Yarn Mood

Yarn Mood

Happy Wednesday!

Happy yarn mail day happened last week and my stash got just a little bit bigger.

Alpaca/wool yarn

Several months ago I took part in one of Andi’s KAL/CALs in My Sister’s Knitter group and to my huge surprise I won a yarn shop gift certificate! If you are still not a part of this amazing group, you should join immediately!! This is a super friendly place where everybody is very supportive, different theme KAL/CALs are being hosted all the time and where you always have an opportunity to win great gifts from the sponsors. What not to love?

My win and a huge sale at WEBS (yarn.com) were a happy coincidence – I got absolutely amazing Peruvian superfine alpaca/wool blend for a very reasonable price. Stockbridge is being discontinued right now, which is such a pity. The yarn has great reviews, there are thousands of projects with it on Ravelry and it has a great color selection. If you hurry up, you can still snatch some skeins at a very yummy price here – Stockbridge Yarn. Personally I love the way it knits up. The fabric created is light, soft and drapey. It will be amazing for casual cozy sweaters! It was a big challenge to choose a color, I believe there are over 20 shades available, I ended up choosing Light Gray – my neutrals obsession continues. 🙂 I especially enjoy the slight color variations which gives depth to the fabric.

This is the second time I order from WEBS and I love everything about it except the delivery time. I placed my order in April and got the yarn only last week. But I must say that the price for international delivery is very reasonable, so I won’t complain.

Alpaca/wool yarn

When I get new yarn, I very rarely start a project with it immediately. It has to stay in my stash for awhile, before I get used to it, make dozens of swatches and finally decide what to make with it. This weekend I was organizing my craft space and realized that my crochet hooks are covered in dust. After my crochet cardigan fail, I haven’t crocheted much, except swathes for my dress experiment. Maybe my abandonment of crochet can be explained by the fact that I never get to know yarn through crochet swatches, only knit ones. I have to start making two swatches – one knit, one crochet – this way the ideas for my crochet hook will start flowing.

Alpaca/wool yarn

A couple of weeks ago I was one of the guests on Our Maker Life blog where I, with other participants, had to answer the question about creative process essentials. You can read my full answer here – What three things are essential to your creative process? As I mentioned there, my process of creating a pattern is very different from just casual just-for-fun knitting/crochet experiments. Knitting for pattern requires so much concentration and this is especially true with my Moeke Cardigan. As much as I enjoy swatch process, I am happy it is finally over for this project, because it took forever!! Each knitwear piece is like a mosaic to me, consisting of many many pieces – the fit, the color, the stitch patterns, the construction, the yarn. There are so many ingredients that gets overwhelming. The important thing is to mix these ingredients in a harmonious way, because if just one of them is off, the whole mosaic falls apart. I am happy to say that I finally got my recipe and now the hardest thing is to stop myself and take meticulous notes and not rush through the project.

Moeke Yarn Cardigan

I hope you are having a great week!!

P.S. It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my current read. Right now I am enjoying “Einstein. His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson. A fascinating very well-written biography! See you at Yarn Along!


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By | 2016-06-29T06:42:47+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Work in Progress, Yarn|24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Andrea @ This Knitted Life June 29, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

    So great you can gets WEBS down in Mexico! The world is so vast yet so small. Yarn mail is the best…enjoy….beautiful things to come, I know.

    • Alina June 29, 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

      Thank you, dear Andrea! It is a very convenient website for yarn shopping, As I always have enough yarn in my stash, I don’t really mind the delivery time, especially at this price!

  2. Donna June 29, 2016 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Webs is the yarn mecca. I live about 90 minutes away and it is dangerous! You got some real nice yarn. Ironically I picked up my crochet hook this week too after a break. I knit far more that crochet but it feels good to get into it again.

    • Alina June 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      90 minutes away from WEBS?!! Oh, dangerous indeed… I am striving to get crochet back into my creative life!

  3. caroline June 29, 2016 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I too have had a big break from my first love, crochet. Somehow i’ve added far more knitting than crochet projects to my to make list. I do love your new stash of yarn, what a great win!

    • Alina June 29, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Crochet was also my first craft love! I am so determined to get back on track with it!

  4. Sarah June 29, 2016 at 9:11 am - Reply

    What beautiful yarn! Your photography is just incredible, Alina!

    • Alina June 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sarah!!

  5. Ruby June 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, that is a crazy long time to wait on a fluffy mail package, but I totally understand–we are so very spoiled in the States! I’m glad you loved your yarn once it finally arrived–it looks scrumptious in the last photograph. Happy crocheting! xx

    • Alina June 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I think this was the longest I had to wait for my purchase, but I am not complaining – it is here, safe and sound 🙂

  6. Zeta June 29, 2016 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I also had yarn mail (sock yarn and new needles) today and I’m -la la la- all day! 😀
    How on earth did you manage to choose in so many yarns? I would still be there scrolling around!
    Amazing choice though! I’m already seeing something gorgeous taking form there! 😉

    • Alina June 29, 2016 at 7:01 pm - Reply

      Yay for a yarn mail day!! To tell you a secret, I am scrolling around there every week, it is my Sunday treat 🙂 How obsessive am I, right? 🙂

  7. Caffeine Girl June 29, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    It looks like you really lucked out on the WEBS yarn. I’ve heard good things about Stockbridge. I wonder why they would discontinue such a well-liked yarn?
    I have only tried a little bit at designing knitwear, and I have to agree that it is a mosaic and every piece has to be just right!

    • Alina June 29, 2016 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      I am also surprised why it is being discontinued… Such a shame! Knitwear design is definitely a puzzle!

  8. Becki June 30, 2016 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Alina, I came in here yesterday and before I could leave a comment, I clicked on the WEBS link and got lost on their website and forgot to come back. lol It was a happy lost, though. Can’t wait to see what you create with your new yarn. As an avid crocheter it’s very gratifying to read that you appreciate crochet – and call it your first love. I’m going to also check out the other links in your post above. You write such informative and thoughtful things. I am always feel inspired and informed when spending time here.

    • Alina July 1, 2016 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Oh, thank you so much for these words and your support, Becki!! I am so happy you feel inspired by my little space!

  9. pat June 30, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    To celebrate my birthday last year my knitting neighbor and I went to Webs. It’s a 45 minute drive from my house and that place was incredible! A month later we were driving up north again. I’m happy you won the giveaway and you will do that beautiful yarn justice.

    • Alina July 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

      Oh, 45 minutes to WEBS – you are living on the edge 🙂 I think I would camp there, this way I would save up on rent and spend it all on yarn 🙂

  10. Jody July 1, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Yay you got it! I was thinking you got it a long time ago and didn’t mention it. And of course you went with grey 🙂 It fits both you and Andi!

    • Alina July 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Jody!!! It was an amazing gift, I am so happy to finally put it in use!

  11. Julie July 1, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

    ooh, that is such a great prize and you’ve made such great choices from WEBS! I saw the comment from the reader who lives only 90 mins away… so dangerous! Glad to see you crocheting again, it looks awesome.

    • Alina July 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! WEBS is so tempting to be nearby with!

  12. karen July 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    congrats to being a big winner 🙂 lucky you and you deserve it!!

    • Alina July 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Karen! It was such a huge and pleasant surprise!

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