Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jellywares Yarn Club! It's where the cool kids are at...

I have followed the Jellywares blog for a long time now (as one of those silent, slightly stalky blog reader-but-not-commenter people).  Jodie lives somewhere remote in New South Wales, in a life which couldn't really be much different to mine (I have always lived in a City, though my current-and-forever hometown Hobart isn't exactly New York...).  Her blog is a gentle and natural narrative about life there and is mostly craft-centric (which pleases me).  She is also ridiculously prolific in her makings (also pleases me, I am not a patient reader!) and she sells gorgeous yarns too!

So when she launched a yarn club, I looked at the unfinished wool-related projects I have (crochet shrug, knitted beanie, knitted top and knitted socks) and thought - why not?  I love surprise packages of craft stuff in the mail, and I love distractions from all the WIPs I have lurking ready to depress me at a moment's notice :)

The yarn club was launched via her Facebook page here, though there is a post about it on the blog too.  Go check out the page and all the finished project photos popping up - I should probably get my ass into gear and block my first efforts...

I stupidly forgot to take a picture of the first, gorgeous parcel which arrived, mainly because I was too excited.  I got the knitting option (there is one for crocheters too, I do both so Jodie chose for me!) - and the first parcel included some gorgeous autumn-y yarn (Cascade Sierra - cotton/wool) with which to make several leaf shaped washcloths (I will post pictures of those once blocked).

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The parcel also include some yummy biscuits and a beautiful bag in which to hold my project.  I was VERY pleased!

Meanwhile, I have made two leaf washcloths but not yet blocked them - and parcel two is already here!  This time I managed to catch myself because I dug in and took pictures:

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Lovely indeed!  Jodie is a master of making everything beautiful - with additional little touches that make these club deliveries really nice to receive (go check out her blog pictures - she makes a ball of wool on a deck look so wonderful I want to give up my job and move to country NSW...).

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Inside was the yarn for this month (Araucania - Alpaca, Merino, Silk).  Instead of one pattern like last time, Jodie pointed us at a variety of free options on Ravelry which would match the amount of yarn we have.  I haven't entirely decided which one to make yet (there is a very lovely tea cosy picture on the Facebook page which is tempting me!) but I think I am going to make a beanie this time - how gorgeous will that yarn be as a slouchy simple hat?

Jellywares Yarn Club

There was again a heap of beautiful extras in there - like this very cute crochet bunny gift tag - already stolen by my daughter!

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Lace trim that Jodie dyed herself (seriously - she must be superwoman) in a beautiful rich indigo colour, plus (badly focused behind) a lovely card her friend made.


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A mysterious easter egg...

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which opened up to reveal heaps of very very useful stitch markers (how did she know I have bought at least 4 packets of these during my life as a knitter, but can never find one when I need to?).  I had to keep the daughter firmly restrained as she definitely wanted these "treasures"!

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AND some chocolate shortbread.  Which lasted only long enough for this picture to occur.  Check out the amazing colour and sheen of that yarn - I have to restrain myself from starting now...

So - all up I am so happy I signed up for Yarn Club!  From now on I will post the parcel and finished items together I think, but I wanted to share the ultimate gorgeousness of the packages as a whole.

So why did I join when I have so much else waiting for me to finish it off?  Well a while back I read LLadybird's post on how she stays so prolific a sewist, and apparently it's because she doesn't really allow herself WIP/UFOs.  She starts something, she finishes it, she moves on.  Admirable, but I don't think it's how I craft (even though I would like to).  My life is such that I need something to cut out or trace in front of the telly, things to sew which are mindless for when I am tired but want to relax and stitch, stuff to knit or crochet on the bus (mindless) or on a quiet afternoon (more complicated).  Yarn club fits in with my need to stop knitting a whole jumper, take a break and knit a quick, rewarding, different project.  Like a palate cleanser or an amuse bouche :)

I embrace my wippiness (so totally a word...), especially if lets me keep getting parcels like this every month! Go check out Yarn Club - all the cool kids are doing it :)

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