Shopping in the net

Yarn, Yarn, and More Yarn

What do you want to buy?

I love today’s question.  The answer is so easy. Despite the fact that I have a huge stash of yarn waiting to be knitted or crocheted into something practical, usable, wearable, and — hopefully — fun, I still love shopping for more yarn.

Especially this year. I’ve joined several online knitting and crocheting groups, and at the first of January, of course, someone had to ask about resolutions. I thought about it for a moment, and then resolved to move beyond my tried-and-true stand-by yarns. This year, I wrote in the comments, I want to try many different yarns. 

There are so many yarns available. Even a quick glance at a yarn weight chart excites my imagination.

Yarn Weight ChartSome weight charts also include a jumbo category listed as a “7” weight, and the lace classification can include crochet thread and single-ply cobweb yarn, as well as the lace yarn and fine fingering yarn.

I have used crochet thread before in making old-fashioned doilies (and I do enjoy working with it) but, for goodness sake, I don’t even know what cobweb yarn is, or lace yarn, either.

Fiberhounds explains it all here with helpful information and photos. 

Over the course of fifty years of needlework, I think I’ve used all of these different weights, but other than once using an angora yarn for an afghan, I’ve never ventured too far from the ordinary yarns found on the shelves at local Wal-Marts, K-Marts, or other big box stores. Only once have I lived in an area with an actual yarn shop, so buying yarn has always meant picking up one of the familiar brands — usually Red Heart acrylic in a medium weight.

Now, though, I’m online each day. I subscribe to newsletters from several different yarn companies, and every morning as I scroll through my emails, I find bargains galore. As I’m browsing online, ads for yarns appear wherever I go. Oh, so many different yarns!

In the past, my biggest decision has been choosing what color yarn to buy. Now, I’m discovering the wide world of different fibers.

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  • Mohair
  • Cotton
  • Cashmere
  • Merino
  • Angora
  • Alpaca
  • Silk
  • Rayon
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Buffalo
  • Bamboo

Buffalo? Bamboo fibers? Yes, indeed, there are so many choices from so many companies that it’s overwhelming. I want to try everything!

There’s even Yarnbox, a subscription service for knitters. Sign up for one of their plans, and they’ll regularly send you a box of yarn. Oh, how tempting! Still, for now, I think I’d rather choose my own yarns. But where do I begin?

I think it might be fun to have a goal this year of not simply trying different yarns, but making it a point to try yarns from each weight class. Of course, I also want to explore yarns with different fibers. I can’t wait to order a bit of buffalo wool. Actually, it’s a blend of bison wool and merino, which is one more fiber on the list to try.

And bamboo fiber? Oh, how intriguing that sounds! I really must try a yarn with bamboo. I’ve already found a source.

I think that’s going to be my starting point for this new yarn-shopping adventure. Once I’ve tried bamboo, I might move on to buffalo. At some point in time, of course, I should use a bit of the yarn already in my stash, if only to make room for more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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