Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yarn Clubs


Hoota thunk !

Certainly not me.  But I have.

Yep, I joined my first Yarn Clubs
this year.



by

My first shipment ARRIVED ! ! ! 









This club is knitspot's club by Anne Hanson the
designer of my les Abeillies Shawl from Camp Loopy this past summer.

Here's a blurb taken from her description of the purpose of this club:
"in this club we’ll knit with a variety of fibers in their natural, undyed state to learn about and appreciate the unique characteristics of each. yarns will be a surprise each month but will include a range of animal and/or vegetable fibers (sheep, goat, camelids, yak, silk, and cotton are some possibilities) in shades from cream to khaki to gray to chocolate—”sheepy” yarns if you will. some will be soft, some will be lustrous, some will have stout, sturdy character that softens over time with long use (like vintage blue jeans). yarn weights will vary; projects will focus on accessories, scarves, and shawls (possibly including a sock or baby item) that feature lace and openwork stitch patterns. "

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AND
this week I received the second of three shipments from
[here's the link, just in case you've a hankering for beautiful yarn]








My little purple-y Owlie Delight came from 
ETA: And, now I just placed an order this morning.

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Not certain when these two yarns will be knit up into some lusciousness because tomorrow is March First.

What's special about March 1st, you ask.
Why it's a start of a new month of kals.
i.e., Knit-ALongs

I'm joining at least two this month and I think it is doable.

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Diane at Knitabulls is having March Monster Madness That is - any monster knit between the first and the thirty-first.
Diane's podcast is great!  Lots of enthusiasm for knitting and spinning.
Plus, if you've a love of English Bulldogs - - -
Take a look, see if I'm right about enthusiasm.

My designer of choice 
for the Monster Madness
is 
I'll be knitting her design of
[there, I did it, THREE links in one sentence]
-   -  - 
A new-to-me designer of knitted monsters 
is
Jenna Krupar a.k.a. RetroLemon on Ravelry

-  -  -
My all-time designer of Monsters
is none other than
[you'll recall Gort the Gym Bag Monster and 
Angus from last month]

I'm going to attempt yet a third monster
for this kal
and that would be Rebecca's
using some very special yarn.

I certainly hope that Penelope is understanding 
when she is third in line for this kal . .  . :*)
and may or may not get finished in March.
>  >  >  >  >  >  >
Must run, time to sharpen my needles ! ! ! 

♥  ♥  ♥
hugs










27 comments:

  1. I love your owl bags! Did they come with the yarn clubs, or did you buy them separately? The green yarn is gorgeous too :-)

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  2. The box bag arrived with the bare naked club shipment, but I'm sure the bag maker, Three Bags Full at threebagsfullstudio.etsy.com
    the purple-y notions bag is from Ocean Patch Creations at http://www.etsy.com/shop/OceanPatch
    haven't visited either shop but should be interesting.

    The green dk came with a cowl pattern designed by Lisa especially for this club shipment

    hugs

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  3. You are just amazing Gerry! I have never heard of a yarn club before, but it sounds interesting. I would love to join a few KAL's, but this spring growing season is coming in early and with over 600 acres to finish planting I am afraid to take on too much more....I'm tired! I have been knitting along on my cardi and am really enjoying it so it's all good!
    Much love.

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    1. Tracey, sounds like you've your hands full all right. Six hundred acres with a heck of a lot of ground to till and seed.
      I've begun a pullover this past week. My very first. It's scarey.
      hugs

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  4. Your bags are just awesome, how do you get them to look so professional?

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    1. Barb, thanks for stopping by. Your visit makes me feel a little guilty for ignoring my quilting. Perhaps this week I'll actually sit down at my machine.
      hugs

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  5. Those owls are inspiring. Love the yarn and the bags and stitch markers. I have no doubt you will have no problem meetinng the deadlines for the KAL's.

