagine that we will or feel hurt because we don’t.
i love all the colors of yarn in your recent purchases. they’re very color saturated. perhaps that’s another byprocuct of the color studies that you’re doing now in fabric. The difference in the “before and after” color palets that you’re now choosing to work with in yarn is marked, and very nice to see.
I think Denise fell off the wagon, too, so no problem.
We love you just as you are!
That yarn sure looks wonderful! better than a bowl of jelly beans or M& M’s!! Photography should be on your list too…you are great at it…:)
Judy D in WA says
I love all your new yarns…….I was ready to cave the other day when you posted about the yarn, filled my shopping cart but didn’t buy. Today I am sorry for not buying because when I looked this morning, nothing is on sale. I guess I am staying true to the no buy. 😉
Judy D in WA says
I should say nothing is on sale today that I want, there is plenty of yarn on sale. 🙂
Judy D in WA says
Shame on me, I didn’t see there were other pages….excuse me, I have shopping to do………
Denise ~ Justquiltin says
Gari though I fell off the wagon — on no — I didn’t fall off the wagon – I leapt! LOL I will still make my 12 in 2012 (actually more than that hopefully) but the yarn shops were suffering without us shopping. Let’s see – Judy of your first photo, I know Lodestar was one of the colors I also ordered (yes we are very scarey) and dang that Skein looks lovely..hmmmm…
If you ever have a yarn yard sale, let me be the first in line!
I didn’t get a comment on yesterday’s post. People never cease to amaze me. Be calm and post on.
I <3 the colors of the String Theory!
I really love the saturated colors of the String Theory Yarn! Maybe it’s just the lighting or because they are already in balls but, my, they are lovely… perfect for the rainy days around here where not much gardening is getting done. Then again, it would detract from my quilting and I am still on the February UFO and haven’t even started the March UFO yet….
Linda in NE says
A woman has the right to change her mind!! I think the thing with both yarn & fabric is that the colors are just so pretty and suck us right in, no matter how good our intentions are to not buy anything. Well, it’s a theory anyway.
I must admit I’m a bit baffled by this no buying trend. I love to buy fabric. I will eventually use it all or donate it for a good cause, so what’s the harm. Unless you are a true hoarder, I say go for it. If buying yarn or fabric makes you happy and you actually make things with it, by all means buy it and don’t feel guilty.
Wow, really nice colors, I love the lodestar. I think you deseve them after such a crappy time yesterday. Have a happy day doing what you love!
My friend Judy,
First off I cannot believe what a high energy lady you are!!!
Second…I am a new to knitting and have been in love with knitting socks. Is there enough yarn in those first skeins you showed (Caper) to make a pair of socks??
And the other hanks too…enough for a pair of socks???
I have a great yarn winder that makes a pull from the center patty.
I have bought yarn by the pound years ago in Tennessee. It all hand to be wound. I like doing that!
Judy Whitehead says
LOL Judy! I had joinced a “Slash and Smash your Stash challenge on Rav at the beginning of the year. It too seemed like a good idea at the time; and for some it was; but for me it wasn’t.
Where would I be without the Alpaca Paints Lace I brought home for 2 shawls, or the Berocco I brought home for the knitted shell…. and then with spinning yarn……. well……..
Thankfully as long as I can still knit and I’m using up some and it’s not killing our budget I’ll treat myself to some yarn now and then.
Until the next “pare it down” type challenge rears it’s had at a vulnerable moment and I repeat the cycle again! LOL
Judy Whitehead says
typo #1 “joined” not joinced
typo #2 “rears it’s head” not rears it’s had
apparently I have forgotten everything I learned in typing class back in the dark ages! ;>)
I’m not a yarn lover–and that is probably for the best for my budget! Fabric on the other hand is another story, put me on a fabric diet or tell me that it will be scarce soon, and it spurs on a binge! I have solved the problem by tacking on the phrase “till the next time” to any “diet/restriction” challenge! All kidding aside, I do better by “tracking” my purchases and monitoring the progress of my projects. Having spreadsheets and all the facts and figures brings me to reality! I do have a splurge on occassion, but not nearly as much since tracking. Last year was a “buying” year with all the fear of scarcity and breaking my wrist (somehow I felt like I would be able to sew again if I bought fabric, and then of course as part of the wrist function returned, I had to celebrate). Thank goodness I’m back “on track” this year! Regarding bad days, on another board someone posted this helpful thought–“don’t let yesterday use up today”
Glad to hear today is better! Amy
Judy I get a lot of complaints from my husband about the amounts of yarn and material I have… I usually just ignore him because he has his share of toys and things too. I love the colors on the new yarns especially the Laguna its beautiful and I bet it will make great socks too!
Brandy M. says
Oh Judy…. don’t feel like a failure! I always look at challenges as “ideas” or… “goals,” not “have to’s.” If I were a knitter and had joined that challenge, I think it would make me think more closely about what I DO buy, but it wouldn’t make me stop altogether. It’s kind of like the Stash Reports (that I haven’t posted in ages!). It makes me consider if I really “need” this, or if it’s just really too wonderful to pass up. If it IS wonderful and amazing fabric, I buy it! NO guilt!
You USE lots of yarn, and will probably continue to do so for a long time. Don’t feel guilty for feeding your yarn cabinets!