Who Else Wants More Yarn?

Posted on Jul 06, 2009. 10 comments

One day I'll be featured on the evening news when my yarn stash falls over and Janice Baccaliere's my Richie Aprile. Does that stop me from buying more yarn? NO.
I visited the Mecca of yarn and fabric, the Purl Soho Warehouse in Tustin. The folks there were so friendly and the merchandise is top quality (and also they totally ignored the crazy). I browsed the website beforehand so I had an idea of prices (the items are premium and priced to match) and what items needed to come home with Mama. It was the first time I saw Japanese Craft Books in person and let me tell you, I want every single book available. There's something about the stark backgrounds in the photography that makes the projects shine, not to mention the innovation and pure ingenuity.
I spent most of my time browsing the books and fabric but I did manage to bring home some Habu. It's made of silk and stainless steel. That's right, SILK and STAINLESS STEEL. I am an equal opportunity Yarn Pig.
I also found some time to spin a little each day for the Tour de fleece (still no f key for the curious). I've been spinning all my phat fiber samples that have even a whisper of blue and plying them with commercially spun Ornaghi filati's Merino Oro.
I love this yarn so much. I want to write a special pattern for my precious. It reminds me of this Peacock we saw last week at the Park
I also love Peacocks. I think they'd make a great companion to my pretend goats. I'll just tell the neighbors they're a special breed of Chicken.
In other non-yarn related news, my Crafts Room is cross pollinating in secret and creating more hobbies.
I made this dress by drawing on repurposed grocery bags. That's fancy talk for "cut up grocery bags." The improvised toddler dress pattern isn't perfected yet but it will as soon as I can dig my way out from under all this damn yarn.


  • Posted by lyssa on Jul 08, 2009

    That steel yarn sounds awesome. I would wear the hell out of that.

  • Posted by Erin on Jul 07, 2009

    Okay – your reference to the Sopranos was beautiful! Thank you for that.

  • Posted by Jennifer on Jul 07, 2009

    How did we miss the purl soho warehouse on the grand tour de California?!?!?!?!?!
    The fam and I were thinking about making another trip, but then I remembered that a certain someone WON’T BE HOME on the 6th of August.

  • Posted by AlisonH on Jul 08, 2009

    I was looking at one of the Japanese laceknitting books online yesterday, explaining them to the hubby, and going no way no how over the $76 price tag.
    And then the guy stuns me by saying sometimes you just go ahead and pay that, if it really is worth it. And I’m going, whoa. My hubby said that? About a laceknitting book? I think I’ve gotten him better trained than I thought!
    The stainless steel yarns, though, Habu hasn’t trained me well enough for yet. It’s interesting, if I wanted to knit me my own car air filters, maybe… Here. You go first.

  • Posted by Victoria on Jul 06, 2009

    “Janice Baccaliere’s my Richie Aprile” is my new favorite line. /love
    Adorable toddler dress.

  • Posted by Heidi on Jul 06, 2009

    you are going to start designing sewing patterns too now? you are amazing!

  • Posted by mindy on Jul 07, 2009

    Cute cute dress! After she turned 4, my daughter wouldn’t touch a dress or skirt. Sigh. I like dresses though. But they don’t make them like I like them anymore. I think we need to talk…
    I kinda like peacocks, too- but my stinking neighbors have absolutely said “no way.” You should hear the bitching that goes on about my guineas. (never mind their roosters, dogs, noisy sheep, etc).

  • Posted by Carrie K on Jul 06, 2009

    When your yarn stash falls over and what? Janice whosis?
    Pretty yarns. Peacocks are not worth it. The screaming is horrifying. Great if you’re a serial killer and need a cover though.
    Cute toddler dress! And so green.

  • Posted by marri on Jul 06, 2009

    lady, how did you get yourself into the purl soho warehouse? HOW?!!! ::seething with jealousy::
    i have imaginary sheep, goats, and alpacas. i’m going to go pet them now.
    (adorable dress!)

  • Posted by Michelle on Jul 06, 2009

    @Carrie Janice is the sister of Tony Soprano. I’m referring to THE pivotal scene in Season 2 (back when the show was really, really good). Richie beats up Janice, she disappears from view. He tells her to bring him a beer. She suddenly reappears, levels her gun and blows him away without a word. My stash is a vengeful stash.
    @Marri Believe it or not, Purl Soho will let any old body in so long as you visit during the week from 9 – 5.

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