Wednesday, February 18, 2009

De-stashing (and Re-stashing)

During tough economic times such as these, who wants to be buying more yarn? Uh, wait, let me rephrase that. Who can afford to keep buying more yarn (without guilt)? Not me. Especially when I already have an overflowing stash lurking in the corner. So what's a girl to do? Turn to her friends, of course!

This past Sunday, spurred on by Julia, a bunch of us got together for an afternoon of de-stashing, and yes, re-stashing. Upon arrival, I was greeted by hugs from good friends and a mountain of fibery goodness, to which I promptly contributed a bag full of yarn. The result:

I have no idea exactly how many skeins, balls, and hanks were here, but trust me, it was a lot!

And we're talking good stuff, people! It was like Christmas! I'm not quite sure how it happened, but I ended up leaving with even more than I brought. Julia sent me home with a couple of pregnancy/birthing books, a copy of Goodnight Moon for Bean, some maternity clothes, and yes, I took home some yarn:

My haul of (interestingly) pastel-paletted softness: Rowan Cotton Glace, Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, RYC Cashsoft Baby DK, Misti Alpaca Lace, Blue Sky Alpacas 100% Alpaca Sport, Valeria di Roma 100% Angora, and I'm not sure, but I think it may be Lornas Laces.

In my defense, 1) it was less than I brought with me and 2) they made me do it! Seriously. I was surrounded by professional enablers. *cough*MJ*cough* Kat specifically brought the Blue Sky and Cashsoft goodness with me and Bean in mind, Julia saved the Angora for me after remembering that I fell in love with a beret she knitted out of it a couple years ago, and I was *forced* to take the Cotton Glace because "it's perfect for a baby girl!" As for the Misti Lace, well it's just beautiful and I know I could knit a pretty shawl with it, and the sock yarn is just gorgeous and *had* to go home with me.

Incidentally, it just occurred to me that I don't think I ever mentioned here that B and I recently learned the gender of our baby. Bean is a girl! I had a feeling this was the case all along, and this was confirmed a few weeks ago. We're at 23 1/2 weeks now, and Bean is growing - and moving - more and more each day. And yes, I'm growing as well- the bump is in full effect!

Do these horizontal stripes make me look pregnant?

I must say, I love it. I absolutely love being pregnant. Despite some of the usual discomfort associated with being nearly 6 months pregnant, I've been really lucky thus far, and I feel great overall. And I'm oh so excited to be adding a girl to the mix of recently born baby boys. :)


So now- what to make?? All I know for sure so far is that Bean will be getting a pair of angora booties, but other than that, I really have no idea. Any suggestions?

12 comments:

jillian said...

Great seeing you again! Can't believe you're already at 6 months :)

Ruinwen said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous destashing/stashing! Can't wait to see what wee things you make for your beanette. :)

mames said...

i took a picture of my haul but I am a little embarrassed to post it. check out anniepurls (on rav)and the designer of the avaitrix hat...cute little patterns abound.

MJ said...

Pshaw on the stripes--you are the sexiest pregnant woman I know, Miss High Heeled Boots!

*sigh* Sunday was fun, wasn't it? Do you want to do lunch one more time? I leave Friday...

marisa said...

Yippee!! A girl!!

Disentangled said...

Fun! We were just talking about doing a similar de-stash exchange in SD :) I love the 'new to me' quality of such exchanges.

tiennie said...

Hooray for little girls! How fun to have a destashing/restashing party. :)

mle said...

Yay! a girl! that is so exciting! I think that was my favorite part...finding out the gender! now you can pick a name, decorate the nursery and whatnot. So fun!

tentenknits said...

ahhhh look at your belly!!! so awesome! i'm so happy for you and your girlie girl! :-) WOOT!

and yes that is an awesome stash you got there... hee :-)

Kim said...

My baby is now 9 months old - he's been out longer than he was in! My best advice is knit for 6 months or older. When they're really little they spend most of their time asleep and it's a drag to get them "dressed". And you'll get plenty of cute outfits for that period. But when they start moving around they start wearing clothes and that's really the ideal time to have sweaters and socks and hats and dresses and such around.

gleek said...

i'm so glad you enjoy being pregnant! i hope i get to enjoy my second time around more than my first.

Madge said...

Yay! Bean's a girl! Pink? Bring it.

Sweet stashing, too.