This topic is like dangling a sizzling burger in front of the dieting knitter.
I have been to the Yarn and Fiber Company on the way back from Vermont. Only a HiyaHiya circ and a pattern left the store in my trembling, yarn-starved hands.
I have scanned each LoopyEwe update. I have purchased naught. All those yarn-dangling emails from Royal, Classic Elite, etc? Deleted without consummation.
Now, Carole asks us to slaver over our 10 favorite yarns. Yeah. I can do that. But please keep in mind that my goal this year was to end the year with less yarn than I had on January 1st. (I have knit ~700 yards so far. Do you REALIZE how LITTLE that allows me to buy?)
2. Smatterings sock yarn - I love what Judy does with color. Her yarns are 400+ yards of pleasure.
3. Woolen Rabbit lacewt - Any laceweight will do. A hug in yarn form. Color, texture, YUM.
4. Briar Rose Sea Pearl - I owe you a picture of Swallowtail, finished. This is exquisite yarn. Her colors are subtle, and the changes are equally soft.
5. any silk from Spirit Trail - Jennifer knows how to coax depth from silk. Rhinebeck is torture trying to limit what I buy at her booth.
6. Habu lace - silk, stainless steel, wools, alpaca. Totally unique and exquisite, just like Takako.
7. Sweet Georgia - More beauty in color and texture. Riptide. Nighshade. Plum. Oh my.
8. Karabella Boise - Mr. E got a scarf in red. I have two skeins in blue (sale yarn!). I should not save them, should I?
9. Cascade 220 - Lovely, reliable, workhorse, hard wearing. Perfect.
10. Foxfire cormo/silk/alpaca - soft, beautifully graduated colors, a pleasure to run through your fingers.
11. Beaverslide wool/mohair blend - Oops. I can't stop now. Another exquisite workhorse in sumptuous colors.
12. Starmore Hebridean yarn - Last one. Truly. Scritchy to knit, but the FO is warm, light, well-defined, and more than the sum of its yarn parts. Isn't that what it is all about?
I didn't list the qivuit. Or the Blue Sky alpaca. Or the Colourmart stuff. We are such lucky knitters.
The Maroon Bells in Aspen were hidden in mist. The near view was enough to make the small hike uphill worth the effort. This is just off the Elk Camp lift. It is one of my favorite spots. I feel so small and so fortunate when I gaze out here.