Thursday, July 13, 2006

KWC and More Bargains!

OK. I promised you a picture of my complete Knitting World Cup project, so here goes. Unfortunately, try as I might, I couldn’t get a good picture, so pardon the poor quality of the photo.

Overall, I’m reasonably pleased with how it turned out. As mentioned previously, it’s more of a shoulder wrap or stole than a shawl as I had originally intended. I knew that would be the case very early into it, but being a complete lunatic I couldn’t stand the thought of frogging it, starting over, and potentially missing the KWC deadline.

Now the only question is: What the hell am I going to do with this thing?

A soft, delicate, lovely lace cashmere shoulder wrap/stole/shawl? Obviously, I won’t wear it while I’m busy in my dye workshop. I must wear it out, of course! Yes, that’s it, OUT. Hmmm … Shall I wear it when I go bowling? Or perhaps when I go to my husband’s softball games? Maybe for a trip to Costco? Or better yet, the supermarket since then I can go in the evening, as it really does beg to be worn as “evening wear.”

Sigh. I guess I don’t have a lace-cashmere-wrap-life! Maybe I’ll tuck it away and give it to my sister for Christmas. She works for a real estate developer and has five kids, but hey, at least she heads into the city at least once a year or so to catch a Broadway show or something of that sort. And she’s a redhead, so the spring green color would be lovely on her.

Now on to yarn bargain talk! I have one more round of 99 cent starting price auctions on eBay this week and they are DOOSIES! This may be my last batch for a while, so get ‘em while you can. I was really pleased to see a couple of blog readers pick up super bargains last round and here’s another chance for y’all. (Did I suddenly turn Southern? What the heck happened there?!?)

You can click on the photos below to directly access the auctions, but these are so juicy that I feel compelled to tell you a little more about them.

The first two below are Large Loopy Mohair Boucle. They are super soft and silky and so much fun to knit with! You can knit with it alone on big ‘ol needles (there I go again, turning Southern) or combine with another yarn to add texture and visual interest. I also like to use this yarn to add interesting touches to felted projects. The yarn will felt, but still retains a lot of nice texture so it makes for interesting trim or embellishment in felted projects. Anyhow, this type of yarn is quite expensive in retail shops but for some reason does not move very well on eBay. I have A LOT of this yarn, still in its undyed state (and also a smaller version of Loopy Mohair Boucle). I’ll likely dive into dyeing more of it as we move into Fall, but I thought I’d unload a few of these last orphan skeins. Because I haven’t seen much interest in this kind of yarn on eBay, I think these auctions may go off for a ridiculously low price. I don’t care much, as it’s just a couple of skeins and I need to get rid of these orphans that are taking up space, but someone is going to get a heck of a deal on some very nice, fun yarn.

As to the other auctions, the third one below is a 50/50 blend of merino and silk. I don’t carry this yarn as part of my usual Fearless Fibers “line.” I had a few skeins leftover from my own personal stash and dyed them in my popular Peppermint Pink colorway. I don’t carry this yarn as a usual staple as it’s killer expensive. Retail for this skein would likely reach $40, which is quite high for a 3.5 ounce skein. Another great opportunity for a bargain!

The last two are superwash merino that borders between a sock and sport weight. You can make a pair of women’s ankle socks out of one skein or a hat or something of that sort. These are just a couple of orphans left sitting lonely on the shelf. The colors are wonderfully bright and clear.

That's it for the bargain review. Have at it, gang! Until next time, Happy Knitting!


aija said...

Mm, the new auctions look great! (Didn't know if you knew, but I snagged one of the sets from the last ebay round... what a deal!) :)

I love the shawl, but I'm the same way-- I have no where to wear something that fabulous! :)

Whimsical Knitting said...

Your KWC shawl is lovely! Whether you keep it or gift it to your sister as a Christmas gift, it looks as if it needs to be sported about on the town!!! It's gorgeous! LOL, nothing at all wrong with Southern-speak, if I do say so myself, I do, afterall, live in the deep south...LOL!

anne said...

you gotta get some french attitude. those women wear the same 3 outfits all week, i SWEAR, but then they wrap a fabulous scarf around their necks, (or waists) and throw on sunglasses and voila! bam, GLAM, thank you m'am! all while riding a bike to work! why that lil lace ditty will look swell with your car! tie it around your hair and let 'er fly!

Heide said...

Deb, THANK YOU! The Desert Flower yarn arrived today and it is absolutely gorgeous! I'm moving it up to #3 on my to-do list and it's destined to become cabled socks. Your colorways are amazing and I'm in awe of your lace knitting! I did one flower basket shawl and it required multiple bouts of frogging and so many stitch markers that I had to buy more. I think bowling, grocery shopping and errand running would all be just reasons for sporting this around town. I used to live not too far from you and we hope to move down that way again someday. Thank you again, Heide