Knitting Porn - GOOD YARN!

Thor's picture

HOLY MOLY! I think I now have a clue what people mean when they talk about being a "Yarn Snob"...

I just started to work on my "sister-in-law's" scarf using some beautiful Merino Wool, handspun, kettle dyed from Uraguay. This stuff is AWESOME to work with! I love that way it feels... the way it hugs and slides up and down on the needles. I don't want to put the work down!! And this is WOOL! I had no idea.

Already... I am trying to figure out a way to buy the 100% Cashmere yarn I saw last week. Last week I was mortified at the price and could have never imagined myself wanting anything so fancy-schmancy. But the touch... the feel... the sheer luxury...

Is this what an addict feels the first time he gets high?

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VillageKnittiot's picture

I think my newest favorites

I think my newest favorites now are Milli Colori, Manos Del Uraguay handspun wool and Malabrigo variegated yarns.

SKHolt's picture

Aren't natural fiber's

Aren't natural fiber's dreamy.....go feel some alpaca or some bison/buffalo. It's not the same as cashmere, but oolala...

Stan

Thor's picture

There is a specialty fiber

There is a specialty fiber shop in Richmond, IL that carries the buffalo and other unique fibers. The husband and wife team that own the place also spin. It's like a wonderland in there... yet I had never dared to actually 'Go for it' when it came to natural fibers. I think now I am hooked!

BuduR's picture

Options for getting the yarn

Options for getting the yarn you want:
1) Rob a bank. I was going to do this, but the stocking on my head kept messing up my hair and I don't know how to knit stockings.
2) Get a second job. A more legal option, but it takes away from the time you have for knitting.
3) Hint for Gifts. A perfectly acceptable way, but you always get that person who get you yarn for something they want you to knit for them.
4) Search the web. This is the option I finally settled on. There are many places that sell good quality yarn at a fraction of the price and as Bill mentioned, there is my second addiction, Ebay.

Bill's picture

I just got some recycled

I just got some recycled cashmere on ebay...an unravelled sweater...

Thor's picture

I just got off of eBay and

I just got off of eBay and saw the recycled yarn out of California. Interesting! I will have to keep that in mind for future projects. It certainly is a much more affordable way to caputre some high-end fibers!

MMario's picture

That's the way I feel about

That's the way I feel about KidSilk CrackHaze.
MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

VillageKnittiot's picture

I tend to lean toward

I tend to lean toward KidSilk Night.. it sparkles! Ooo look! Shiny! I did a shawl in the white(ish) Kid Silk Night and am now making the little flowers from the 25Anniversary Vogue cover scarf to scatter around it. (size 2 addi lace), Kid silk Night and swarkofsky crystal centers.

Thor's picture

MMario... I swear I have to

MMario... I swear I have to use Google after reading about half of your posts! You refer to so many things that I have never heard of before! I am learning a lot from you! Thanks, brother!

MMario's picture

Sorry! Sometimes my mind

Sorry! Sometimes my mind fills in a lot of blanks I forget to put down in words. It doesn't bother most of my friends because we share a brain cell - but with normal people it can be confusing.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

BuduR's picture

I have found that sharing a

I have found that sharing a brain cell is very difficult. My friends and I prefer to take turns using it. So every 7th week I have a brain cell all to myself and believe me I waste no time using it figure out how that caffiene dispenser in the cooking room place works, then I pretty much have to let it relax for the rest of the week. (used to be every 8th week but one of my friends tried to use it to help her daughter with her 2nd grade math and it had to be in intensive care for a month)

Rave

MMario's picture

and don't you just hate it

and don't you just hate it when the last person to use the brain cell returns it all covered with fuzzy pink lint because they shoved it into their bathrobe pocket?

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

BuduR's picture

Was that YOU?!?!?!?!

Was that YOU?!?!?!?!

Not only do I far prefer

Not only do I far prefer wool or natural yarn, but to knit with wooden needles at the same time makes me even higher, knitting wise... There is a great pair of rosewood needles I got from the local knitting store (I Knit London) which just make any knitting session huge fun...

Thor's picture

I currently knit using the

I currently knit using the bamboo. I love the feel of the wood. I have seen the interchangable birch wood circular needles (I LOVE circular needles for every project I can!!)... but I haven't yet taken the "real wood" plunge.

Kerry's picture

Welcome to MWK. You'll get

Welcome to MWK. You'll get lots of support and inspiration here.

I know what you mean about cashmere, I'm knitting my first cashmere lace scarf, such a beautiful feel.

Thor's picture

I think Andy is going to get

I think Andy is going to get cables for his cashmere scarf! Something classic and masculine. (He has also requested a "Dr Who" super-scarf but I think that one is going to get cranked out on my knitting machine and not done by hand.)

Somebody said it on here

Somebody said it on here before that sometimes the touching of the yarn is the best part. I am also wondering how I can come up with the necessary to buy 100% cashmere.

Craig's picture

Welcome to the world of

Welcome to the world of natural fibres, you will find it hard to use anything else. Also welcome to MWK.

Thor's picture

Thaks, Craig! I have been

Thaks, Craig! I have been loving this web site and truly enjoy reading everyone's blog entries and checking out the pics of their knit work. Awesome and talented. (And Mynx is so adorable!!)