I realized I do not have a favorite yarn when I saw the post on Creative Knitting’s Facebook page that asked the questions “Do you have a favorite bulky yarn? What projects do you make with it?” I don’t have a favorite bulky, worsted, fingering or any other weight yarn. I love them all! I realized that I’m more into textures, colors, and how the yarn feels. I may be planning a project with a specific yarn that has been suggested for the pattern but get completely sidetracked when my eyes stray and I am enticed to use a completely different yarn for any of the above reasons.
I will buy yarn for no other reason than I like, no, make that LOVE, the way it feels between my fingers, or the color just makes me drool. I am not that way with picking out a pattern or a general project, for it is rare that I do not make a change in the pattern, no matter how slight. Perhaps I am lured by color most of all. Years ago when I was smocking bishop dresses for my daughter and before that working cross stitch, I would buy floss just because I loved the color. Recently I gave my stash of floss to the teen-ager for her to use making friendship bracelets and such. When she returns home from camp and she is bored, and waiting for school to start, I will ask her to count just how many skeins of embroidery floss she does have, and I will let you know.
The variegated yarns of blues and greens just make my fingers itch to start knitting. This is one of my favorite skeins of yarn: Fleece Artist’s Sea Wool in gorgeous blues. Doesn’t it make you think of swimming in cool, clear water on a hot, summer morning? I may never make anything with it, I am content to just feel it and look at it. I bought this from Knit Nouveau in Homewood, Alabama, before it went out of business.
This Baby Alpaca D.K. from Plymouth Yarn is so soft and the colors are so luscious. I made the scarf “Latifa” from Knitty’s website for my niece and used a beautiful sock yarn for the ruffles that miraculously had all the colors. I bought this yarn from a LSY in Destin, Florida.
When I got to Knit Nouveau’s going out of business sale there were only three skeins of this Jo Sharp’s Silkwood Aran Tweed left. I absolutely love this green and ohhhh, the way it feels makes you want to squeeze it non-stop.
Now in contrast to all these blues and greens I have in my stash a bag of beautiful pale yellow yarn, Plymouth Yarn’s Royal Silk Merino. I bought this from Little Knits online at least four years ago. Did not have a pattern I wanted to knit with it or know when I could get to it, but I had to have it. I oooooed, and aaahhhed for days after it came in the mail. I still do when I get it out to just look at it. Someday I will find the perfect pattern for this yarn.
These are a few of my favorite yarns. They are spun from different fibers and are of different weights and textures. There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to why I love them. I just do. What are a few of your favorite yarns and what do you find so appealing about them?