I've been trying to save money. I don't know how to save. I feel like I need to buy enough yarn to keep me busy for a while, so I won't spend money if there comes a time when I don't have any. So I bought some yarn. Actually, the yarn is for projects that are on my to-create list. I picked up some more yarn for a third attempt at a bag for Jen (see the failed results of the second attempt below); I purchased more lovely Elsbeth Lavold Cotton Patine (I ordered some online and then bought more in the store. I want still more) for Crumpets; and I bought enough yarn for a somewhat secret project--it's only secret for six more days, so I'll post pictures after DG exclaims over it (because he will). We went back and forth about color choices, but when I decided on the Lamb's Pride, I had to choose without him. The lighter color is more grey than I envisioned, but the blue is similar to something he liked. Here's a sneak peak.
I'm using Lamb's Pride Bulky, which I got on sale. I was thinking about using Cascade 220, but it hurts my fingers. The mohair in the Lamb's Pride is shedding all over, and it makes me sneeze, but it's better than knitting with glass-encrusted wire, I mean Cascade 220. I think I've figured out that it's specifically Peruvian Highland wool that irritates me so much. Mohair, too, but I refuse to knit with 100% mohair anymore. I have some Elann Highland Silk, and that is just as irritating. I usually love a 50/50 wool silk blend. I find that other wools are itchy and make my eyes and hands itch or nose run, but those two are the worst. I can handle merino with no problem but slightly itchy hands, same with most superwash wools.
So this second attempt at a bag for Jen was so close to right. Yeesh. I followed the pattern in One Skein Wonders, but I changed the yarn from Noro to SWTC Karaoke (another example of a wool "silk" blend that is wonderful). Boy, oh, boy does that yarn felt. This bag is so small. I guess I should have monitored the felting better. I also shrunk another item a little too far, but that item is still usable (it's also for DG, so pictures later). It's from Lamb's Pride Bulky, too, so I'm considering it a test run for the next project. This bag is definitely going to be hidden somewhere, at least until I know a little girl who will appreciate a doll-sized bag. I don't think the colors were really Jen anyway. The browns of the current bag yarn are much more suitable.
I didn't buy any yarn for Isabella, but I leave the page open on my computer so I can gaze at it. Soon. I will make room on the list for this project soon. Before I run out of money.