Joji Mystery Knit-a-Long

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Lauren, my daughter-in-law

This is my latest accomplishment.  It’s a wrap/shawl.  It is designed by Joji Locatelli and her pattern is available on Ravelry.  What is a mystery knit-a-long you ask?  It’s a pattern that is released in stages and you don’t know the design.  It’s a mystery.  I think about 4,000 people signed up to knit this pretty shawl.  A clue (part of the pattern) is released about once a week until the full pattern is done.

She is pregnant with Jack, our grandson, and is married to my oldest son, John.  I had her pose with Poppy to demonstrate what a lovely shawl this is for a breastfeeding mother.

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She is so beautiful!

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Thank you Rodan & Fields Lash Boost for pretty long lashes.

 

Check out the pattern on Ravelry.  Like I said, about 4,000+ people joined this knit-a-long from all over the globe.  There are many different color combinations.  You pick 5 colors you like, and you have your shawl.

This wrap is made from Madeline Tosh Merino Light, which is $20 something per skein of yarn.  That’s about a $100 investment in a wrap.  I was not ready to invest $100 in a wrap I had no idea what it looked like.  I waited until the first 2 weeks were accomplished before I committed.  Joji is a beloved designer with lots of well loved designs.  Many people committed because it was a Joji design and knew it would be beautiful.

I’m getting ready to do another Knit-a-long by Andrea Mowry called “What the Fade”.   Find her on Ravelry.

 

Stash Control

When you become a knitter, you also become a yarn aficionado.  When I started knitting, my dear husband, who likes to dote on me, would say, “Let’s go to the yarn store and I’ll get you some yarn.”    He is so generous with me!   I would just go buy pretty yarn.  As I’ve learned and progressed in my knitting adventures, I learned how to buy yarn better.  Now when I buy yarn, I have an idea of what it will make and how much of it I need.

I am also a bargain hunter.  I know I’m going to use the yarn someday.  Yarn can be expensive!  I like to go to the bargain bins.  I often stock up when LYS and Online stores have their end of season sales.  Also, yarn companies will discontinue yarns and you can get good deals on the discontinued yarns.   Just make sure you have an idea in mind and know about how much you need to purchase, because, if you run short, there is no more.

I ran across a garage sale where a retired yarn store owner was selling her last remnants of yarn.   I think I spent about  $500 for $4,000.00 worth of yarn!   I really stocked up then.  She had the good stuff,  lots of Malabrigo.  So, after 7 years of knitting and yarn collecting, I have a large stash.

Here is where I store my yarn.

Fingering and DK collection

This is my expensive fingering collection.  I have a project planned for each skein!

This is my Worsted and Bulky collection.

You may be thinking that I need a psychiatrist at this point.  You may be right.

You want to keep your yarn away from dust and bugs, like moths.  I love yarn and think it’s beautiful.  I like to show it off and look at it.  That is why I keep it in glass cabinets.  I also add cedar balls, to keep safe from moths.  I have them organized by weight.  Fingering, DK, Worsted, and Bulky.

I also have my yarn categorized on Ravelry.  You can list your yarn on Ravelry and search patterns that would work with the yarn in your stash.  Love that feature!  It seems like a lot of work, but I highly recommend, categorizing on Ravelry.  Who wouldn’t like to organize and play with soft, squishy, colorful yarn?

My cabinets come from garage sales and estate sales.  I bargain hunt for everything!  I found a lawyer’s bookshelf yesterday for only $50.00.  I have no place to put it and I don’t need anymore yarn, so I passed.   A lawyer’s bookshelf is a bookshelf with glass doors on each shelf.  Excellent for storing yarn.  See, I do have SOME self-control.

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Lawyer’s Bookshelf

Some people store their yarn in plastic Rubbermaid boxes.  I want to look at my yarn and display it.

I do not collect anything; no plates, no Precious Moments, no glass or silverware or dishes, or dolls,  I collect yarn.  When I travel, we stop at the Local Yarn Stores (LYS) and I buy a skein or two as a souvenir on our trips.   It’s always something I can use.

Ravelry has an App called Stash 2 Go and it has a Local Yarn Store finder program.  Anywhere you are, you can pick ” Find Local Yarn Stores”, and Viola!, all the nearest yarn stores pup up.  Len and I have come across some fun adventures following the LYS app on Stash To Go.

Enjoy your yarn.  We have a short life here on this planet and do what makes you happy. Yarn makes me happy.