The Novelty of it All

It is the outcast.  The “red-headed stepchild” of the yarn and fiber world.  But I love it.  You know what I’m talking about…Novelty Yarn.   

There is Fun Fur and Sparklies and combinations of both.  There is Ribbon and Boucle’ and Pom-poms.  I revel in it all.  I have a supply of novelty yarns that is bordering on the ridiculous in my stash, and I am completely unapologetic about it (I actually don’t have any Pom-Pom yarn…may have to correct that next shopping spree).  

Some of My Stash of Novelty Yarns

Sadly, some of my recent most favorite novelty yarns are now discontinued.  Occasionally I find them on sale somewhere languishing un-loved and under appreciated in a sales bin.  A few of them always seem to find their way home with me.  

Some of them can be a bit tricky to crochet with.  But I love the special effects that can be quickly added to a project by using some novelty yarn. 

After all, one needs Novelty yarn to create a Pocket Monster…..  

Pocket Monster
Purple Pocket Monster

Or the fuzzy fringe for a Felted Fiery Bowl….  

Fiery Felted Bowl

Or adding sparkle to a Free Form Lace Shrug….  

Free Form Lace Shrug

According to a friend of mine that went to the January TNNA show there was talk that novelty yarn is making a comeback. 

Be still my heart!

2010 – A Yarn Odessy

Here I am a few days into 2010 and trying to fulfill one of my New Year’s Resolutions–namely, to update my blog every week.  We will see how well I’ll pull this off.

January should be a good testing ground to see if I can master the time management skills needed to stay on top of submitting design proposals, swatching for new designs,  and meeting deadlines for designs that have sold.  And these are  just the work related items on my to-do list.

A piile of various Big Box and LYS yarns from my stash
A few skeins from the Stash

Another personal resolution is related to the quantity of yarn that is slowly taking over every corner of my home.  Thus the Yarn Odessy title of this post.

The yarn stash needs to be inventoried.  I have a bad habit of purchasing yarn because I have no idea what I actually have on hand.  Then there are the times when the “Oh Shiny!” reaction kicks in and I have to adopt at least one ball of that yarn.

The yarn stash needs to be sorted into storage containers and matched with the inventory.  I have attempted this  numerous times in the past with minimal success….Okay truth be told, it only stayed manageable for about 3 weeks…then it all started to unravel (and the stash  has never been matched with any sort of inventory).

The yarn stash needs to be sorted by usage-Free Form projects, design swatching, and project completion.  This is the point where I completely lose momentum, even when I make progress with the other 2 ideas.

It’s a faulty system.  Digging thru the yarn to decide its ultimate destination becomes far too seductive.  All I really want to do is start playing with the yarn.  Before I know it, the 2 hours I scheduled to sort are past and it is time to make dinner for the family.

Well, now you see why I call this an Odessy.  Ulysses had better luck with Homer than I likely will have with my Yarn.  At least I will have a great time.

Happy Hooks – or Why I’ve been ignoring the Blog

Approximately a month ago I purchased a set of Etimo hooks.  You may have heard of these wonderful hooks when Doris Chan blogged about them this past summer, or read about them recently on the CLF group at Ravelry.  They are from the Tulip Company out of Japan.

They are a lovely light weight and very comfortable in my hand for hours of happy crocheting.

I had purchased 3 of them at Chain Link in August and have really loved them.  In fact, I had been kicking myself for not purchasing a complete set when I had the opportunity.  So when MissJulep tweeted that she had sets for sell at her Etsy shop I was on it!

A few days later my package arrived.  It was like Christmas coming early!

The set is in a lovely carry case that neatly and compactly holds the full set of hooks (plus 2 of my extras), and comes with small scissors, 2 yarn needles (large and medium size) and a 4 1/2 inch ruler.  I added a few of my Clover locking stitch markers and now have a great go-anywhere crochet kit.

Instead of keeping my blog updated I have been a crocheting whirlwind with these lovely hooks.  I hope to soon have lots of new crochet projects to show you,  if I can tear myself away from crocheting long enough to take some pictures!

Ooooo…It is so Cute!

I didn’t blog last week because I was having a week long celebration of my birthday.  And look what I got!

HP Mini
HP Mini

My darling new little HP Mini. It will take me a while to get the hang of the smaller keyboard, but I think Mini and I are going to be very good friends.

It fits in my Project Bag
It fits in my Project Bag

What I really love is how well it fits into my project bag. I can take it with me when I am out and about running errands with my kiddos and anywhere there is WiFi available I have access to Ravelry.

It was already a big hit this past weekend while I was at The Lamb Shoppe for the monthly Pajamma Jam.  Had all kinds of fun looking up projects and profiles on Ravelry. Plus tweeted! I know I can do that on my phone, but I like keyboards.