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Stash Add 20/01/17

Somebody’s been shopping again….and that someone might be me. Time to share the new additions to my stash but before you start to shake your head, I did just finish a knitting project last night! So it’s not all just adding to the pile, there’s some heading out too.

To be fair, I was searching for a pattern so I can sew up my pretty fox cotton fabric from the last stash increase. None of the stuff I had suited what I was going for – a loose tunic style dress perfect for hot days. When I saw Spotlight had a massive sale on I just had to partake. Three patterns for $15, and across all the brands? Yes please! I ended up with nine new patterns, but not just for me!

So the first one is what I was after, and the other two will go well with fabric I have stashed. See? There is method to my madness!

A few items for Jason. As he’s a bit of a big guy he has trouble finding t-shirts that are long enough, or if they are, they are enormous. His wardrobe consists of 95% black shirts with some sort of game title on it (the life of a video game reviewer, you tend to get swag). So my goal is to hopefully find some NICE non-black fabric to make some shirts out of.

A few more goodies for me, some cute comfortable looking sleepwear and a floaty high-low hemmed top. Pretty sure I can stash-bust some more fabric with this pattern.

Last but not least, a few clothes for kiddos. Ahhhh the cuteness!

I also picked up a batter dispenser (perfect for making pancakes or waffles or even putting cake batter into cupcake liners), and a couple of new pizza trays as our old ones had to be tossed.

So that’s stash one. Stash two was a new order from KnitPicks, that drove me crazy with how long it took to arrive. Seriously over three weeks from the US to Australia is atrocious. But it finally turned up a couple of days ago.

I got some more blocking mats, so I can use them for larger projects, and this very pretty yarn bowl made of rosewood. Glad I pounced it when I did as they were new to the site and seem to be out of stock now! The wood is darker than advertised, which I am completely happy with. And more importantly, no more cat fur on my yarn balls, as they now have a place to sit while I use them.

I did also pick up some new yarn. This one is Gloss Fingering Yarn in the colourway Bordeaux, made of 70% merino wool and 30% silk. I thought this was perfect for a shawl as it’s meant to have great drape and the silk provides wonderful texture to stitches, not to mention the lovely feel!

I bought five skeins, giving me 1100 yards, or 1000 metres. I had a pattern all picked out for the shawl, but I guess as this order took so long to arrive my love for it died. Do any of you knitters find that? Pick a pattern but then when the time comes, it just doesn’t seem right any more?

So I spent quite a few hours over the last two days trying to find a new pattern. I think I’m a little scared. My comprehension for patterns is not great, and I just don’t understand how to interpret them. It’s not about learning new things, that’s fine of course, but it’s about learning too many new things at once and getting frustrated or making mistakes and stuffing it all up. So I was browsing patterns and having to discard them as they sounded a bit too advanced for me or it just wasn’t what I was picturing in my mind I wanted.

I have settled on a pattern now, so that’s a relief! But I can’t show you yet, as it’s meant to be a gift!

I got some yarn for me, this gorgeous Shadow Lace in the colourway Tidepool Heather. I’m trying to be a little more adventurous with colours….not just all blue!

I love the heathered look. The Shadow Lace yarn, for the most part, is more muted in its colours, but the heathering is so pretty and adds a variety to simple patterns. Look at those flecks of blue and green and yellow that make up this colourway.

And finally, something I’ve wanted to get my little hands on. It’s more expensive than a lot of the yarn on KnitPicks, but cheaper than anywhere else I am going to find it, just under $15 for 437 yards/400 metres. It’s 100% silk – Luminance yarn in the colourway Grace.

I’m not sure if the full brilliance of this yarn comes through in this closeup, but it’s smooth and glossy and just exquisite. Again, with the colours, I chose this pretty pale pink. It’s going to make such a delicate scarf, can’t wait to play with it!

So there you have it, the latest additions to the stash. I feel like I might have to think of a nickname for it, it’s gotten quite substantial.

Until next time, have fun!