Friday, October 12, 2012

My Life in Stitches: I Love Yarn Day

Today is I Love Yarn Day. Normally, I’m not a fan of random holidays, but this one is right up my alley.

Over the years, not only has my love for yarn grown, but I've turned into a bonafide yarn snob (and trust me, my stash confirms that). 

I think the thing I love the most about yarn is the possibilities. A 400-yard skein of fingering weight yarn can become a scarf, or a pair of socks, and in some cases, decoration (Don't act like I'm the only one who strategically places yarn in view simply because it's pretty). And now that cooler weather has settled in, I love yarn even more.

I tried to think of something to celebrate this holiday that didn't involve me going to a yarn shop. As much as I would love to go yarn shopping, I just did some yarn shopping last week. I decided to highlight some of my favorites from my stash. Also, this will remind me that I have some great yarn in my stash and curb my desire to buy more.

I bought this friend, Malabrigo Sock, colorway Stonechat, in St. Louis last year at a shop called Knitorious. The color just spoke to me. I have this slated to become a Woodland Shawl. I love the name. Stonechat. 

Yes, this yarn is pink, but I had a very good reason to buy it. One, it's Miss Babs and two, the colorway is called Jane Austen. One of my favorite things to do is to knit and watch Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth version, please). Jane doesn't know what she wants to be yet, but you must allow me to say how much I ardently admire and love it.
So I have no idea why this colorway struck me, but for about a month, I was totally obsessed with it. It's Lorna's Laces, Cornelia colorway. I have no idea what to make with it, but it's a cheery addition to my normal grey and purple stash. This yarn was home decor for a while before I actually put it in the bin. 

How do you plan to celebrate I Love Yarn Day?


Kathryn said...

Like you I'm not usually a fan of random holidays but this entire week is a big one for me. In addition to I Love Yarn Day this week was also mental health awareness day and National Depression Screening Day.

I've written a book, Crochet Saved My Life, about the health benefits of crochet so all three of these days happening in the same week seemed like something I had to celebrate. To do my part I'm offering 30% off of the book through the weekend.

Terri J. Haynes said...

That's one of the good things that come out of random holidays. They sometimes bring awareness to serious topics. Didn't know today was National Depression Screening Day. Thank you, Kathryn.