As you may remember I have a list of rules about purchasing new yarn in order to control my stash and my budget! Last week I amended the rules for non-inclusion to allow the purchase of yarn for projects already in my queue. But there is another circumstance that I need to allow for that I had not anticipated would arise — the purchases of yarn in a foreign country.
New rule: Yarn may be purchased anytime one is traveling in a foreign country, provided that a pattern is also purchased and the resulting kit is immediately added to one’s Ravelry queue.
Therefore, I now have the following kits in my queue:
The kits were purchased at The Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I had to use my passport to get there; therefore, under the new rules, this SANJOSILK yarn qualifies to be in my stash! Yahoo!! (OMG! I LOVE this SILK and wool yarn — to die for!)
My usual modus operandi is to have about four or five projects on needles at the same time, switching from one to another depending on my mood and how much of any one needle size my hands will tolerate!
I think I know the reasons for just pushing forward with these two right now:
I always have a pair of socks going (and I LOVE this pattern!).
The blanket is actually a christmas present I gave to Jerry in 2013!! Yikes, I’ve got to get this sucker done!!
Every time I looked at it just hibernating in the knitting closet, I felt guilty for not working on it. I had lots of excuses, but basically it came down to this — it’s a boring knit. So I figured that the only way I’d ever complete it was to just go for it. I’m almost done. About 6 more inches to go and I feel like the Little Engine Who Could!
As soon as I finish the blanket, I’m starting Kent’s Grey Cabled Vest and Michelle Hunter’s Mystery KAL Namesake Cowl (Actually, when I start it will be no longer a mystery!) Or maybe I’ll do the Rutherford Hat, or the Entrelac Scarf, or Imagine When Shawl, or the Seahawks Socks, or the Two-tone Twill scarf, or the Linen Stitch Scarf, or …, or …, or ………… So much to knit…so little time….just git-r-done!
Those who know me have often heard me say, “I’m buying no more yarn until _____!” Most recently I was overheard to say, “I’m buying no more yarn until after Christmas!” as I carried a skein of sock yarn and a chevron scarf kit in Seahawks colors out the door of Apple Yarns.
Well, today I had to modify that mantra just a little bit. Andrea at Apple Yarns found some yarn I had been looking for to knit an Entrelac Scarf for my daughter-in-law, Clare, in the exact colorway that I wanted! It is Noro Silk Garden #87. She found it at Wild Fibers in Mt. Vernon about 45 minutes away.
So I altered my manta to “I’m not buying yarn unless it is for a project that I already have in my queue!” I’m fairly safe with this one considering that there are forty-three projects in my queue. So off I went singing my new mantra — I’m not buying yarn unless it is for a project in my Ravelry queue!
Then I walked into Wild Fibers and my resolve seemed to melt away. The Yarn Addict in me took over — I lost any control I may have thought I had — yarn screamed in my ear to be touched — I was in heaven! Wild Fibers is the snobby yarn addicts nirvana! Really! Yarn Snobs only go for the good stuff — you know, the feel-good, natural fibers, expensive stuff!
I actually did better than you may expect. But only with deep resolve and a limited yarn budget, did I leave the store with only four skeins of the Noro Silk Garden, one skein of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Yarn in Seahawks colors, two stitch holders, and a set of the new Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers. All this in just 20 minutes. I hate to think what may have happened if I had stayed for 40 minutes!!
Now I need to go to work on the four projects already on the needles — but more about that next time!
I always travel with a pair of socks on the needles — for three reasons: compact, portable and requires little concentration. So as we packed to travel to Northern Ontario and Quebec to visit friends, I checked my sock yarn stash. There at the top of Sock Yarn Bin #2 was a skein of Sweet Georgia Sock Yarn begging to get on the needles. The colorway was Maple — perfect for Fall knitting!
I had planned to knit on the shuttle bus to SEATAC, but it was still too dark outside; so I cast on when we were through security and waiting to board the flight to Toronto. I kept knitting during boarding and take off. I was almost to the end of the cuff when the flight attendant brought my first cup of coffee — with Maple Leaf stirrers! Good theme and color match for my knitting! I knit all day as we traveled to Toronto, went through customs and boarded the second flight to Sudbury.
I knit a bit each day we were in Whitefish, in between hiking and ATV rides around Rick and Estelle’s couple hundred acres of bush. They are avid hunters and fishers who never have to leave their property to catch fish in the river or track game in the bush. Rick said we had a good chance of seeing a moose! Since I’ve only ever seen two in the wild, both along highways in British Colombia, I was stoked!
The leaves were just beginning to turn and the colors were beautiful — a bit like my Maple yarn!
The four of us drove to Belleterre, Quebec, to spend time at the Lapointe cottage on Lac aux Sables for a few days. The weather was cool and rainy — just right for relaxing and hanging out in front of the big window with an awesome view of the lake. With a fire in the stove, pickerel and moose steaks in the frying pans, and great conversation, we had a memorable time!
It was a wonderful lake with awesome sunsets, despite the weather. I spent a lot of time knitting on my socks while enjoying the sunsets! The colors even looked like my Maple socks!
After ten days it was time to leave our dear friends and head home. My socks were almost finished…
… but these were the only moose I saw –
Until we meet again….I can’t promise moose in Washington, but I’ll promise lots of eagles in January, Rick!