Just some of the yarns coming into the house at the minute.
-- The top one is a custom dye of Flump Aran from Sarah at Babylonglegs that begged and pleaded with me to make it into something beautiful. I told it that I had no time for other projects that I needed to work on Work. But it looked at me so forelornly and I was sucked in. I am going to try and write up the pattern today in my "free" moments.
-- Malabrigo Silky Merino in Cape Code Grey is another simply amazing wool to work with. It is on the thin side of DK, but just shimmery and gorgeous.
- Do not adjust your computer screens. The "retina singeing" green is another Babylonglegs masterpiece...Baron GreenBack on her Semi-Precious DK base. I love working with silk. While it is on the expensive end of yarns, I am a huge fan of yarns with a silk content for children. They are light, wear and wash well, holds their shape and is great for maintaining body temperature. Plus I have yet to meet a yarn with a silk content that is scratchy. Children's wear takes such small amounts of wool, that it doesn't work out to be that expensive for a jumper or vest.
- Finally, most unexpectedly lovely yarn is Artesano superwash. Don't get me wrong, I didn't have low expectations, but I just didn't have any expectations because I'd never heard of it before. It is soft, has beautiful stitch definition and is just joyful to work with.
I have to admit that I have found choosing and sourcing the yarns challenging. Its where my lack of years of experience really show as I simply have not seen and touched that many wools in person. Plus, the sheer number of options available is mind-blowing. However, slowly I am getting there. There are still a couple of projects that I have no idea what I am going to use, but I am hoping a trip to Loop Knitting next week when we are in London will sort me out.