Yay! It's Knitting and Crochet Blog Week! When I logged onto Ravelry this morning, I realized that I had plum forgotten about all of the blog week goings-on. I do believe that a good half of my friend bloggers are participating.
First of all...some context.
I haven't been a hardcore knitter for all that long. My mother taught me how to knit, just knit, when I was a wee lass in sixth grade. I focused on it enough to make scarves for myself and my BFF at the time (and she still has it! After tennish years!). But I soon grew tired of having to wait for my mother to cast on hundreds of stitches for me and I wasn't as resourceful then, so I had no true desire to learn how to cast on/bind off by myself.
Flash forward to 2006/2007. I'd started dating Matt and was starting to turn into the eager little crafty lady you see before you. After high school, I started stalking the Craftster forums and my eyes were opened to so many different creative opportunities. I discovered Etsy and the T-Shirt Surgery community on livejournal, and I remember that some of my first conversations with Matt, the ones where we started to fall in "like" with eachother, were related to my crafty endeavors. Crafting and knitting also offered me the opportunity to bond with Matt's mom (she knits) and Matt's dad (he draws and take photos).
|Danica Scarf, my first "real" project|
I decided to take up knitting again and made myself a Danica scarf from Knitty's Winter 2005 issue. My first "real" project was an entrelac scarf! I didn't understand why people were impressed, but, looking back, I think my mother cast on and bound off for me. I taught myself how to do those things later on.
Ok, now on to the yarn deetz...
The yarn I used for my Danica was Patons SWS in Natural Earth. I feel in love with it after seeing Tragicheroine's version posted on a Craftster knitting forum. And, for my first twoish years as a "new" knitter, that SWS was the best yarn I used.
|Wool Ease, Patons Classic Wool, Vanna's Choice|
I guess I really got into knitting in Summer of 2007, but that is up for debate. And from then until just recently, about 7-8 months ago, I bought ALL of my yarn solely from Joann, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Anna Lisa, I can hear you screaming at me from here. And I still have it all! Even as I average a skein of tosh per day or two, I still use acrylic blends from time to time. Some of it (especially Lion Brand Wool Ease and Vanna's Choice) are very soft. Out of the two, I would rate Wool Ease a little better in terms of feel, but Vanna's Choice offers a lot of better colors. I've also used Simply Soft a few times, but it has a little too much sheen or my preference. As I try not to be a yarn snob (which has become harder since working at my LYS), I will NEVER use Red Heart Super Saver. But I won't judge you if you do :)
|My first splurges: Eco Wool & Noro Kureyon|
|Stitch Nation in Full of Sheep & Bamboo Ewe|
|Cascade Eco+ & Malabrigo Sock|
The thing that really turned on my yarn hoarding (and constant splurging) happened last September: I started working at my LYS. When you spend 20-25 hours each week surrounded by beautiful yarns and enablers (coughCHRISTIE/ANNALISA/KATEcough), it's difficult to resist temptation. While this can be a bad thing, especially on the 25th of each month when my credit card bill is due, it is also a beautiful thing. I'm constantly inspired by all of the beautiful colors and patterns that I have access to each and every day. And it's an even more beautiful thing when I get to help people make their yarn selections and you can tell that they're just as crazy/inspired/irrational as I am.
|Knit Picks Palette|
I guess I just need to learn how to splurge more ;p