I had to take my son to the doctor last week, so I took off a couple of hours last Friday. After dropping him at school, I still had another hour or so, so guess what? This was the perfect time to visit my LYS!
So, my LYS is such a lovely shop, it’s located across the Susquehanna River in a little town (well, little by comparison). The shopkeepers are avid crafters and just know so much about yarn. It’s a true indulgence for me to shop there, as I always want everything in sight!
I happened upon a sale! Golly gee, oh my! I could not say no to trying some new yarns! Especially when they are 50% off.
I picked up a couple of skeins of Casablanca. Let me just say, pure heavenly feel and what a great knitting hand! I love wool and silk blends and this yarn has a touch of mohair! So yummy.
Casablanca con: breaks easily…<insert sad face here>. I went to wind the yarn, was untying the hank and tugged a little – break! I looked on Ravelry and it has to do with the construction of the yarn. It’s a single ply yarn with fibers that do not grab together – result: a delicate yarn. I was able to wind it and created a center pull skein, but I was oh so careful to not yank or pull too aggressively.
Alas, I was able to knit a wonderful cowl with 2/3 skein for a co-worker who is leaving us (still need to block, but this yarn has wonderful drape):
I really do love this yarn, so I picked up a couple more skeins when I was picking up my special order:
Just want to warn you, I am a total Anglophile when it comes to yarn. The rustic feel and warmth of English yarn is a pure indulgence. I so wish I could take a LYS trip through England and Scotland. I would even take a little detour into Ireland. Of course, I would need to bring thousands of dollars, but it would be a dream come true.
I have come a bit closer to my Anglophile yearnings by placing a order at Deramores. I was unaware of the total amount of yarn I ordered until 3 large bags landed at my door. One of the large bags was filled to the brim with the Lucy Pack of Stylecraft Special DK.
I am so in awe of the absolute beauty, Lucy in Attic 24, so I just had to try (oh, BTW, Lucy is celebrating her anniversary this week…stop by her place for a virtual cornucopia of crochet, just beautiful…).
I truly believe this Stylecraft Special DK is the best quality acrylic I have seen in a very long time. I’m saving it for my first original crochet creation. I haven’t a clue what I’m going to do, but it will come to me and I will have this yarn. Take a look, I highly recommend – it’s worth the buy and the wait:
I so want to continue writing, but, alas, I have many crocheted flowers to make…toodles!