New Additions

I’ve been trying to be pretty controlled with my yarn & fiber stash enhancement lately as I think a lot of us have been. I’m not sure who coined the term ‘slow stashing’ officially (I do know Clara Parkes has written about it), but I think it’s a concept to which we all subscribe to varying degrees at one point or another. To not give up yarn altogether, but to be mindful of the skeins we have and to strive to add just the really special ones to our stash. With that in mind (and because show & tell is fun), I thought I’d share a few very special items that have been introduced to my stash lately.

As a blogger who has the good fortune of working with items for review as well as occasionally getting to host giveaways and offer discount codes to readers, I try to skip entering any yarn and fiber giveaways or contests just because it usually feels weird to do so. About a month ago, though, when Felicia Lo of Sweet Georgia Yarns posted a giveaway up on Instagram to celebrate and promote their new Party of Five Mini-Skein Sets

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Photo from Sweet Georgia Yarns Instagram feed — You can follow them at @sweetgeorgia

I broke my rules and entered. Partly because I really loved the neutral set and partly because the other set instantly made me think of Lolly of the LollyKnits blog. To enter you just had to like the photo, follow the feed, and tag a friend. I did these things, tagged Lolly, and that was that.

And then we won.

And then Lolly put it in my hands to choose who got which set and it was terrifying. I didn’t want to be selfish and just pick the one I wanted without consideration for my co-winner, so true to form I contemplated sending a crazy email to the effect of ‘no you choose,’ but I was pretty sure that would not be helpful. So — also true to form — I agonized over it for a few hours and then just went with that initial instinct. To my delight, it turns out ‘Snapdragon’ is the one she wanted anyways! And thus ‘Rusted’ arrived on my doorstep…

IMG_9099All packaged up with a little badge and a bright pink bow.

I had to share the packaging, but let me take those out of the plastic for you…

IMG_9100GORGEOUS.

I am pretty sure I will use one of the free patterns available from Sweet Georgia with these mini-skein sets in mind, like the Reverb Shawl or EVO Socks. It’ll have to wait a bit as I have a few things already on my agenda for the next couple months, but as with all my yarn I’ll find a way to work it into the line-up.

In less exciting acquisition methods (but not less exciting in fibery goodness), I recently received some fiber from Northbound Knitting. I am trying out the Classic Semi-Solid Fiber Club…

IMG_9098…which this month is Grey Shetland Combed Top in the Electro colorway.

I’m also trying the Luxury Gradient Fiber Club…IMG_9101… which this month was Grey Shetland/Silk Combed Top in the Dubstep colorway.

I’m kind of stocking-up for the Tour de Fleece and Spinzilla this year as I think I should actually be home for both and am seriously considering treating myself to taking part in both for the first time ever. I also know that summer is my favorite time to spin, so it never hurt to have pretty fiber at my fingertips.

And last, but certainly not least, during a sale a few weeks ago I picked up a skein of Wanderer Sock…

IMG_9096… in the Grasshopper colorway from The Little Mount Yarn Co.Ā  I follow this little shop on Instagram and I think it’s great fun.

Speaking of fun & yarn acquisitions, I’ve been debating driving over to Cream City Yarn with the kiddos on Saturday, May 2nd as the shop is hosting its 4th birthday party. I have the feeling it’ll be a last minute decision based on how ambitious we are about being out and about on Saturday morning as it’s been a busy week already here, but it’s sure to be a fun day at this cozy little shop complete with “new products, raffles, give-aways, cake and so much more!” If you have the time, definitely pop over and maybe pick up a special skein or two for your needles or to enhance your stash!

8 responses to “New Additions

  1. Oh slow stashing has to happen here. Why do I keep finding yarn that “might be sold out forever” and I have to get it? Another month starts and I’m promising myself that yes, 50+ pairs of socks in the stash is quite enough for now …….. but I love the yarn you showed me and what’s a girl to do?

    • lol! I’ve come to feel that no matter how incredible a yarn may be, there is no shortage of amazing yarn and there is always a new *must have* so I’m not as compelled as I once was by yarn because of the ‘what if?’ I like slow stashing because I buy much more deliberately – I pick only the yarn I really, really love. Whether it’s a sweater quantity or a skein of sock yarn it has to be *important* and I buy realistically – a sweater quantity if I want to knit a sweater, etc. Also, that’s why I have 3braids of that semi-solid fiber – being project-realistic. Better to buy the right amount and the right yarn than a single skein that I have no real plans for! And I have some leniency with myself when I have coupon codes because if I’m going to get something might as well take a break where I can get it!

  2. I am so glad you won something! And I would have chosen the same bag. Just love those blues! And the sparkle.

    I like the “slow stashing” term – it beats a yarn diet by a mile. I have really been working at stash busting, but no one in my house believes it, lol.

    • I always feel like I win when I get things to review – I mean it’s really such a boon for me which is why I tend to not enter giveaways. But yes – love this set! I am SO excited to knit it!

      I think ‘slow stashing’ is so much more realistic and feels way less like we are depriving ourselves. I don’t feel like I’m making tons of progress on stash-busting, but I’m really happy with the items that have been coming off my needles so I am just going to keep on keeping on. šŸ˜‰

  3. I’m in pretty much the same place with my stash. When I got back into knitting after not doing it for many years, I bought a lot of stuff with no idea what it would be for.. and to be honest I still don’t know! I’m trying to slowly weed all that stuff out, so only the things I adore remain (and that mini skein set definitely qualifies!!) I’m designing a hat for the yarn because I can’t bear for it to be something normal šŸ˜› I love how we both got colors that suit us so well! It worked out completely perfectly.

    • It really did work out so well! Yay! I’m so excited to see your design! I sometimes miss design work, but I have so little uninterrupted time to really focus now that we’re homeschooling that I’ve just had to cut that out for the time being. I’m sure you will come up with something fabulous!

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