Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm a yarn junkie!


Ah, that's better!
You should have known, that it would not do, unless it's Noro yarn, right? (I will finish the SWS blanket as well, but later.)
As I was surfing the net for my fix, I stumbled upon this online store. My objective was to find some Noro Silk Garden in the color # 252, and in a certain quantity. Well I found it, and it went like this: Several e-mails to and fro (I found out that the online store has it's warehouse located just around the corner, and I wanted to save on shipping/handling/time by picking it up) later, I called ahead that I would come to pick up the yarn.

The house is located in a nice neighbourhood, but it looked abandoned. I double checked the address, and went to the door. I rang. Nothing. I rang again, with nothing I mean there was no ring tone or anything I could hear. Still ...

The door was opened a crack.

Y (yarn junkie): Hi, it's me.
D (yarn dealer): Hi. (wrestles with bag of yarn; wants to shove it in my hands)
Y: Let me just step inside. (don't want the neighbours to see exchange of money at the door)
D: You use a lot? (I'm pretty sure that's what he said, but he could have said "knit", I'm not certain.)
Y: Mmh. A l-o-t. ( with slightly shaking hands money/yarn was exchanged, premises left quickly. No need for niceties.)

Did I mention that I took a loan to buy my yarn? I'm not proud of myself.

Oh, well. Here's what's interesting to you. Some wanted to know how I did the ridge:

when you are at the point where you knit the pieces together:
* slip last stitch as if to KNIT
* knit one stitch from the bump of the to be attached piece
* knit those two stitches together
* turn
* slip first stitch as if to PURL
* knit to end of row

* repeat until you used up all the bumps on the piece to be attached.

There you go. Now you know my dark secret AND how to make a ridge in your knitting.

37 comments:

bockstark.knits said...

what is this world coming to? pretty soon we'll see it on the news: yarn bust - warehouses setting up shop in innocent neighborhoods and using ravelry as a map. HA!

Anonymous said...

It looks even more fabulous in Noro, but then why wouldn't it?! Thanks so much for the ridge info - I'm off to start my own...

momsue84 said...

Now that is more like it!! And such a covert operation. There isn't a thing we won't do when we need a yarn fix.

beth02116 said...

too funny! someone might need a 12 step program? love the new project!

lexa said...

That is too funny!

DAWN said...

You little junkie you! that story was so funny. I was a little afraid for your safety in parts of it. With Noro, the risk is worth it.

RiverCitySTL said...

Heh heh! I loved the yarn junkie story. That Noro colorway is soooooooo pretty! Thanks for the ridge tutorial!

Have you secretly planned a trip back to the dealers house? :)

Angelika said...

Interesting way of buying your yarn. Funny too. I like both versions of the blanket and am getting tempted to make one. Maybe the "W"-store has some yarn that will work. We'll see.

Heike said...

Huhu Moni,
ich bin total verliebt in diese Viereck-Schnecke und drauf und dran meine NORO-Wolle (eigentlich für eine Jacke gedacht) zu nehmen und loszustricken!!
Deine Version sieht aber viel besser aus als das Original!!!

begeistert grüßt Heike

Toby said...

If I had a yarn warehouse or a yarn shop just around the corner I'd be in big trouble! As it is, I haven't even located the 2 stores in this town and I've lived here almost 9 months.

shannon said...

i love yours best of all. the colorway is gorgeous, the ridge is fantastic...just beautiful (once again). :)

Mr Puffy said...

That is hysterical. The Noro yarn is lovely, though, so from one chunkie to another - good score!

CCC (Crazy Cooking Camper) said...

Ha ha ha. I think it's time to start Yarn Junkies Anonymous! ;)

elizabeth said...

That's crazy! And funny!

Whatever it takes to get your fix, man.

Agnes said...

Taking a loan to buy yarns? Are you serious? If so, that's what we call dedication! :)

myboringblog said...

I'm sure we can find a twelve step program for you when you're ready. ;-)

Tracy said...

Woman you crack me up!

Of course the Noro blanket looks fab, but what about those lace scarves hmmmm??? LOL ;-)

Sharon V said...

You are too funny! You're so lucky that you have such good access to yarn.

How do you think this blanket would look in Kauni?

Joanna said...

Das sieht ja SAGENHAFT aus! Und die Farben sind ein Traum!!!
Liebe Grüße!

Kelley said...

I love that blanket!

Isn't it amazing what we will do for yarn?

Kelley said...

Ok I must be dense, is this blanket a pattern or something of your own design? Where can I find the pattern? I am loving this and both the Paton's and the Noro are soooo pretty!

Susan said...

At least you took out a loan instead of holding up the nearest 7-11 store wearing a balaclava to get money for your fix. Too funny!

P.S. Even funnier would be you holding up the 7-11 wearing a handspun and handknit balaclava. A nice bright orange yarn, of course, very covert.

hannah said...

Of course you needed to buy Noro for this project! This yarn is perfect for it. You see: I understand you completely. In fact: I would do the same thing.

I agree with the others: this is too funny.

hakucho said...

You are too funny, Monika :)
One if these days I'll have to knit something with Noro. I'll have to start saving up and hopefully find a dealer (giggle)...just hope I don't get addicted like you ;)

Beverly said...

That's what I call a serious habit. Too bad your fix isn't far away or is it too good?

bigyarnmama said...

I am glad to hear that others will borrow money to buy yarn- we have to have our fix!

Kris said...

That is so funny. Glad you were able to get your Noro fix in ;). I have a fondness for blues and greens so it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear me say I think the unusual exchange was worth it.

Carrie K said...

I would point you to an intervention facility but I'm afraid there's no hope of a cure. The Yarn Disease can only be managed.

Pretty Noro square spiral! I know you call it something else but I like that... :)

Wanderingcatstudio said...

AHHH! Know exactly how you feel. I saw the pattern on your blog adn immediately had to start it! I REAAAALLLY want to do it in something liek the noro, but I can't buy yarn right now, so I'm using up some cotton scraps... but I reaaaaaaaaaally want to go out and get some other yarn!

Anonymous said...

How did you miter your corners? Did you decrease you stitches, turn then increase stitches? Sorry, I just love your design. Any other tips to keep it square?

Melissa M said...

Lovely ridge! When you k2tog are you going tbl or just a normal knit?

Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Is there a pattern avalible for this?

Threebeans Mombo said...

Just wanted to know if there is a pattern or a name for the stitch so I can learn how to do it thank u

Lea said...

hey, your method is far easier for knitting together than the original. I just found the blanket pattern and had to have go for it at once. And a huge thank you for sharing the pattern

Anonymous said...

i have seen this one and a round one but ever info on where to find the patterns. if anyone knows could you please let me know where to find the patterns. shirleyfrance1@gmail.com thanks

Marlynn said...

Hi have sooooo much scrap yarn to use and normally knit/crochet blankets/cushion covers to use up. But would really love the pattern for this please.Can someone post it please ?? Also love the way you did the raised edge all round. Hahaa...love ur junkie story, thought it was only me who was crazy when it came to wool !!

Sheila said...

Welcome to my world! I said to the shop keeper that if I bought any more wool my husband would divorce me. She replied ' oh you will miss him! '. My knitting addiction is obviously becoming very noticable :0)