This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Forever Yarn, Neighborhood Fiber, and Yarn Harlotry

Every year my friends Libby and John host a bunch of us from our Div School days at their house for a weekend of relaxing, singing, eating, and general relaxation. One of the things we like to do is trek into Doylestown and visit the shops. One of the shops where I tend to spend the most money is the yarn store, Forever Yarn, really wonderful yarn store that carries things that I can't find in my local yarn stores in Boston. Yan, the owner of Forever Yarn, is solicitous, knowledgeable, and very welcoming. When I walked in, while she couldn't remember my name, she remembered who I was, knew that I was in town for an unofficial school reunion, and recommended several very beautiful yarns for me to peruse. I bought the following yarns, most of it Neighborhood Fiber, which is apparently a local Boston yarn, but which I've never seen in any of my LYSs back home in Boston.

This colour is Del Rey, a fabulous yarn with an amazing patina. I have no idea what I will make with 475 yards of this superwash merino, but it's soooo gorgeous!

This is Georgetown, and while it looks more blue in this photo, it is really more of a purple. I'm thinking a fine lace shawl for someone. It's one of my favourite colours.

Fells Point reminds me of Madeleine Tosh's Malachite, and this photo is a bit washed out (but is the best of the ones I took), and I will pair it with the next yarn.

This is Truxten Circle. It really is a gorgeous yarn, and will be paired with the Fells Point.

Won't that make a kick-ass shawl? I need to ask my friend Valaree to help me find a pattern that will work well with these colours.

Olde Towne East (I wonder why East doesn't have a final e?) and if you don't understand that blue is my favourite colour, then you don't know me very well. I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with this, but damn, look at that colour!

This is a Noro I've never seen before, Kama. 26% wool, 25% silk, 25% alpaca, 12% kid mohair, and 12% angora, it's really soft and the colours are intense, in that way that only Noro colours can be. I will make a Brooklyn Striped Scarf with these, for Carlene, and think the colours will work wonderfully together.

This is a yarn I've not seen before, Terra Natural Inspiration, 40% baby alpaca, 40% wool, and 20% silk. It could make a pair of fingerless mitts (which I've never made before), and Yan at Forever Yarn gave me a pattern for such. Might be fun.

Yan very kindly gave me this skein of yarn after buying everything I bought, Frolicking Feet, in dungaree blue, it's 100% superwash merino, and it's a sock yarn. But with this much, I can make a shawlette or some such.

What an awesome collection of yarn I was able to gather. And working with Yan at Forever Yarn was just a delightful experience. Now I've got a lot of cool stuff to knit (read: add to my stash). And the colours of the Neighborhood Fiber yarns really rocks my stripy socks!


  1. Lovely. Karida must have moved. She does colorways for the neighborhoods in the cities where she's lived. You'll see a lot of DC and Columbus neighborhoods. Her yarn is *amazing*; I bought a skein of her Watershed in the Cooper Circle colorway, and the amazing red undertones in a mostly-brown variegation just blew me away. It was lovely to work with as well. She does amazing things with color. You won't be disappointed.

    1. I noticed that the yarns I got are named after Boston neighbourhoods. I'm really excited to try this stuff. It's so amazingly soft and looks like it's going to have amazing drape.