I Love a Good Yarn

Yarns, stories, and sometimes stories about yarn


Yarn diet fail

The yarn diet is over. I had hoped to use up a lot more of my stash before buying anything new (I haven’t bought any yarn since Rhinebeck in October!), but I knew I was lost when Loop of London posted the photo below to its Facebook feed a few days ago:

Loop London image

The yarn in the photo is by Lichen and Lace, an outfit in New Brunswick, Canada. To me it’s the epitome of warmth–I can practically feel how soft the yarn is, and the color speaks so strongly of spring and rosy outlooks that it probably has the power melt the snow outside, even as the mercury dips below zero.

I didn’t buy this yarn, though I will certainly be looking out for this producer’s product in the near future. Instead I stopped into my local yarn store to say Happy New Year and came out with these:

New yarn 1

I don’t have a lot of purple and rose in my life, so it was time for Louisa Harding and Manos del Uruguay to inject some of these joyful colors into my winter. Don’t know what I’ll do with them, but I’m sure excited to explore the possibilities.

And if that weren’t enough, I also picked up a real impulse buy, and a luxurious one at that:

New yarn 2

This 100% cashmere fun-size bundle from Lux Adorna Knits comes with a chevron cowl pattern as well as more cowl pattern options on the website. Having made a nice warm cowl for a friend’s birthday recently, I thought I’d treat myself to something similar. I love the colors–I hadn’t realized the colorway was called “Big Apple” until I got home, but I found it apt.

Today was also the final delivery of my 12-month yarn of the month club subscription from The Perfect Blend. The only reason I didn’t renew is that I’ve only made four of the 12 projects from the 2017 series so far:

And I know I’ll miss those monthly deliveries–January’s yarn and project are spectacularly gorgeous–but that will be more incentive for me to work through these small pieces throughout the warmer weather months so I can jump back into the club starting in 2019.

Happy knitting everyone!

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Yarn-of-the-month club

This lovely box appeared on my doorstep yesterday.

img_1694It’s the first installment of a new yarn-of-the-month club offered by the wonderful The Perfect Blend yarn and tea shop in Saugerties, NY. Each month, the color of the hand-dyed skein will reflect some aspect of New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. This month, the inspiration was Saugerties’ own lighthouse.

img_1271The lighthouse is also a B&B and has a gorgeous deck on the river side where the public can bring picnics or just sit for a while and enjoy the views. It’s well worth the visit at any time of year and a fitting theme for the first skein.

Because I love my local yarn store so much, I of course booked the entire year’s worth of deliveries, which means I’ll be treated to additional goodies:

img_1696Along with the yarn, cowl pattern, postcard depicting the lighthouse, and note from Mary, the store’s gracious and delightful owner, I received a set of jeweled stitch markers in a little canvas pouch, a paper ruler, and a della Q project bag. I’m so excited to work with this gorgeous yarn. I’m also thrilled to be able to support my local yarn store and Hudson Valley dyers.

The yarn-of-the-month club is open to anyone. Click the links above for more information on The Perfect Blend and how you can get in on this awesome program.