According to the Craft Yarn Council, today is “I Love Yarn Day”. So, I’m going to tell you about some yarns I love. In no particular order:
50% Alpaca, 50% Wool. I just used this for a fair isle hat and I just love it. Soft and not scratchy. Very warm. I want to make all the other things with it. Not sure what yet.
Karin from Periwinkle Sheep is a local kettle dyer and that picture has other blends in addition to the Watercolors II but that one is my favorite. I love the colors she does and am always picking up an extra skein because I just can’t resist. There is a pink one at The Spinning Room right now that is calling me. Watercolors II is 75% superwash merino wool, 25% nylon – perfect for socks but also other things too. That item on top is my Glitz at the Ritz in progress.
Liz is another local dyer – she does hand-dyed yarns as opposed to kettle dyed. I just love Love LOVE the colors she does.
4) Tosh Merino:
Worsted weight yarn by Madelinetosh. I made my first Mystic Spiral hat with this yarn. Love the color blend and love the feel of the yarn.
A wonderfully soft single plied merino wool. I love working with it so much that I’m making a toddler sweater and telling the mom to give the sweater to me when it is needs washing so I can hand wash it for her.
Two more yarny things since it’s I Love Yarn Day.
1) I finally tried Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel using one of her basic patterns from her ebook:
It is an easy, short-row heel made in wedges and is supposed to be very smooth, like a tomato skin, hence, the name. And it is very smooth. I circled and outlined the wedges in the bottom pic to make it a little more obvious. You might notice the right and middle wedge are a little wider than the left wedge. The left wedge is the last wedge and you stop short of a full wedge for most heels. Some may need a full wedge, so it’s nice that you can customize it to your own foot! I’m doing this heel for all my future socks. I used to do a heel flap heel and it is quite tedious. This is much easier.
2) My first Loved crown is ready for finishing:
Ugh. Lots of ends to weave in and some sewing. that left side gets tucked and sewed inside to give the crown some heft so the points will stand up. Now I have two things ready for finishing. I better get to it.
And, lastly on I Love Yarn Day:
The pole building is done! (Ha! NOT a yarn thing….)
Except for some filling in around the edges, a floor and a garage door and door opener…..you know, not much: