Monday, 22 May 2017

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Would you like to see the latest bag of squishiness which arrived through the post from those lovely people at Wool Warehouse? I thought you might so here it is in all its glory.


And the back.


Would you like to take a closer look? Of course you would.

I admit it, I read Christine's Easter weekend post on her Winwick Mum blog and I couldn't resist this West Yorkshire Spinners yarn, I was enabled there and then. How can you say no to colours with names such as Sherbet Fizz, Candyfloss and Pink Flamingo? I love how all these colours work so well with each other so that they can be mixed and matched, ideal for socks where the main body can be knitted in one colour and then finished off with the heels, toes and cuffs knitted in a complimentary shade.


I've used Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn on two previous occasions and I love how soft and squishy it is. It's always good to have some solid colours on hand too for more fussy patterns which don't show as well on patterned yarn. I chose two skeins, one in Moss and the other in China Blue. I have to say that the Moss didn't look quite so bright on the Wool Warehouse website, it's much brighter than this photo shows, and I wasn't quite sure about the China Blue but I do love the colour now I've seen it in the flesh.


There's a Drops Super Sale on at Wool Warehouse at the moment where you can save 35% on a range of Drops yarn throughout May. Well, when I saw that, it was another enabling moment for me. I decided that I'd buy a garment quantity of yarn whilst I could get such a good discount and went for Nepal, a 65% wool/35% alpaca mix in the Camel Mix colourway. I can see a cardigan in my future.


Again, taking advantage of the Drops Super Sale, I ordered four 50g balls of Drops Fabel, two in the Pink Dream Print and two in the Blue Sea Print. This is a budget priced yarn made from 75% wool/25% polyamide so ideal for socks.


My stash is looking quite healthy at the moment so it's time to get some of it used up before I buy any more. Just remind me I said that when I feel enabled again.

40 comments:

  1. lots of delicious new wool there. There is a major wool festival on locally this coming weekend BUT considering my last 2 lots of wool purchases are still in the shopping bags on the bedroom floor, perhaps I had better stay away for the 3rd year in a row...

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    1. The thing about wool festivals is that they do encourage you to buy, whether you're on the look out for something specific or not. Sometimes we just have to resist.

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  2. Oh, what a great parcel to arrive on your doorstep! I knew where it had come from straight away,as I've a drawstring bag just like that. I went looking at yarn today, locally, & now think I'll be ordering from Wool Warehouse too, both for the colour range & price. Funny how it will work out less expensive than here, even with postage thrown in. I'm opting for another mixed stitch blanket. Hmmm! Look forward to seeing what yours becomes over the next year. Take care.

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    1. I know some of the other online yarn shops use bags like Wool Warehouse now, they certainly started something when they packed their yarn in them. Wool Warehouse do have a great selection of yarn and I know lots of people mention how reasonable the international postage charges are, of course, I always make sure I've ordered enough yarn so that I don't have to pay for postage, what a hardship!

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  3. Exciting! How could you resist, I wouldn't have been able to ๐Ÿ˜Š Good old Wool Warehouse and their beautiful bags. Enjoy.

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    1. I'm finding it quite hard at the moment to resist yarn purchases, it doesn't take much for me to give in to temptation. I think I need to concentrate on getting some of the yarn knitted up now.

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  4. Such beautiful colors and textures, Jo. I'm not a knitter, but admire your photos -- like flowers. P. x

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    1. I suppose there's something about yarn and flowers which connect them. The colours perhaps, or the textures, of course yarn can be dyed using natural dyes from plants.

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  5. What gorgeous yarn! It almost makes me wish I could knit ... only joking, I would make a right royal mess of anything I attempted! I'll stick with writing and cooking!
    Margaret P

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    1. Yarn can be very tempting, even to non-knitters. No wonder it's irresistible to those of us who do knit.

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  6. Some lovely choices you made - the arrival of a yarny package in the mail is always so exciting :)

    I too find a yarn sale difficult to pass up! I've had to physically set a budget as every time I received a catalogue or e-mail, off I would go and purchase more to add to the bins.

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    1. I've got plenty of yarn I could knit up but there's something exciting about adding to the stash, plus, it's always nice to have lots of choice when it comes to starting a new project.

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  7. Gorgeous, gorgeous yarns. Especially the Nepal. I look forward to seeing your cardigan, it will be so warm and cosy. Don't you just adore the Wool Warehouse bags. They are so useful. X

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    1. I'm not sure I should admit to how many Wool Warehouse bags I've got, but yes, they're so useful. I haven't used Nepal before so I'm looking forward to trying it, though there's a few things I want to get on with before the cardigan.

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  8. Loving all that yarn/wool. I get so excited when I see things like that but I'd want to start it all so I knew what it look like.

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    1. I'm the same. I've got so many projects stored in my head, it's getting round to them all.

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  9. The drops sale keeps calling to me. I've already made use of it for dyeing practise yarn, and yarn for Arthur's jumper, but I keep getting tempted to get a garment quantity for me too. Must resist!

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    1. It's so hard to resist, isn't it? 35% is such a good discount. I've bought the Drops Nepal but I'm not starting a large garment yet, there's other things I want to get on the needles first. It made sense to buy it now though whilst the sale's on.

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  10. Ooh, what a wonderful delivery, so much woolly loveliness. I can't wait to see all the socks you knit with those beautiful colours xx

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    1. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Drops Fabel knits up, they're both such bright colours, it will be good to see what the design is when it's knitted into a sock.

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  11. Your stash looks great, a lovely lot of different colours too.
    Have fun!
    Happy Knitting!

    All the best Jan

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    1. I'm enjoying trying lots of different colours out, some are way out of my comfort zone but they usually look good when knitted up.

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  12. Ooh, you've got some fabulous yarns there and you'll get a good few pairs of socks out of the WYS yarn - you won't be sorry that you bought it! I'm looking forward to seeing all your makes over the next few weeks and months! xx

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    1. I'm really pleased with the WYS yarn, they're such gorgeous colours. I'm using some at the moment in a darker shade and it's lovely to knit with.

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  13. Lovely additions to your stash, Jo. I especially love the pink ones. :o)

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    1. I do too, I think the colours will look good together mixed and matched.

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  14. Have fun clicking your needles together with your lovely stash.

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    1. I certainly will. There's going to be lots of clicking going on with all the new yarn I've got.

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  15. Well done but I hope my daughter doesn't see this post! She will have ammunition next time I say "we really shouldn't"! We are in Viriginia and order from Wool Warehouse as well!

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    1. It's great that you can get hold of yarn from over here at a reasonable rate, I wish it was the same for us when buying from the US. It isn't only the shipping charges which are prohibitive, it's the custom charges too.

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  16. So many pretty colors, you're going to create some beautiful projects! Can't wait to see them!

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    1. I'm looking forward to getting started with it all, I've got a few projects in mind.

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  17. New yarn is so exciting, I have been treating myself a bit too. Love all you bought.

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    1. It's so exciting getting a squishy parcel through the post.

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  18. Lots of lovely yarns to help pass the time away in the coming weeks. Looking forward to seeing what you whip up with them.

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    1. I've got plenty of projects in mind, I just don't have enough hours in the day to make everything I want to.

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  19. What a splendid bundle of colour and squishiness.
    The first one made reminds me those candy striped sheets we used to have when we were little.
    Lisa x

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    1. Yes, I know the ones you mean, we had those too. There's some gorgeous colours to choose from, it's difficult making a decision.

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  20. Oh my!!! You must be in heaven, I bet you don't know which one to start with! Looking forward to seeing what you create with all that.xxx

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    1. I've picked out my first project and will, hopefully, be casting on this week.

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