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.