I Love Them ALL!

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.

Fleece Artist Sea Wood, 70% Merino Wood, 30% Seacell

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.



Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca D.K.. 100% Alpaca

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.

Latifa Scarf from Knitty











Jo Sharp Silkwood Aran Tweed, 85% Wool, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere

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.





Plymouth Yarn Royal Silk Merino, 51% Silk, 49% Merino Wood

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?


Merry Christmas

It’s late.  The packages are wrapped and the coffee is ready to be turned on.  I’ll need it in the morning since it’s so late.  It seems it’s always been a tradition of mine to stay up past midnight on Christmas.  I did finish my niece’s Latifa Scarf knitted in Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK and the Big Guy’s wool hat.  I’ve also started a ‘painting apron’ to wear when he’s painting parts for his vintage BMW motorcycles that he restores.  The prettiest one he ever finished was a 1954  bike he restored in Red.  It was gorgeous…so shiny with all the chrome.  That’s why I don’t get any grief about my knitting habit or is it more of an addiction?  I’d post pictures now but I believe he has the camera in his shop and it’s too cold to go outside and get it.

Have a merry Christmas with your loved ones, even if that is just you.  I pray that you love yourself.  And so long as you are reading my blog, you are not alone.  My brother and his college sophomore daughter are coming tomorrow (today?) afternoon to visit.  Is it so wrong to wish for a small fruit cake made with our mother’s recipe?  He lost his wife (she of gentle spirit) in October after a too brief illness of lung cancer.  We lost her six weeks after the diagnosis and her loss has weighed heavy on my mind all Advent Season.

And I’ve decided that my teen-ager is more fun at Christmas than as a five-year-old.  We can stay up and watch movies and laugh at the same jokes.  She helps with cleaning up and can wrap presents!  Yea for her daddy, he’s not stuck with wrapping my presents.  He usually stopped at the table in the mall were some ladies were wrapping gifts to raise money for charity.

Before she and I started watching  The Holiday with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslett we participated in the church’s Christmas Eve Communion Service.  The sanctuary was beautiful with the glow of all candle light and the Chrismon tree lit up and the cross in back of the pulpit is back-lighted and it lovely and stays on all the time, 24/7.  And the church doors to the Sanctuary are never locked.  This is the one time I get to play Christmas Carols and hymns on a baby grand piano.  Nice….  It has a great touch and feel when you play.

Merry Christmas, Sweet Dreams, and take care, from Beth  –  aka Cottonblossom.

In the Mean Time

While I’ve been at a standstill over the short-row shoulders, I’ve been working the ruffle on the Latifa scarf from  It’s a mindless knit that I can do without concentration.  I’ve timed how long it takes to do one ruffle and it’s just under 30 minutes. What takes so long is the bind off. At this rate, I have a few more hours of knitting.  I am enjoying thinking about my niece who will be the recipient at Christmas!