Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Much to your surprise

My new abode is now open and ready for business. I've unpacked every box, hauled unending bags of trash to the dumpster, and moved every extraneous thing to the garage - which means, of course, that my car no longer fits. Oh well, it's April and we're no longer in danger of snow.

Today I want to give you a tour of my decadent red bathroom. My friend, Jamie says that it's like visiting another universe. The room starts conventionally enough. It's a bathroom, after all.

Turn around and you'll find the room's centerpiece: an oil painting of my beloved pug, Moose dressed as King Henry VIII. If reincarnation exists, Moose definitely thrived as a dictitorial monarch. The fabulously talented painter, Gary Cangemi, captured his old soul precisely.

Now, what's behind Curtain Number 1? A shower, you say?

NO! It's Julie's yarn stash! A better use of an extraneous walk-in shower has never been found.

Just to clarify, my apartment has two bathrooms; I assure you I take daily showers in the other. Since I would never use this shower, I decided to make it a closet, and believe it or not, this system works well. The boxes are neither clogging closets and nor stacked up in the corner of my office, plus there's plenty of light in there unlike the rest of my closets. I organized everything in accordance with my own wacky brain so now I can actually find my yarn. My stash is officially and decadently stashed. I love it.

On another note, I've not yet started hacking up (!) my Handstrikket. Instead, I'm taking a much-needed break by knitting Northman mittens. I'm really enjoying this pattern - I'd forgotten that you can knit something in a week or two rather than in multiple months. Plus they're just beautiful. David Schulz, the designer, simply created a divine pattern. Check out the beautiful thumb patterning.

The front of the mitten is pretty, too.

I love the halo proffered by the Berroco Ultra Alpaca, which is 50% Peruvian wool and 50% alpaca. This is my favorite yarn right now and it's on sale at Webs, too. I'm trying with all my might NOT to buy 20 skeins for some project-to-be-named-at-a-later-date. As you know from my shower, I've got more than enough stash for decades to come.

A normal, mature woman knits up what she has rather than buying more. An addict pays the mortgage every month for the owner of Webs. As I keep telling myself, I am powerless over yarn and my life has become unmanageable - except for that yarn shower, which is completely under control. Now, back to resisting good yarn sales...


  1. Love the 'couture' bathroom!
    Now I am serious about this..you need to hold a
    sale of your stash..advertise and have payment via Paypal. Seriously. That is a lot of stash!
    Although not as much as this(which you probably have viewed before)


    The gloves look gorgeous!

  2. that's not a stash... that's a store!

    and if I put some of mine on sale, you'll be the first to know in case you'd like to make a purchase! ;-)

  3. I love the idea of using the spare shower as a yarn closet. BTW, I've seen much larger stashes so you can keep adding to yours if you want.

    Right now I'm at 26 of the 92 quart clear bins filled with fiber and yarns. Those are in my downstairs dye/craft room. In the main part of the house there are about 6 more. A friend of mine has such a large stash she opened a yarn store. :)

  4. Calico, 26 of 92? You're a girl after my own heart! One of these days, I'll have a craft room instead of a craft shower - I envy you!

    Thanks so much for reading my blog - I really appreciate it.

  5. I love the deep red bathroom walls, Julie! What an innovative idea for the stash. I have mine in a dresser in the living room and in a few plastic bins in various closets, but a shower stall is a way better place, especially with the fabulous fabric curtain.

  6. Thanks, Ann. I know that when I croak, someone will come into my abode and exclaim, "What's with all the damn yarn?!" They will be right. But so what? ;-)

  7. The bins are 92 quarts each and I have 26 filled at the moment. I'm taking a ride this Sunday to an alpaca farm who had shearing this week. I already know at least 1, probably 2, fleeces will be coming home with me. That will make it 28 bins. lol

    I enjoy reading your blog. I've yet to brave colorwork. The one time I tried, the sock didn't fit over my ankle. I need to learn to loosen the floats a bit. :)

  8. Thank you, Calico! I would LOVE to see what you come home with from the Alpaca farm. I envy you the little junket. Are you going to spin the fleece yourself? Send photos!

    I have to admit, I'm scared of knitting fair isle socks because I know they won't stretch. Maybe anklets? Haven't tried this yet. You might want to start with something easier like a hat. Charlene Schurch's book "Hat's On" is terrific. I've made a bunch of hats out of that book. Here are the Ravelry and Amazon links to the book. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/hats-on.

  9. Calico, one more thing... yesterday, someone published these cute fair isle socks on Ravelry. These might address the fit issue related to stranded socks:


  10. Thanks for the links. I'll check them out.

    Here is the link to my first sock.


    I'm going to rip it out and figure out how to put just one butterfly on the outside of the sock and the one on the heel.

    I can't just finish them and give them away because the yarn was dyed in memory of my dog Babs.

    BTW, no alpaca for me. The owner wasn't there, didn't put it aside for me, and didn't tell her granddaughter about it. I left contact info and hope to hear from her soon.

    Each fleece is about 5 pounds. Yes, I do plan to spin it. Some will be blended with other fibers and dyed first.

  11. I'm giggling about a "normal, mature woman." Do you know many of those? ;)

  12. Hmmm... dunno about that... but that label certainly doesn't apply to me, Shelda!

  13. Oh yes the yarn shower. Mine has been filled for about 20 years, ever since we bought the house. We never use the shower (obviously!). I should get in there and sort it all out! Might be like Christmas!