Yarn Mystery #2

***March 17, 2016 Update***
This mystery has a clue! šŸ˜€

I’ll be making Salena Baca’s Midsummer Wrap. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/midsummer-wrap

It works up fast, so I’ll have a finished product to show you soon. In the meantime, I’ll share with you what I’ll remember about this project and yarn:

When I stopped at The Tinsmith’s Wife yarn shop, it was a whim. Or perhaps more accurately described as a need to immediately fulfill the deep longing for more delicious yarn. I was traveling to see my husband and the impulse overcame me as I thought of all the local yarn shops I must be driving past on the 8 hour journey. What a shame to miss out on all of them! So, I quickly punched in yarn shop on my GPS and Shazam! ~ The Tinsmith’s Wife was only 15 min off my route. Not bad at all! I took the next exit and the rest is history.

More to come soon…

Xoxox

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Aren’t these yarn cakes yummy?! A few posts ago, I mentioned that I bought a few hanks of a baby alpaca-merino blend (55/45). Well, here is a photo at long last. It is “Extra“, a delicious yarn by Blue Sky Alpacas.Ā The darker blue is colorway 3516, still water. On the bottom left of the photo, we have 3521, lake ice. Lastly, on the bottom right is 3525, mist. The photos of course don’t do it justice. You really must go to your local yarn store to squish a hank or two or five. Each hank is a medium weight yarn (#4) with 150 grams, 218 yds/199 meters, with a recommended needle size of 7-9US/4.5-5.5mm. If you want to use a crochet hook, I typically use the recommended metric size as a guide. In this case, you might use a G, H, or I hook.

Of course you might be wondering what a hank is if you are new to the community or if this is your first time seeing yarn in something other than a skein. I’ve found that most of your luxury, hand-dyed yarns to be sold in hanks, which you must wind into a cakeĀ prior to using. Otherwise, you’ll have a great big tangled, knotted mess. You know by my comments that the above photo displays yarn cakes (the usable version of yarn wound from a hank). Here’s a photo of what a yarn hank will look like:

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Typically, your yarn shop will wind these for you. If they don’t offer, just ask. They are more than happy to help. You really don’t need to run out and purchase a winder unless you buy a lot of your yarn in hanks. If you do get one, I personally like the manual winders.

Now, moving on toward the mystery aspect of this yarn! What shall I make with it? Or should I make anything at all? Should I just love it, hold it, squeeze it (*Animanics reference – HA!*) until it evaporates? Or perhaps, I should make a lovely shawl? What do you think? Please leave your comments below and help me solve this mystery!

xoxox,

DeeAnna