Where would a knitter be without YARN?
Last month, I shared my visit to The Yarn Club with you. It’s a glorious yarn shop, and if you ever make to Virginia Beach, you absolutely have to stop in for a visit. You will not be disappointed! I went when they hosted the Dragonfly Fibers trunk show, because I have selected a special pattern to knit. I wanted a really special yarn to go into the project.
Dragonfly Fibers is a small Indie Dyer, and the artistry in the yarn is really difficult to convey in photos. There is so much subtlety in the color gradations and such lovely hand to the fiber itself.
Anything this delicate can be difficult to fully articulate in photos.
Plus, I have absolutely no control over the settings on 1000s of monitors that view my website every month. I can only hope your color is well calibrated so you can begin to appreciate THIS:
Wow. When you see these colors together you really understand why citrus and grey tones are so in style right now. The warm and cool look divine together! But that’s not all this yarn has going on.
Look at the rich blues!! I’m a sucker for blues and yellows together, and this yarn does it so, so well. When I saw this on the table at the trunk show, I was immediately drawn to it. Instantly, I thought of this.
Can you see it? This painting, Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is one of my absolute favorites. I think it’s absolutely incredible. Truly nothing else in the history of art like it.
So when I spotted this yarn, I knew I had to have it! And yes. The color way is called Starry Night!
How amazing is that?? The yarn dyer absolutely captured the spirit and energy of the painting that inspired her.
I love it so much, I want to put it in a display cabinet and allow it to be on display for all time.
I almost can’t bring myself to wind it and knit it! I know. This sort of crazy idea that will take hold of my brain from time to time.
I told you earlier I had a pattern in mind already. The pattern calls for two colors, so I needed a contrast color. That was no small feat! It had to be just right to complement the work that went into this yarn. I had expert help in picking out the right thing. I needed something on a similar base so they would play well together. This is what I decided on.
Could you not scoop that up and eat it like ice cream? I tried over a dozen pairings and this is the decision I made. The contrast color needed to work well with the blues, but also complement the yellows. There is a fair amount of yellow in the variegated color way of Starry Night, so it all needed to play well together.
This gorgeous, gorgeous product is Tosh Merino Light. It’s 100% Merino wool and is imported from South Africa. It’s very, very luxurious and special. The tonality is this yarn is difficult to fully render in a digital photo, so please go and see this in person at your own LYS. It’s well worth the trip over just to see and feel this yarn.
But how do they play together? I’m so glad you asked!
This beautiful sight almost brings tears of joy to my eyes! Both of these products are incredibly special, and you will never in a million years find anything even in the same ballpark as this in a craft store. The most surprising thing is that it doesn’t even cost that much more, because you get so much yardage in a hank of yarn like this. Consider this is all ethically farmed fleece (the sheep appreciate this aspect) and hand produced. It’s really amazing. It is like buying a piece of art. It is truly one-of-a-kind because the color is a little bit different in each hank.
In a world of 6+ Billion people, you can have something truly unique to you. Something you purchased from another human being (not a corporation) to make into something by your own hands.
WOW! I simply cannot over state the importance of this given the homogenous, corporate world we live in.
Now, I wouldn’t knit a baby blanket or a dog cowl out of this. I wouldn’t make fingerless mitts to walk the dog and pickup dog poo with yarn like this. That’s where craft store yarn comes in. You make a fresh pair or two of fingerless mitts in the fall to get you through each winter. A baby blanket needs to be super wash so it’s easy care, cause no mom has time or energy to hand wash a baby blanket.
Because, throw up and blow outs are real, people. (I don’t mean the kind of blow out you get in the salon, either.)
But gosh, for something really special? This yarn is the perfect match.
Now that it’s time to commit to the project, I’m having some second thoughts. It’s a massive project, and I’m intimidated but the size. I don’t want to spend 3 years making this. I want to wear it! So I’m going to swatch the yarn and think a little bit more about what I want to do with it.
Do you have this much trouble committing to a big project? The usual stuff I make is no problem….it’s a couple of hundred yards of fiber at the most, so not a big deal. The piece I had in mind is a garment’s worth of yardage…almost 1400 yards! Yeah. It’s a lot! So I think I’m going to be pulling out the pattern books I’ve got and see if I can find something not quite soooooo intimidating. Any suggestions?