Sunday, June 6, 2010

Swatch it


If you're like me, gorgeous hand spun yarn makes you drool and you know you have to have it! Never mind the fact that you have no idea what to do with it once you get it home...

Well I don't have the answer to that, but I can tell you what I do first: swatches. I like to do one knit and one crochet(all my favorite stitches, and needles), and not only will this tell me how the color way works up, what size needles to use(gauge), but it gives me an idea of the feel(softness) and the drape(stiffness).

Some great local yarn shops have examples hanging up so you can get that info before your purchase, but when you buy online you don't get that opportunity! How great would it be if some of those fantastic yarn spinners and dyers provided that info... even better, pics of swatches they created!

Any way, if you are looking for some great yarn online here are some shops I frequent:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpinningWheelStudio
http://www.etsy.com/shop/blondechicken
http://www.knitpicks.com

yarn pictured above: Lei from SpinningWheelStudio.

1 comment:

  1. Oh that is lovely! It looks like summer.

    Now that I've discovered spinning, and right after that woodturning, my poor crochet has been neglected.

    I guess I could have just bought the yarn!

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