Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Not WIPs yet!

So this would be a WIP Wednesday post, but I don't really have any WIPs to talk about. Mainly because... I finished my socks!!! Check back in on Friday to see them in all their pink stripey glory. But, because I've been working on them, I haven't done any more to the poncho or the filet panel, which are now my only two WIPs.

Never fear though, for I have been on a stash-enhancing mission this week. In preparation for the year of projects which kicks off on Friday, I've been doing a bit of shopping. I decided early on to work out exactly what yarn I needed for all my projects, so I could save money on postage costs by ordering it all from the same place. My first two orders were placed on Sunday.

From Deramores I ordered three yarns and four pairs of circular knitting needles.

James C Brett Marble Chunky, Sirdar Simply Recycled and Rowan
Pure Wool Aran, plus 4 pairs of circular needles

Deramores is great! You get free delivery if you spend over £20, and when you sign up to their newsletter they send you a special code to get 5% off all further orders. They have a great selection of yarns, including Rowan, Sirdar, James C Brett, King Cole and Patons. It's really cheap too, compared to my local shops. I ordered on Sunday and it came today.

My other order was a bit more exciting. I went to Great British Yarns as they stock Knit Picks. I've heard so many great things about Knit Picks yarn from the Americans on Ravelry, so I was desperate to get my hands on some for my Year of Projects patterns.

Shadow Tonal in Canopy, Palette in Serrano and Shimmer in Elderberry
Again, I ordered on Sunday and it arrived yesterday. Fabulously speedy service. Sharon's on Ravelry too, and has set up a group for the shop here. She's really helpful in the forum as well, so I know I'll be back to order from her again. I may even venture down to Bath to visit when the new studio is open later on in the year.

I am very pleased with my Knit Picks yarn. The colours are gorgeous, and the Shimmer is so silky soft (it's an alpaca/silk blend). My first project is going to involve the green laceweight, and I can't wait to get started.

I'm going to have to re-arrange my shelves to get all this yarn to fit. But look! I have a stash! Some of these yarns are going to sit on that shelf for months before I knit/crochet with them! I think I just levelled up again.


  1. Excellent yarn acquisitions there ;) The James C Brett Marble Chunky is really good, I used it for a tank top and was surprised how soft it was. Didn't know you could get knit picks in the UK though *runs off to have a look*!

  2. the selection at GBY is really good. she doesn't have Chroma yet, but has the full range of Palette colours.

  3. Fun purchasing!  The best kind of shopping in my eyes!

  4. Alittlebitsheepish29 June 2011 at 20:40

    Delicious looking yarns. I really liked the knitpicks I tried, will definitely be using it again, such gorgeous colours

  5. Lovely new yarns!
    I just linked up with you for WIP Wednesday :-)

  6. Hoooray for Stash :) I love having a Stash (but sock yarn doesn't count).

    Also, you'll love the Knit Picks. I have some in my stash...I haven't actually used it (any of it) yet but it's nice to pet so I'm going to assume it'll be lovely to work with :)


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