My Yarndale Stash

Oh my goodness I had such a great time at the weekend at Yarndale! I will share some awesome photos of the even it’s self at a later date, but today I just want to share with you my purchases.

Check out my Insta for links to all of the vendors!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!
I hope you have a wonderful time with your family or friends or whoever you are spending it with. And I hope you got lots of yarny goodness! I certainly did. 

Rhapsodye yarn from step grandma in law, Shawl project books from mother and stepfather in law, and then Stolen Stitches, Gamer Crafting and Sylvan Tiger Yarn from mum and dad. I also have a £25 wool warehouse voucher! Yays! My family know me so well! 

My Black Friday Haul

Whoopsie… I got a bit carried away! I try not to buy in to black friday that much. If nothing else, I like to have christmas shopping done and dusted by now so that when December comes I can sit back and relax and enjoy the festivities, rather than cram myself into various shops with last minute marys and panic buying peters. I mean for goodness sake, it comes the same time every year – there really us no need to leave things to the last minute!
Anyways I digress. In short I usually dont have any christmas shopping left to do by black friday, and I dont like to buy into the consumerism. Also I often think thecdeals arent nearly as good as you may think. 
But then I came across the Hobbii websites black friday sale… i think we can all guess how that turned out! 

I purchased some Hobbii Happy Feet yarn in colourway Circus.

4 cakes of Hobbii Hurricane

And 3 skeins of Cotton Kings. 
Arent they all lovely? I havent plans for them but I am sure they will all turn in to something wonderful. Eventually…
And quickly before you go – you may remember that I ordered a yarn advent calendar…

Well it arrived and my goodness, I am so excited!
This is a collaboration between 3 wonderful dyers – Unbeleiva-wool, Truly Hooked and Dye Candy. I cant wait to see whats in each little bag! And as a bonus, it came with a tote bag! (Extra exciting to me who collects tote bags) 

Ooooooh I am so excited! I will share with you the contents on a weekly basis with (hopefully) progress on the project I picked out for this calendar. 
To finish – a photo of my cat.

She was eyeballing the box the calendar came in as soon as it came through the door. As I was setting up the photo, the moment I removed the last little bag from the box, she was in like a shot! Funny little creatures, arent they! 

My 26th Birthday Haul!

Woooohoooo! Its was my birthday on the 28th and I am lucky enough to be in San Francisco to celebrate. 
We had a marvelous day, which started with Breakfast at Craftsman and Wolves.

Then after a wander around discovering the street art of the Mission District, we headed for Imagiknits, for the obligatory birthday yarn buying trip.

Then after more street art exploration we headed to La Taqueria on 24th street to get burrito’s for lunch – they were good, but what would you expect from the Best Mission Style Burrito joint. Look how busy it was! 
Then we went to Alcatraz! It was awesome – I love crime documentarys and so this was right down my street! 

Then we ended the day with Bacon Mac and Cheese Grilled Sandwiches! 

It was possibly the coolest birthday ever! 
Anyways, I expect you are here to see which scrummy yarns I purchased. Well here they are.

Arent they lovely?
As is holiday tradition, I had to buy some local yarns. So I got 2 Californian Yarns. 

On top is Acquerello by Ogier Yarns, from Moss Beach California. It is hand dyed in small batches and is 75% Wool 25% Maufactured Fibres. I fell in love with the gorgeous orange shades. Its so autumnal! 
The other is La Jolla, by BAAH yarns. It is 100% Merino Wool. I absolutely loved this colourway! 

I also purchased some Madtosh Merino Light + Glitter. It is 90% wool, 8% Acrylic and 2% Stellina. I fell in live with the Wino Forever colourway, but found it a real struggle to pick which weight I wanted it in! In the end it was the sparkleyness of this yarn that won it! Its hard to photograph just how beautiful it is. The sales photi from the website does a much better job! 
Its like neon purple and its gorgeous! 

Finally I got 3 skeins of Plushy by Blue Moon Fibre Arts from Oregon (only 1 state over so still fairly local to my trip). Each skein is 270g so in total I have 810g. I intend to make another Harvest Moon sweater with it. 
I know most of my followers are british so the chances of you visiting this shop are slim, but if you do happen to find yourself in San Fran I would definately reccomend a visit to this shop – the staff are wonderful and friendly, very helpful and knowledgable (several people came in with questions whilst I was there and all of them were received with warmth and given very helpful answers.). I would definately go back! You can find them on 3897 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

A little Haul

I just had to pop in to share with you this deal I got at John Lewis in oxford street this week.

I have wanted to buy some baa ram ewe for a while but find that currently I cant justify the £16-20 price tag. However, I wandered into John Lewis in oxford street and made my way to the haberdashers (as I always do) whilst I waited for my fiance to finish work (he works on oxford street for the Beeb). They had a clearance sale on. Most of the yarn didnt pique my interest too much despite the huge reductions, but this yarn did. I went away to the cafe and had a pot of sencha and pondered just what I could do with the yarn (as per my rule of not buying yarn without a project in mind). 
I came to the conclusion that my fiance could do with a new hat. I made him one a few years ago which he dutifully wears every winter, and it is nice, but it is a little big for him and made out of acrylic. So I thought that it may be time to make him a nice warm wooly hat. 
He finished work and met me in the cafe. I took him to see the yarn and he immediately loved the purple one (I knew he would as he cant resist anything purple) and decreed that a new hat made out of it would be lovely. I could also do with a new hat so picked one out for myself – the orange one. 
The best part – They were Half Price! I only payed £7.50 for the purple one and £8.50 for the orange one. Result! Now I can try out thid yarn that I hear so many people raving about! 
As thid is a Haul post I would also like to share with you some purchases I made from small businesses on Saturday at HyperJapan festival. I know at least a few of you are into japanese/anime/gaming stuff so perhaps you will discover a new maker.

I got this adorable luttle hand sewn felt totoro from Moogle Ears and Stuff. Her etsy is Here and here instagram is Here. As you may be able to tell, she does final fantasty stuff, but also sonic, ghibli, pokemon and other kawaii bits and bobs! And she is a lovely lady!

And I got this top and badge from Amy Blue. You can find her insta Here and etsy shop Here. She is a wonderful illustrator and her shop is full of cute stickers/badges/tees/prints. As well as vudeo gaming stuff she also does pride/identity stuff and lots of cute cat things.