yarns I have loved :: Sundara Aran Silky Merino (plus a destash and a giveaway)

updated to add: the yarn and the sweater are both spoken for, thanks!


I think we all know that Sundara dyes gorgeous yarn. Her yarn was the first independently-dyed yarn I ever fell in love with. A pair of my favorite handknit socks are made in her sock yarn:

knitted :: Embossed Leaves
“Embossed Leaves” in “Midnight Meadows.” Love that rich, dark, layered green.

The crazy thing is that I have stashed more of her yarn than I have knit with. And I’ve decided it’s time to part with one little bit of it. It’s very hard to uncurl my death grip from some of the beautiful yarn in my stash, but I’m trying (trying!!) to be a little sensible about how much time there is in a day versus how much yarn and fiber there is in my house. Also, I’m still trying to repay my rainy day fund for the spinning wheel splurge I made earlier this year.

So without further ado, I’d like to destash this gorgeosity:

Sundara Aran Silky Merino, "Charcoal Over Lagoon"

Sundara Aran Silky Merino, “Charcoal Over Lagoon”

Oh, my heart catches a bit looking at that glowing blue. How can I let such beautiful yarn go? It helps to know that someone else might actually make something with it. I bought this five years ago. My kids were still in preschool when I bought this yarn:

Little Buddha, 4 years old

Little Buddha, 4 years old

I originally bought the yarn to make a Shetland Triangle, but the yarn really could become almost anything. It would be more than enough to make this Textured Shawl, for instance:
knitted: Textured Shawl
(I made this shawl with 300 yards of a similar yarn)

I’m selling two skeins (400 yards) – together only – for $60 (PayPal only), including shipping within the U.S. If you’re interested, leave a comment or message me, and it’ll be yours. I can ship it only Friday. The yarn is in a smoke-free, pet-friendly home, and has been stored in plastic in a fiber drawer.

Also! I’m giving away some Sundara Aran Silky Merino, in already knit form. I made this Liesl with two skeins of ASM in “Tulip” four years ago:
for Rav: Liesl

I liked the sweater well enough but I’ve never gotten much wear out of it. I guess I liked it but didn’t love it. (The sweater itself is cute, so maybe it was the color I wasn’t crazy about, I don’t know). Also, I made a mistake in one of the sleeves (the lace pattern is off) – I didn’t notice it until I’d worn it a time or two, and then after that I couldn’t *not* notice it.

Anyway! I’d love for someone else to have this sweater – either to wear or to unknit and have about 400 yards of ASM to make something else. I’m giving it away (*without* the copper clasp) – if you’d like it and if you’ll cover shipping (let’s say $5, PayPal), I’ll send it your way. Again, let me know either in the comments or via direct message, and we’ll work it out.

YIP.7.31 - Liesl

I’m trying to let go of things that I don’t really use, so if you would use this sweater (either in sweater form or in yarn form), I would love for you to have it!

I still have other Sundara Aran Silky Merino in my stash that’s roughly five years old, and I’m debating whether to knit it or let it go. For now, though, I’m doing well to offer up these two skeins and this sweater.


updated to add: the yarn and the sweater are both spoken for, thanks!

yarns I have loved :: Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted (including a wee destash)

(edited to add :: yarn has been claimed)

My lovely local yarn shop closed earlier this year, which is sad for many reasons, but one of the things I miss most about it is shopping there for Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool yarn. It was at this shop that I first discovered this Michigan-made yarn, and it is a treasure – a soft, strong 3-ply merino that comes in a beautiful assortment of colors, in skeins of 250 yards. I had never heard of it when I discovered it at my local yarn shop a few years ago, and at the time it was selling for a little less than $10/skein. The first thing I ever knit with it was this mitten:
365.318 - I wasn't supposed to need mittens in April
(yeah, that’s right, I said mitten, not mittens because I never did get around to making its match.)

I love this yarn so much. In addition to being soft and strong, it’s got great stitch definition; cables really pop in it.
designed :: Shameless Cowl
My entire Shameless collection is designed in this yarn.

I’ve been coming up with a fun conceptual knitting project that required some yarn I didn’t I already have. I ordered an assortment.
Mmm, love this classic White.

The problem is, since I can’t buy it locally anymore, I have to pick colors based on how they look on the computer screen. That usually works out fine for me, but this time I made an error. I wanted a deep blue, so I ordered Navy.
But it is a very deep, dark blue, almost a black-blue – darker than it looks in this picture. (little known fact about me: when I take those color-blindness tests, I test almost color blind for discerning the difference between dark blue and black). I thought I was going to be able to make this work for my project, but alas, I am not. With the other colors in the project, it is reading as black instead of dark blue.

