In My Stash: Blue Heron Rayon Metallic

I’m finally getting my wish – warmer weather is ahead! Despite a brief setback (where did that snow come from, seriously?) we’re on our way out of the winter that would not end!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I haven’t had as much time to focus on knitting/crochet projects as I would like. I do have a pretty exciting addition to my stash – courtesy of a Christmas gift card.

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I had been admiring the gorgeous Blue Heron Rayon Metallic yarn online, and then it caught my eye just as I was getting ready to leave one of my local yarn shops. Actually, the display shawl made from the yarn caught my eye.

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I haven’t been able to figure out the name of this colorway – none of the colors on the website really match the skein I have. Perhaps it’s a discontinued color – can anybody help me out? Edit: It’s just called “Turquoise.”

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Gift card or no, it was a little tough for me to drop that much on one skein. I’m still not used to luxury yarns, and I don’t think I’m quite ready to give up on my chain-store acrylics yet. 😉 The skeins of this have generous yardage, though, so I’ll be able to make a very nice project.

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The pressure is on to pick a great pattern for yarn this nice. I’m thinking perhaps the Gail (Nightsongs) shawl, but I’m open to suggestions!

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In My Stash: Knit Picks Chroma in Autumn Day

Around Halloween, I picked up a few skeins of Knit Picks Chroma (fingering weight) in Autumn Day. On sale. Pinch me. 🙂 It’s lucky that I took some photos of the yarn quickly, because it has already been transformed into a shawl and is pinned to the blocking boards as I type.

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Having purchased this yarn in the Lollipop colorway, I knew what to expect this time. Although I have to say that, after working with angora yarn, this wasn’t quite as soft as I remembered. 🙂 Check out the lovely, slow-transitioning colors.

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This yarn reminded me of something when I placed the order, and when it arrived I had an opportunity to compare. The colorway makes me think of the cover art for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It’s a closer match in person, but you get the idea. Love it!

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In My Stash: Rowan Angora Haze

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was restful, but not by choice. I wasn’t feeling so great, so I didn’t wander too far from home. On the plus side, I got lots of crochet time in between naps.

I have been back at the thread crochet – I just can’t seem to stay away. I have a couple of doilies (I finally started working out of Doilies with a Twist – yay!) drying on the blocking mats now, and I can’t wait to get them photographed. When I do get back to thicker yarns, though, I have plenty of tempting choices. Exhibit A:

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Rowan’s Angora Haze. I was lucky enough to have my name drawn as a door prize winner at knitxmidwest, and got a couple of skeins of this soft yarn. (Jen of makexdo is a Rowan ambassador.)

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I’m now the proud owner of one skein each of the Hug and Embrace colorways. Handling this yarn is like petting a bunny, because, well. 🙂 Fiber content: 11% Wool, 20% Polyamide, 69% Angora.

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Now, what to make? Included in the giveaway goodie bag was a pattern book. I’m thinking I could pull off the Judy beret or Judy gloves… believe it or not, I’ve never knitted anything in the round. Any votes?

In My Stash: Yarn Bee Soft Secret

Here’s another acrylic yarn, because, let’s face it – not every yarn purchase can be a splurge. In this exciting episode, I once again prove that I have a problematic addiction to anything the turquoise/teal family. 🙂 This particular manifestation? Yarn Bee Soft Secret in Teal.

Yarn Bee Soft Secret

This yarn has a noticeable sheen to it, and is also very smooth to the touch. It is similar to Caron SimplySoft, which some people don’t like because it feels too “plastic-y.”

Yarn Bee Soft Secret

I personally really like this “shiny” characteristic, however. Soft Secret comes many jewel-tone shades that beckon from the Hobby Lobby shelf…

Yarn Bee Soft Secret

I have five or six skeins of this colorway. I keep changing my mind about what pattern I want to use it for – any thoughts?

In My Stash: Caron Simply Soft Paints

For a while now, Caron’s Simply Soft yarn has been my go-to acrylic. When you’re picky about textures (scratchy yarns need not apply), it’s great to have a staple like this one that works up well, is readily available, and won’t break the budget if you need a lot of it for a project.

Caron Simply Soft Tapestry

I just can’t pass up pretty variegated yarn in a rainbow of hues. This colorway is called Tapestry, and it’s even more fun in person.

Caron Simply Soft Tapestry

I haven’t yet decided what my skeins of this will become. They’re kind of begging to be made into a gift project for a baby girl, like this adorable knit baby sweater. I also saw a version of the honey cowl made in this colorway, which creates a very cheerful accessory for a solid-colored shirt. Other pattern suggestions welcome. 🙂

Caron Simply Soft Tapestry

Any opinions on this yarn, or on working with acrylic in general? Although I have been working with yarn for a long time, I have only recently begun exploring options other than the acrylic types that are easy to find in stores.

In My Stash: Lollipop Chroma Fingering by KnitPicks

Update: Psssssst… to check out what I made with this yarn, click here.

Update 2: Looking for this yarn? Click here to see what I found out about its availability.

I have been drooling over KnitPicks’ Chroma Fingering Yarn in Lollipop for a long time, because it’s so. pretty. I have never ordered yarn online before, and have been hesitant to do so because I like to see/touch it for myself. I finally pulled the trigger, and I’m so glad that I did. I mean, look at it…

KnitPicks Chroma Yarn

…it’s like a Lisa Frank explosion, in the best possible way. So nostalgic. It makes me want to search eBay for unicorn-and/or-baby-tiger-emblazoned Trapper Keepers.

Knit Picks Chroma Lollipop

I have seen quite a few people use this yarn for kids’ projects, but I think it’s perfect for kids at heart, too. 🙂 I actually have big plans for my skeins. They are destined to become a Haruni shawl. A fellow Raveler used this yarn for one, and it was amazing. I can’t wait.

Knit Picks Chroma Lollipop

I’m pretty picky about texture, and many wool yarns just don’t feel soft enough to me. I was pleasantly surprised by this blend – it’s much softer than I expected.

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I also love how the colors fade gradually into one another. That makes the color transitions show between rows instead of looking choppy as some variegated yarns do. Plus, it’s cat-approved. So there’s that.

Knitpicks Chroma