Tuesday 11 November 2008

Yarn Pron to the Extreme!


That classic song I Will Survive is ringing in my head this morning, "So now you're back, from outer space". I'm home but not here if you know what I mean; jet lag is a killer. Got home Sunday and was back in work yesterday.
We had an absolute ball on holidays. The weather was great for most of the time.
One of the best things we did was to go and see an NBA basketball game. The Orlando Magic were playing the Chicago Bulls. Magic won 96-93. Great stuff. I will definitely go again!

Plus, I was there for the election. I had specifically delayed the holiday by a week for this and I wasn't disappointed. I saw history in the making and I was proud.

Right, down to business then. Gotta give you what you came for!

Project Progress first I think, just to prolong the suspense a bit.

Hourglass Socks:

I got one done on the holidays. It's a difficult knit! For some reason I found it hard to concentrate on the pattern on the plane. I'm sure the wily among you will also spot the sock blockers I got. The disappointment is that I think I got the wrong size, the socks are loose on them. What a bummer.

Ok, here's the group shot of all the yarny goodness. Excuse the mess around it, unpacking and all that. Plus, most of it is hubbys guitar stuff.
The motherlode!!!

Here's the breakdown by store.

Knit Picks:
Imagination hand-dyed sock yarn in Damsel. These two skeins look different colours, even though the dye lot is the same... Gotta love the fairytale names!

Pixie Dust

Evil Stepmother

Shine Sport in three colours (Blush, Cream and Orchid) for the A Good Stripe Dress for my daughter at last. If she had her way I'd be knitting it now.

6 skeins of Palette yarn in Fog, Cream, Black, Fawn, Cornmeal and Bark. No idea what I'll use these for, but probably a foray into colourwork.

Wool of the Andes in Whisper

and Fairy Tale. Again, no ideas really. Perhaps a felted bag?

Gloss in Cocoa

and Pumpkin. I already had one of each of these so I decided to get another one to get a pair of socks out of each.

Sock Blockers in small. Damn US shoe sizes, I think I got a size too small. Well, I'm stuck with them now! I also got a magnetic chart keeper. Very handy and only $9.99!

Next up was Jo-anns and Michaels for some Sugar and Cream:

We went on a road trip over to Cocoa so I hit All Strung Out in Cocoa Beach and snagged me some SWTC Jezebel.

Then it was on to Knit and Stitch in Cocoa where I snapped up some more goodies:

Plymouth Alpaca Baby Grande. So soft! I think a nice scarf for this.

Some Berocco Comfort Sock. I can't believe how soft this is for an acrylic sock yarn. Hubby will be getting a pair of socks from this stuff.

More Berocco Comfort Sock

Some Tofutises

And finally some Brown Sheep Wildfoote

Anyone see the theme appearing here? Socks, socks, socks.

I also hit up Knit! in Longwood:

I got two skeins of Cascade 220 in blue. I already have 8 of these and wanted to get 2 more so I had a sweaters worth. I haven't checked yet, but I hope it's the same shade of blue!

This stuff is yummy - Great Adirondack Soxie in Monet. To me it's like a peacock feather. The colours are breathtaking.

The Alpaca Yarn Co Paca Peds in Fireside. mmm Autumn colours.

Next up was Sip & Knit in Maitland:

I love this store. Doni is really helpful and the yarns are great.

Pagewood Farms Fannie's Fingering Weight in Grapes on the Vine.

Cascade Heritage more yummy Autumn colours

Pagewood Farm Chugiak in Rainbow Sherbet. So vibrant! I'm thinking Firestarter socks.

Cascade Sierra in a lovely green. This is for the Dylan Goes Electric sweater for hubby

Last but not least, The Black Sheep in WinterHaven:

I made this trip especially to get me some Louet Gems fingering. I see this used all the time in sock patterns, so I had to have some.

Plymouth Sockotta

Phew! It's only when I see it all here that I realise how much I've bought. That's me done shopping for a year I reckon.
I almost forgot! I also got some Skechers Mary Janes. I have been eyeing these up for ages since I saw these on other blogs. I got two pairs, one black and one brown. I love these, so comfy, they make my socks look fab, and suitable for work!
My gorgeous shoes in a crappy photo taken under my desk with my Embossed Leaves.

And that's your lot! If you have lasted this far, I thank you. If you wish to contribute to my VISA bill, I thank you further. Otherwise, have a great day, and normal blogging shall resume shortly.


Bionic Laura said...

Welcome back! That's a lot of yarn. And all of it so yummy...
Your needles will be on fire with all of that to choose from.

Averil said...

*swoons* wow! How to leave a girl open mouthed! and so much sock yarn.. I swear I´m not jealous. Glad you had a good break.

Alrischa said...

Wow! What are you going to knit first? (Make peacock feather socks!!) I'm very envious. The Visa bill will be worth it! lol

Lindy in Australia said...

Bloody hell, that's a lot of gorgeous yarn. Love all the photos.

WorstedKnitt said...

Oh lowdy! That's a good load of goodies there! Happy to hear you had a good holiday, and good to have you back :D

del said...

OMG, look at all that yarn! WOW!!! I hope your fingers don't fall off, lol!

I am so happy you were here for the election...it means a lot to us that people who don't live here were just as interested. Glad you had a great time.

Viola said...

Oh. Pretty!

So much yarn... am very very jealous...

Tara said...

Holy Crap! Yarn pron, indeed! I need a tall glass of water to cool down, now! Seriously great haul. Let the knitting commence!