My stash has grown just a teensy bit in the past two weeks week. I know, I should focus on what I have and not be buying more. There was a split second when I hesitated, but then I squished the yarn in my hands and surrendered. I’m just not strong enough to resist merino.
While we were in San Antonio a couple weeks ago, my husband and I decided to have a little fun. We went to golf stores for him and yarn stores for me. We visited both the Yarn Barn of San Antonio and the Knitting Nest in Austin.
I was really impressed with the Yarn Barn of San Antonio. It looks like a little house just off the main road. It’s very cute! We walked in and were immediately greeted by friendly staff, who then left us to browse. (If you know me, that’s exactly the kind of thing I like: friendly and then left on my own.) They carry a wide variety of yarn, including the standard Cascade but also some local hand-dyed yarns. I particularly loved that as I moved toward the back of the store, the yarn just seemed to never end. It looked like there were plans to expand around the corner in the back as well.
Unfortunately, we visited this store before our nerve-wracking interview, so I wasn’t yet in the mood to buy yarn. I do plan on stopping by again in the near future. The local hand-dyed yarn and roving were particularly gorgeous.
I did spend money, though, at the Knitting Nest in Austin, where we stopped after the happy conclusion to our interview. The Knitting Nest is a very open feeling space, with comfy seating off to the side. The first thing I noticed, though, was a wall of colour that greeted me at the door. It stretched at least halfway to the back of the store.
The first thing I grabbed was a local hand-dyed yarn called Jaunty by Bronotta Yarns of Austin, Texas. It’s this gorgeous, vibrant red fingering weight yarn that is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon. I see a gorgeous pair of socks coming out of this hank.
I also picked up a Malabrigo worsted skein in the colorway Pollen. I have some of this in my stash already. In fact, the yarn is being used to make my Dryad scarf by Jared Flood. A few weeks ago, I had been lamenting that I only needed one more hank of this yarn to make the exact length I wanted, but finding the yarn proved more difficult than I had hoped. Then, we walked in to the Knitting Nest, and there it was. Fate! I had to buy the yarn.
We’re getting to the last of this year’s yarn acquisitions. Starting January 1, 2014, I’m going to be participating in a very big challenge: a stash-busting challenge. During the year, I can only use yarn that is in my stash, and I cannot buy any yarn until I’m out. That also means that I can’t buy yarn to finish a project either. It’s going to take some creativity. Gifts, of course, are not included because I just got done telling my family that when in doubt, buy me yarn. This should be exciting!
What is your stash like? Is it getting out of control (like mine), or do you keep it fairly manageable?