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    1. Thanx for the confidence in my knitting speed, Dianna.
      Those Owlies are Hoot-y, Hoot-y, aren't they.

      hugs

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  6. The green yarn is beautiful. Sounds like you will be busy the next few weeks.

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    1. Thought I make a bit of a change from all that Pink.
      hugs

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  7. You have lots of fun projects in the works. Sounds like oodles of fun. I can't wait to see them.

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    1. Again, I sure hope I complete most of my kals.
      Hugs

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  8. Gorgeous yarn and I love the owl bags. Thanks for sharing about the yarn clubs, Gerry. I have been thinking of joining one and will check out your links.

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    1. Stacy, I thought long and hard about joining any yarn/fiber club. Knitters/Fiber Enthusiasts have mentioned that $30-$40 per shipment is a good rule of thumb.
      Keep in mind that clubs may include goodies each month and/or a fiber-appropriate exclusive pattern.
      I've received two shipments from one club and one shipment from the other and have been pleasantly surprized upon opening each shipment.

      hugs
      Gerry

      p.s. Blogger is being obstinate this morning.

      re-posted: Blogger must have read this comment about "Obstinate"

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  9. Been away...catching up...sounds like you're having a ball:)

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    1. Catching up is a hard way to go, isn't it Vicki.
      I'm constantly in that mode.
      And, you bet I'm having lots of yarny goodness.
      hugs
      Gerry

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  10. Oh my!!! you'll be up to your armpits in beautiful yarn and creations!!!

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    1. But what a way to go, Paula. We all love to squish and squeel!!!
      hugs
      Gerry
      p.s. Now Blogger is co-operating.

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  11. I love yarn clubs! I joined one this year and kind of forgot about it and then my package arrived. I like those types of surprises, don't you? Happy knitting -- can't wait to see your monsters!

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    1. It's a hoot every time the mailman leaves a pkg.
      How I love surprizes, Evelyn ! ! !
      My first monsters Gort and Angus were heaps of fun.
      My next will be Chelsea, the Chatterbox Monster.
      I've seen her knit up and she's adorable.
      Hope mine turns out half a cute.
      hugs
      Gerry

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  13. You will love the Mountain Meadow yarn. I love their yarn (and that you can see where your sheep live!) On the way back to Missouri today I started my second Ashton shawlette in sportweight merino from the camino and sons kid ranch in Buffalo WY, kettle dyed in color brass. I'll post to my blog as I progress. The ladies who own this company are incredibly nice. I'm glad to see their yarns getting some exposure.

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    1. With this first shipment from the Bare Naked Yarn Club, Anne Hanson included a very nice write up relating to the merino sheep and about the farm from which the yarn was grown and spun. Wonderful, wonderful info.
      I enjoy your blog from Wyoming, but still would rather you were still here in Jeff for our monthly Knit Nite gathering.
      Keep warm, Joanna.

      hugs
      Gerry

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  14. The Mountain Meadow Yarn is beautiful, I wonder what you'll knit with it.

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    1. Paula, you and me both.
      However, upon visiting the Bare Naked Rav group threads today
      the project is closer to the needle.
      Just may knit up the pattern Anne designed especially for this yarn base that was included in our first shipment.
      Time will tell.
      hugs
      Gerry

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  15. Yarn clubs sound like a lot of fun. Those owls are so cute! You've certainly got your hands full with all those fun, fun projects! Happy Knitting!

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    1. As I mentioned, this is my first venture into yarn clubs. I chose these two clubs;
      a.) Knitter's Choice Yarn Club because I love Lisa's Fibernymph Dye Works yarn bases and color and know I'll love any yarn base she'd care to dye for me
      b.) Bare Naked Yarn Club because I love knitting Anne Hanson patterns and was intrigued with the concept of receiving unusual yarn bases. Am not disappointed with this first shipment.
      The only 'problem' now is WHAT TO KNIT WITH THESE TWO GORGEOUS YARNS.

      hugs
      Gerry

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