It's only in the last 18 months or so really that I've become aware and interested in hand dyed yarn, I tend to have knit a lot of baby things, as you might well have noticed, lol, and to me you need to be able to machine wash baby blankets and cardigans, who wants the added chore of hand washing a pile of cardigans when they have a baby, I know I didn't! So for all the blankets and cardigans I knit for our little people I used a good quality acrylic yarn, something easy to care for.
But, I do love all the lovely hand dyed yarns and so just before Christmas I treated myself to one of Ellie's yarns, (Craft House Magic). I absolutely LOVE this colour way and I get it out of the cabinet and admire it most weeks :-)
Over The Rainbow by Craft House Magic
Then towards the end of December Lay Family Yarns announced a mini club, you would receive three mini skien yarns dyed by Lay Family Yarns and three by a guest dyer
This was January's parcel. The guest dyer was Fine Fish Yarns
And this was February's parcel with guest dyer Betsy Makes
Unfortunately I missed the sign up for the one for March+ but I've made a note in my diary so I don't miss out on the next one.
I have seen so many people making mitered square blankets and they look so pretty I thought I would like to have a go too, so that's what these mini's will be for, obviously I have a lot more to collect yet though.
Also so from Lay Family Yarns, I signed up for one of their Valentine kits, this one is Long Lost Love Letters
And my final spurge in December was to sign up to the Literary & Hand Dyed Yarn Society from Dandelion & Dogwood.
The idea behind this is that Ami and Jen choose a favourite book they have read and use that for the inspiration to dye the yarn.
This idea really appealed to me and so I signed up for the three months subscription, there will be an option to sign up for more after that which I'm hoping to do
This was what I received in January, don't you think they did an excellent job with matching the yarn?
I hadn't read this book, but I have watched the film and really enjoyed it.
February's box arrived last week and the book that inspired the yarn was Eleanor Oliphant.
I read this last year and really enjoyed it.
There is a Ravelry group to accompany the yarn society where you can discuss the book and share what project you are knitting with your yarn, but I must confess that I haven't joined the group, but I am enjoying receiving the yarn :-)
I'm in no rush to knit anything with these lovely yarns at the moment, I'm happy just to have them in my stash and admire them for the time being.
Have a great week