After a busy week abroad I came back home, and as I knew it would – my new yarn arrived. Feels like Christmas! These yarns were actually my delayed Birthday and New Year’s gift to myself – and I simply love them 🙂
I made two orders. One was Drops yarn and needles – because not only do I like their designs, but also the yarns. Some of them are not so good but cheap, which makes them great as learning material, while others are also really lovely and in good quality. I chose both types – Paris cotton in two denim shades which is probably not the best cotton ever (but still acceptable once you learn how to work with splitting yarn) but costs very little, Baby Alpaca Silk in very pale pink (almost cream really) and heather which is really lovely, a little fuzzy fingering weight yarn, and Fabel in the Wooden Rose colorway – a classic self-striping sock yarn. This pale blue and pinkish/ heather colour range is quite surprising in my stash, but I like it all. I’m determined to experiment with new colours and yarn types this year!
With my Drops order I also bought the interchangeable needles set and I am absolutely delighted with it. I’ve been testing the needles today and I love how smooth and light they are. I wasn’t sure if this set was a good choice, but following an advice of a few knitters from my Facebook crafts group, I decided to give them a try – and so far no regrets.
Another order was made on Ebay. I chose some Noro yarns: Silk Garden Lite – a splendid and a bit surprising mix of vibrant colours, and Tokonatsu – cotton with silk and viscose in grey-ish blue with speckles of other colours. Both of them are in DK weight. When it comes to Noro yarns in general, I have mixed feelings. They are expensive, considering that the skeins are small (about 120 metres in each), and the quality definitely doesn’t justify the price. But I love their colours and how they beautifully change from one shade to another in the variegated yarn! So, having tried them before, I knew I wouldn’t order them in their regular prices again. That’s where Ebay becomes a great place for shopping – I bought them in bargain bundles for about 40% of the regular price. To be honest, I think this is more or less what they’re really worth, and now I can enjoy all their awesome colours and make plans for the projects I’m going to use them for.
The last yarn from Ebay is Louisa Harding Colline, in berry shade, which is a beautiful deep raspberry pink in aran weight. Once again, not my typical colour choice, but I love it so much! In case of Louisa Harding the quality is always good, and the price of the bundle of 5 skeins was what I’d have to pay for 2 skeins in a store. This is cotton with 20% alpaca, so it seems that with the strong focus on cotton I’m getting ready for the spring 🙂
I ordered all these yarns with specific projects in mind, although this may, of course, change, because I keep looking for new ideas and patterns all the time 🙂 I think that it’s just as enjoyable as crocheting and knitting itself!