Woolly Birthdays

Birthdays are funny things, and I usually do my best to ignore mine altogether.  Mostly it works!  My birthday falls the week before p/hop’s own birthday, so it seems I’m in good company at least.

I had a knitterly birthday this year, with a whole weekend spent with two fabulous knitting buddies, doing little more than eating, talking, and playing with lots of yarn.  Sounds like a perfect birthday for a knitter, doesn’t it?

We spent countless hours marvelling at the endless boxes of yarn that our friend has stashed away (I won’t mention names in order to protect the privacy of stashers-anonymous).  I’d been starting to think that my own stash is getting a bit out of control, but after seeing this collection (for collection truly is the right word for it), I’ve been put back in my place.

We took it upon ourselves to bring the yarn out in to the light.  We pulled out box after box, rummaging through shelves and climbing in to the loft to discover more goodies.  It’s amazing how many hours can be spent just sorting through luscious skeins, gathering inspiration from different colours and textures.  I felt like a kid in a sweet shop.  The yarn was spread too far and wide (and hidden in all sorts of places) to get a comprehensive “before” photo, but after a weekend of much fondling, here’s how the stash looked when we’d finished with it:

not a bad collection...

Of course, that’s only the sock yarn collection (excluding Wollmeise, which has its own category) and is now known amongst the local knitting community as my friend’s  own personal yarn shop!  My friend and I have quite different colour preferences, but nonetheless she had a perfect little something in her stash, and I went home cuddling the most delicious skein of Casbah.  I’ll have to do some serious queue-hunting to choose just the right pattern for it.

Happy woolly birthday p/hop!

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Thank you Larissa. You can read more of Larissa’s adventures in travel and yarn here.

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