Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wool Therapy

It's the middle of the week and I don't know about you all, but I could really use a break, so let's look at some yarn!!

First up, yarn from The Flying Skein in Seward. Highly recommend this little shop, they had lots of cute stuff and some good yarns, including these Alaska-dyed yarns:

First up, from Raven Frog Fibers:

Elegante in Colorway Stormy Sea. This one was probably the priciest yarn I bought (except for the quiviut) but it was so pretty that I couldn't walk away from it.


It's a 50/50 wool silk blend (you know I am a sucker for silk) in a light fingering weight, about 650 yards. I'm thinking it'll make a beautiful small shawl, maybe for one of Romi's year 2 e-book shawls.

I wish I had thought to photograph the tag where I could see it and quote it here, because I LOVE hearing about the inspiration behind the colors and this dyer had very elegant explanations for her inspirations.

From the same shop, and the same dyer, Bear Feet in colorway Alaskan Husky (no one who knows me is surprised that I insisted on getting the one named after the dog):


I got another skein of Bear Feet in a colorway called...uh...Russian Gown? Something like that. I knew it until I tried to type it. This skein's not for me, so it's not even in my Rav stash for me to check.

This dyer's definitely on my 'would buy again' list and I haven't even knitted with the yarn yet. Love the colors and the stories behind them.

On the advice of some Ravelers we also went to The Tangled Skein in Eagle Pass, where I picked up a couple of skeins of sock yarn, which I believe were dyed by AlaskanNancy.

One in colorway Dog Sled Team:

And one in colorway Grizzly Bear,
which I think are destined to become socks for CodeNinja - a nice souvenir for him.

Lastly, we went to Far North Yarn in Anchorage, where I bought quiviut for what I thought was a very reasonable price, considering. Sadly...I forgot to photograph it.

So that's it for my Alaska Stash Enhancement, but since I was photographing anyway, I went through a literal pile of yarn I had sitting at the foot of the stairs and logged in some acquisitions that never made it into the stash or onto the blog. These were from the Indie Artist Celebration that Eleganza Yarns had a while back:

Shelby B's Designs Sterling Silver Merino in Minister of Magic (I'm thinking Romi shawl for this one)

Crazy4Dying Squishy Sock in Mandarin

These were birthday yarn:

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Tart

Mountain Colors Winter Lace (50 silk/50 wool, 600 yards) in Harmony Lake

And, this is the yarn I finally chose for my much-neglected Sea Turtles shawl design, undyed Tussah Silk from Dye for Yarn (I find it supremely ironic that I have drooled over the colorways on her site for ages, and what do I finally buy? Undyed yarn.)

Well. I feel better. Back to the grind! Gotta earn some money with which to buy more yarn.