Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Resisting Temptation

I think that I deserve some kind of award! I have been staying with Jeni for 3 days, and hanging out at the workshop, and so far at least, no new yarn has made its way into my bag.

Sorry, I should introduce myself first.  My name's Jen and I am a knitting geek. I'm working with Jeni to develop patterns for Fyberspates, and after 3 days surrounded by yarn, my willpower is starting to crack.  

We've done a lot of work over the past few days, and lots of the plans are starting to fall into place. But the yarn is always there - out of the corner of your eye there's a twinkle of Sparkle Sock or the beautiful sheen of some Elegance. This one was new to me - Elegance is a heavy laceweight made from 65% silk and 35% baby camel - and the colours are extraordinary! There's a green and a dark pink that just make my mouth water. They look like raspberries nestled in fresh green leaves in mid-summer.  Just what you need to brighten up a dingy winter day.

Summer Elegance

But I really don't need any more yarn. I know that need doesn't really come into it, but I have plenty of Fyberspates at home just waiting to be knitted up into pretty designs.  I've got 7 hanks of Scrumptious Aran for Jeni's Talia jacket design as well as 7 hanks of Scrumptious DK in Water for a design that's been in my head for a while.  And let's not mention the Sheila's Sock - it will get embarrassing!

You can see how I have made sure to position myself with my back to the beauteous wall of yarn.  I'm not sure if that was enough...


And so, after 3 days of holding strong and resisting, I'm not sure I can hold out any longer.  Something is bound to make its way into my bag for the journey home. It would be rude not to.

Could you resist? And do you have any tips to help me resist? I'll be back again soon, so I could use some advice!


  1. Um, no tips at all, I'm afraid - I'm utterly useless at avoidance, as Jeni will testify.
    I blame her.

  2. oh, I can't wait to see the patterns you're designing! I love the new scrumptious sock yarn... hoping there might be a pattern or 2 for it :-)

  3. I commend you! 3 whole days! I usually last less than an hour... So in my book you are doing extremely well. ;)
    Have fun you two!

  4. Susan Lawrenz-Smith12 January 2011 at 14:10

    why resist--a life surrounded by beauty is a good thing!

  5. I was only there for a day once and I couldn't resist the temptation. You're a stronger woman than I am! Three Days! :)
    Can't wait to see your designs.

  6. No tips here! All that yarn...nice, very, very nice. :-)

  7. Well I can update - i didn't totally make it home yarn-free! I was treated to the skein of beautilicious green Elegance. I'm plotting what to make from it now!

  8. Jen, don't do it you know I will slap you across the chops with some acrylic if you crack!!:)

  9. Elegance is wonderful. I ordered the oyster and blush to crochet the lace blanket in latest 'Piecework' magazine. It is waiting for me to wind it when my three year old is out and I keep stroking it like a pet. I had brief conscience trouble about baby camels but I am sure they have more than enough fluff!

  10. hehe, don't worry about the baby camels, baby always means first sheering, not that its from a teeny camel, lol!