Look what I bought!


Aren't they pretty? Three skeins of beautiful Italian wool. I have no idea what possessed me, other than the ambiance of the store I visited yesterday with B. Called Kindred Threads (note: website is a bit neglected, I think), the store has the kind of yarn I knew existed but couldn't find at the -mart stores. Organic cotton, home-spun alpaca, you name it. You walk in and enter a true knitter's wonderland. It has more than yarns–there are looms (the huge kind you make blankets and rugs on), crafts, and lots of beautiful felted items for sale. I bought these skeins imagining I may buy myself a sock loom someday and make a pair. Or maybe a hat. Or a scarf. I've even imagined making a slipper on the blue loom and felting it down, but the thought of wrecking this yarn upsets me. We'll see. In the meantime, I'm just enjoying the bright, spring colors amongst my rather earth-toned yarn selection. (I bought a skein of pink a few weeks ago and it stands out like a sore thumb. Now, it isn't so lonely anymore.)

So here's what was strange. I told the owner I was a beginner, but left off the word "loom." I was a bit hesitant, amidst all the beauty, to admit I'm using those big, plastic looms. You know, the ones you buy at Wal-mart?

She told me of one other yarn shop closer to my hometown, but when we drove past it later, it was closed for the day.

I think I've found every single yarn shop in the area and I always find something to buy. There are yarn cutters that make me think of a weapon, and there are special darning needles and carved cases. I've been tempted by beautiful sterling scissors shaped like cranes, and lots of other things.


Although I didn't follow it today when I bought the blue and green yarn, I have a rule that I shouldn't buy yarn I don't need but just purchase it as I go. In other words–no stockpiling.

So, how come after only three weeks using the KK my knitting bag is stuffed, I have a wicker basket piled high with yarn, and I even have a mostly-filled plastic bag on the floor? This is a very addicting hobby.

3 Replies to “Look what I bought!”

  1. I have a hard time not buying yarn just because it’s pretty.  I’ve had to stop going to the stores, reading the ads for the stores, looking at the yarn online . . . it’s been nine whole days.

    That Italian wool is beautiful.

  2. Saaski, It is addicting, I tell you. On another note, I just realized my “wool” is actually 70% wool/30% acrylic. I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but it does make me want to go out and buy some 100% wool. Keep up with your “ban.” I’m rooting for you.

  3. Once I organized all my yarn into the drawers I bought, and could see just how much I have, it really put a damper on my desire to buy more.  I used to be the ‘buy only for a specific project’ sort and I think I can manage to stick to that.  I have so many projects I want to do and plenty of yarn to do them.

    I think it depends on what you want to do with it whether or not you need 100% wool.  The acrylic might make it softer or make it drape better or just make it easier to wash without shrinking.  I do understand the appeal of 100% natural yarns, though.

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