I do have a lot of yarn- about 8 large plastic tubs full of wool alone. (Side bar- Since I have so much, I've been thinking of selling kits with my patterns. I do have enough for kits for the Watermelon Felted Tote and will be posting them soon since I've already received a request for it.) However, it's mostly Patons. (I went a little wild at Michaels and AC Moore when I found that I loved felting. Don't judge me.) I love Patons- it has served me very well. I have a few Lion Brand Wool, too- I used both wools together in the Marilyn bag I made my sister. I love their colors, I love the way it felts, and I truly do love the way it smells. (I went shopping with my friend and she caught me
Anywho, I really want to try branching out with new yarns- specifically wools for felting, but also different weights to make scarves/shawls out of something other than worsted weight. So, first I went to Webs and scored some wool that was on closeout.
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Well, I can't wait a few weeks for another fix. My wool high was wearing off and I need another hit NOW. I may need wool rehab. But, can you really blame me if I found a sale for 40% off the entire freakin' store? Oh yes, my friends. I found a new dealer. Eleganza Yarns in Frederick, MD had a Midnight Madness sale and, from 9-midnight this past Saturday, their entire store was 40% off. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!! I dragged my Mister out there at 11pm just to get another score. Hey, he's been wanting me to get my crochet back on- blame him for being an enabler.
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1) Elegant yarns Kaleidoscope. It's a self striping yarn- check out some of the projects on Ravelry that have used this yarn- beautiful! It's 100% wool and feltable. I've already planned a project with it- see below...
2) Next is Jojoland Melody superwash. It's a DK weight and is washable- also self striping. I am pretty sure I know what I want to make with this yarn....more on that tomorrow.
3) Dalegarn Tiur- a sport weight Mohair/wool blend from Norway. It was on clearance- 50% off- I'm the best shopper in the world!! Have no idea what to do with it.....
4) The yellow yarn is Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted 100% wool. Again, feltable. If you noticed, I bought a lot of yellow from Webs, too. Yellow is the one color I don't have much of in my Patons stash, so I bought more. That and....I forgot I bought it at Webs when I was at Eleganza. The fumes were overpowering.
5) And finally, the yarn I've been wanting to try for quite a while- Noro Silk Garden. I started using this baby right away. I was a little loopy and didn't know what to do with this colorful woolly goodness, so I started a Half-Granny shawl (more on that in another post).
Being on a wool high triggered my designing impulses. Now, I'm not an organized person. I scrawl my ideas on whatever piece of paper I may find at hand (yes, even some napkins). I've got a lot of ideas that have been bombarding my wool-intoxicated mind and I really would like to use a *single* notebook (rather than one of the many I have strewn across my home), but I also need to utilize graph paper for some of my designs. Yesterday I was finally able to see the solution through the cloud of the wool fumes and off to Staples I went for some more retail therapy.
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So, what started this wool addiction of mine? I actually did not start out felting with Patons. The first item I ever felted was a messenger bag that I ended up giving to my sister-in-law. She has the very first GegeCrochet bag! I made it with Sensations Kashmira wool (the JoAnn's house brand). I never got pictures of it but finally remembered to ask my SIL to send me some. Here is my first felted project:
I crocheted the handle and was crossing my fingers that it wouldn't be too terribly long. It's tough to gauge when you're felting.
I also integrated a pocket. I actually made all my bags like this until I decided to line them. I like the simplicity of the the felted interior and may do the same thing again when I make one for me.
I actually made a second one in the same exact colors with just a slightly different stripe sequence for me.....and then my sister fell in love with it so... I gave it to her. *Sigh* I really want a freakin' messenger bag!!!
So, there you have it- the project responsible for my wool addiction and the ongoing consequences of that first hit. Let this be a lesson to you, kids. Just say no to wool. It may lead you down paths you never would have envisioned yourself traversing- like late night shopping at a store 40 minutes away for a 40% off sale. Besides, if you say no to wool, there will be more for me! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!