Every knitter who knows me knows that I don't have a big yarn stash (but Chris would beg to differ). I like to buy yarn, but I don't like having too much. I know this is going to sound weird, but I feel like I can't be creative when I have too much yarn. Whenever I want to start a new project, I feel forced to use the yarn I have. And even when I don't have a project in mind, I feel like I should really try to find patterns to go with the yarn I already have. So I end up not always knitting what I feel like, I'm just knitting to use up the stash, know what I mean? Whereas when I don't have a lot of yarn, I can just pick whatever pattern I choose and go to the yarn store to buy what I need without feeling guilty.
Oh and also, I don't have that much space for a huge yarn stash.
That being said, I've been shopping anyways. It all started when I decided to order blocking mats from Knitpicks. I just didn't want to order from them without getting some yarn too. And since I was in a lace mood, I got a skein of lace yarn.
Knitpicks Gloss lace in Fiesta. Sorry about the blurry pic, I only realized it was blurry once I got it on my computer.
While I was on the site, I looked at the sock yarn and also decided to get this:
Knitpicks Essential Multi (now known as Stoll Multi) in Tucson. Unfortunately, when I bought it, I thought it would stripe. It turns out it pools (at least that's what it looks like on the Ravelry pics). The colours are still pretty though.
A week or two later, I was looking for yarn for a scarf I want to make soon. So I got this from Robyn's Nest:
Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Dark Earth. Sorry again for the blurry pic. Ordered it on a Sunday night, had it in my mailbox on Tuesday morning! Or was it Wednesday? Anyways, it was the quickest transaction ever.
I'm a member of the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry and I decided I wanted to participate in their Sockdown challenge this year (See the group page for info). I figured I'd challenge myself even more by trying to use yarn from my little sock yarn stash at least for the first few months of the challenge (I had told myself when I started my Froot Loop socks that I'd need to knit 5 pairs before I bought any more sock yarn).
But then I found out the Mystery sock designer for September (first month of the challenge) is Nancy Bush... And that the socks would have to be knit in yellow (solid or semi-solid) to count. I didn't have any yellow in my stash, but dude! A mystery sock by Nancy Bush!
So it looks like I'll soon be the proud owner of a skein of Socks that Rock in 24 carat. I didn't have a choice. The yarn jumped in my cart.