To Knit or.....


Retired life is amazing.  I am so happy. Every day is my own to do with as I please. While I was working I had a little knitting group during lunch, a bunch of us sat together and knitted or crocheted, and gabbed, I helped everyone out on different problems or stitches, it was a very pleasant break in the otherwise very demanding day. I used to say, "This is all I want to do all day". and I really meant it. And now I really can!   I am immersed in my yarn world every day.

 Last weekend I attended the 22nd (for me) NYS Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.  I jokingly refer to it as "My Christmas Day" It was just fabulous, I go with a great group of friends and we spend the whole day touching and enjoying yarn, alpacas, and knitting goods out in the fresh October air of upstate NY. 

I came home with a lot of yarn, I learned in previous years to hold back just a little bit as I had gone overboard so many times and bought yarn without a good idea of what I was going to do with it.  I learned to only buy yarn when I had a good idea of a project in mind and how much I would need to complete said project.  

I was just drawn to this luscious pink colored yarn, so this was my one impulsive buy for this day.

Look at this luscious pink yarn!1 it is Merino Lite from Tess' Designer yarns
The deep red is baby alpaca and merino from Good Karma Farm
The fabulous gray wool yarn is Lanaloft from Brown Sheep Co.

This is my haul.  

But back to the point.  I come home with all this gorgeous yarn. I now have yarn to wind, projects to research, needles to find, patterns to print and read.  Now, while looking for the right needles I realize I have to organize my needles. I like to use circulars the best and almost use circulars exclusively, but I need a better organization method that is easy to use.  Also, then what do I do with the straights?  (I will NOT throw them out) Shall I organize those?  How?  And next, how to organize the yarn?  by weight? By color?  By project? it goes on and on.  Where to stash all the stash and needles?? I have a beautiful new "craft room" that I made in my basement, and I get lost down there playing with yarn, and organizing so that I barely know that time goes by.  But knitting?  At the end of the day I say" I tomorrow I am going to knit ALL DAY!"

Here are my. latest projects in process:
Two at a time on two circulars
Blue Marled Regia Yarn

Diggory-Venn by Izabel Kraemer
in Blue Leicester Wool

Gammel Sandvik Kofte
Norwegian Rauma in Natural and Petrol 

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