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Okay, lets talk yarn sales. For those of us who knit, there is more to it than just the utility of creating clothes. There is also the feel of the fibers, the artistry of the color combinations, the science of combining certain fibers to create drape or movement, the variations achieved through hand-painting yarns or use of dyes . . . I can go on and on. There are a myriad of considerations that go into the creation of a sweater or a hat or a scarf which start in many ways with your choice of yarn. There are folks that create their own special “art” yarns to produce their vision. There are “fiber artists” who go far beyond what us basic family knitters do with their yarns.
I love yarn. I think that going into a yarn shop is like opening a new box of 64 Crayola Crayons only better, because you get the addition of the feel of the yarn as well as all of the colors. I love working with natural fibers and I am most drawn to the merino wools and alpaca fibers (hence my addiction to the Eco Duo yarns which are undyed merino and alpaca wool). But the good yarns can be expensive and it often costs more to make a wool sweater than it would cost to purchase one – not even factoring in the time it takes to produce it.
So, while I certainly support my local yarn shop, I also belong to the Yarn Sales group in Ravelry – which led me to Little Knits. They have a Ravelry Group too that I joined as well. Little Knits has the most amazing sales and if you order $125.00 worth of yarn, there is no shipping charge. They are based in Seattle Washington so it is far from local, but everyone there is so helpful and so friendly that you feel like they are your friends from the first time you order from them.
My second – and third – orders from them arrived today on one BIG box.
I opened it and found that they sent me a present – a free pattern book!!! How nice of them.
Are you loving the colors you are seeing behind the book?!! I was!
Now the best and biggest sale that I have ever found on yarn I found at Little Knits. I love the way Araucania blends its colors – see my previous post on the Accomplice wristwarmers I made using their Nature Wool. Well, Araucania makes a yarn called Aysen which is 70% merino wool (love it!), 20 % alpaca (love it!) and 10% silk which normally sells for $16.00 per skein – or $160% for a 10 skein bag. Little Knits has this yarn for $30 for a 10 skein bag. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
And look at it!! My favorite colorway is 831 – which I bought one bag for my sister (her May yarn of the month) and two bags for me.
Unfortunately the light is fairly grey today and the warm gold and brown tones in this yarn are not showing up in this picture. This yarn is sooo perfect in color combinations it makes you giddy. Sis – you are going to love this.
Next is color 820 – which is this beautiful blend of blues and golds
Again, the lighting bleaches out the colors, but there are hints of green and grey mixed in here too. $30 for 1,910 yards of this yarn. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Then there is color 812 – a blend of cocoa browns, natural and greys. Oh my!!
I don’t even know what one I want to use first. But wait – it keeps going.
Meet colorway 813
I love deep denim-y blues. I’m a blue jean girl with blue eyes – this is just my color.
And my last Aysen was one I ordered without seeing it. The description read as a blend of greys, which I thought might be good for something for Chip or Chris – who both like grey. But when it arrived it looked more bluish grey – which made me really happy – since I don’t really like grey-grey. So here is color 818.
Isn’t it great!!!!
I also was able to pick up Danielle’s November yarn of the month in this sale. She wanted a dark charcoal grey or black to knit the Corinne sweater in this season’s Knitty.com E-zine. She wanted something with bamboo in it and we found Mirasol’s Nuna – which is 40% Merino Wool, 40% Silk and 20% Bamboo. Here it is.
The silk and bamboo give it that sheen. You will love it Sis.
Last I got a skein of Pure Rowan Organic Wool for the peace sign in the middle of the Imagine pullover I want to make for Elaine. The body of the sweater will be the Araucania Aysen color 826 I had purchased in my first Little Knits order which had made me such a fan. Here are both yarns.
www.littleknits.com The very best place to find wonderful yarns at amazing prices with the sweetest folks to help you. Today feels like Christmas.