She wanted purple mittens so we went to the city and paid both our local yarn stores a visit. We found some great Cascade 220 on for $7.99 at Hip 2 Knit. I made a pair of sage green Bella Mittens holding Cascade 220 doubled and it worked perfectly (the above pair were done in Cascade Ecological Wool, which is a bulky weight). So that would make for a inexpensive pair of mittens, I'd only have to buy 2 skeins. Unfortunately we couldn't find a purple that was perfect. I liked the Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky and the Super Star found a good purple but I wasn't too thrilled with the price tag especially as I'd have to buy to 2 skeins.
I could have spent some money there for sure though. They recently started carrying Berroco Blackstone Tweed, and I've been wanting to try it! I have a pattern in mind and in my queue called Napoleon. But I didn't buy any. Oh I wanted to though!
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So then we went to the Golden Willow. I found so many good things. So many tempting things! The Super Star found her purple yarn, a Diamond Luxury Yarn, called Baby Alpaca Sport which amusingly is not a sport weight at all. It's really bulky, and soft, and squishy and all kinds of wonderful. Expensive too, but I was tired and hungry at that point and would have bought more if I could have found what I was looking for. It's really hard to find charcoal anything in worsted weight right now. Like impossible. I found a skein here or there but I'm looking for 1300 yards and so far that seems to be totally out of my reach.
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I saw a lovely cardigan on Ravelry the other week that is on my must knit with 6 months list. It's called Dark and Stormy and I think it's lovely. I'm really drawn to the charcoal grey and even a heathered dark grey would have worked just fine for me. But it wasn't to be I guess.
Never fear though, I did find something for me! I bought 7 skeins of Shepherd's Own 100% All Natural Undyed Wool in a rich chocolate brown. It isn't a merino that's for sure but as a outerwear piece like a cardigan, I think it will be great. I have a few things in my queue that might work well with this yarn like:
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This one called Idlewood by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. She has lots of really great patterns that I find so inspiring not only to make but to wear too. Love them.
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This cardigan is called the Mondo Cable Cardi by Bonne Marie Burns. She also designs really classic pieces that would work for the office or play.
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And then this one, called Tea Leaves Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre. I think I may hold out for some actual Madelinetosh yarn. I have a feeling this one may be worth it.
So there you have a rather rambling look at the yarn I acquired today and the worsted weight sweaters I'd like to knit some time in the coming year and even a yarn or two as well.
I'll sign off today with a picture of my new yarn swift. My friend Sheryl and her husband Rick made yarn swifts to combat the boredom of a rainy harvest where the combines can't combine due to the wet. Well what are they to do? Start a business making these, that's what! I'm so enamoured with this! Here is a link to the directions to make your own swift...
Thanks Sheryl and Rick!!!