the yarns

Hey all. It’s been awhile! I guess I needed a bit of recovery after my trip – the post-vacation vacation. I spent it dealing with family stuff and staying in a lot! The house I live in (I rent one of the apartments) is up for sale now, so there was a bit of disruption with cleaning it up and stuff as well. Hopefully I won’t have to move any time soon.

So what did I bring back from my travels? Not very much! I was carrying a 40L backpack, so I couldn’t carry much extra – it never went over 14 kg (airline max is 23 kg). I did mail back a few packages of random things that I picked up, mostly maps, magazines and a bit of yarn too.

From Loop in London, just a few skeins of Wollemeise! I’m hoping to make a little lacy cardigan with the green, and maybe a shawl with the purple.


From Alice at Socktopus, some of her fabulous hand dyed fingering weight yarn! Can’t wait to play with these.


And from Purl City Yarns in Manchester, a fabulous assortment of local Manchester yarns and some other British stuff including Natural Dye Studio and Fyberspates. Yum.

purl city yarns

As you can see, I picked up a lot of single skeins – it really wasn’t the time to be buying sweater quantities of anything. I do enjoy the challenge of dealing with single skeins so I’m hoping to come up with some fun accessories in the coming months. I’m starting work on my fall collection, which I’m hoping to release in August or early September. It’s a bit tricky to think about in the summer, but after a couple days of hot weather (and broken air conditioning, d’oh) today is lovely and cool. I’m hoping to draw some inspiration from things I saw on this trip, and put together a set of patterns with a little something for everyone.

I can’t believe it’s June already though! Better get crackin’.



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8 responses to “the yarns”

  1. samantha Avatar

    working on honeybee now, and I love the pattern and mal sock! I’d love to see a lacy cardi from you again!

  2. Vicki Suan Avatar

    yaayyy! I’m able to view your blog without getting the nasty virus warning! I am ecstatic! I love the colors you picked. Looking forward to the new designs.

  3. thea Avatar

    Amazing trip, lovely pictures – thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see what you make out of the new yarns….

  4. Pamalison Avatar

    I’m using a Natural Dye Studio merino/silk mix yarn at the moment to knit a simple cowl and it’s a delight to work with.

  5. rubbishknitter Avatar

    Glad you’ve settled back in ok now. What a beautiful haul!

  6. Bonnie Avatar

    I’m glad you were able to get some lovely souvenir yarn. I’m especially smitten with the gray from Socktopus. GORGEOUS.

  7. Knittripps Avatar

    Beautiful new yarn!

  8. YarnAddict Avatar

    Gorgeous yarns. Love the Wollmeisse colours. Hoping to pick up some at Knitnation in July.

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