Yarn Sampler

Today was so sunny and warm, that we spent the whole day at the state park and didn't come home until dark.  Of course, it was then that I remembered I promised you a post about my yarn sampling class...

First of all, let me just say that I'm not big on taking knitting classes.  I'm more of a learn it myself from Elizabeth Zimmermann books, in the comfort of my own home, kind of girl.  If I need help, I can Google it.  And if I'm still stumped, I can ask my brilliant knitting friend to come over for coffee.  She almost always has the answer.  Also, if you've ever taken a class and are completely honest with yourself, there's usually only one or two other people in the class you can stand to be around.  You know the scenario.  I choose to spend my precious time away from my family very carefully.

However... when our local yarn shop posted a class for the Yarn Sampler, my brilliant knitting friend signed us both up!  {She knows me so well.}  There were tables of yarn, along with drinks and hors d'oeuvres, so it was all good.  I swatched over a dozen different yarns that I would never in a million years have picked for myself, and even found a few that I loved.  It turns out I'm partial to organic merino and baby alpaca.  Shocker!

I splurged and bought myself a skein of emerald green Madelinetosh Vintage.  It's so soft and I'm going to make it into a cowl for myself.  I also picked up a bare skein of Cestari to dye with.  It's a bulky merino made here in the US.  Both of them have been put away until my patterns are written, though.  It's just too tempting.

What yarn would you want to sample or splurge on?


  1. Oh you sound just like me on the class taking front.

    Funny enough the yarn shop that I visit frequently has just started this kind of thing, and my first thoughts are that it is not for me, but you have me rethinking that. Maybe I should check it out....

    1. It was fun, but only because my friend went with me... and we went to dinner after. At the same time, my friend and I agreed that we probably wouldn't do it again. Instead, we agreed to just go straight to dinner!

  2. Sounds like a blast! I'd love to go to one of those, I'll have to find an LYS near me (or my soon-to-be new location) that has events like that!

    I attended the Taos Sheep and Wool Festival this past Saturday and came home with the most gorgeous skein of orange-y red lace weight yarns from Dyed by Darrel with the store Your Daily Fiber and the very next day I splurged at a Local Yarn Store on some Zealana Rimu and a beading crochet hook! (not for the same project obviously hehe).