Tips and Tricks: Knit Shopping List

Dear reader … how do you manage your shopping at big yarn festivals and fairs?  Inquiring minds want to know!

At both the New England Fiber Festival and Stitches East, I armed myself for efficient shopping my own specially-formatted list of projects for which I would permit myself to buy yarn. Although I was chuffed with myself for being a  brutally deliberate buyer-of-yarn, I didn’t think the list itself was anything particularly special.

Well, color me wrong! Yet again. I showed the list to people, hoping to get congratulatory pats on the back. Heck, I’m only buying yarn for projects I might actually someday make! But, they were more interested in the list itself. For each pattern, I have a picture to remind me what it looks like (stolen from Ravelry and shrunk to 1″ high), info about the yarn required (mostly weight and yardage, plus any other details), and room for comments.

Here’s my list for NEFF:


Don’t you love how I’m permitting myself to speculate in sock yarn, but only up to two skeins worth?

I bought yarn for some of these projects at NEFF, so my list for Stitches East has some repeats and some new items:


You can download my knitting shopping list as Word doc, pre-formatted for your knit-shopping pleasure. I’ve even put in specs for several Remily Knits patterns. You know, just in case.






New England Fiber Festival (NEFF) 2013

If all goes well … my friends and I have just arrived at the NEFF .  I have mad plans to instagram the heck out of this trip.  One of us (not me!) may even come home with their very own Angora bunny!

My instragram name is remilyh — I’ll see if I can manage to live tweet @RemilyKnits or live facebook to Remily Knits or something.  Lookit me, doing social media!!

In the mean time, you can read about our NEFF 2012 trip, and say “awwww” at the cute bunny:


Here’s my stuff from last year … my first drop spindle and first yarn ever! I’m pleased to say that I have spun EVERYTHING that I bought last year. I’ve even made stuff out of the yarn from the blue braid, the orange braid, and greenie-purple blend in the bag. I also just (just!) finished a big project with the laceweight yarn.  (Tune in next Friday for that update!)