Admittedly, I am amidst a fiber artist temper tantrum. Its the silent type because who wants to see a 38 year old woman pout over not being able to participate in a MKAL (mystery knit-a-long for all you non-fiber folks out there who may have stumbled upon my blog).
As of the last few months, I have been trying to knit and crochet from my stash. A few yarn purchases have
|My Messy Yarn Room (main stash)|
been made to top of certain projects, but that’s about it. I think 2 balls of sock yarn are about my only “non necessity” purchases I’ve made in the last 6 months… and by “non necessity” I mean – it was needed. The yarn was awesome, I didn’t have it and I wanted it. Therefore – it was a necessity purchase.
This yarn diet is self imposed. The Man really doesn’t care – heck he benefits from my little fiber addiction. I don’t have to not buy yarn when I see it, but I’m just trying to knock down what I have to make room for what I don’t have.
About a month ago, I ran across a MKAL honoring Marie Curie … wha wha whaaaaa? Science, Math and Yarn. That is a triad of awesomesauce right there! (ok, I threw in the Math because its part of the forum, not necessarily the MKAL – but that’s just how my mind works)
Here is a link to the Ravelry Group, just in case you are interested.
Anywhoozles – so here I am thinking I’m going to get in on the action early on. I head to my stash and dig. And I dig. And I dig… and I come up with NOTHING. Nadda. Not a darn thing. I need two light weight yarns, sock weight would probably do because I knit so tight, to give me a gauge of approximately 9-10 stitches per inch. Two colors are necessary – and knowing the mittens the host creates, I know the colorwork will require two extremely contrast colors so the pattern will show up. I have all sorts of self striping and variegated colors but not real solids. I have a soft heather grey – nothing to go with.
So perhaps I shall check my favorite local yarn store… Nadda. He was in the same boat I am in – lots of colored/variegated yarns, but no bold solids.
I go online but sheesh – shipping stinks for 4 tiny skeins of yarn (at this point, let me mention that I am somewhat of a cheap skate). So… no ordering unless I have a coupon or am able to order with several other people (the yarn group I meet with weekly sometimes does that – but not at this very moment). I am such a naysayer on shipping that I actually checked Amazon.com to see if there were any nice yarns covered under my prime membership … nadda there as well.
So now, here I sit – the MKAL has officially started and they are moving into the second clue. I’m looking at the spoiler pictures because apparently not only am I a shipping fee naysayer and cheap skate, but I am also a bit of a fiber masochist. There are some absolutely gorgeous mittens being worked up and I want to be one of those people – but I have no yarn.
Looking for the silver lining – at least not having yarn for the MKAL has forced me to continue focus on the Christmas crafting…
(Granted, this weekend we are going to head over to a couple other yarn stores nearby and I’m going to look there – they are larger than the one here in town so there is a good chance I’ll find my yarn. Silver Lining Adverted.)