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Top 10 Stash Loveliness

I was inspired by the recent post from Cassy of knit the hell out about her Blogiversary and reminiscing about her stash, especially those special yarns you almost don’t want to use because they are so gorgeous.

I thought I would have a look through mine…  I love a Top 10!

One. Rowan Creative Focus Worsted – I bought this for a particular project and have not yet started it – a series of knitted bags with bamboo handles.  I also have three in a fabulous fuschia pink which I bought for a scarf but ended up using something else instead so it is also sitting in my (ever increasing) stash..

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Two. Araucania Ranco  – this yarn I bought on a whim from my local yarn store and then, on a whim, again on the next visit (oops!).  I love the soft, subtle colours but have no idea what to make with it!  I’m not a big fan of socks, but there must be something lovely and delicate which I can put this pretty 4 ply yarn to use on…

 

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Three.  Aubergine Silk – hand dyed and 1 ply but knits / crochets up as 4 ply.  This was bought for me as a present from Mum when we attended a Craft Fair in Sussex.  But what to do with it?

 

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Four.  Some beautiful hand-painted Alpaca Silk, Cashmere Silk and Merino Fine Lace from the excellent shop Watercolours and Lace – these are definitely ear-marked for a series of shawls, but I decided to learn more first about designing my own patterns before I use these lovelies.

 

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Five and Six. Another set of wonderful yarns, delightful colours and beautifully dyed and spun by the very talented Jean at Kaeravel Crafts – I did start making up the citrus one into a scarf but ran out of time and ended up using something else instead.

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Seven. Some Sari silks – I have three in total – they will be lovely as a little embellishment, but to what?  I haven’t made my mind up yet!

 

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Eight.  Some Noro Silk Garden – what a lovely yarn.  I bought this at the yarn exhibition at Olympia, back in March. Since then I’ve been made aware of the delicious ribbed striped scarf design by Jared Flood – I just need to buy another set to contrast with it!

 

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Nine. This amazing chunky handspun and dyed yarn was one of my first purchases, at the Craft Fair where I got the Aubergine Silk.  It was the most I have ever spent on a yarn but so worth it!  It came with two shawl patterns and I haven’t been able to decide yet which to do…

 

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Ten. Well, this is a bit of a cheat really… I did actually get round to using most of this (although have 3/4 of a skein left to do something with!)  this is Amorini, a 4 ply Cotton / Cashmere blend from the Little Knitting Company.  Perhaps a scarf or small shawl with the leftover yarn is in order.

 

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I’m sure I’m not the only one with an ever-increasing stash… But any ideas on what to do with my favourite yarns would be most gratefully received!

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Bamboo Envy

It’s not even that hot yet and I’m exhausted with the weather!

Just had a little jaunt down to my parents’ house in Sussex.  The climate there is always a little warmer, less rainy and more pleasant than where I live in Wiltshire.

Mum and Dad’s garden is always a treat to behold.  Even to a novice gardener such as myself, I can appreciate the beauty in nature in so many places.   Here are just a few of the treats I have enjoyed on this visit.

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Their poppies are out in force – this is such a wonderful flower, with such strong links to us Brits, every year but especially in the last year with the centennial of the start of World War I and the wonderful poppy installation at the Tower of London (which sadly I didn’t get a chance to see).

Their roses are amazing – Mum buys the heavily scented old-style roses – she is very keen on giving the bees something to get excited about, as well as tantalising our noses with their rich nectar.  The one on the left is an usual one as it is a double rose with a heavy scent, which the bees love – most double varieties I tend to avoid as they are usually over-bred for looks but with no oomph!  This is definite exception to the rule, what a show it makes!

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The next is one of my favourite parts of the garden, with beautiful blue campanula and pinks (carnations) in purple and, erm pink!

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Next is a type of wallflower which I’ve been lucky enough to get a cutting of and is growing well in my garden.  It is so pretty, it livens up the borders…

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The hanging baskets also look spectacular, such a gorgeous combination of verbena, fuchsia and petunias.

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And finally, my real envy of their garden – black stemmed bamboo – nothing like as invasive as the other varieties.  It also provides good cover (which I need desperately…) and I’m sure I could make some interesting attempts at using the stems – methinks I shall have to ask Mum for another cutting!

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What is giving you delight (or envy!) in your gardens at the moment?

Happy gardening!

Lou x

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