Destash Deschmash!

Destashing is many things - noble, frugal, disciplined. But everyone knows there is one thing destashing isn't, really - fun. So if you're worn out by all the yarn diets going 'round, Fig & Plum's got yer antidote right here:

terra Yarn

I bought some yarn. Some "luxury yarn." Say hello to two skeins of The Fibre Company's Terra in Black Walnut. I'm not one for duotones, but I've never seen anything quite like this green-purple overlay before. It's kinda captivating. True to my stash rule, there's a project in mind for this. I'll be jumping on la bandwagon to make Wendy's L'Slouch (.pdf).

Restraint? Pish Posh, Dear Readers! The orgy continues. I bought this on our trip upstate for New Year's and plum forgot to show it to you:

morehouse laceweight

I've decided I want a Birch for myself. In the name of avoiding mohair, I picked up four skeins of Morehouse's new super-soft, super-even laceweight formulation. It has an almost felted look. But boy is it squish!

So there's your weekly dose of debauchery, much needed when everyone's exercising so much darned restraint around here, agreed?

Aside from purchasing, knitting has been happening around here too. Urban Aran has been on hold because at this point it's not a project that can travel. I might turn to the collar this weekend, but will have to wait for a zipper before completing it. (BTW, know of any good zipper sources either on the nets or in NYC? Do tell. We'd like something with a little oomph, kind of like the orange zipper on the ribbed cardigan in Last Minute Knitted Gifts.)

Instead, like Lazarus rising from the dead, the Counterpane Carpet Bag has regained some vitality! I completed the first side this week and am through the first scallop on the second:

Counterpane Carpet Bag Side 1

If I can't find my virtue in destashing, at least I can say I'm doing a good job getting through some UFOs, eh?

Nothing much else is going on. Work ate my life in January, now February is upon us and winter has finally arrived. I'm hoping work will go a bit slower this month. As for me, maybe I'll be faster: I'd like to start running again this month. Have you been following Runagogo? I hate this word, but I have to use it - inspiring! Knitters use the internet to support each other in so many fibre-related ways, so why not this? Plus you can't deny that a sedentary hobby like knitting can pull you into a lot of time on the sofa. (Esp. if you have a sofa you luuurve!). Anyway, I'm late to the gate, but maybe I'll unofficially join in.

Posted by jess at February 3, 2007 2:15 PM | TrackBack

The bag is looking great

Posted by: Christy / Not Hip at February 3, 2007 3:21 PM

Oooh - that black walnut is divine.

Posted by: Claire at February 3, 2007 3:29 PM

Love the Terra. I just picked some up last week. The color combinations are almost hypnotizing! The bag looks like it's coming along great.

Posted by: rhea at February 3, 2007 3:38 PM

You might try They'll even do custom for you.

That Counterpane bag is just lovely, as are your fiber purchases.

Posted by: Karen B. at February 3, 2007 3:46 PM

I'm absolutely weak in the knees from that photo of the Terra.

I would think that M&J would have a good selection of zippers. . . If not wandering around that neighborhood should yield something.

Posted by: Kirsten at February 3, 2007 3:59 PM

Zipperstop! But they have very early hours (I think they close at 5).
Perhaps this is my pet peeve, but many lace patterns (birch included) have a leaning double decrease, when a centered (decrease slip 2 tog, k1, p2sso) looks infinitely better! Maybe the asymmetry is not noticeable in mohair, but it would with your yummy merino. Well, in my opinion :)
Love the 2 tone yarn! I spotted it at BG...

Posted by: Veronique at February 3, 2007 4:08 PM

The scallops are fascinating. And I think yarn diets and destashing are overrated, why feel guilty about yarn? It's not like we're stashing bourbon or ammunition.

Posted by: Sasha at February 3, 2007 5:02 PM

We get all our zippers for String customer projects from a store on W 39th between 7th & 8th. I forget what it's called, it used to be called Active Trimming but it changed names. It's on the second floor, and I believe the street number is 244 but I'm not 100% sure of that. They have a huge selection and will cut it to size on the spot, and they carry tons of thread so you can get matching thread at the same time.

Posted by: ivete at February 3, 2007 6:35 PM

Oh, how funny! I was at Morehouse this weekend, too. Are you a regular shopper there? If so you may have seen me - I'm usually the one buying 2039852 skeins in different colors in the hopes of making pretty fair isle. ;)

Posted by: Becki at February 3, 2007 7:15 PM

Ooooo! That black walnut is *lovely*!

Posted by: Andrea at February 3, 2007 8:06 PM

there's that fab terra yarn. there really is just something about it. and some yarn from grandpa morehouse! love that guy. i'd forgotten about counterpane but love it all the same.

Posted by: carrie m at February 3, 2007 8:14 PM

ooooh look at all your pretty yarn :) i'm glad someone's not dieting. at least i can live vicariously through you!

Posted by: gleek at February 3, 2007 9:14 PM

Zipperstop is definitely the place to go. I live in CA so I order them, and they always arrive promptly. I even ordered the color cards so I can always get the right color.

I'm glad I'm not the only person NOT on a yarn diet. I feel like such a yarn pig most of the time.

Posted by: Kristen at February 3, 2007 9:36 PM

Wow, look at all that beautiful grey yarn. :D And the Counterpane Carpet Bag is beautiful!

Posted by: Chelle at February 3, 2007 11:27 PM

That bag is beautiful!!!

A runner I am not. Maybe when it isn't two below zero outside, I'll start walking, though. Good luck with your running.

Posted by: Mandy at February 4, 2007 6:53 AM

i also always use (they're local for you, so i'm sure you could go in...). great service, huge selection of colors, really fast and cheap shipping for mail order. love.

Posted by: amisha at February 4, 2007 12:04 PM

I love this bag and want to knit it! your color is great .Where can I order this yarn? Thanks. I love your blog!

Posted by: Barbara campbell at February 4, 2007 2:38 PM

I love the bag! It looks great.

The Terra yarn is gorgeous. The colours are captivating.

Posted by: Dorothy B at February 4, 2007 3:21 PM

mmmmm, i love yarn. the morehouse looks delightful. i knit birch quite some time ago following the modifications @ mindofwinter's blog and i wear it often. it is a wonderful piece to knit, cannot wait to see how it turns out with your yarn choice.

Posted by: mamie at February 4, 2007 4:12 PM

Ahhh, your undiet like eating a whole pint of ice cream. I'm looking forward to getting back to running too, just a few more months...

Posted by: MeBeth at February 4, 2007 6:55 PM

The bag looks great! Nice job!

Posted by: Becca at February 4, 2007 9:54 PM

Love the Slouch yarn, love the laceweight, love the bag. Love it all. I'm glad you're still buying yarn! We don't want all of our dear shops to go out of business! ;)

Posted by: Jessica at February 4, 2007 10:45 PM

Love your counterpane bag! It's so different from anything I've seen and very eye catching! Also love your Clementine case in the previous post.

Posted by: Debby at February 5, 2007 10:09 AM

I'll echo the same love for zipperstop. But you must go in person - Its hilarious. Basically a chinatown hole-in-the-wall with dirty racks of zippers everywhere. Just ask for what you need and they'll tool around in the stacks for a few minutes and bring you something perfect.

Posted by: j a r e d at February 5, 2007 10:26 AM

Love that Black Walnut - great name for it too.
Thanks for helping us out with our stash dieting. It is nice to live vicariously through the shopping of others.

Posted by: Miss Scarlett at February 5, 2007 10:37 AM

Did you buy up all the Terra in Black Walnut? I can't find it now! It looks so lovely.

Posted by: kitkatknit at February 5, 2007 10:53 AM

How are you handling the Bears' loss? Are you OK? ;o)

Posted by: jaws at February 5, 2007 2:10 PM

Drool... that bag is gorgeous. I can't wait to see it in its finished state!

Posted by: sulu-design at February 5, 2007 11:27 PM

Love that carpet bag...on a side note, what did you think of Pan's labrynth?

Posted by: Gina B. at February 6, 2007 9:32 PM

Oh my. I want that Terra yarn, or something with the colors. So beautiful. Purple and green are a color combination I really like but haven't had the guts to work with yet. It reminds me of fat grapes and late summer blackberries (and apparantly of black walnut).

Posted by: Corvus at February 6, 2007 11:44 PM

I woke up this morning thinking about your counterpane bag. It's stunning. What's the yarn your using? I need to make one for myself.

Posted by: jan at February 8, 2007 10:11 AM

Oh my! Those yarns are LUSH! I think I can just about get through my yarn diet if I can come over here and look at them for a few minutes a day....I really like the bag you're knitting, the stitch pattern is just gorgeous.

Posted by: Anushka at February 8, 2007 11:32 AM

Love your knitting and your blog. Just wanted to say hi because I'm a fellow NYU law alum (class of '01) who knits passionately (although not with the mad skills that you have) - small world!


Posted by: Mandi at February 11, 2007 11:18 AM

i was fingering that terra black walnut yesterday myself. the coloring is soooo gorgeous.

Posted by: sarah at February 13, 2007 5:32 PM

Oh what lovely yarn! Yummm

Posted by: somuchfun at February 13, 2007 6:05 PM

LOL well, you aren't the only one. I find it hard to have restraint when I have a project that I want and the yarn is not available. Isn't that what knitting is for? So I confess, I just ordered from Knitpicks...... to make a sweater. I don't want to make it in any colour but green, and my stash lacks that one colour badly. So it's on it's way once the weather clears up I guess! LOL
Can't wait to see your creations!

Posted by: Silver Ilix at February 14, 2007 6:42 PM

That bag is AMAZING! where ever did you find the pattern? Also that yarn is delicious!

Posted by: Sabrina hirsch at February 15, 2007 6:27 PM

That yarn IS hypnotizing. What are you going to use it for?
Love your creations!

Posted by: Domestic*Imposter at February 18, 2007 10:21 AM

a) urban aran = freakin' gorgeous
b) I, too, have fallen for the lure of Terra.
c) You'll be delighted to know that Zipperstop's physical location is in nyc. It's A. Feierbach (or something of that nature), on Allen Street just north of Canal, on the West side of the street. I think the street address is 27 Allen, but you can't miss it. It's just about the only sign in English on that block.

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