I was originally planning on just hitting up Walmart or Zellers and grabbing some random chunky yarn in colors I liked, or assorted random yarns in 1 color I liked, but Maaike convinced me to check out my LYS first. I’d been hesitant ‘cus I didn’t want to end up with an $80 scarf, but I went. And I fell. Hard.
I’d been thinking something with blue in it, something bright, something to make my eyes stand out, since I’ve got a black winter coat. I was looking at first at the chunky yarns, trying to find one yarn in 6 shades that I liked, but Diana who works there counseled me to just pull out anything that made me happy, and pile it on the table, and we’d go through it together.
These are what I decided upon. The huge (almost 400y!) Marble Chunky was the first one I was drawn to, and we kept with the jewel tones and played with texture. The Marble is 100% acrylic but I don’t care. I’ve worked with the DK weight before (Jakob’s blue cardigan and my burgundy Clapotis) and I always enjoyed it. I knew this ball would leave me a ton of leftovers and I plan on making at least a pair of slippers for myself from them.
Going clockwise we’ve got Kertzer’s Tiara, which is a 72% Wool, 27% Nylon, 1% Polyester aran weight. It’s the mauve one and it’s got a sparkly strand wrapped around it. Next we’ve got the fuchsia ball of Debbie Bliss Party Angel, which is 72% Mohair, 24% Silk, 4% Metallic. I don’t find it sheds at all, and I love the sparkly core it has. The gray/white ball might be my fave of the bunch, and I hope to make another project with it one day. It’s Rozetti Yarns’ Polaris, 65% Acrylic, 31% Wool, 4% Other. That “other” is sequins! It’s got sequins! They’re prestrung about every 18″, and I. Am. In. Love. It’s super soft, cushy, amazing. Next up is Berroco’s Bonsai which is 97% Bamboo, 3% Nylon and a lovely tape-type yarn with wonderful drape and shine. The dark-looking one is another I fell for, Berroco’s Campus. It’s 50% Wool, 40% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca. Cushy, lovely, and I think my first time that I can remember knitting with an alpaca content. Another amazing yarn I hope to use again.
I’m even more excited to re-start than I was to start!