Despite my yarn stash I knew I couldn’t completely stop buying yarn as I do often make things for other people as gifts and as orders. So when I started running out of grey shades from the many Koala amigurumi I have been crocheting and because I have a very specific baby blanket in mind for a friend, I knew I had to bite the bullet and order some yarn.
I needed very specific yarn for the baby blanket (in fact some of it is on backorder), but for the first time ever I went direct to Bendigo Woollen Mills. I am very impressed by their choice and service.
And can you see how I happy I am with some new yarn? 🙂
The reason I put myself on a self-imposed hiatus of buying yarn is because I have a huge amount of absolutely gorgeous hand-dyed yarn that I need to use first. But before my hiatus started on 1st January, I put a couple of orders in…. Because it’s not just about buying the yarn, it’s also about supporting these small businesses.
The amazing Angela runs Blackwattle Yarn and Fibre from her Alpaca farm in Murrumbateman with her husband Matthew. She’s got such a great eye for stunning colour combinations. I have bought my fair share of skeins from her. This latest lot was in a sale and the colours are not my usual choices, but they really spoke to me… I think they will become a shawl or a couple of shawls.
These skeins are Qing Fibre, which I purchased from Yarn & Co, a store I visited in Melbourne a couple of times. Beautiful mother and daugther had to close their Fitzroy store during 2020 and are online only for now. I have not worked with the yarn before, but those sweet colours made me so happy!
The gorgeous Mia of Wren & Ollie always has enticing yarn colours. I used a kit of her yarn to make my Slipstravaganza Westknits Mystery Knitalong Shawl and the colours are just so wonderfully vibrant. This is a sock kit, which knits up into a stripy set…I can’t wait to make this.
I know it will be incredibly hard not buying yarn… It’s something I like to do whenever I visit a place and a new to me Local Yarn Store. But I also LOVE all the yarn I have purchased in the last few years and I NEED to make it into garments, socks, shawls, hats, etc. So really, I am making space for next year!
I’ve got three online yarn shops that I always come back to, mainly because they carry my favourite yarn: DROPS. The first one, which I’ve written about before is: Scandinavianknittingdesign.eu. It is run by a husband and wife team from their home and they provide the most amazing customer service, always friendly, always trying to help. They can be found on Facebook too.
The second on is the Crochet Chain, which also carries the DROPS range. This one is actually a shop in Waltham Abbey in North London. These guys are also really, really helpful and have been really friendly when I’ve had to call them. I would highly recommend them!
The final and third one is the Wool Shed, which also carries the DROPS range. I had to order some yarn from them when I was in Germany and they went out of their way to ensure that I received it on time. Fantastic service, wouldn’t you agree?