...and by that, I of course mean "I love new yarn." Let's face it, one of the most exciting parts about knitting is buying new yarn. I am definitely one of those knitters that has a large stash. According to my Ravelry page I currently have about 35 different yarns in my stash. But honestly, those are just the ones that I took the time to catalog. Some of them I know exactly what I am going to make with them and just haven't had the time to do so yet, others I just bought because they were pretty. I don't think I will ever be the type of person that only allows myself to buy yarn when I'm ready to start a new project. What's the fun in that?!
My newest addition
This past weekend, I went to the Lancaster Arts & Crafts show with my best friend from high school and her parents. As a crafter, I genuinely enjoy walking around a craft show and seeing what these talented people are making. It is also a great way of getting a jump start on Christmas shopping with unique, one-of-a-kind gifts! We had been walking around for about two hours when all of a sudden, I noticed it..... a wall full of yarn in so many beautiful colors. I squeeled and immediately ran inside this tent.
There were so many options: wool, alpaca, wool blends, wool-free, dk weight, fingering weight, etc. Naturally, I touched every single option while ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the different colors. As I picked up one hank that immediately called to me, I heard a voice behind me saying, "Oh my gosh, I love that one." When I looked to see who it was, it was the dyer herself. She was sitting there spinning some yarn and I must have completely blown past her when I ran inside her tent. She unwound the hank and showed me how all the colors blended into each other. Half the yarn is a dark grey, almost black color with hints of purple. The other half flows through purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.... creating beautiful contrast. Each color is rich in its own way, yet there is no muddiness as the colors blend together. This girl has some real talent. She told me that while she loved the color combination, it was incredibly difficult for her dye and so she only made three of them.
THREE. THAT'S IT.
Obviously, I just had to buy one. It is a 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon blend in a fingering weight sock yarn. The hank is a generous 443 yards of beauty. Barbecue of the big blocks of color throughout, I think I am going to make a shawl out of it instead of socks. I'm also toying with the idea of a Tunisian Crochet shawl instead of a knit shawl. Keep an eye on my Ravelry page for updates as I decide what to do!
I'm pretty proud of myself for only buying one hank.... I definitely had my eye on at least five. But, I only practiced insane self-control because I will be attending the Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival in a couple weeks. It will be my first ever fiber festival and I anticipate increasing my stash count considerably. Stay tuned to my Instagram account for pictures from that event!