While in Minnesota I acquired a decent amount of new yarn, for several reasons. The first is simply that I know where the yarn shops are. The second is that my mother knits AND my sister was visiting for the holidays, so a trip to the yarn shop was a must. The third thing (and this is the trickiest one because you end up with purchases you weren't expecting, even if what you were expecting was the unexpected) is that I had to make several trips to the shops to get non-souvenir yarn - yarn that I needed for specific projects and if I was going to be there already anyway, well... it can't be helped.
So, because I have a brace on my wrist and a band-aid on my finger and therefore can't knit or spin (and consequently don't have much spinning or knitting to show you), I thought some pictures of yarn might tide you over. (Although it would appear that I have lost my ability to take a decent picture of yarn.)
Hmmmm, now I really wish that I weren't in a practice room writing this post because I don't actually remember any of the details about these yarns. I'll do the best I can.
Above is some yarn that I picked up at The Yarnery in St. Paul. This is my Minnesota LYS. When I'm in Minnesota and you hear me say "I'm going to the yarn shop", this is where I mean. The yarn is Davidson's "Domy Heather" in the Slate colorway (what a shocker.) I couldn't resist the heathery, woolen quality of the yarn. I originally only bought one skein, but then went back for a second when I decided it should become Miralda's Triangular Shawl. (You see that? I made a plan.) It turns out that The Yarnery may very well be the only place to get this yarn. The company doesn't seem to have an online presence and the only online seller Ravelry has listen is The Yarnery, so I'm glad I picked some up while I was there!
While at The Yarnery, my sister, my mother and I all picked up a ball of Rowan's Kidsilk Haze Stripe.
It's pretty spendy because it has Kaffe Fassett's name on it, but it's also prettier in person and will one day make a nice, airy, stockinette scarf (or infinity cowl. TBD.)
We then all ventured to a shop in Minneapolis none of us had ever been to, Bella Lana. They carried a lot of nice yarn, but I ended up walking away with two skeins of Cascade Soft Spun. It's a familiar company, but I had never seen this yarn before. (I won't be using the two together, don't worry.)
And lastly, at 3 Kittens I picked up some yarn that is now discontinued - Reynolds Whiskey. (Yes, Deirdre, I went back and got it. At 50% off it was hard to resist!)
One of the balls is wound up not because I've started knitting with it already, but because my dog thought it would be fun to roll around in it for a while. He had draped it all over the main floor before he came to the basement, presumably for help untangling himself.
Well now, it's pouring rain outside and the wind is blowing, so I think it's time for me to head home and put some tea on the stove. I'll have some knitting and spinning to show you next time, I promise!