Monday, June 04, 2007

Flash me, baby ;)

My Secret Pal 10 moderator is running another contest. This time, we have to flash our stash :)


This is where my yarn is stored, for the most part. It's my "Fiber Arts Center" in my living room and these bottom three drawers hold most of my yarn. The top shelf in the picture there holds a wooden silverware holder. In each compartment are things like stitch markers, cable needles, crochet hooks, straight needles, row counters, gauge meters, etc. To the left of the drawers, between the Fiber Arts Center and my bookshelf, are all my photocopied or printed patterns. I have QUITE a few :P

The bottom shelf of my bookcase houses these three baskets, which hold the yarn overflow, as well as another document holder full of printed/copied patterns.

This is sort of the misc. dregs of my yarn stash, in the two baskets on the left. Random stuff mostly given to me by my Aunt. The cones are leftovers from my college weaving and textiles classes, oh....14 years ago :) The bag of skeins on the left is my stash of Dark Horse Fantasy yarn...AMAZING stuff...50% acrylic and 50% nylon, but softer than most of the alpaca I have :) I'm using one skein to make some ankle socks and the rest I'm saving for a shrug or shawl or something like that :) Something warm and soft and cozy to wrap up in on cold evenings.

Next is the stuff I got at Stitches West that hasn't found a new home yet. From left to right, 2 skeins luscious Malabrigio, a 280 yard skein of worsted weight 50% tussah silk and 50% merino wool, Joseph Geller Peruvian tweed alpaca 600 yard skein of delight and 5 skeins of purple and green woven ribbon yarn. I think the ribbon yarn is going to become something for my sister. The tweed is destined for a small shawl and the other two are just pets at the moment :D

Here we have a mish-mash from the top drawer in my Fiber Arts Center. Many of the cakes on the right are my handspun. The skein top middle is handspun from my spin to knit pal. The pink and brown skein in the middle is a recent handspun of mine, kinda fun but doubtful I'll ever do anything with it :) Bottom middle-right is a cake of DELICIOUS Manos de Uruguay that I'm saving for just the right project. Misc. other stuff :)

This is some recent cotton purchases from the top drawer. Two skeins of Patagonia cotton on the left, delicious and soft, destined to become some arm warmers. On the right is my stash of elann yarn that Is in the works for a shawl I'm making. 2 skeins used, only 7 more to go : It's this wonderful mercinized cotton :) Bottom is two cakes of random other cotton...leftover peaches and cream and some TLC.

Second drawer and we get into the world of alpaca and wool a little more. Top left is several skeins of Knit Picks in various combinations of wool, alpaca and silk. They were all originally purchased for fingerless gloves and/or socks. Top middle-right is my stash of Indiecita alpaca. Sinfully delicious stuff. I'm hoping for a shawl or tank top out of it one of these days. To the right of that is some sock yarn I got in a recent swap. Bottom center is two skeins of Plymouth Grande Alpaca wound into cakes. I keep meaning to make them into a purse. Bottom left is some green denim tweed, some dark brown alpaca and silk laceweight (recent swap goodie) and some delicious green alpaca.

Middle drawer part one...4 skeins of some merino 2000 I got from my LYS intending to make two-toned fingerless gloves. On the top right is three skeins of sock yarn called "Dancing" in the colorway "Two-Step," which is cotton, wool, nylon and elastic...once I figure out how to make socks finally, I'll have some awesome self-striping socks with that stuff :) Below all that is my misc. cotton...sugar and cream, peaches and cream, King Tut, and CottonTots.

Rest of delicious drawer two: Top left is two skeins of delicious Patons Rumor, which is an alpaca and acrylic yarn. Next to that is another skein of wool sock yarn a recent pal sent me. Next to that is some rust colored silky wool. Two cones from college days follow that. Next row is a cream colored skein of Plymouth Alpaca grande, a delicious skein of Inca Cotton in colorway Oz, most of a skein of Rowan Plaid, which is a wool, alpaca and acrylic yarn. Bottom right is some Plymouth Baby alpaca brush. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, but it was alpaca and on a killer sale, so I bought it :)

Here we have the dregs of the bottom shelf :) Caron's Simply Soft in two different colors of blue, indended as either pants or a sweater for my son. Below that is some delicious alpaca from a recent swap and below that is this really soft fun stuff from No Boundaries (Wal Mart brand yarn) that I am almost out of. Super soft...maybe a airy scarf one of these days for a gift....

Next to my Fiber Arts Center is my coat closet. Inside the door is a shoe holder, where I keep my growing collection of circular needles :D One pocket per size, with the Knit Picks cables and some antique metal circulars in the top larger pockets :D

That about does it for the yarn stash, but I also have a spinning stash...which eventually BECOMES yarn, so I thought I should include it as well :D When the coat closet door is closed, my spinning wheel lives there :) On the tall shelf above my knitting stuff, you can see many of my spindles, my wheel bobbins and lazy kate and my wheel oil. Above that begins the fiber stash :D

Top shelf is wool. The orange and the blue on the left is "fancy" prepared wool from Carolina Homespun. The two on the right are natural wool I got for free and processed myself. Ug! What a pain! Next shelf down is dark brown alpaca, grey alpaca, cream suri alpaca and my flicker and combs. Bottom shelf is dark brown wool and dark brown alpaca and some more bobbins. Under the bobbins is a flat envelope full of silk hankies :)

On top of the bookcase is my large bags and bags of about 5 lbs of wool I recently sent away for processing after I got it all for free about a year ago on Craigslist :D I'm spinning the buttery light grey wool on the right plastic bag right now. On top of my Fiber Arts Center is my ball winder and PVC niddy noddy :D

And there you have stash! After seeing everyone else's I just think I need more yarn :P


  1. Wow - what a post!
    Great stuff!
    Thanks for playing!

  2. ooooh look at all those knitting looms peeking out here and there! Looks like my stash! yarn, looms,spinning wheel!! wooo hoo! a yarn crafter after my own heart!