Monday, May 26, 2008

Yarn Sale!

Just recently I took stock of my yarn stash, and it really has grown out of proportion. I have quite a few yarns that I don't like any more (there's nothing wrong with them, I just realized that the colors aren't "me" anymore). That's why I'm putting them up for sale, together with a few books that I have hardly looked at since I bought them, so I figured I should get rid of them as well.

I will only charge pretty much what I paid for the stuff, or even less (because I don't remember how much a few things were). Prices exclude shipping! Please contact me (knitfreak[@]web[.]de), and I'll find out what the shipping will cost.

Schachenmayr Extra Merino, originally uploaded by d.knit.

14 balls of Schachenmayr Nomotta Extra Merino
40 Euros
Color: 56 (dark petrol)
Yardage: approx. 138 yards / 50gr
100% Merino

GGH Solitaire, originally uploaded by d.knit.

9 balls of GGH Solitaire (I knit a gauge swatch with one of the balls - the swatch is included)
25 Euros
Color: 34 (please also look at the color card on the GGH-website as this color is really hard to photograph!)
Yardage: approx. 143 yards / 50gr
44% wool, 43% acrylic, 13% Elité

Baby Soft, originally uploaded by d.knit.

2 skeins of Baby Soft by Wolle Rödel, a store brand of my LYS
4 Euros
Color: pale yellow
Yardage: approx. 115 yards / 50gr
50% rayon, 50% acrylic

Funny sock yarn, originally uploaded by d.knit.

2 balls of Funny Strumpf Color by Coats
5 Euros
Yardage: 409 yards / 100gr
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
These balls came from a factory outlet, so there's only one ball band for all of them.

Regia Nation Colors, originally uploaded by d.knit.

3 balls of Regia Nation Color
7 Euros
Color: red/white or white/red
Yardage: 230 yards / 50gr
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
These balls came from a factory outlet, so there's only one ball band for all of them.

rainbow sock yarn, originally uploaded by d.knit.

1 ball of Sport&Strumpfwolle Color Extrastark sock yarn by Wolle Rödel, a store brand of my LYS - I knitted a gauge swatch already which is included
2 Euros
Yardage: 328 yards / 100gr
75% wool, 25% polyamide

The following sock yarns are a bit like "mystery" yarns. They all came from a small online yarn shop which produces only small amounts of colors at a time. Some of the yarns had all their information on the website only; I did write the details down but last year, my old laptop crashed and all the information got lost. So, I'll write down as much as I can remember. All skeins are enough for a decent pair of socks though (well, maybe not if you're Bigfoot). The yarns aren't plied, they knit up beautifully though - examples here and here.

Lotusblüte, originally uploaded by d.knit.

1 skein of Lotusblüte (lotus blossom) by Ewas Sockenwolle
3,50 Euros
Yardage: 430 yards / 100gr
wool, polyamide, spandex

Godetia, originally uploaded by d.knit.

1 skein of Godetia by Ewas Sockenwolle
3,50 Euros
unknown yardage, approx. 100gr
contains wool, polyamide

Park Princess, originally uploaded by d.knit.

1 big skein of Park Princess by Ewas Sockenwolle
4,50 Euros
unknown yardage, skein weighs about 140gr
contains several strands of cotton/polyamide and one strand of viscose/cotton

Ringelblume, originally uploaded by d.knit.

1 skein of Ringelblume (Calendula) by Ewas Sockenwolle
3,50 Euros
unknown yardage
contains mainly cotton

Doro, originally uploaded by d.knit.

1 skein of Doro (that's my name!) by Ewas Sockenwolle
3,50 Euros
Yardage: 394 yards / 100gr
wool, polyamide

Baeuerliches Stricken I, originally uploaded by d.knit.

Part I of the Bäuerliches Stricken-Trilogy by Lisl Fanderl, as reviewed in the Spring 08-issue of Interweave Knits. This is a used edition of 1976; it has a name written on the first page, the symbol explanation taped inside and a plastic jacket. Apart from that it is in a very good shape.
Hard cover
13,50 Euros

Hollywood Knits, originally uploaded by d.knit.

"Hollywood Knits" by Suss Cousins
2002 hard cover edition
7 Euros

Modern Lace Knitting, originally uploaded by d.knit.

"Modern Lace Knitting" by Marianne Kinzel
1972 soft cover edition, has some sticker marks on front and back cover bottom
6 Euros

Shadow Knitting, originally uploaded by d.knit.

"Shadow Knitting" by Vivian Hoxbro
2004 soft cover edition - as new! I flicked through it about twice
10 Euros

Stitch'n Bitch Nation, originally uploaded by d.knit.

"Stitch'n Bitch Nation" by Debbie Stoller
2004 soft cover edition - as new! I flicked through it once
9 Euros

And, without a photo, "Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair" by Laurie Perry
2007 soft cover edition
6 Euros

And finally, I'd like to put my yarn swift for sale. I just bought it on ebay, and when I wanted to use it for the first time I found out that it was too small for the hank of yarn I wanted to use (Wollmeise sock yarn). The swift is old but works fine as far as I can tell; it can be fastened to a table and it is very easy to handle.

Yarn swift, originally uploaded by d.knit.

It comes in a small box, along with instructions in German. The instruction includes a picture of how the swift should look like when it's all set up, so you don't really need to speak the language. The swift is so simple, it's pretty much self-explanatory.

Yarn swift box, originally uploaded by d.knit.

8 Euros

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Monday, May 19, 2008


A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a journalist from a women's magazine, asking if I'd like to make an interview with her. The topic was hobbies in general and why it's important to have a hobby. The article would also feature a couple of women and their "unusual" hobbies, like playing bagpipes, flying a small plane or fly-fishing. Or knitting.

I didn't jump at this interview right away because I was a bit skeptical. A camera team from a big TV station came to our knitting group once, and I didn't like what they made out of the material they got (let alone they cut out my part) because they pretty much let hand knitters look like freaks. So, I inquired about the article's content before I said yes. The journalist, however, seemed like a really nice person and I liked the idea she had in mind for the article, so I did it. And it was fun! We did the interview part on the phone, and then there was even a photo shoot! That one was really interesting - we went to a museum, but they would only let us take photos in the cafeteria after they learned that we brought knitting needles. Like I would have run wild in the museum and attacked the exhibits with 2mm bamboo needles... yeah, right.
The photographer had brought a machine-knit scarf in signal-red and 5 meters (that's about 5.5 yards!) in length, and I was "knitting" on it. There's a photo on the magazine's website, and whoever speaks German can have a look at the June-issue of "healthy living" on page 124. Have fun reading!