Thursday, February 11, 2016

NEW VLOG! & a Look at my Stash....

Hey Hey ok!  Brace yourself, you're about to see a bunch of yarn.

So I started a knitting vlog on YouTube to get myself back into knitting up stuff & things!  It's still pretty cold here so I'm hoping to get to wear a new hat or mittens before the cold season is over.

In my 1st vlog entry, I promised to make up a list of all the yarns shown in the video (15 in total)... so here we go!   This is a sample of what I have sitting around in my yarn stash.  If you have ideas for patterns - let me know in the comments!

Brand:  Cestari, Ltd.
Where:  Churchill, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley
Fiber:  100% fine merino wool
Weight:  2-ply worsted
Color:  Chrysanthemum

I have 340 yds of this!!
I was honored to meet Francis Chester-Cestari at Stitches Midwest and bought this yarn directly from him.  He is very passionate about his product and about preserving his family's legacy... he comes from a centuries-long lineage of Italian shepherds, and discovered his love for raising sheep some time in the late 60's.  More about Francis and Cestari here!!

Brand:  "Lamb's Pride" Worsted, by Brown Sheep Company, Inc.
Where:  Mitchell, Nebraska
Fiber:  85% wool, 15% mohair
Weight:  worsted
Color:  m-14 sunburst gold

I love the dimension in this singe-ply yarn.  This comes from another family-run operation based in the U.S., and Lamb's Pride is their most popular yarn.

Brand:  ShiBui
Where:  Italy
Fiber:  100% linen
Weight:  fingering
Color:  2 skeins in "scale", 1 skein in "brick"

This linen has an interesting chain-ply structure, and is very zen...

Brand:  Black Wolf Ranch
Where:  Saint Ignatius, Montana
Fiber:  100% pure alpaca
Weight:  sport
Color:  black - this is the natural color of the fleece!  It is amazing!!

Brand:  S & S Camelid Co.
Where:  Morehead, Kentucky
Fiber:  100% suri alpaca
Weight:  Looks like a lace weight to me
Color:  This is another great natural fleece color.  It is not dyed!

I have 400 yards of this.

Brand:  Ozark Mountain Alpacas, LLC
Where:  Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fiber:  100% alpaca (huacaya)
Weight:  Worsted
Color:   Yes! Another undyed, natural color.
Soooo, if you take a look at the label, you will a photo of the actual alpaca that the yarn came from.  Taking a closer look, I realized that her name is on there, too!  Her name is Monaccina!  Doing a quick search online, I saw that her birthday is November 23rd.  How awesome is that?

Brand:  Universal Yarn "Classic Shades"
Where:  Turkey
Fiber:  70% acrylic, 30% wool
Weight:  worsted
Color:  sundown

Brand:  Lion Brand Yarns "Fishermen's Wool"
Where:  Not sure, couldn't find out online
Fiber:  100% pure virgin wool
Weight:  worsted
Color:  undyed - the color is "nature's brown"

Brand:  Rowan "Yorkshire Tweed Aran"
Where:  Holmfirth, Yorkshire England
Fiber:  100% pure new wool
Weight:  aran/dk
Color:  sh415 - I believe the color is discontinued, but it is similar to the color "wensley" #590, over on their site.

My friend found this in a dumpster (a very clean one) & gave it to me. !!! I know...

Brand:  Glenfiddich Wool "Bartlett Yarns"
Where:  Based out of Millerton, Pennsylvania
Fiber:  100% wool
Weight:  worsted
Color:  black & blackberry
There is just something about this one that I love - the lanolin makes it really nice to work with, and it is pretty water-resistant, too.  Rugged and durable!

Bonus color (not shown in video):  I found another color tucked away in a drawer, partially knit into a project (that I started ripping apart)... this color is called "blue loch".  I think it is magical...

Brand:  Malabrigo 
Where:  Uruguay 
Fiber:  100% baby merino wool
Weight:  lace
Color:  natural
This is so soft... I really need to find a project to put this one in.

Brand:  Newton's Yarn Country
Where:  Anaheim, CA
Fiber:  100% Wool (softball merino wool)
Weight:  lace?
Color:  unspecified - it's golden musard-ish
I have 840 yards of this!!!
This vendor had tables and tables FULL of yarn (piles and piles) at stitches midwest.  I am not sure where the yarn comes from, but the prices were very competitive.  Doing a little research, their store is geared towards machine knitters which explains the giant hanks of yarn at their booth.  The quality seems o.k. and I like how it says "keep refrigerated" on the sticker, hehehe.  I bought about half a pound of lace-weight raw silk from them, too... my cat chewed it up one night a couple years ago and thankfully, she was fine.  She's like royalty.  Her diet is naturally comprised of fine foods and other fine... materials...

Brand:  Lion Brand Yarns "Amazing"
Where:  Italy
Fiber:  53% wool, 47% acrylic
Weight:  no.4 medium
Color:  mauna loa (left), arcadia (right)
I really dig the colors in mauna loa - that hot pink is electric.

Brand:  Big Lots "Gala Yarns"
Where:  Turkey
Fiber:  mixed - acrylic, polyester, nylon << about as synthetic as it gets... :)
Weight:  worsted
Color:  white & navy

My husband got this for me when I first started knitting :)

Brand:  Rowan
Where:  Italy
Fiber:  100% pure linen
Weight:  worsted
Color:  arizona

...that color!!!  I am in love with this yarn.  I am currently working on knitting this with it...

that's it!

You're still reading this?  Shouldn't you be doing something besides looking at pictures of yarn?

Just kidding.  I sincerely thank you for looking through the whole thing - it took me a while to put together.  I better get busy and knit something with all this yarn I have.
Again, if you have ideas for patterns for any of these, feel free to share.  Also, if you happen to go through your stash and want to show some of it off like I did, show me where you posted it!  I'd love to see what you got!

Until next time...


P.s.: Which one's your favorite?  Let me know in the comments :)