Archive for April, 2011

New Yarns!

April 4, 2011

A few weeks ago, my mom and I decided to have a girls’ day out (in honor of both our husbands being out of town).  So we decided to check out a new-to-us local yarn store, Knit On! in Newport, Kentucky.  (I beg of you, forgive their site design.  It has the important information – that is, the correct hours of operation, and good directions to the store.)

The store itself is wonderful.  Not large, but full of character (it used to be a bank, and they use the old vault as a store room) with wonderful natural light.  And even fuller of wonderful, wonderful yarns.  I’ve been trying to be good, and go through my stash before buying new yarns.  Oh, how I failed!

First purchase, for me.  A 100% merino wool fingering yarn, by Claudia Hand Painted Yarns. (Warning! Site still uses frames!)  I bought it in a lovely light blue-green colorway called Frog Kisses (which I can’t find on their site, but it’s lovely, I promise).  I only bought 1 skein, so it will become a scarf.  I have a pattern intended to show off a knitted ripple by taking advantage of a self-striping sock yarn.  Once I get through some other projects, I’ll start on this.

Second purchase, to make a gift for my grandmother.  Bonnie’s Bamboo, a 100% bamboo yarn from Farmhouse Yarns.  This is in a lovely pinkish-peach kettle-dyed colorway called Desert Bloom.  It’s a very smooth yarn, with a nice tight twist.  I was worried it might split, since the yarn is so soft.  But I’m working it up into a lace scarf, and it hasn’t even considered splitting.  It has a lovely drape, too.

One negative about this shopping experience.  Both yarns were sold by the hank, rather than the ball.  In other yarn shops, the clerk has always offered to wind my yarns for me.  This time, no such offer.  I don’t know if they didn’t have an automatic yarn winder (I didn’t see one, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t one out of sight), or if it wasn’t set up, or if the clerk just forgot.  So, I couldn’t really do anything until I had wound my hanks into more practical balls.

I’ve been wanting to learn to wind a center pull ball of yarn for a while, so this seemed as good a time as any.  There are some great tutorials available on YouTube.  The linked one shows how to wind your yarn on your thumb (there are two sequels to this video – you definitely want to watch them all).  I used an empty toilet paper tube instead of my thumb, but the concept is the same.  And in the future, I’m going to ask the clerk to wind my yarn for me.