why there will be no PayDay excursion today…

No, this is not an ad for the upcoming summer knitting chick-flick film blockbuster entitled “How Blue Was My Valley”.  I can only wish.

Instead, this is a photo of only one of the yarns that I forgot… yes, forgot!… that I had in the stash.   It was like Christmas in (almost) July when I finally got around to sorting out the stash room yesterday, let me tell you.

I should mention that I think most of the yarns I will show in this post were purchased within the past year (or so say the vague flickers of my brain when I was struggling to remember whether I had actually bought this stuff, or whether the Yarn Fairy had been overly generous of late.  I know – nay, I hope – that the knitters who visit this board will understand this ongoing problem of moment-specific amnesia that I apparently suffer from.  That is, I buy the stuff, I photograph it, I post yarn pron on my blog and then the yarn actually ceases to exist.  Hmm.

Anyway, first in the roll call of Great Forgotten Yarns: this gorgeous Handmaiden Lace Silk!

Two skeins of it!  I’m racking my brains trying to remember what it was for.

Next, a skein of Sea Silk in a forgotten colourway:

I do recall that I bought this relatively recently… but that’s it.  I don’t know where.

And next?

Ah, yes.  This one, I remember.  Phew.  I acquired this on a trip to Knitomatic – I went there frantically after work one day, having decided that I just had to make a geometric rib-fronted sweater by Norah Gaughan right then.  I could have bought something more pedestrian like Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, but also just had to have some cashmere.  This was at least five months ago.

And this?

Again, another must-have from Knitomatic.  It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?  It certainly doesn’t deserve to languish, forgotten and unloved, in my stash pile of stuff on the floor drawer…

Man, my back is starting to get sore what with all the self-flagellation, really.  I had even managed to forget about this:

Schaefer Anne in perhaps the most beautiful colour ever.

And what’s this, then?

Ah, yes – some Berocco suede that I was desperate for longer ago than I care to remember.  I entered a swap with Natalie to get my hot little hands on it. I was going to make the Snapping Turtle Skirt by Norah Gaughan with it…

And, finally this:

More forgotten Lace Silk!  And again, two skeins.  I have no clue when I bought this, where it came from, etc.

And actually, I must confess… that isn’t really the “finally” item.  There are more photos – but I’m starting to get rather embarrassed.  As I was, by the way, when JJ ignored the crime scene tape that I had glued the stash room door shut with while cleaning and came in to see me surrounded by … well, yarn.  I then told him that I had forgotten buying much of it (all right, all right… I then confessed that I must have been in a trance when I bought half of the stuff that he saw surrounding me on the floor).  He just shook his head and, thankfully, left.

You may have noticed that I had taken most of the photos on top of a piece of graph paper with scrawls on it.  That was my attempt to catalogue the stash.  I soon gave up… but the list does document:

– eight skeins of Malabrigo laceweight (each around 500m)

– nine skeins of Fiddlesticks laceweight (each 600m)

– nine skeins of Misti Alpaca regular laceweight (each 400m)

– seven skeins of Misti Alpaca Handpaints laceweight (each 800m)

– eight skeins of Blue Moon Silk Thread (each 1100m)

– two skeins of Claudia lace thread (each 1100m)

And, that’s without the Handmaiden.  And, that’s also only laceweight stuff.  It does not take into account the Super10 stash (which now has its very own container) or other lovely stuff like the milk yarn that Amy had so kindly sent me some time back… or the lovely yarn from Clarabelle (not naming the provenance as it is very, very hard to come by and my UK blog friends are having problems getting enough for their own needs).

Plus, it appears that I now officially have enough laceweight yarn to cover Canada with lace.  And, in case you weren’t aware, Canada is a very, very large country indeed.

So, that’s it.  No more PayDay excursions for a while.  And yes, I know I’ve said this before, but this time I mean it.  Really.

Off now to phone the insurance company to up my household coverage…



PS.  And, no, Amy – you can’t have my yarn.  Sorry.


9 thoughts on “why there will be no PayDay excursion today…

  1. tracyb says:

    I love your tags for the post. I am filled with greed and gluttony as I peruse your pictures. Lace yarn takes the prettiest photos. I want to pet it.

  2. quazeekat says:

    I do love the Anne yarn too! As I read this it could very well be me writing about my yarn. I have several buckets, and I do mean buckets–the kind with huge lids–full of goodies. You are in good company madam! I have not purchased any yarn in months…can’t afford another bucket (only $4.00) and that is my excuse!!! Lovely pics.

  3. Sequana says:

    The only thing you left off that list of yarns up there was a partridge in a pear tree……..*S*

    It’s a STASH! If I began listing my fabrics here, it would be even longer, and I’d have no idea when I purchased or what project I had in mind. Maybe I just liked the look of the fabric.

    And that doesn’t mean you won’t come up with a pattern that you just love and don’t have any yarn for it. Be prepared.

  4. kelly says:

    We might be soul sisters. I may not have enough lace to cover Canada but I surely have enough to knit every single person a hat. I discovered the extent of my shame yesterday (which caused me to only purchase two wee balls at Romni today — one was a gift, well seven, and six were gifts but the recipient of five of them was actually with me so they barely graced me with their presence). Perhaps we should get together, avoid yarn stores like the plague, and knit, knit like the wind until we can whittle our respective stashes down!

    (PS are you on Ravelry?)

  5. Kathyararious says:

    Thank the gods for little favors—like I’m not into lace knitting. I have sock yarn, I have worsted weight, I have cottons, both functional and fancy, I have 85 shades of charcoal grey, I have mohair and some more mohair, I even have some stuff in shoe boxes stacked on bookshelves, but I only have 2 skeins of laceweight. Not bragging, just thankful. Now wait – – – does that kidsilk hazy type mohair count as laceweight? Aw, shit.

  6. clarabelle says:

    I was going to hiss a few choice words (in total jealousy), but I’ve noticed that you’ve already tagged the post with quite a few of them yourself!

    You shamelessly greedy yarn-glutton, you!

  7. Soo says:

    Can’t wait to see what you buy today!! 🙂

    (Inside I’m crying for the Handmaiden yarns you so cruelly cast aside…)(Let this be a warning. Next time I’m reporting you to the RSPCY.)

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