Do you get carried away when viewing beautiful yarns online? Are you impulsive? Do you keep clicking ‘Add to Cart’? Do you wait impatiently for said yarn (or knitting books for that matter) to be delivered by your friendly parcel delivery man who you are on very good terms with because he always seems to be delivering parcels to you? Do you get that frisson of excitement when you open the parcel and discover that beautiful, luscious yarn in all its glory just waiting to be made into another pair of socks or a soft, drapey, yummy shawl? If you answered yes to all these questions we have something in common so read on and discover some of my latest purchases. The colourways of these yarns will leave you breathless as they did me. They are simply beautiful.
I purchased the following two books from my favourite online book store…. The Book Depository. The first book is called Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch and it’s chock-a-block full of so many variations of sock knitting patterns, I am in sock heaven. What is unusual about these books is you are provided with a number of 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 stitch pattern repeats as well as different heel and toe finishes. You get to select how you knit your socks. There are simply numerous computations of different types of socks you can knit. My head is spinning with so many ideas already.
The second book, also by Charlene Schurch, is the follow up, More Sensational Knitted Socks. I can see that I will definitely be using these books quite often.
Here’s a link to a great book review of both books which is well worth reading. It’s from the knittingabout.com website.
Now onto my yarn purchases….
The following three yarns were purchased from Yay for Yarn’s Clearance Sale. Like any female, I just love a sale!
Yarns on Stage – Great Adirondack – Parakeet
This is a limited edition colourway produced especially for Yarns on Stage. What’s not to like about this yarn. I instantly fell in love with the colourway and managed to buy the last skein. It’s a 4ply 70% merino / 20% silk / 10% nylon yarn with a length of 329 metres (360 yards) and weighs 100g. This yarn is going to make a spectacular pair of socks don’t you think? Or maybe a shawl?
Yarns on Stage – Prism – Savoy
Another limited edition colourway produced especially for Yarns on Stage. This is a 4ply 80% merino / 20% nylon yarn that contains 402 metres (440 yards) and weighs 112g. Guess what…..I can see another pair of socks coming up. I love the all the blue/purple hues of this yarn.
Yarns on Stage – Twisted Sisters Petite Voodoo – Green Teas(e)
And yet another limited edition colourway especially produced for Yarns on Stage. This is a 4ply 50% silk / 50% merino wool yarn that contains 174 metres (190 yards) and weighs 50g. It has a lovely sheen to it. I bought two skeins of the yarn and am thinking about a scarf or shawl. I’ve already started scouring Ravelry for a pattern. Anyone have any suggestions??
Dyed By Hand Yarns – Melbourne – Victoria
I only discovered Dyed By Hand Yarns last week and am patiently waiting for my yarns to be dyed and sent to me. Dyed By Hand Yarns is operated by Julie Boydell, who has been crocheting, knitting and generally crafting from an early age. Over the years she has learnt spinning and weaving, various hand and machine sewing techniques, felting, quilting, photography, colour and design.
As a medical scientest she plays with dyes daily, and has honed her skills of observation, theory and practise in dyeing processes. The decision to dye yarns was a natural progression of this. Family and friends encouraged her to present her wares for sale, and Dyed By Hand Yarns was born.
I particularly like the way Dyed By Hand Yarns photographs their skeins. They are beautifully framed and very enticing.
Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Urban Sprawl
Urban Sprawl is a variegated yarn of black, charcoal and silvery grey with flashes of bright to golden yellow and paprika.
Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Turmeric
Turmeric is a warm semi-solid deep goden yellow. This colour almost glows in the sunlight.
Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Limelight
Limelight is a light bright semi-solid lime green with hints of neon yellow and
gold. I love this bright, happy colourway.
Dyed By Hand Yarns – Tough Stocking – Tyger Tyger
Tyger Tyger is a variegated yarn of burnt orange, tangerine and saffron with overtones of caramel and chocolate. Of course, there always has to be a skein of yarn in autumn colours which I really gravitate towards.
The base yarn for all the Dyed By Hand Yarns is called Tough Stocking and it’s a 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon 100gm/423m (463yd) fingering/sockweight, 4-ply construction.
Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns
Skein is a small, independent hand-dyed yarn company based in Australia who love to play with colour and produce unique hand-dyed colourways on high-quality yarns. What I really love about Skein is they can custom dye any of their colourways onto the yarn base of your choice. There are lots of semi-solids, variegated and hand painted colourways to pick from. All you need to decide is what colour and what type of yarn. This is very dangerous as you will not be able to stop at one…..I can guarantee that! Be prepared to take out a small loan!
Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Green Tea
I was gobsmacked when I first saw this colourway. I mean isn’t it just beautiful!! Because this yarn is dyed to order, I will have to wait about a month for it to arrive. I can’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous, luscious, divine yarn. The colourway is Green Tea and it has been hand-painted with the colours spring green, teal, mint and olive.
Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Rusty Rock
Rusty Rock has undertones of lichen with overtones of rich rust tones. Yes, another one in autumn tones which is my signature colour scheme.
Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Speakeasy
Speakeasy has been hand-painted with the colours apricot, gold, Han purple and bole. This colourway also jumped out at me as it is such an unusual combination and yet it all works well together.
Skein Hand-Dyed Yarns – Top Draw Socks – Tuscany
Tuscany has undertones of flax, fallow and burnt sienna with splashes of deep grey and bright rosso corsa red. When I first saw this colourway I immediately thought of red clay. It’s such an unusual colour and one that I’ve not come across before so my first reaction was ‘I’ve got to have that one’.
Top Draw Socks is a 4ply 85% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon sock yarn and contains 437 yards/400 metres and weighs 100g per skein.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about and looking at my latest yummy yarnie purchases. Now all I have to do is to wait patiently for most of them to be delivered…..oh yes and also to stay away from online yarn stores until I can reduce my stash! I wonder how long I will last 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you soon.