Wednesday, March 22, 2006

S.A.B.L.E. Update!!

Dear Friends,
I am overwhelmed. OVER.whelmed. I have so much yarn, I can probably consider myself an S.A.B.L.E. X 3, that would be Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy X 3!! So, what do I do?? I buy more. Logical, because what if I have 4 lives to live, not 3??? The Spring Fiber Sale was this weekend in Oregon City. My hubby and I anxiously await the arrival of this show as it is the harbinger of the fiber festival season: Black Sheep Gathering in June, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in September(check out highlights from 2005 here), and hopefully Yarn in the Barn sometime around October. I am also hopefully, perhaps, maybe, if there is a fiber goddess, going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May and will be able to have the great joy of seeing my dearest friend Linda, another neuroknitter of sorts, who is lucky enough to live in Baltimore and acquire stash for my 5th life expectancy! Actually, I don't want to buy anything, I just want to spin on a Golding wheel again.

Anyway, back to reality! I purchased two skeins of Alpaca lace weight yarn from Tammy of McKenzie Alpaca Breeders and some Pygora-blend roving and batts from Susan of Rainbow Yarns Northwest. I have never spun with Pygora before, and I loved the colors! Somebody please, remind me to bring my spindle next year! It would've been grand to be able to spin and chat with dear hubby, Alina, Jen & Kevin, and Julie!

Knitting update: I ripped out my Jaywalkers. That's right, two whole socks. They just didn't fit well. I liked the yarn. I didn't like the socks. I ripped. End of story. Thank goodness for murder mysteries on a Sunday afternoon! I re-skeined, washed, and hung the yarn to dry. I'll keep you posted on what it morphs into--no surprise to be sure, but another pair of socks.

I finished one STR 'Marbles' sock, and will start its mate soon (as in tonight!).

And, guess what I finally got to open on Monday morning!!! My STR Sock Club box! Oh happy day!! To make a long story short, my box was being held captive in the bowels of the local post office from Saturday when it arrived until Monday morning. This was because the local post office is in Scappoose, OR and isn't open on Saturdays. However, they do put mail in your box until 10:30-ish a.m., but you are only allowed to retrieve packages until 8:30 a.m. They are very clear, and very strict about this time line. So, it is quite cruel that they put notices in your box after you have been there at 8:30 a.m.!! Don't you think??? Anyway, I have my beautiful yarn, my notebook, my pattern, and all my cool goodies, so I'm happy. More than happy. Ecstatic. Check it out....Max and Keeley approve!!! As if!!

Look what else was waiting for me at the Post Office....dang PO!! These are two skeins of "Harvest" sock yarn from Sundara. Awesomely soft!! My photo doesn't do justice to the rich autumn hues seen in this colorway. Yum!

I'll leave you with another shot of this really cool tea flower that our friend Alina gave Pete. You add the hot water and it blooms into this stunning floral arrangement! Thanks Alina!!!


shannon said...

Oh, NK, I am envious of your gorgeous stash. Enhance it, girl, and I will live vicariously through you, because I am trying over here to be good. Trying real, real hard!

Can't wait to see what the Ex-Jaywalkers turn into (I admire your resolve on that, and your honesty - if you aren't going to wear them, might as well ribbit, eh?)

Wool Girl said...

NK, you took a beautiful photo of this Pygora. Having seen it in person was wonderful, but let me tell you, this photo is really wonderful!