Friday, October 11, 2013

I Love Yarn Day

Happy I Love Yarn Day.  Yes, October 11 is I Love Yarn Day, and I really do love yarn.  Someday I will get all poetic and serious with you about my love of yarn, but today I am showing you some finished yarny projects.  What better way to celebrate?


Sweet little Mary Jane's sized to fit a 3-6 month old little girl.
 

This Malabrigio yarn was used to make the crochet boarder on the Keila Top I made a while back  That was a fun project to make and I had just enough yarn left over to make these cute baby gifts. I had these buttons left over from a baby sweater I made ages ago, so a lovely little gift for no cost at all. Hooray!
 

The little crochet hat is a pattern made by my friend Olga at Lacy Crochet, this is called the Lacy Shells Baby Hat, she also made a baby blanket is this pattern.  Olga makes amazing crochet projects that you will love, pop in and visit her, but have a cup of tea with you as you will be browsing and reading for a long time. 


My Friend Lynda has a birthday this month, she loves cowls as she lives in a drafty house in North Carolina.  It gets chilly in the winter and she loves to have something around her neck, but nothing she has to mess with like a scarf or shawl.  So for her present  this years she is getting two cowls, I hope she likes them.  This one was made with Malabrigio Rios in Archangel.

Simply chain a chain long enough to fit comfortably around your neck, join carefully.  The pattern is double crochet, chain one.  Repeat this simple pattern skipping every other stitch and join at the end of the round.  On the next round, double crochet in the chain one space from the previous round, and chain one to skip over the double crochet of the previous round.  Each cowl took approximately 200 yards of yarn, I used a size J hook.  Easy peasy.
 

Number two is made from Malabrigio Rios Purpuras.  If you have read this blog for any amount of time you know Malabrigio is my favorite yarn, I love the softness, the quality of the yarn and the colors, oh my! 

I have been stash busting a lot lately, all of these projects have been from my stash and the four Elise Shawls I have recently made have all been stash busted.  My fiend Linda at Linda's Crafty Corner has a stash-buster challenge you can join, so for the first time this year I am linking up.  I have stash busted quite a bit this year, and have really tried to shop my stash first lately.  The the stash is getting smaller, but it was never really out of control, well not in my eyes anyway!


Still there are times that you just don't have the right yarn for a project and you need to make a purchase.  I am guilty of that too this week. So in honor of I Love Yarn Day, I present more Malabrigio goodness.  Malabrigio Rasitia purchased for some more Elise shawls for Christmas presents.
 

I ordered two different colors and really just want to sit and gaze at them all day long.   Ordered from East.Sleep.Knit, my favorite place for online yarn shopping.  I got another yarn lottery card and won $5 off my next purchase, hooray.


This Squoosh yarn was my winning lottery yarn from the last time I ordered, free yarn in the mail who can beat that?  I love it, soft and squooshy.

So happy I Love Yarn Day.  Hope you get a chance to play with some yarn today.

42 comments:

kathyinozarks said...

Good morning, I always enjoy seeing what you make-and I love yarn too-thanks for letting us know today is I Love Yarn Day. Those little shoes are just too sweet.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

All your projects look so pretty. I love yarn, too...and thread....but let's not go there today!

Love, love the yarn porn you put up. Love those colors.

Hugs

Dee said...

Oh my, my ...such pretty cowls. Linda is a very lucky lady.

I'll have to put off Yarn Day for one day. I'm getting to go to Knit 'n Knibble tomorrow!!!!! YEAH!

Jennifer said...

I just love all of your projects. They will be so appreciated. The cowls are awesome; I was just thinking (this morning, in fact) about making one for myself and wondering how exactly to do it. I was thinking about doing the same stitch pattern so I'm glad to see how nicely yours turned out. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a great weekend. :)

Pammy Sue said...

I love how you reasoned out that the yarn for those sweet gifts was free! Hee-hee. Your friend should be thrilled when she gets her cowls. They are both great. What pretty yarn you got. I don't think I've ever used any Malabrigio yarn. Still haven't bought any Madelinetosh either, although I told hubby that's what I want for my b-day or anniversary gift. Have fun staring at your new yarn. It's gorgeous!

Shari LeBlanc said...

What darling little shoes Meredith! and who wouldn't love free yarn! I know I would!!!!
Love the cowls, especially all those wonderful colors!
Hugs, Shari

linda said...

Wow well done Meredith you have been busy with all these lovely stash-busting projects what beautiful gifts your friends will be thrilled I'm sure, I love your new yarns too. :)

ColourMeCrochet said...

Wow, you have been super busy. I love the baby shoes and hat, the are so cute. Your cowls are amazing too, especially the purple one.
Take care Sallyxx

Betsy said...

All of your projects are beautiful but my favorite is the pair of precious little shoes. So sweet. I thing I have an "I love yarn" day every day of the year! :-)
Blessings,
Betsy

Teresa Kasner said...

Happy ILY day! I'm in love with the yarn you use - the way they are dappled with color.. I need to find some! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Lena said...

Oh my, I love that dark blue, purple looking yarn. What a lovely shawl that will make.

I'm always so amazed at how fast you make things, Meredith. I am such a slow poke with my crochet. I enjoy it, but my right arm tires out pretty quickly.

All of your work is lovely, as always.

xo
Lena

Grayseasailor said...

Happy I Love Yarn Day to you, too, Meredith :) I love the yarn you showed us, especially that stunning purple, and the projects you completed are each precious. I am making progress on crocheting the cocoon :)
Gracie xx

Olga said...

Hi Meredith, the knitted baby booties are adorable. And a cute baby hat to match! I'm so glad you chose my pattern :-)
Both cowls are very pretty. They will make a lovely and useful gift for your friend. And oh my, those yarns are awesome, such vivid colors!