So I’m offering it up to you, dear reader. This yarn now retails for $13. I paid that, plus shipping. I’m looking to destash this for $10 total, with shipping included. If you haven’t tried this yarn yet, now’s your chance! It would look great as a man’s cabled hat, or as a nice soft pair of mittens. At 250 yards in a skein, it’s actually enough for a hat and mitt set, depending on the patterns.

If you’re interested, leave me a comment or message me. I would love for this beautiful, squishy yarn to find a good home. (edited to add :: yarn has been claimed)

for destash :: a favorite yarn in a slammin’ color (The Plucky Knitter Plucky Sweater in “Chlorophyll”)

update: the yarn is now spoken for

So my kiddos and I did a new thing this past weekend and went on a campout. Camping was a thing I did a lot in my earlier years – a little in my childhood and teens, a lot in my college days and my twenties. But I’ve done very little of it since then, which is sad to realize. Every year, I think I will take my family camping, and for various reasons it just doesn’t happen. One thing I realized this year is that part of the problem is that, of the four of us, I’m the one that knows the most about what to do, and I don’t feel like I know all that much – in my younger days I always went camping or backpacking with people who knew more than me. So I was never the leader in the enterprise.

At any rate, my guys decided this year that they wanted to be Cub Scouts, and the very first outing was a campout, and it was good. We got to go camping and I didn’t have to be the leader.

It was a really beautiful weekend for camping. I’ve usually associated camping with being in the mountains (the Carolinas, north Georgia) or at the beach (Cumberland Island), but here in Michigan, it means being in the woods and near a lake.
My kids were hugely unimpressed with the size of this lake – they now expect any lake to be a Great Lake – but I thought it was positively perfect. But there is a special kind of terror that comes with standing on a dock with 17 young boys who all have hooks on the ends of strings and are casting them into the lake. Pro tip: wear sunglasses, even if the sun is setting.

For the first time in my life, I baited hooks. Believe it or not, up until now, I left that job to either my dad or my spouse. Turns out tearing an earthworm in half and impaling him on a hook is about as gross as I thought it would be, but I managed.

We had a really great time.

That’s not our tent. In fact we don’t have a tent, yet. And that’s where the yarn comes in (surely you’ve been wondering how a post about camping was going to make its way to a destash) (and no, I didn’t knit a tent).

We were slated to sleep in the cabin, which we had envisioned as being a fun time with other cabin-sleeping families. Only there was only one other family in there, and when they smelled the mold in the cabin (it was pretty bad), they elected to sleep in their car, due to asthma issues. We didn’t really want to stay in the smelly cabin (with mice in the ceiling!) alone, so my guys begged to sleep in the car, too. My Honda Odyssey is plenty spacious for sleeping, at least for kids, so I collapsed the back row and they had a great little place to put their bags and stretch out. (Me, not so much. Sleeping in the front passenger seat, even all the way leaned back, is about as comfortable as you think).

But the issue with having such a large vehicle is that I often use it for storage. And getting the car converted into a sort of camper meant moving a LOT of stuff around. Probably 30 books I’d been carrying in my trunk, and many, many other items. And then I opened the front console, and look what I found!
WHAT. A skein of Plucky Sweater in “Chlorophyll,” which I’d been looking for since August. I took it with me on our trip to the Upper Peninsula two months ago and didn’t realize I’d left this one skein in the car. I have looked everywhere in this house for it, and had begun thinking that I must’ve actually used it in knitting my Cape Cod sweater.

But now my mystery is solved. I only used four skeins of Plucky Sweater for the pullover – and I used exactly four skeins, with nothing left over – which means the sweater took a mere 1080 yards. Nice!

Cape Cod

Cape Cod

Good grief, I love this color so much.

But I really don’t need a whole other skein of it. How about you? I can offer it on The Plucky Knitter Ravelry forum, but I thought I’d offer it to my readers first. I’m asking $25 via PayPal, which will include shipping (only in the U.S., sorry!). If you’re interested, leave me a comment in the comments section and I will follow up, stat. If you’ve never tried TPK, now’s your chance. I can’t recommend it highly enough – Sarah does an amazing job, and this color is particularly luscious (and perfect for a little Halloween accessory, yes?).

update: That was super-fast! It’s spoken for!