Gift knitting/crocheting is done, Christmas related yarn swaps are done, and presents are received – so I organized my stash again last night.
This looks so much better, doesn’t it? So much more pleasing and soothing to look at. And everything is now easy to actually get to, and easy to add to while still keeping things organized by color!
I got some reds in swaps and as presents, but I’m still lacking in when it comes to oranges and pinks.
The exposed stuff is worsted acrylic and the ones in the clear thing in the upper corner are sock yarns. There’s also some variegated and sparkly acrylic, but that’s now in the drawer where the sock yarn use to be. I plan on getting rid of all the “fun” yarns and the red/green/white stuff – both the Mistletoe and some other of a different brand I was given. I made 2 ugly sweaters from it, but the novelty of it is over and I don’t want to store it anymore. I will be finding somewhere to donate all that soon.
I like this new setup a lot, but I think the worsted wool and alpaca looks kind of lonely over to the side by itself…
And I don’t know what to do when/if this box gets filled.
(Doesn’t really look like it, but it’s organized by color with variegated is on top.) I plan on focusing on buying wool & alpaca this year (both worsted and sock yarn) and like I said, making a lot of afghans – which should use up a lot of the acrylic – so we’ll see what happens.
Oh – what I was going to talk about that I realized (see, 2 weeks later like I said) is that my local Michaels actually has a pretty good selection of worsted wool, and that my local Walmart has Fisherman’s Wool at a really good price now. I finally decided to take a look at the local Michaels – which is actually a little closer than Joanns – when I got a great coupon for there. I had been to other Michaels, but never went to the local one because at the others the selection was the same as Joanns but with higher prices. But at this local Michaels, their acrylic selection isn’t too great, their sock yarn selection is pitiful (Joanns is getting better about that now, but still leaves much to be desired), and their prices are still a couple of bucks higher than Joanns, but they have a much better variety of worsted wool than the local Joanns. And the Fisherman’s Wool is cheaper at Walmart than Joanns even with my discount. So all that should help with my worsted wool buying.
Not that I’m giving up on supporting the LYS, indie dyers, etc. – just switching gears a bit. The money that I usually would have spent on acrylic at Joanns will now instead mostly be going to wool at Michaels and Walmart, and instead of buying worsted wool online and at the LYS I will get sock yarn from them.
I don’t even what to go through and try to figure out which Christmas gifts I mentioned being finished and which I didn’t. They’re all on flickr. So I’m just gonna move on…
Last night I finished a “For Good Hat” for a KAL
and started on matching mittens. The Vancover Fog kept my hands warm enough until about a week ago, at which point it suddenly started feeling like what I’m used to in winter around here, and my fingers started getting frozen. So those will be more of a fall/spring wear and I will be wearing this hat with the matching mittens for awhile.
I’m so glad that Christmas is over and I can just decide to start something new without thinking “Will I still have enough time to finish [x Christmas gift]?” I really have to knit/crochet Christmas gifts throughout the year next year. But I don’t even want to think about that right now…