Joy said...

Oh I so love baby shoes and these are just gorgeous Meredith, as is the little hat! I also love the the cowl and all your gorgeous yarn - a beautifully enjoyable post again, thank you. Nice strokey pats for Max!
Warm hugs, Joyxo

Susanne said...

I love yarn too...and it would take me months to use up all my stash. Your projects are so pretty. You have a knack for using the prettiest yarns. I can't seem to get past the old stand by stuff. I do have some sport weight yarn that I am contemplating on using. I just need to get the second and third Elise shawls done first. I do love that pattern. I can see why you love it too. It is easy once you get started and the pattern is a snap. The finished shawl is lacy and light weight. I plan to make 3 and give them to 3 of my sil. I might make one for me too, lol
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

kathy b said...

I did get to knit on our way to kayaking on little Lake como. The last skien you show is sooooooo cool. Not purple, not black, not grey. I LOVE it.

Happy yarn day to you too. I destashed this week; sending many half skeins to my church knit coordinator for shawls. She was thrilled and I feel 10 lbs lighter.

Teresa said...

Every thing is so pretty! Your friend is going to love her gifts! The colors of those new yarns are beautiful. I don't know how you ever pick as each yarn you show us is so beautiful. Shopping their catalog must just make you drool.

Kris said...

Happy Yarn Day!!! I love the booties, and hat, and cowls!!!
I spent today with the Knitty Biddies. We had a great time with our yarn!!!
XO Kris

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love yarn too..and I don't even knit. There is a cute little new yarn store nearby, think one day I am going to venture over there with my camera and visit.

Stash busters...lol, never heard that term before. Wonder if it works on scrapbooking paper.

Jen

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I'm certainly loving the yarns you have here Mere :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I didn't know yesterday was I Love Yarn day! But, I did love my yarn on the long travel day home... lots of airport and airplane knitting. LOL!

I think I would love getting turned loose in your stash, Meredith! LOVELY yarns and projects. You are fast! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Mrs. Micawber said...

Oh my word, all those Malabrigo yarns look out of this world! Love that first cowl - so autumny and pretty with the flecks of purple and coral and sage.

The baby gifts are adorable. Off to visit Lacy Crochet now. :)

Fay said...

OOooooooh, I love that blue malabrigio! Gorgeous! The crochet baby hat and shoes are just adorable. I might crochet that hat for my little niece due in December:)Fay

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

HI there Meredith, Yarn Day I had no idea! Love it though. I was knitting on Sunday too and made some progress on a Cowl I had started last year. Love all your beautiful yarn and you can never ever have too much : )
Enjoy your week, xoRobin

Linda Gilbert said...

Me ditch your works are absolutely stunning and the yarn scrummy.thank you for your continued support over at Chalky's.

Knitting Diva said...

Don't you just love an Easy Peasy project once in a while? And yours are beautiful! You are quite impressive with your stash burning and impressive replacement fiber too! It's all such Fun! Have a wonderful day!

forgetmenots blue said...

Hello and thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog. Your work looks wonderful those little booties are so cute x

Karen Pior said...

Those two blue yarns are spectacular. Can't wait to see what you do with them! Xx. Karen

Petunia Pill said...

Love the cowls. Hello, my name is Annette and I have more crochet goodies to keep me warm than there are cold days to wear them! But I still need/want to make more. If I give it away, I make two...one to keep for me. Sick, I tell you...s-i-c-k! Xoxo

Toni said...

I missed I Love Yarn Day????????? I have got to rethink my priorities..............:)

Ladybird Diaries said...

Oh I missed yarn day! Lovely projects you have there and those little Mary Jane shoes are so very sweet.
Marianne x

Ana BC said...

All your projects are SO lovely! and the yarns are divine! Great to have you stash-busting with us ;-)

Chrissie said...

Oh my, talk about yarn eye candy! I'm drooling like Homer Simpson in a dairy stupor...your yarns and makes are stunning, I'm so glad I popped over for a visit! :-) Thank you for visiting me, too! Chrissie x

Beth P said...

Show off :D Ok, so you finish projects and I don't seem to at the moment... lol! I am loving those yarns and of course had to go over to Eat, Sleep, Knit to see what all the fuss was about... now I see... cool shop! Thanks!
Hugs,
Beth P

Penny said...

Hello Meredith
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog, it's lovely to meet you and come and see your beautiful makes and stunning yarn on your blog. I am sure your friend will be over the moon with her cowls and those Mary Janes are too heavenly xox I'll be back to see what you are up too xox Penny

Annaboo said...

What lovely projects, Meredith!
My favourite has to be those cowls- beautiful yarns!!! Your friend will love them.
Have a lovely weekend,
Sarah x

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Meredith.. What wee lovely hat and booties you created.. Love them.. Your cowles are also very lovely... The Yarns you have bought is very yummy with great colors.. Have a lovely weekend. Hugs Judy

Lap Dog Knits said...

You have beautiful yarns ....AND finished projects...I'll be playing with my yarn this weekend while spending time with Mom...she watches t.v....I knit....have a happy Friday!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Who knew! Obviously not me. I love the cowls. The washcloths I make are single double single double and vice versa on the way back. Easy! Just the way I like it. Lovely yarns. Have fun creating. Tammy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oops! Forgot to say that the little shoes are adorable. :)

Sue Pinner said...

Gorgeous cowls...are they for the same friend who sends you leaves? I'm sure she will love them. I agree cowls are less fuss than scarves with end to deal with lol
Hugs x

Rose Red said...

Those baby shoes are so cute! What a lovely gift.

I made a cowl using that pattern, but in fingering weight yarn. I love it! Such a simple pattern but looks so good.