Thursday, January 25, 2007

Fiber Friday - No Dieting Here

I have decided that a yarn diet is just not going to work for me. I mean who was I trying to fool? Diets of any kind have never worked for me. And a self imposed yarn diet is no exception. Honestly, as far as diets go, a yarn diet is probably the least important I could even attempt.

I figure as long as I keep everything reasonable and I'm still able to meet all my obligations, and nothing is suffering because I'm buying yarn, there should be no problem. Besides, nothing is that bad for you with a little moderation, right?

I was out running some errands last weekend and one of my stops was next to an AC Moore. So I decided to stop in and see if anything good was lurking around on the shelves.

I found this cotton you are looking at in the clearance bins. It is King Tut cotton. I had never heard of it before, but it feels pretty good and the price was right. The skeins are 182 yards/100 grams. It has a really nice sheen. I assume it is mercerized though the label doesn't say, but it does indicate it can go through a washing machine. Which I always think is a plus.

The night before this diet busting trip, I was browsing through my Mason Dixon Knitting book and was admiring the Nina Shawl. I was thinking that a Nina Shawl made in cotton would be great for the office in the summer. Our office is like an ice box all summer. I think whoever is in charge of the thermostat at the office needs to have a thyroid check done. I have to keep at least one wrap or sweater available at all times. So I figured I would add the shawl to my list of projects to do sometime.

So, how luck can a girl be? I just happen to stop by a shop and the clearance bin is holding a yarn that will be great for a project I'm wanting to get started. I just had to go ahead and get it.

The colors are nice and springy - so I think they will work well together in the stripes of the shawl. And since I don't think I'll need it until spring, I have plenty of time to worry about getting finished.

10 comments:

Trillian42 said...

King Tut Cotton is great stuff - I'm bummed that ACM has decided not to carry it any more. (Although I too visited the sale bin on that one)

I will warn you - it likes to split a little as you work with it, but it is nice stuff. Can't wait to see what your shawl comes out as - the colors are great!

turtlegirl76 said...

AC Moore clearance bin yarn doesn't count as breaking a yarn diet anyway. That's just admitting that you're smart. Who wouldn't buy the perfect yarn for a project they want to make when it's in a clearance bin?

It is great stuff. I did the sister shawl with it and it was pleased with the way it worked up - but I'll echo the semi-splittiness of it. Patience is key.

Bezzie said...

I think a lot of mercerized cotton is splitty though...
Very cool score! I'm a cotton yarn ho and color me that middle color of yarn!

Bobbi said...

Buying yarn on clearance for a project you already had in mind isn't ruining your diet. It's just good sense! Great colors and shots, I'm especially liking the green :)

Julie said...

Love the colors - can't wait to see the shawl. Our office is also a refrigerator all year long; I use a little heater winter and summer!

jackie said...

thanks for visiting and supporting my recent house-buying decision! i am trying to resist a visit to the yarn store myself today--i just can't see why i shouldn't go go go!!!

i will now ready your entire blog instead of working. :)

Angela said...

They need to modify the rules...clearance bin yarn should not count.

Ang

Zonda said...

Nice!!! I was so hoping it would be the sale one at 75% off, but not! Still cheaper there! We still have a bit left!! I'll be getting some soon I hope..Yeah, as for the yarn diet...so hard to do!

Jen said...

Pretty! Yes, it's mercerized, I just finished a baby sweater with it. It's beautiful yarn, but splits if you use sharp needles so get out the addis! :)

love the colours -

cpurl17 said...

Pretty colors! I haven't seen that yarn out here were we don't have AC Moore. I agree with the others tho'--yarn on sale doesn't count towards the diet! :)