Twenty one COMPLETELY VALID reasons to buy more stash *

1) You just got paid.

2) You’re getting paid tomorrow and you’re worried it won’t be there when you come back.

3) Your friend talked you into it.

4) Your friend tried to talk you out of it but you think she/he secretly just wants it for themselves.

5) It was on sale.

6) It might go on sale and then it will sell out.

7) It accidentally jumped into your hand at the store and now you can’t put it down.

8) It accidentally jumped into your online shopping cart and you accidentally clicked on ‘check out’, and you don’t want the web people at the other end to judge you for being indecisive.

9) You need it for a project.

10) You might need it for a project.

11) You don’t need it for a project, and wouldn’t it be good to have at least SOME materials that aren’t already earmarked?

12) You’re on holiday. Holiday purchases don’t count.

13) You’re going on holiday and you want to make sure you take enough crafting with you.

14) You’re on a day trip in a new town.

15) The craft store *just* opened.

16) The craft store is independent and you want to make sure to support it.

17) It’s just so soft/so beautiful.

18) You’re trying a new craft and you need supplies.

19) You’re getting your mojo back on a craft you already do, and some new materials would TOTALLY motivate you.

20) You just want to buy yourself something pretty, OK?

21) If you stuff it in a pillow, there’s totes room for it in your house.

BONUS REASONS

22) You were worried your existing stash was getting lonely with nothing new for it to play with.

23) You didn’t buy it, you swear the stash is multiplying when you’re not looking.

You’re welcome.

*I have used at least half of these.

Monsterful…Tuesday?

So yes, this is a day late. The normal posting schedule was interrupted by me coming down with an evil lurgie and taking the day off yesterday to give my body a chance to properly fight the cold, which included no blogging and no internet (Candy Crush doesn’t count. Neither does chatting to the Best Beloved.). It’s something I think I’ve finally adjusted to after 4 1/2 years in New Zealand- staying home when you’re sick, especially if you have a cold. In the UK, people will crawl into work on their hands and knees. Here, you stay home, rest, get better and hope not to give what you’ve got to other people. I think it’s definitely a more enlightened approach. I’m definitely grateful this week for being able to take time off to get better!

Mega-destash-happy-fun-times

On Saturday, I grabbed a big suitcase (and a big overflow bag) and headed over to Newtown for the Social Wool Fair, to sell as much as I possibly could. It went gangbusters! I was busy most of the 6 hours, chatting and tempting and watching people pick up pretty balls of yarn and put them down with a sigh of “I mustn’t!” (usually followed by them coming back, giving me some money and taking said ball away with them).

I was huddled in my little corner with two great ladies, Suzanne and Adrienne, both seasoned market people, on either side of me. In the lulls between customers (they seemed to come in waves) we would sit around knitting- in fact, here they are in one of the lulls (that’s my stall in the middle):

Knitting fun at the Social Wool Fair

For the last hour they did their best to talk me into spending some of the money I’d been making selling my stash on buying more yarn. There was Socks that Rock. SOCKS THAT ROCK! It wasn’t easy to stay where I was and not go throw money at one of my fellow destashers. Luckily the Best Beloved sent me texts during the afternoon with such helpful messages as “Just in case: No, no and…no” and “resist!”- because he knew I really wanted to do so. The end result? I sold about 3/4 of the yarn I brought with me, to many happy yarny ladies (and the odd man), and made $360.  I had a fun day, with good company (and delicious toasted sandwiches), nobody rubbed anything on their boobs (I think that’s the yarn equivalent of ‘you break it you buy it’), and I’m considerably less yarn-heavy.

Knitting inspiration

Obviously, it being the Social Wool Fair, there were lots of handknits on show being modeled by stallholders, customers and some adorable (and very lucky) babies.  One in particular that caught my eye (and quite a few other peoples’) was this scarf, as made and worn by the lovely Anita from Vintage Purls:

Anita in her favourite things scarf

“Make sure you get my daleks!”

Can you even? The photo doesn’t do the gorgeousness of this scarf justice. When I see something that stunning, of course I had to ask if there was a pattern, and as it turns out, it’s available free on Ravelry- called ‘My Favourite Things‘, the idea being that you use the basic formula to create your own scarf covered with your own favourite things. Lots of people have contributed charts they’ve used, and of course you can always use my tutorial from last Tuesday to create your own. I’ve added it to my queue of must-knit projects- though I’ll have to wait until I’ve knit down the stash a bit more before I can justify buying yarn for it. Anita made hers with a glorious merino-cashmere blend from Plucky Knitter- SO soft and strokeable and, she says, “it keeps the wind away from your neck!”- and I’d like to splurge a little and make this in a really fabulous yarn- we’re talking bright semi-solid  colours and lovely soft fibre- alpaca, cashmere, maybe a little silk or yak…oh yes, this will be a work of art.

Thus far my list of things I want to put on the scarf includes: TARDISes, anchors, Supernatural anti-demon-possession tattoos, hearts, skullflakes, cups of tea, pirate ships, swallows, the White Tree of Gondor, waves, beer, wolves, Star Wars Fair Isle, soot sprites (because Miyazaki!) dragons, Cthulhu…yep. This might be a LONG scarf.

Special mentions

Looking forward to seeing the Best Beloved this weekend, Burger Fuel PBJ burger, my little wheat bag, full fat Coke (the magic potion for going back to work when you’re only at about 99%), Miss Patty from Gilmore Girls (“Who wants to hear about the time I danced in a cage for Tito Puente?” MEEEEEE, I DO!), hexipuffs, the mindlessness of binding off a quilt, and being able to get tasty food delivered to your door (they do say, starve a fever but feed a cold- last night I fed my cold with Kumara chips and aioli, and a snack-size pizza from Hell’s Pizza).

What about you? What are you grateful for this week? Or for bonus points- what would you want on your own Favourite Things Scarf?