For Christmas this year I received yarn from my sister and money to purchase yarn from my brother and grandmother. I thought I would show you all what I scored.
This is what came home from the Yarn Barn (Lawrence, KS) with me. It is Alpaca Silk Georgette by Jo Sharp (40% alpaca, 40% merino, 20% silk.)
I went into the store fully intending to purchase something else entirely, but ran into a couple tables of sale yarn. I decided to take quick look and was doomed. I have been eyeing this yarn since it came in and it was on sale. It is so soft and squishy. (If no one has noticed yet I am a sucker for soft and squishy, also for soft and shiny but that comes later in the post.) I realized I had enough money to buy a sweater’s worth so all I needed was help deciding what color to purchase.
I did the only thing I could think of, I left the store, drove home, called my mother at work and convinced her to meet me at the Yarn Barn in another 2 hours. She not only helped me decide what color to buy but purchased some lovely Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed and an appropriate pattern for me to knit for her. I don’t have the yarn or I would show you a picture. Is a lovely light green with maroon flecks. I have worked with the Silkroad Tweed DK before and loved it, a lot, everyone should have this yarn, really.
Also, while in Maryland my sister and I hit two yarn stores in Baltimore. Woolworks was our first outing and amazingly enough I did not buy anything. The yarn there was great, and the people working there were very nice, but we had a time limit and I couldn’t come up with anything that had to come home with me. My sister scored big time with some great cotton/ silk sale yarn. I would have purchased some too but I was not in love with any of the colors.
The next stop was a closer store that I have been to before, All About Yarn. I am not a hug fan of the yarn organization (or lack thereof) but it has a decent selection of yarns not carried here at the Yarn Barn (I try to always buy stuff I can’t get here.) I did find something worth getting. My sister bought me a ball of Fiddlesticks Knitting’s Zephyr wool-silk (50% merino wool 50% tussah silk.) It is a laceweight yarn and my one ball has 630 yds. It is soft has a lovely sheen, hard to see in the picture below (with the Alpaca Silk.) Black yarn is a pain to photograph.
The color of the Zephyr is Ebony. Do you notice the Alpaca Silk’s color? Nothing?
Well, after viewing this picture I started humming the song Ebony and Ivory, unfortunately the color of the Alpaca Silk is Ecru. Ebony and Ecru…….. hmmm, doesn’t quite fit.
The intentions so far are a close fit cabled pullover for the Alpaca Silk and a semi-lacy cover up to go over my summer dresses for the Zephyr. Who knows how long it will take me to get to knitting with either of these, by then I’ll have a whole new idea of what to make.