November 11, 2004


I’d been trying very hard to not buy any more yarn before Christmas, and concentrate on using up what I have already. I find that I don’t like having large numbers of projects waiting — it makes me anxious rather than happy, and I feel an overwhelming urge to make lists and start crossing items off them. So, since I already have the yarn for several more projects, I didn’t want to acquire any more.

But I forgot about the siren song of Elann, luring me to my destruction on the rocky shoals of Highland Wool.

So cheap. So lovely. So soft. So many colours!

I succumbed. And, having succumbed, I went all the way: I bought 49 balls of Highland wool. As someone at the SnB last night pointed out, that’s almost 2.5 kg of wool! The argument that allowed me to break down and buy some was that I wanted to make some felted Christmas stockings for our first Christmas in our own home, and this was easily the cheapest way to do it. Hving decided that, it seemed only reasonable to throw in enough yarn for a sweater for myself (after all, it’s a sweater for $35!), and then I just lost control completely and bought yarn for a sweater for Mark. Long-time readers of this blog, if you’re out there, may be glad to hear that this batch of yarn is for the long-dormant Tintin sweater. The wide range of colours in the Highland wool made it easier to find colours for the hair and face, so we went ahead and bought it all. I don’t know if I’ll start it before Christmas, since I’ve got so many projects to do, including a sweater for Mark that I already have the yarn for. But it’s now officially a Project in Waiting.

Just for interest’s sake, when I bought some Highland wool back in January for Rogue, a ball cost $2.95 CAD. Now it’s $2.70 CAD. I think the USD price has stayed the same — that fluctuation is entirely because of the rising Canadian dollar. Time to do all your catalogue shopping from US stores!

Posted by Aven at November 11, 2004 12:21 PM

Although I’m a bit afraid of succumbing to the pull of the Highland Wool myself, is there somewhere around town that you can touch it? Or do you know it’s soft from your Rogue experience?

Posted by: Rebekah at November 12, 2004 01:13 AM

Oh, I’m trying SO hard to resist that siren song, and everyone’s making it so DIFFICULT.

Posted by: Rachael at November 12, 2004 06:12 AM

hmmmm….aren’t they 100g balls? Wouldn’t that make it almost 5kg of wool? ;)

Posted by: Dani at November 12, 2004 06:22 AM

That is so funny! I don’t blame you for buying so many at such a great price. Can you take a picture of all the yarn??

Posted by: monica at November 12, 2004 06:50 AM

heh — that’s the stuff i bought for my ribby cardie :) im glad to hear that it’s soft, as this is the first time i’ve bought yarn sight unseen! im just hoping the colours are as nice in person as they are on the 2 monitors i checked them out on.

Posted by: kelly at November 12, 2004 10:12 AM

LOVE THE TINTIN SWEATER DESIGN. I had missed that post. Can’t wait to see it come to life, or to sweater, or whatever.

Kudos on knowing when to be ‘flexible’ with your own resolutions. This yarn sounds like an excellent buy. xoxox Kay

Posted by: Kay at November 12, 2004 02:01 PM