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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Collecting Yarn

I bought yarn! I went to Seaport Yarn today, which is a much bigger store than the store to which I usually go. So I spent quite awhile wandering around and looking at all their yarns. I bought the yarn I'd planned on getting...and some more.

I went specifically to get this bamboo yarn for my next project. Yeah, it's 100% bamboo! I'm pretty excited about it. I've played with it a little and knit up a gauge-test swatch, and I like it. It seems a lot like linen. I'll be making the hourglass sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I decided to use this bamboo from South West Trading Company, even though the sweater calls for a wool, and from what I can tell, most people use wool. I thought it would make a nice spring/summer sweater in the bamboo, though. And the bamboo comes in some great colors that are variegated, but from the sweaters I've been looking at on the web (and on this knit-along), I think it will look best in a solid color, so I chose this bright blue. This sweater will be a real challenge for me, as it requires several skills that I don't yet have. I'll learn a lot, though! I'm excited to start it, but I'm making myself finish the sari silk hobo bag first (almost done).

As I was browsing in Seaport, I found some soysilk that I couldn't resist. It's SWTC's soysilk, but an older version, before they gave names to the different sizes (Phoenix and Oasis). These are all just called "soysilk." Also, I think these are about 270 yards (for $12), compared to the skeins they now sell of 225 yards for close to $15. I saw some pretty colors and I just couldn't pass them up. I bought two skeins of a purple/turquoise, and 2 skeins of this kind of yellow/aqua. The yellow/aqua is a slightly bigger yarn. I think the purple/turquoise is the same as the current Oasis, and the yellow/aqua is a little bit bigger, but not nearly as big as Phoenix.

Oh, and what am I going to do with them? My tentative plan is to make at least one of them into a small summery t-shirt-like sweater (maybe Nothin' but a t-shirt or Picovoli). And maybe the other will be that Hautter tank top that I'm still thinking about? I probably have lots of time to figure it out, since I'll be busy with the hourglass for a long time.

I didn't buy any other yarn, but I did admire some really pretty Japanese yarn that I don't think I've seen before. It was so nice, but also expensive. I decided to just be content with a picture of it for now, and maybe keep it in mind if I decide to make something in which it would work well later.

I'm looking mostly at the ones in the front of the picture...not the weird stuff that looks (and feels) like poodle hair.


  • Oh my. Your selections are fantastic! If only you could see my drool over here, and my tiny gleam of jealousy in my eyes. I've yet to go to Seaport Yarns. I don't think I want to go alone though, cause I might be in trouble. I can't wait to see pics of your fo's. Btw is Seaport a far walk from the train station?


    By Anonymous Necia, at 2/05/2006 1:14 PM  

  • Seaport is very close to the Broadway-Nassau/Fulton St. station. If you manage to get out at the exit that's at the corner of Fulton & William St, you're almost there.
    Beware, though, it's weird. It's in an office building with no sign saying Seaport outside. You have to go into the lobby and sign in, and they will direct you to the right floor.
    Also, they don't take credit cards (which is weird, since they do a lot of mail-order), so bring cash.
    It's totally worth going though, if for no other reason than to see all those yarns in one place! They also have a big selection of books and needles (and other notions).

    By Blogger erica, at 2/05/2006 5:05 PM  

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