Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shopping List

An interesting challenge to myself... If I publicly declare my shopping list in advance, how closely can I stick to it?

After all, I am desperately trying to avoid what happened last year: the blood sugar drops, my defenses are low, and I come home with something like this...

Which remains unknit to this day. I love it, but cannot for the life of me think what to do with it. (I distinctly remember my Mum looking at it, and then me, and saying "Really?" in that are-you-out-of-your-mind? tone of voice.)

So here's what I'm looking for:
-blocking matts and pins
-plain sock yarn in dark colours
-"Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters"
-some worsted weight yarn in a colour suitable for a doll -- since I think the bears might be evolving
-summer lace-weight yarn (i.e. non-wool - silk, seasilk,... ?)

and, of course, I have a standing item on any shopping list: I have full liberty to buy whatever cool/new/interesting/bargain sock yarn I might find.

If you're a sock knitter, definitely put these on your shopping list...

What are they? Clever little cardboard tubes that you can slide your fragile dpns into to protect them. I carry a sock project with me wherever I go (seriously; stop me at the Frolic and ask to see what sock I'm working on) and this is a great way to carry them.

I always worry that my bamboo or wooden dpns are going to get caught on something - or get sat on - and break. This way, I know they are safe. You also can't lose a needle, or a stitch, for that matter. Everything is bundled up nice and tidy. I will happily give you a demo when I show you my sock project on Saturday! (Not advertising, just a happy customer.)


GinkgoKnits said...

I have Vintage Knitwear out from my library right now. I'm wondering what makes you adamant that you get a copy. My initial skim-through didn't put it in my "would be nice to buy" column. So, I'm just curious what I might have missed about it!

Happy Shopping!

Jessica said...

Dark colored sock yarn looks prettier in a skein than it does on the needles, where you it is often a challenge to see what you're doing. Just speaking from experience. I am drawn to dark colors, but darn, on size 0 needles, I'm not fond of knitting with them! I too have yarn that I have been staring at for years, wondering what possessed me. Maybe it reminded you of spring?