Monday, May 27, 2013

Yarn appreciation, part 2

Y.A.P. Greens

Green is probably the color I have the most of in my stash, at least right now. It has been my 'favorite color' since I was very young, although I don't consider any color truly a favorite anymore. I love them all! Pictured here is a very special skein of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in 'Sap'. I picked it up during a business trip at Loop in Philadelphia. Next to it is some Spud & Chloe Fine in Glow Worm from my mom's shop, The Sheep's Stockings. The two skeins that come next are both No Two Snowflakes yarn - one lace, the other 100% cashmere in 'Spritely'. Following up is a gorgeous true green skein of Alisha Goes Around, and some more Malabrigo Worsted in Forest.

Y.A.P. Blues

I grew up not really having any affinity towards blue. My grandmother, supposedly, did not like blue at all, and had not a drop of it in her house. As I have grown older I've fallen in love with it, especially deep purple blues, robin egg blues, and pale, wispy blues. Two skeins of Rauma Finull-garn are first, and are really part of a set of 4 colors I pulled to do colorwork with. To design colorwork with. I need to get going on that idea. Next to it is a skein of Pear Tree Yarns 4-ply in Robin's Egg, although in my opinion this color is more like the inside of the shell than the outside. Some Blue Sky Alpaca in Sky, and some special and unusual yarn that was a gift from Joji, who works at Milana Hilados, a really cool yarn store in Argentina. In the back is some Madelinetosh DK in Ink, I believe. Although to be honest I am not 100% sure of the colorway.

Y.A.P. Purples

I have never been much of a purple person, so I honestly have no 'true purple' anywhere in my stash. All the purples I own are slightly off kilter, I prefer them to have a little red or a little too much blue, or be faded, as you can see. A skein of Skein Yarn's Top Draw Sock in Fig is a prized gift from my friend Patricia, and next to it is some Light Brown Hare sock I bought long ago on Etsy. An exciting test skein of Shibui Cima in Ultraviolet, a color that came out new this year, and some Darn Good Yarn recycled silk in a most arresting shade of blue violet. A skein of Malabrigo Twist sits beside it, but this skein is from back when Twist was first coming out, and was still called Gusanito. The colorway was never released (too close to Malabrigo's ever-famous purple mystery colorway) -- the color is called Anil. In the very back is yet more Malabrigo Worsted, this time in a re-worked colorway, Alpine Pearl - now with more teal blue and variegation!

Y.A.P. Browns

I don't think I could complete my Yarn Appreciation Post without a look at browns and neutrals. I have a soft spot for brown. I think it's underrated as a color to wear -- it's flattering on a variety of skin tones and looks lovely paired with most colors. It reminds me of warmth almost instantly when seeing it. In front is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in 'Fig', getting cozy next to Malabrigo Arroyo in 'Coffee Toffee'. A skein fo Quince & Co. Tern sits happily alone in 'Gingerbread', although it has a matching skein in a lighter brown to make Adrian's Flocked Mittens (although I am not sure what color I shall use for the dots!) A skein of Madelinetosh Sock in Golden Hickory, and a single skein from a sweater-lot of Malabrigo Worsted in Rich Chocolate, destined to become a Vaila, although many attempts have been made. (I am determined to make this sweater!) 

I would love to see some other knitters do a Yarn Appreciation Post! It was so fun to get into my stash and really LOOK for special skeins in each spectrum.


  1. Lovely post, Hannah! Thanks for mentioning me :)

  2. Great post. This is really making me think more about my stash, where most color are represented equally (I'm a HOARDER), but my buying habits definitely change across the seasons. Some months I will buy all of the grays, where others I will only buy shades of seafoam blues and greens. The only color I haven't had a major love affair with is brown, but I still have some truly lovely brownish skeins in my stash.

    I think I see a Yarn Appreciation Post in my future.


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