Yarnisco Part II

 

atelier-yarns-san-franAfter not being able to visit “Greenwich Yarns” I realised how desperate I actually was for yarn, for a new knitting project, for something to do with my hands.

As it wasn’t possible to visit another Yarnshop on Thursday I googled myself silly that night and made a desperate decision. “Atelier Yarns” was fairily close (according to google maps a 30 min walk or a 10 minute busride) and it opens at 11. We had to check out by 12 but I was desperate to make it work. I purchased the pattern from etsy and I was good to go.

I memorized where I needed to go, what bus rout I’d have to take and after breakfast I left my travelling friend and walked there. (I had time to spare, we always got up rather early, I don’t think we ever really adjusted to the local time in San Francisco).

On the way I stopped at a very cute bakery and got myself a cupcake. It was very delicious! (I only bought it so I’d be able to use the loo there but shhh!)

Once at Atelier Yarns I knew I needed fingering weight yarn, about two skeins, a colour I liked and preferably something soft. And if possible a yarn brand I’d never knit with before. I browsed and browsed and as I was on a tight schedule I almost settled for Madeline Tosh but at the last minute I spottet this gorgeous Sweet Georgia Yarn. It’s a silver grey colour and super soft (and as I’ve come to realize it leaves fuzz everywhere!) with Cashmere and silk contents but sadly I’ve misplaced the tag and can’t remember the exact info or colourway name of it. I think I lost the tag on the plane.

I bought the right needles (Clover Circular Bamboo) for the yarn, stitch markers and they let me wind the yarn there. The lady behind the counter was super helpful and tried to help us three knitters at the same time – there were two other ladys in teh shop, one was travelling as well.

I’d have loved to chat more with them all but I almost ran out of the shop and to the bus only to make it to the hotel with time to spare. But I always get very stressed before flights and I’m very often quite unreasonably scared to miss it.

I was a very happy knitter on that plane.

 

The pattern was “Sugarplum Shawl” by Mina Philipp.

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An influx of new yarn

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I bought this yarn at Mylys in Hamburg. Fantastic shop, very cute and the people there are very friendly

The left one and the mini skein are Madelinetosh, the middle one is Malabrigo and the right one is Quince&co Chickadee. I bought a few skeins of the Quince yarn to make something out of the “Home and away knits” book. I’m looking forward to that.

When I saw that they were doing a fashion show on instagram I instantly wanted to participate but I set myself the goal to first finish the other sweater I was knitting. And when that one was finally done there were other more pressing things I had to do and now I won’t be able to finish it in time of april 10th. Originally I bought the yarn in February when I was in Hamburg for a wedding and even then I was so excited to start, but I think this yarn will get stashed and probably be used sometime in summer because there are a few things that I’ve signed up for that need to be cast on before that.

When I was looking for projects I wanted and needed to finish up I once again realised how much yarn I have and since I’m trying to safe up some money for nice holidays I’m going into stashbusting mode. I won’t buy any new yarn until I reduced my stash by one box of yarn. (I have about four or five rather large boxes. At least one has to go.) I’ll make an exception to this for when I’m travelling and discovering yarn I wouldn’t get at home and for super good deals I might come across. You never know.

[I’ve moved this post over from my tumblr and edited it slightly. Back when I wrote this I didn’t know about knitting podcasts and I didn’t know how seductive it would be to listen to people talking about yarn. I caved. I let myself be seduced by pretty words and pictures. I ordered yarn, from Madelinetosh (that’s just been sent off towards me) and from Plucky the knitter (that’s waiting at the post office for me to pick up) and now. I’m looking forward to that but the statement I wrote back in February is still so true and even more so now.

But I’ll try something new, I’ll do a stashbusting project. Each month I have to finish at least one project that will use up a skein/ball/hank of yarn from my stash. And my stash is not allowed to grow. That means if I do buy yarn I need to knit up more than what I’ve bought. (This month is going to be hard… There have been so many new aquisitions already!)

 

 

[February 2016 and heavily edited in April 2016]