Here's today's purr-er: Annika Sue resting on my studio table, taking in the sun and the intense unseasonal heat amongst piles of wool.
It has been a long time since I have knit with any yarn but my very own Julia which is now sadly discontinued. (Just heard that Great Yarns in NC has a large stock of it. Her number is 919-832-3599 if you are looking for any particular colors.) I have totally lost touch with what is available out there in yarn land. Having your own yarn spoils you, to say the least. I always had colors that I loved and wanted to work with at my fingertips in my favorite worsted weight which is great for two color knitting. I could be lazy and not keep up with the latest new yarns because I had what really interested me.
Not so now..... Oh well. Change is good, as they say. Now I am on another journey. I've got to produce a large project within a few months time. Deadlines make me tick.....
I've been on the phone, calling old trade show buddies, asking for yarn for this project. They still remember my name which is nice.
Last week, a few boxes of yarn arrived and most of them were "put-up" into that lovely handtwisted hank skein. Lovely to look at but not so lovely to deal with when you are in a hurry and want to get knitting.
Luckily, Julia and I visited our friend Cathy last weekend and she had told me ahead of time that she owned a ball winder and a umbrella swift. I brought all my yarn with me and wound and wound it. I know, you probably would think I own these tools, wouldn't you? I did at one time but no more. I left my ball winder in my old office at the yarn company I used to work at and I have not a clue where the swift has disappeared to. Thank goodness for Cathy. It took me a good two hours but I got it all balled up and I am ready to go.
Here's the question of the day..... What do you think about "hand-twisted hanks?" Do you get seduced by their beauty and buy the yarn even though you have to wind the ball yourself? Do you shy away from them, not wanting the extra work? Or does your LYS wind it for you? Do you only buy easy-to-knit with pull-skeins of yarn? Or does the put-up not really matter to you?
I'd love to hear what you have to say.
Good weekend everyone!