We Love Yarn (Day)!
It’s I Love Yarn Day, and on this most delightful date we celebrate our favorite luscious, lovely, can’t-live-without ingredient that we use to make all the things. You might be saying, “But Kathleen, don’t you know that every day is I Love Yarn Day?!” And yes, I do know that, but today we’re calling out a few of our most-loved yarns.
Just like in anything, our yarn preferences differ, but we all have one thing in common—a passion for yarn in all its forms. Here goes!
Kathleen: Shepherd’s Wool Yarn
I’ve knit two projects with Shepherd’s Wool Yarn from Stonehedge Fiber Mill, one cabled and one stockinette, and the stitch definition and softness is incredible. Shepherd’s Wool is 100 percent Merino wool, and it has great yardage—250 in the worsted!
As you can see above, the color range is amazing. With tweeds, solids, and tonals, you’ll find every color you need for your next project. I’m in the process of choosing colors for a stranded colorwork sweater, but with so many available options, it’s really hard!
Andrea: It’s All About Color
I’m especially into yarns that blend cellulose and protein fibers. I love how each fiber takes the color differently, and it’s a pleasure to see each stitch form on the needles: slubs, blobs, rough patches, and all. But, honestly, it’s not often that I meet a yarn that I don’t love in at least one colorway. Long live yarn, and long live I Love Yarn Day!
—Andrea Lotz, Social Media Manager
Julia: Malabrigo Yarn Sock
My favorite yarn usually changes with the project I’m working on at the time. I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel that way. Currently, however, I’m utterly enamored with Malabrigo Yarn Sock (affiliate link), with which I’m making a pair of fingerless mitts.
It’s so unbelievably soft and fun to work with. I’ve been knitting with colorway 732, Parade. I love how colorful the yarn is, and the fabric it yields is a gorgeous rainbow. I can’t wait to be able to show off the finished piece!
—Julia Pillard, Assistant Editor
Susanna: Baby Alpaca Grande
It’s hard for me to choose just one “favorite” yarn. I gravitate toward soft, squishy yarns, and those are definitely available in all fibers and weights. If I have to pick just one, however, I’d have to go with Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande.
I still have fond memories of going yarn shopping with my aunt, picking up a hank of this yarn, and walking around the store looking at all the yarn while “petting ” the hank over and over. Oh, the elegance of pure alpaca!
—Susanna Tobias, Project Editor, Crochet
Laura: Anything Sheepy!
I’m a back-to-the-earth kind of knitter. I love a good sheepy yarn, the kind you can shove your face into and just huff the wool fumes coming off it. Naturally colored gray and brown yarns that still have a bit of lanolin in them and moisturize your hands as you knit with them are wonderful.
The yarn gets bonus points if it came from sheep with names—I want my yarn as close to the sheep as I can get it!
—Laura Hulslander, Managing Editor
P.S. Leave a comment below and share your favorite yarn with us!
Our featured image was shot at The Loopy Ewe, a yarn shop local to the Interweave offices in Fort Collins, Colorado. We love The Loopy Ewe because they love yarn, too!