Wednesday, July 21, 2010

eBay, Gartigan

I recently discovered that I could buy yarn on eBay. That was a dangerous discovery! I ended up with 6 skeins of Debbie Bliss alpaca/silk dk, 5 skeins of Malabrigo silky merino, and one skein of sock.
Gorgeous, right? One thing, and it's a big'un: I don't have a ball winder. Is it worth it to buy one? I don't work at a yarn store, so I'd feel like a big pain if I asked if I could use theirs, especially considering how sticky Malabrigo tends to be, what with the kettle-dying. It's so pretty, though!

Anyway, the Debbie Bliss comes in balls already, so I searched and found the perfect pattern for this lovely cardigan:
I love it! It's way way way too warm to wear anywhere these days, but come fall I will get tons of use for it!


  1. Hi! I found your blog through Presents Knits, and thought I'd stick my big nose in.

    I don't have a ball winder or swift, but I have some wierdo tricks that make winding yarn into balls kind of pleasant. (It's more meditative than effifcient.) I use a lamp with a big lampshade instead of a swift (if you unscrew the bobble at the top it will spin gently) and use a fat marker to make center-pull balls. It isn't speedy, but if you can convince yourself tha it's work the extra time you get to spend with the yarn, it can be odly satisfying.

    Anyhow, blah blah blah. But I enjoy your blog a lot and thought I'd speak up.

  2. Hi! I actually bought a swift and a winder recently, but I love your method--so creative!