Friday 23 August 2013


..of the yarn variety, naturally.

I spent about three hours hanging around Jimmy Beans in Reno. The new place (not that new, but different to when I last visited in 2009) is mostly warehouse with a small amount of stock in the shop at the front. This was GREAT for rummaging because (a) the yarn is all in boxes so I didn't get distracted by pretty colours in yarns I wasn't looking for and (b) there are no prices on the boxes so I wasn't constrained by concerns about the cost. I was very lucky so get some extra work in July which was extremely lucrative, so I was able to rummage at will.

I also made a very restrained order from Knitpicks. I went out with a wishlist which I intended to fill between Jimmy Beans and Knitpicks and I actually didn't get everything on it, though I did pick up a couple of things not on it, so it evens out really.

Here's what I got...
Top row: 
Dream in Color (sic) Smooshy in Pansy Golightly. I couldn't resist the colour which is more mauve than it appears in the picture. After this we went to Lassen which was all grey stone and wild lupins, so this yarn will always remind me of that. I have enough to make a complex, cabled cardigan if I so choose.
Artyarns Ensemble Glitter Light. An extreme splurge. Actually, I wanted a few skeins of the beaded silk but they only had one in stock and I was very lucky to get that because the website said it was completely out of stock, and when they rang it up they put it through as a different colourway so it must have been at the bottom of the box. This yarn matches that, and I have a plan in mind for it.
Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino. Didn't intend to buy this, but I like the colours. They had an extreme bright pink which I nearly picked up but I want to see how this knits up first.
Middle row:
Knitpicks Palette. This is another shawl kit. The last one might have taken me three years but I love the FO so I thought I'd have another go - and it was in the sale.
Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Cloud/Surf. On my list, but I wanted a little more; however, this colour couldn't be left behind and so I bought all they had. It's apparently a limited edition.
Artyarns Silk Splash Light in turquoise with silver. I could just keep this yarn in my bag and pet it, and coo over it, all day, every day. I don't know what I would have done if I'd been able to buy several skeins, because I would never have been able to find a project worthy of it.
Bottom row:
Lorna's Laces Sock Yarn in Black Rock Desert. This is the limited edition colour for August. I like it a lot and in this yarn it's quite faded, which I think is a perfect reflection of the desert. Father Hand spent some time in the Black Rock Desert before he moved to the US so this will make me think of him.
Knitpicks Stroll Glimmer in Runway. Sparkly, bright pink sock yarn in the sale? Yes, please, I'll take two.
Lorna's Laces Honor (sic) in Red State. This was the limited edition colour last autumn; I bought some Blue State in Lion & Lamb and None of the Above in Shepherd Worsted, but this colour really sings in the Honor. It's quite subtle and washed out and the black is almost purple. I bought three but I can't really remember why; I think I might have been thinking of knitting another shrug. But I might buy another skein when I get my Beans Bucks next quarter.

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