Fancy vacation yarn

At the beginning of October I took a semi-spur-of-the-moment vacation to the Outer Banks.  I’ll do a whole post about that later, but for now this post is about the fancy (for me) yarn that I brought back from that vacation.

There’s a local yarn store in Hatteras, NC called Blue Pelican.  I think I picked up a brochure from the information center I stopped at while I had a bridge-related freak-out (big bridges over large bodies of water freak me out; islands = bridges did not occur to me when planning this vacation).  Or I picked it up once I got on Hatteras Island, I’m not sure.  In any case, local yarn store!  They also have locally made jewelry and art.

I was on the Outer Banks just days before Hurricane Matthew would swing past, so when I stopped at Blue Pelican they were in the process of packing up some of the store in preparation.  Even so, the two women who were working were very friendly and welcoming, and one – not sure if she was the owner or not – even went online and looked up some patterns that I could use with the yarn I was considering.

I explained to her that I don’t buy fancy yarn at all, because I mainly make blankets so I use inexpensive acrylic yarns like Red Heart and Loops and Threads and the like.  And fancy yarns tend to come in small amounts compared to the acrylic yarns that I’m never sure how much to buy or what to make.  So her looking up patterns for me was above and beyond in my opinion.  She even printed one out for me!

They were having a sale on a bunch of yarn, so I was able to justify to myself buying six balls of yarn, lol.  All machine washable, because I don’t hand-wash anything.

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Euro Baby Maypole yarn, in light blue, green, and purple;  and green, blue, and brown.  It was 50% off, so I bought everything they had in these colors. It was probably for the best that this was all they had.

I’m going to use the green/blue/brown yarn to make a wrap, because the colors remind me of the ocean and the sand and the grasses on the dunes.  I think it’ll make a fantastic reminder of my trip!

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I’m not sure yet what I’m going to make with the peacock-colored yarn, but it was too pretty to leave behind.

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It’s such soft and squishy yarn, too!  I’m really looking forward to working with it.

 

Crochet Journal

Late last year I suddenly got the urge to start a crochet journal.  Like, a physical journal of my crocheting.  I have a Ravelry page, of course, but I also wanted a hard copy, so to speak.  Maybe it’s a part of getting older, but I wanted something that could possibly be passed on to later generations.  Great Aunt Amy’s crocheting journal, haha.

So I went shopping and picked up an inexpensive sketchbook from Walmart and some shelfliner from Big Lots, and got crafty.

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I covered the front cover with the self-stick shelf paper, wrapping it around to the inside of the cover.

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I searched Pinterest for some inspirational crafty sayings, printed them out, and pasted them onto the inside of the cover and the first page.  I also cut up some washi tape and scattered it on the first page to add some color.

 

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The first entry, my niece’s blue blanket.  I noted the start and finish dates, blanket size, hook size, and a little bit about how I made it.  On the next page I washi taped samples of all the yarn I used, and noted the brand and color.  The following page has pics of the finished blanket.

 

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Another entry, for a car blanket I recently finished.  This time I included the yarn label as well as the yarn.  Consider this page a preview of the blog post for it!

 

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I even included my recent yarn organization.

I’m really enjoying doing this, taking the time to sit down and write it all out as opposed to just quickly typing it into Ravelry.  Of course I’m still using Ravelry, that’s not going to change, but I really like having this physical journal that I can get creative in, too.

Organize ALL THE YARN

My yarn has always been a kind of organized, in that it was – mostly – in bins in the attic.  There were shopping bags up there, too, not gonna lie.  But it wasn’t in any kind of order; it was just thrown into bins and bags willy-nilly, so that anytime I wanted or needed something I had to go through everything in order to find it.  Which was fine.  Whatever.  It worked, kind of.  I had a vague idea of what I had.

Lately though I’ve been feeling the urge to get it sorted, even if I’ve been to busy to do anything about it.

Until Thursday.  Thursday was the first of two days off in a row.  Thursday was going to be the day.  Even though I was working the closing shift on Wednesday, yarn was going to be put in it’s place on Thursday.

Wednesday afternoon I brought down all the plastic tubs and shopping bags of yarn from the attic.  I pulled all the skeins out of the shoe organizer hanging on a wall in my craft closet.  I took the shoe organizer full of yarn off of the back of my front room door.  I piled it all in my front room in preparation for Thursday.  This is what I had when I left for work that evening:

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This is ALL OF MY YARN, except for what’s being used for my current works in progress.  I knew I had a lot, but I didn’t realize just how much until I dug into the pile on Thursday.

 

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This is everything sorted out by color. Yeesh.  Most of it I purchased, but some if it I ‘inherited’ from other people.  The Walmart bag in the middle of the picture contains a half-knitted baby blanket plus yarn that was included in some of the yarn I was given.  I do not knit, so one of my coworkers is going to take it.

 

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This is yarn that is earmarked for specific projects, to be completed…eventually.  One day, these will be lovely finished objects.  But for now they get their own bin:

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Once that was taken care of I started putting the yarn back into the bins – by color, and rewinding balls/skeins as necessary as I went along.

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Best. Purchase. Ever.  I don’t use this all the time, but man am I glad I had it on hand.  It was a lifesaver.

 

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It took most of the day, but now my stash is nicely organized by color.  So now I won’t have to dig through all the boxes and bags in order to find the yarn that I’m looking for.

The tubs on the left are what most of the yarn was in before.  The drawers on the right came from my late-grandpa’s house, and were sitting empty.  Yay for not having to buy storage!

It’s all back in the attic now, nice and neat. And I have extra storage in my craft closet, because the shoe/yarn organizer is now empty!