Tour de Yarn

Apparently, I’ve been doing a buttload of yarn shopping this month! I didnt really realize it until the other day, when I looked around my apartment and noticed all these random bags of YARN! It was all very innocent, I SWEAR. If I’m going to go all the way to IKEA in College Park, shouldn’t I stop by Folk Art Studio in Bowie (I realize that it’s at least another 20 minutes from IKEA, but let’s not dwell on that, ok?)? Don’t you think it’s a shame to exchange such great emails with Holly and never go visit her at work? And of course, if I’m going to go on a whirlwind tour of yarn stores, I can’t forget my old favorite (where, of course, Jacqui busted me on my shop-hopping!! :) hee.)!!

Of course, it wouldn’t be any fun to read about all this shopping without getting to see any of the goods!! Therefore, I present you with these:

guilty stash
This is what I bought at Folk Art Studio when I wasn’t supposed to buy anything at all. I call it my ‘guilty stash’. The chunky stuff is Lamb’s Pride Burly Spun in a gorgeous fuchia. I couldn’t leave without it. It’s soo soft and FUSCHIA :) The other is a ball of Trendsetter DUNE. I originally saw it at Knit Happens MONTHS ago, but they’d run out of the pretty purpley colorway. This was the first time I’d seen it since, and I wasn’t about to leave it behind.

guilty stash
Next on the tour was Knit Happens. Besides hanging out with Erika and Holly, I managed to pick up Last Minute Knitted Gifts and 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces in Bittersweet. Clearly, Hayley loves this acquisition almost as much as I do (actually, we all know exactly how much she liked it, but I don’t wanna be reminded).

black and more black
Last, but most definately not least, I stopped by Woolwinders for what appears to be a PILE of black yarn! I bought two balls of Lana Grossa FUMO (wool/mohair/acrylic blend), 1 skein of Blue Sky Aplaca Bulky, and two balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (for thrummed mittens** that I can use with my scarf and kitty hat!) The fluffy, rainbow-y goodness to the left of all that black is beeaaaaauuuuttiiiful Alpaca/wool roving that Chelsea was SOO VERYVERY kind enough to bring me from Rhinebeck for my thrummythrums!!

Now, with ALL THAT LOVELY FIBER, wanna see what I’m actually working on? Take one guess…

red heart
Yep, that’s a Hallowig.

I’m thinking that I may be some sort of yarn fairy for Halloween. What the hell a yarn fairy is, I have NO IDEA, but I’m strapped for inspiration. This is the first Halloween I’m not working in like three years, so I’m a bit out of practice. I figure the Hallowig, matching wrist warmers, fishnets, a pink skirt, black boots, angel wings, a whole lotta sparkles and pink makeup and a basket of yarn and I’m SET! {{shrugg}} If ya got something better, PLEASE, let me know.

The one major glitch with this plan is that my ribbing is atrocious! I CAN’T RIB! WHAT THE ^%*^$!!? Seriously, see for yourself:

bad ribbing
The purl stitch after my knit stitches are ALWAYS LOOSE! See?!?!!?

I know it must have something to do with the tension, but I can’t figure out how to fix it. I pulled and pulled and PULLED and I could not get them tighter. And it ONLY happens on the transition from knit to purl. Purl to knit is tight as all hell! Now I have two sweater projects I want to undertake, but I don’t want to go anywhere NEAR them until I can figure out how to fix this, because one involves tricky cables and the other is ALL RIB. So uh… this is kinda where I ask you more experience knitters who know what they’re doing to HELP ME! HELP ME PLEASE! :)

I honestly can’t believe I’ve been knitting off and on for 4 years and obsessively for almost a year and I can’t rib correctly :( sad.


Now, in case any of you are concerned about the fate of my prettypretty Lorna’s Laces, have no fear. All is good:

It all ended up looking WAY worse than it was. {{whew!}}

Hope you’re having a trauma-free Monday!! :)

** This may be a stupid question, but can you make thrummed mittens with Cashmerino?

5 Responses to “Tour de Yarn”

  1. Holly Says:

    I love, love, love the idea of a yarn fairy! If I had enough of any yarn in the stash to make a hallowig and matching wristwarmers, I’d steal it! LOL! :) Thank goodness the Lorna’s Laces is doing so well… Hayley’s not allowed anywhere near it, is she? lol! I’m not quite sure what to tell you about the ribbing. I’d have to see you rib in action to see what’s going on. Use the hallowig as a practice piece for the sweaters – you might find that as you get more used to doing it (“in the groove” as I like to say) it won’t be as apparent. Good luck!!!

  2. Audrey Says:

    Hey, my rib does that loosie-goosie from knit-to-purl too. I solve it by pulling the second knit (of the k2) tight. If I yank on the first purl it does no good. Also, I think (after knitting two hallowigs) that they look and fit best when they’re on the snug side, for what it’s worth.

    I love the yarn fairy idea too!

  3. carolyn Says:

    you are ribbing correctly – it is a very common problem altho sometimes not quite as obvious as that. :) it is also exacerbated by use of non wool yarn. i.e. with cotton or poly it will show up much more drastically, wool is always more forgiving. what you can do is wrap the yarn the opposite way around the stitch as you normally do when you purl. then on the next row when you get to that stitch it will be mounted wrong. so knit thru the back loop to twist/untwist it back right. make sense? according to that masters of knitting or whatever it’s a very common problem. also as someone else mentioned it is always the second/next stitch that pulling tight works on, not the actual stitch you’re concerned with. so that may help as well.

  4. paula Says:

    I ignore the loose purls after knits.. they sorta work themselves out once you’ve knit it all and the yarn has a chance to smoosh around some. the knit next to it would get a little looser and even it out, I think. too much effort to futz with it every stitch!

    btw- folk art studio is super fun! Though I work in greenbelt, and consider bowie the other end of the world!

  5. froggy Says:

    wow, great yarn. i need to hitch a ride with you. you picked up some yummy yarn! and yarn fairy is such a cute idea. can’t wait to see pics.