Saturday, August 20, 2011

Yarn Splurge

(C) Sunshine Yarns
100% Merino Worsted in Elder Wand

I finally caved and splurged on yarn from Sunshine Yarns!  When I first started bugging my friend Christy about knitting she had sent me a link to them, and it was love at first sight.  However, I put off splurging on the yarn until I felt I knew what I was doing better. I also wanted to touch the yarn before I made a purchase.  See...everyone I know loves and raves about Noro yarn. However, I find it to be scratchy and so-so.  I mean, I have a few skeins in my stash that I got on sale....but, I'm not going to go out and intentionally knit with it if I can help it (perhaps that will change someday).

Thankfully, a yarn store in Providence called Fresh Purls is like one of five yarn stores in the US that actually carries Sunshine Yarns. So, I dragged Nate up there to go visit the yarn.  Unfortunately, they only had sock yarn left but it was nice to be able to run my fingers over it.  And when I got home that night, I logged online and looked at their worsteds.  Dani updates the shop every Tuesday so I was in luck and managed to get one of the last two skeins of Merino Worsted in Elder Wand.  Yup, that's's named after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  That's part of the reason why I love Dani's colorways. A lot of them are named after Harry Potter and Twilight.  (I'm a dork, I'm well aware of this). The S&H makes the yarn seem more expensive then it is, but being unemployed and dropping $22 on one skein....I did have to talk myself into it. But, I'm sure it's well worth it and will knit up to be a great gift for one of my favorite people.

So, I am patiently sort-of waiting for my yarn so I can knit the Slouchy Copy Cat hat for Nate's sister Sarah for a Christmas present.  I'm a wee bit nervous as I've never really done anything slightly complex in the round (I've knit a hat but it was a basic stockinette hat).  But, I am up for the challenge!

I also knit the top secret gift I was talking about in the other post...but more on that in September. All I can say is thank God for size 10 needles and bulky yarn.  Cause I knit it in 5 hours :)


  1. If you challenge yourself regularly with your knitting, you will be amazed and continually surprise yourself! Congratulations on stepping out of your comfort zone and getting what you want!

  2. I love learning something new in each and every project I knit :)

  3. Wow that looks like gorgeous yarn Amy. I can just imagine how soft it is. I adore that your a dork. I love that the name it after Harry and Twilight. Kiana seems anti twilight right now. But I plan to drag her to the next movie anyway. She hooked me on it so it's her punishment. Lol!

    Can't wait to see what you do with this one.

  4. I have been looking at this yarn for ages, just couldn't take the plunge either... bills and all that lol. You have inspired me to try the sock yarn as I have been looking for something different - and this fits the bill. Love that it's all Harry Potterish - I'm proud to wear the dork name as well lol!
    Let us know what it's like to knit with this beauty.

  5. @ Kim - I'm glad you love that I'm a dork. As my future MIL you will have to put up with ;) The sock yarn was very soft and nice feeling, so the worsted should be even softer! I can't wait to see it in person, and what it will look like wound into a center pull cake.

    @ Inky - I know...I know...thankfully I switched car insurance companies so I will have a wee bit of extra spending cash this month (which is good because I also just bought a grab bag mystery skein from Sunshine Yarns just now). I will definitely let you know how it feels to knit with! Although from what I's very addictive! I also have my eye on Dancing Dog Dyeworks and The Sanguine Gryphon yarns.

  6. Beautiful colour, and I get excited about yarns with cool names for the colourways too ;)

  7. I love the color! Like the ocean in early spring. Are you familiar with Indigodragonfly? Their yarn is great, but just reading the fantastically dorky colorway names is half the fun (and easy on the budget, if you can resist temptation).

  8. @ PrincessRuffian - ooh! I haven't heard of them, but will definitely check them out. thanks for the info :)


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