Ranidia (glitterfaery83) wrote in vegan_knitters,

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Stash Enrichment

I like the term "stash enrichment". It makes me feel like what I did yesterday was not just painful monetarily, but was actually *necessary*. That my stash would be worse off without it. Some how sadder, and incomplete. I also really like the excuse of X Mas. The excuse of X Mas plays out thusly: "Gee, my mother-in-law really helped us a lot with my wedding. Maybe I should make her something with Alchemy bamboo..." HA. I didn't really buy any Alchemy, and have actually yet to ever buy Alchemy, but I did get away with a lot at ye olde LYS yesterday.

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Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Rowan Classic in Bamboo Soft #106 and #103.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Blue Sky Organic Cotton. Sand, Sage, and Fern.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Maggi's Linen #25.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us k1c2's 2nd Time Cotton in #120.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Hempathy in #11, #15, and #16.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Classic Elite Bam Boo in #4988.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Honeypot Lucky Bamboo in Terra Cotta Sky.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Plymouth Yarn's Royal Bamboo in #4.

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us Plymouth Yarn's Royal Bamboo in #13.

At the moment, I'm working with Honeypot's Lucky Bamboo. I was surprised that there is no hint of bamboo yarn on their website, and yet here I am knitting with it. It knits nicely, feels almost like a smooth and shiny mercerized cotton as it's worked. Its colors remind me of the desert.

I want to say I feel really guilty about the Blue Sky cottons that I bought. Two of them, Sand and Sage, are color grown cottons, where as Fern was a dyed organic. It really is a nice yarn though, surprisingly soft. I might start playing with it today. : )

Furthermore, did I buy into bamboo, or did I buy into bamboo?? My god. So much, and yet it's almost as though the lack of variety doesn't matter because it's so nice! The Rowan Classic is by far the softest, though Plymouth's is very nice as well. Classic Elite isn't quite as soft, and plus I bought it in a color that must PROVE that knitters have the capacity to think of others' preferences before their own. I just do NOT care for that shade. If yarn speaks to knitters, this one is saying to me that it was born out of the early 90's and wants to go back to it. Buuuuuut I digress...

The Maggi Knits linen and the Hempathy are surprisingly soft. The linen color I picked out for my mom and the Hempathy I picked out in a moment of loss of focus (X Mas knitting? This might be for me!) and wanted almost just for myself. I haven't decided on it's destination yet.

The Knit One, Crochet Too yarn I am really excited about. It *does* contain acrylic, which I don't like for every reason there is to not like acrylic. I feel guilty for that too, but I'm happy to see that they're making use of cotton that would have ended up in a landfill otherwise. It's funny that I took all of those pictures, and yet only now do I realize the shop didn't wind them into a ball for me. Boogers. (Though they did get all of my Blue Sky and my Honeypot wound for me, which was super nice of them!)

I do have to say that I was surprised with my lack of choices at my LYS. I love them to pieces, and they really do have a beautiful store, stocked to over flow with beautiful yarn, both local and extremely exotic fibers. But they were kind of short on the vegan options. There was obviously a lot of bamboo options, then a handful of hemp and linen, and naturally a whole section of cottons, though only about two were organics. I have to say that I'm a little disappointed in the lack of Soysilk and a near absence of South West Trading Company yarns. I guess you can't really be too picky, and I don't want to be crabby about it, but I was still left feeling a little surprised by the whole thing. Then again, there is a decently sized vegan community where I live, and my LYS really is a superb one, so I think they'll only get more variety as they see it is needed.

cross-posted to glitterfaery83 and 20sknitters
Tags: bamboo, linen, yarn
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