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Perhaps the most important rule in my weekly sit-n-stitch group is that if any member gets new yarn, they have to bring it to the group. In fact, that might be our only rule. We’re pretty easy-going. But if someone mentions that they went to a yarn store, or got a shipment of yarn in the mail, they better have it with them! We all want to see it, pet it, touch it. Its impossible for any one knitter/crocheter to acquire all the nice yarn in the world (sad but true). So we compensate for that by sharing the experience of new yarn. It doesn’t quite make up for owning the new yarn yourself. But it helps.
I’m following that rule here. When I get new yarn, I share. I can’t pass the balls and skeins through the screen so you can fondle it all (which is what we do at my weekly groups) but I can make a post full of
yarn porn detailed pictures.
Which is to say… I got new yarn and I need to play with it even though I have two projects demanding my attentions. Maybe this will fight off the urge to cast on for a few days.
The new yarn came in a bag and not a box. I know. The Feline Overlord was displeased too. I explained to her that she already had two empty cardboard boxes in my living room to play with. She never accepts my reasonable explanations and I should probably just not bother.
No box. Even so, she made do.
After she, umm, scent marked the bag, rolled on top of it, and gave me the requisite dirty look, I got to retake possession of the bag. Here is what we got:
Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn in Colorway Matcha
Stroll is one of the more popular lines of yarn that Knit Picks makes. I’ve used Stroll before and I liked it. Then Knit Picks went and put out new colors, including this Matcha, and I just had to get more. Love this color.
- 75% Superwash merino, 25% nylon
- 100g & 462 yards
- hand painted in subtle variegated shades
I had no specific project in mind when I ordered this skein. Its hand painted yarn for $11. And they made new colors. How can anyone resist that?
Diadem Solid Fingering in Colorway Argent Solid
Want to know how much of a yarn-geek I am? When I saw that two colors of Diadem were listed as “goodbye” and two more were listed as “low-stock” I immediately sent off a panicked email to the head marketing person at Knit Picks (I’m an affiliate and they have to put up with personal emails from me) demanding to know if this yarn was being discontinued. They said “no, Jenn, its not going anywhere”. Phew. So I only ordered one skein instead of… as many as I could afford.
Have you checked out Diadem? It glows.
- 50% baby Alpaca, 50% mulberry silk
- 100g & 329 yards
- soft spun single ply
So I’m thinking a handkerchief shaped cowl, worn kind of cowgirl style. And I’m thinking it should be in a pattern that mimics the look of chain mail because I’m in love with that metallic sheen.
Cotlin DK in Colorways Sagebrush and Lichen
Cotlin was what I was planning to order. It was all I was planning to order. Those other two skeins were sort of an accident. I haven’t tried Cotlin before and it looked like the perfect summer yarn.
- 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen
- 50g & 123 yards
Tanguis cotton is a Peruvian cotton that has a longer than normal staple length. Supposedly it makes great yarn. Adding linen to cotton usually strengthens it and keeps it from getting all stretched out. So I’m thinking these two balls can be a shrug, a very simple, across the shoulders, shrug to wear in the warm months.
That’s the new stash. I feel better having played with it all. I don’t need to start three new projects tonight. This yarn can all go into the yarn closet until I’ve finished the projects I have going now.
Did you buy any of that? Yeah me neither. That must be why the new yarn hasn’t made it into the yarn closet yet.
"There is no failure. Only feedback." - Robert Allen
18 Comments on "New Yarn Must Be Shared"
Oh Jenn, you are tempting me to order some new yarn for the stash!!! LOL
Gee I would never have guessed that a yarn porn post would inspire the need for new yarn?!
Please let us know how you like the Cotlin. I’ve got a summer cardigan pattern I want to knit with it, but don’t want to order the yarn not knowing how it is to work with.
Will do! I can tell you already that its soft and flexible. It feels great on the hands (unlike some cottons).
I have purchased CotLin in the past and made at least one summer top out of it. It is wonderful yarn that makes great tops! And they really hold their shape. Of course, now that you’ve shown us the tone-on-tone Stroll yarn, I’m in love with that. I love tone-on-tone yarn. And I like knitting sweaters out of skinny yarn. Makes a project last longer, which for some weird reason I like. Anyway, thanks for adding to my Yarn Lust!
Thanks for the info on Cotlin. I’d also heard good things about it from my weekly sit-n-stitch group.
Yarn Lust! What a good word for it. And any of the Stroll yarn is good stuff. Its very reliable in quality.
I ditto all that. Must knit faster to justify the purchase of new yarn!
How do you like that Portuguese knitting? I’ve only played around with it. Nothing serious. But someday…
I too love learning new things, especially new yarn things. I’ve found that the more ways I know to knit, the better I am overall. Recently I’ve been playing around with holding my needles pencil-like. My whole life I’ve held them knife-style.
You dad was right! Learning something new keeps us young and agile. Its so ironic that knitting/crochet and creating with yarn became an “old lady hobby”. Its really a stay mentally young hobby.
Oh I love yarn porn. My knitpicks order keeps growing. Ya’ll answered my question on Cotlin. I’ve been eye balling that for a crochet summer top. Jenn, would the Diadem work for your Fasinator? I think the weight is smaller. Does it have much of a halo? Oh and that tonal in the Stroll is wonderful. My favorite green. Oh choices,choices. Thank you so much sharing. It really helps since I can’t pet it before buying.
The Fascinator was in a handspun-mostly-DK weight. So yeah the diadem would be a bit thinner. But not much. And yes to some halo. Like all the soft spun single ply yarns, it has some stick-y out fibers.
But I don’t think any of that would rule it out. Diadem is PERFECT for wearing against your skin. Its soft like butter. And if you worked it in the same size needles as I did with DK (that’s what I’d do) then the lace pattern would show in spite of some halo.
Thanks. The lace pattern has to be the show. I could always swatch and block and then decide. Or not. Maybe just a good, soft Merino. But now a cowl in the Diadem would be luscious. Thanks again.
Decisions. Decisions. But figuring out the perfect project for a yarn is a part of the process that I really love