Thursday, September 13, 2007


10 Things I Love About Yarn

1. Range of texture and size. I can't believe the talent in design and spinning out there, from Kureyon to Nashua solids to Araucania hand-dyed. The versatility of wool alone is enough to boggle the mind.

2. Heaters. I don't care what weight or project we're talking about, if I need something solid I want heaters before anything else because of the added depth and visual interest of minute color variation.

3. Sock yarn. Could there be anything cooler than a hand-knit pair of socks?

4. Renewability. Sheep can be raised humanely, fed organically, their fleece can be cleaned and then processed into yarn, and the sheep go right back to growing more hair. Try getting cotton to do that. And don't get me started on petroleum-based anything.

5. Infinite design capability. You imagine it, it can be done. No matter how cool or not cool, no matter what shapes, styles and colors are in vogue, there will always be yarn to knit and people coming up with new ways to knit it.

6. Stashing. I can buy it, hoarde it, buy more and forget what I've already purchased, and still come home to something fun and creatively inspiring. Heady retail therapy, that is.

7. It makes people want to communicate. Look at all of us, talking about a sheep (or other animal or plant) by-product with no end in sight. We're community-building, which I think is brilliant. For me, one of the most satisfying parts of knitting is having other people to share it with.

8. Sharing the love. I can knit up gifts for holidays and birthdays, or just because, and then I get to give it to whomever I intended. They may not "get it", but I know how much time and energy I put into whatever "it" is, which means a lot to me.

9. Yarn stores. The fumes alone are enough to make a person buy cashmere and then roll in it.

10. FO's. I am becoming much more interested in the process of knitting, or "the path", but I will always have a special place in my heart for a freshly sewn and/or blocked item. That feeling of accomplishment is really lovely.

PS I'm only 450 other knitters away from my Ravelry invite. Eek!


Vorpal Knitter said...

The fumes were so strong at knit night last night that I could barely knit! You won't have long to wait for ravelry now. See you there.

Yarnhog said...

Great list, but I do have a question. I'm pretty tired right now and not thinking all that clearly, but I can't make sense of "heaters". Oh, wait...heathers, right? Never mind.

Only a knitter can really appreciate the beauty of yarn, and you've expressed it perfectly. Yarn makes me happy, in the same way plants make me happy. They're both perfect, in their own way.

Mel said...

"Heaters" = heathers. Yup. That's what you get when posting at 2 in the a.m. Thanks for not giving me a hard time.

Quail Hill Knits said...

Great Post. Just wait -- once you get the Ravelry invite you;ll be torn between to loves -- the blog and Ravelry. It's great but it takes a lot of time if you have a lot of projects.

Stephanie said...

That is a good list. It makes me feel warm a cozy, just like wool! Glad you got into ravelry, it's great isn't it (great being an understatement)