March 03, 2020
I’ll admit to some level of relief that the #28DaysOfYourLYS Instagram challenge is complete! Posting every day can be exhausting, and there may have been a day or two when I had to double up to get back on track.
I compiled the photos I used into a video (above, or here), and you can also find them at the Yarn Folk Instagram profile. And of course, you can explore the #28daysofyourlys hashtag to see how other shops interpreted the prompts!
I’d hoped to have the new shipment from Neighborhood Fiber Company in hand by the end of the week, but it will be delivered today. We’re replenishing Studio Sock and Studio DK, and adding Suri Loft, Neighborhood Fiber Co’s newest yarn base. It shares the fluffy appearance of original Loft, the kid mohair/silk blend, but Suri Loft is baby Suri alpaca, Merino wool, and silk. The base takes on dye in a much gentler way, so I chose a range of soft, dreamy colors, plus some neutrals. Photo above is courtesy of Neighborhood Fiber—we can’t wait to see what our batch of this hand-dyed beauty will look like!
I mentioned a yarn I’d purchased in hopes of bringing it into the shop, only to learn that it would not be available for at least a good while. Following that disappointment, I started to drill down on the specific characteristics I was so drawn to. One of the most critical factors was that it was a woolen spun yarn. (Mason Dixon Knitting has a nice blog post outlining some of the differences between worsted spun and woolen spun yarns.) I contacted a couple of mills that specialize in woolen spun yarns and have spent a fair chunk of my knitting time swatching up possibilities.
In addition to testing out some woolen spun wools, I’ve also been swatching a few newer yarns from current vendors. Often, what I have to play around with is a small winding, but there is usually enough to make a small knitted swatch, and sometimes a crocheted one as well.
While I haven’t made any decisions, it’s always interesting exploring new directions for product lines!
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