A Follow-Up On Yarnventuring, E1

Hello again! Thought I’d share some of the items we brought home after the first Yarnventuring episode, so that you, Dear Reader, can have an ‘exclusive peek’ at some of the items that were in the store.

As a slight disclaimer, the colors of the yarn may vary because of the sunlight, especially in contrast to when they were photographed in the store… so if you do come across the materials and are considering purchasing them, my photos in particular may not be hue-accurate. That being said, this is to give you an overarching idea of the texture and potential color combinations, among other things.

Alright! Let’s get started. πŸ™‚

First, I’ll walk you through the process of how all these wonderful items ended up in the shopping basket. I was looking for something suitable for autumn attire; no particular reason, although fall is my favorite season. The burgundy yarn at the top left corner of this photo first grabbed my attention in the store:

However, it ended up staying there, because Mom and I couldn’t find enough similar colors or textures from other yarn to compliment it. I didn’t record the color, but the dark green yarn (bottom left corner) did come home, so I can just search for the burgundy one under the same brand name sometime.

Then Mom spotted this lovely selection of yarn shades… and the teal color at the top… (only two left…)

You can tell what happened next. πŸ˜‰

A few items later, we were almost ready to check out. Mom was eyeing some colors from this batch below, but it was super thick yarn and we weren’t sure about it:

And so we settled on some other color combinations:

The basket went from this:

To this:

Then we were done! whew

And now, friends, time for an individual review of the yarns!

Today was really nice outside, so I decided to take all the items out on the back porch and photograph them there. While the sunshine was glorious at first, it soon got to the scorching zone… in less than a minute, the paper I’d set on the table as a prop was burning hot. Yikes.

Though the scenery out there was wonderful all the same. (At the very least, no rain in sight):

Now then, let’s start with the teal yarn:

This is Sirdar Snuggly, double knitting yarn: shade 0419. It’s 55% nylon and 45% acrylic. The label, as far as I could see, didn’t have a specific color name, aside from the number. So I’m just going to call it teal, as it’s a little bit more of a pastel color than turquoise, IRL:

I can foresee making things with either some kind of crochet coral reef theme, or a similar outfit/accessory for any time of year (though seeing as it’s summer, this yarn is even more appealing to make something with).

Next are two skeins of very special alpaca cotton yarn:

These are both from the company Blue Sky Alpacas, and, according to the label, are 100% organically grown worsted cotton. The texture is, oh my goodness, so soft and fuzzy. This type of yarn can be hand-washed and/or dry-cleaned. I love what they say at the end of the caring instructions: “Store your little treasure neatly folded, after all, it may be a family heirloom.” SO CUTE! πŸ˜€

The name of this color in the store was “lemongrass,” so that’s what I’m going with. The color is 607:

And this one is 634:

I just can’t help admiring the softness of the yarn… it’s gonna be impossible to decide what to make with these!!

Here’s another very special yarn, 220 Superwash from Cascade Yarns:

The material is 100% superwash wool, color no. 1974.

Once again, I’m astounded by the soft, gentle yarn texture!

And finally, to complete the yarn showcase…

This is DK Merino Superwash yarn, from Plymouth Select. Made from 100% superwash fine merino wool, color no. 1129: “violet.” One of the skeins had started untwisting from its factory style, otherwise all skeins come in a tight twist.

I can literally feel the love pouring through this material… it feels as though all of the skeins could easily envelop me in a big hug. πŸ™‚

Wait a second… who’s that among the skeins? Carter, what are you doing there?

There’s someone else, too! Mimi!

You look excited to see all this new yarn…

Are you two going to cause mischief?

Please be on your best behavior. Ohh, you’re helping me decide what to make with these…

You know what to do with the yarn, Mimi? Awesome!

Carter, you’re starting to look bored…

After a few minutes, I finally persuaded them to (temporarily) make room for the next and final item to showcase… brand new–and very fancy–stitch markers!

Among the numerous supplies and accessories sold in the shop, these stood out to me the most. For those who are new to knitting and crochet, stitch markers are used to keep track of a certain point in the row, such as at the beginning. For instance, when working with amigurumi–the technique used to crochet a little toy–it can become increasingly difficult to find the first stitch in previous rows. That’s where the stitch markers come in handy.

Having a stitch marker for a project also helps when sectioning off certain areas to work on separately, such as sleeves.

This set came with six stitch markers, each in different shapes. In order from left to right, top to bottom, they are: a knitting project (presumably a sweater); an “Iβ™₯2 Knit” statement; a spinning wheel; a little sheep; a “create” symbol; and a pair of seamstress’ scissors.

Now back to the yarn, for a moment. πŸ™‚

I tried setting up the skeins to show what was on my mind regarding color combinations. Surprisingly, quite a few of these skeins went together really well!

Violet and dark green:

Violet, dark green and peacock blue:

Lemongrass and peacock blue:

Lemongrass and violet:

Teal and violet:

Dark green, teal and violet:

Even dark green, peacock blue, teal and violet!

Here’s all the yarn together, to wrap up the showcase (no pun intended):

And here’s everything together… with some help (again) from Mimi and Carter:

Mom and I had such a wonderful time visiting the shop. It was one of those moments where you think, “What if?” What if we hadn’t spotted that place, and stopped in? Well, none of this would be here, to say the least! I’m so glad we had the opportunity to take a look around, and discover such fantabulous finds. Now it’s time to make something with all this!

A little bonus… it was getting way too hot outside, so Carter and Mimi made me take everything back indoors and unwrap the stitch market set…

Once the set was out of its plastic case, there were little twist ties holding them in place in the back:

Mimi wanted me to take all of them out at once, but I was afraid they would end up getting lost… and besides, my goal this time ’round is to not work on too many projects at once. πŸ˜‰ I decided to take out the little sheep, as it is undoubtedly one of the most relevant items to Crochet Buddies. (Notice how it resemblance our logo…)

Of course, Mimi got to it first…

…and realized it fit her so well, she wanted to keep it!

Now it seems I’ll have to “borrow” the stitch marker back from her whenever I need it. Oh, well! I’m sure the little folks have a much better use for it in the meantime. πŸ™‚

A little sneak peek of what is to come…

Bye for now!~

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