My Christmas Loot Part 1

So I told you I am on a self-imposed yarn diet from the 1st of January 2009. Yes, I am because I am in so many yarn clubs and have a lot of yarn still making their way to my New York mailbox. That should tide me over in the next year without any worries of running out of materials for projects.

With the Christmas weekend over, my shipper came by today with some goodies for me. I am excited about all of them but more so about the tube that came from Signature Needle Arts.

After reading about it in the Yarn Harlot’s blog, I had to check it out. Admittedly, it is a bit rich for my purse so I bookmarked the site and looked at it on a regular basis with much longing. So regular in fact that a miracle happened. The husband did notice that I kept browsing that site and said two weeks ago that I can buy them a my Christmas present. Well, it’s sort of expected as he never really gets me anything; I buy the presents that I want/like anyway. But this is the first time that he acknowledged and contributed to my knitting habit hobby.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

To cut a long story short, I now own a green Signature Needle Art size 6, stiletto tip, 10″, bell cap straight knitting needle. *pets* I can’t wait to knit with these.

On the stash-building front, I received:

  • 1 skein of BMFA STR Lightweight in Mustang Sally, a Rockin’ Sock Club colourway btw
  • 1 skein of Opal Magic #1036
  • 1 skein of Trekking XXL #30
  • 10 skeins of Estelle 100% Silk
All of the above were bought from Theresa’s stash on Ravelry. On top of that I received a big 7.5lbs box of Annalea’s entire stash. woOt! I am crazy I know that but I can’t resist a good buy when I see it. Photos to follow.

In the next few weeks I expect to receive:

  • My barn sale items from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
  • Sock yarns from Knit Picks
  • 3 skeins of Sundara yarns from Anna’s stash
  • Madeline Tosh sock yarn from a cosmicplutoknits destash
Speaking of sock yarns, I finally broke the spell and cast on with my first Socks That Rocks Lightweight. I joined a KAL (Knit Along) with the Socks That Rawk group on Ravelry on a pattern called Leyburn Socks. The idea for the KAL is to use a colourway whcih has not been used before to see how the pattern would knit up in different weights and colours.

I chose my Rosebud Lightweight, one of the first orders I made at BMFA. I can’t get over how soft the yarn is in my hands. And the pattern is a dream! It’s easy to remember so I don’t even have to look at the print out anymore. I’m also knitting both socks toe-up on two different circulars at the same time, from either end of the yarn ball as I don’t want to run out of yarn. I also don’t want to have so much leftover either. If the socks don’t fit me then there’s always my daughters or my sister to take them. Here is a WIP photo, I have knitted a few more pattern repeats since this was taken yesterday.

Yes, I’m a happy knitter.

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