on attachment, clearing out, and hey, who wants yarn?

I thought this was going to a lot harder than it has been, to be frank. As I’ve been shipping things out, I’ve been feeling really good about creating space, and it just gets easier and easier to put things in the “destash” pile. I’d originally suspected I’d struggle with relinquishing CY yarns, especially tests, out of sentimentality: this is quite literally the very last of this stuff, and I can actually remember the days some of these skeins were dyed. It stings a little at times; I need to remind myself that we were always making items of use and beauty, that it’s a disservice not to see them being utilized. Archival just doesn’t sit right with me, though; it isn’t my style.

There are a few things I just can’t let go, and I’ll make a post about those later, once I’m absolutely sure of what those are. I know a few off the top of my head: a bag of Sochi Pride in Traveller, the last few skeins I dyed in the studio, four braids of BFL/ silk fiber in a perfect oxidized copper.

Mostly, though, I want to keep a few things dyed by members of the studio, yarn made by my friends, a few things with clear intended projects, and my fiber stash; everything else is on its way out, and that feels like a relief. Next, I’m going to take on my comic book collection. Oh, gutting. 

So: the winner of last week’s Great Yarn Giveaway is Ela— please, drop me a line with your address and I will send you a shipping estimate & get your yarn out to you! Next up for Giveaway purposes: one skein of Irregular Skinny Bugga in Gregor Samsa. This skein has two small smudges of lilac on one strand; imperfect but utterly knittable.

Gregor Samsa this time!

Gregor Samsa this time!

By the way- for the folks who’ve asked, I got the yarn bowl above from Skeletal Dropkick, and I swear that the name only pushed me into purchasing from them a teeny, tiny bit. They’re really great and I love the pieces I have from them- solid, one custom, and relatively affordable (at least when I was buying- it’s been a while). Also ADORABLE, obviously.

Want to give that skein of Gregor Samsa a proper home? TOTALLY EASY, you folks. Tell me your current favorite indie yarn company and why you love them. That’s it! I’ll RNG the answer, but I’m seriously paying attention to this one. Bonus points for telling me which of their yarns makes you the happiest, but just the company name/ link does the trick. I’ll pull a name next Tuesday— good luck, everybody!

  One thought on “on attachment, clearing out, and hey, who wants yarn?

  1. Rebecca Levitan
    July 1, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Neighborhood fiber co! I love local baltimore stuff plus her colors are AMAZING

    • July 1, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Oh absolutely, Karida’s colors are so, so good. I actually picked up MOHAIR because of her dyework, and I’d sworn off the stuff.

  2. July 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Black Trillium. Melanie does gradients that will curl your toes

  3. July 1, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I am absolutely crazy about SweetGeorgia Yarns. My favorite is…well, that’s too hard, but the one I’ve worked with the most is the Superwash DK. So good for children’s sweaters in particular, but I’m anxious to knit one for myself with it, too.

    • Andrea
      July 17, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Sweet Georgia is just buckets of beautiful colour.
      I’m nuts for her too.

  4. Hollidae
    July 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Northbound Knitting, because Lisa has a love of gray that matches my own. Love her merino singles, and the bfl/silk/cashmere is swoon worthy.

    • July 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Yes yes yes yes yes. Such deep and moody stuff. Her patterns are killer too.

  5. Jenny
    July 1, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    One Twisted Tree–Danie is relatively new to dying. I have tried any just yet, but I am about to!

  6. July 2, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I’m glad the destashing is going well and feeling good! Still waiting on the shipping estimate from last week too, by the way.

    • July 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

      I need to send that to you, but I just sent the yarn before without it, because it needed to get out the door. 🙂

      • July 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

        And the yarn arrived!

  7. beginswithaC
    July 2, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Alisha Goes Around! I discovered her earlier this year at a fiber fest, and kept coming back to her booth several times. I love her vibrant colors, and am especially smitten with the Bevy of Swans base (silk/merino).

  8. July 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Play At Life! Chrystee is amazing with color and I love her gradient maki skeins.

    • July 17, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Aww, we all know I’m a sucker for PAL, her maki’s are amazing and I think she was one of the first doing that in a major way.

  9. Drew Jacobs
    July 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I love Bad Amy Knits. She’s heaps of fun and her self striping combos are to die for!

  10. July 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Does Stonehedge Fiber Mill count as an indie yarn company? I’ve been to their farm, and they have the sweetest deaf farm cat who greets you (by greet, I mean she lies across the sidewalk that leads to the front door of the yarn shed in order to trip you into petting her). I think my favorite of their yarns is their DK weight, but I like the worsted pretty well too. Their farm is a lovely place.

  11. July 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I can’t pick just one!

    For the colors: madelinetosh (although I’m not sure that’s “indie”, really)–favorite base is Pashmina.

    For the colorway names: Nerd Girl Yarns (runner up: Numma Numma–favorite base is “Doppio”).

    For the people who work there: Baah! (I work at a LYS and Baah! is basically our easiest supplier to work with. Mira + crew are always on time, and their colors are impeccable.)

  12. July 2, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Gerschubie for me. I especially love the colorway Citron Goose. She is a local Dyer but is moving to Montana so I unfortunately won’t be seeing her in the shows around NC/SC much longer.

  13. Marie
    July 2, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I’m not personally familiar with many indie dyers – been on a budget for a while – but I do have a great respect for Wollmeise. The insane stitch definition and the super-saturated colors are amazing! I did get worn out by the buying frenzies that took place when I first discovered it, but I think that’s died down a bit by now? Not sure, haven’t been back there in a while. Nice yarns, but I haven’t knitted up what I have because just thinking about replacing it makes me tired! LOL

  14. Michelle Lim
    July 2, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    JulieSpins on etsy. silky 435 which is a 50-50 silk-merino base; she does rich jewel tones and also complex pastels.
    Also very fast shipping and responsive service.

  15. SandyK
    July 2, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    My favorite is Dyelectable Yarns (azlynn.etsy.com). She stopped dying a couple years ago when her husband and business partner passed away. She recently announced she will be dying again, and I am anxious to to be able to buy Entrée (merino) and Urban Sock (BFL, my favorite!)

    • July 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      SandyK, please drop me a line— that skein of Gregor Samsa needs to find its way to you! Congratulations! 🙂

  16. CJ
    July 2, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    mu current fave is lemonade shop, as she’s a gal who just makes things she thinks are pretty and boy howdy did she have to step up to the plate when the word got out. I admire the way she took a deep breath and just dove in. And I profit from having lovely yarn to buy! 💗
    Also I must say that Metomorphosis was my entree at age 11 into the world of surreal writing that has never ever left me. I love love love that you named a colourway after Gregor. 💗💗💗

    • July 17, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      I just got turned on to her work! That rainbow stripe technique she uses is amazing. I’m so beyond into that & just grabbed a couple DK skeins to make legwarmers with because I’m still a toddler on the inside.

  17. Jean
    July 4, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I love Hazel Knits – HazelKnits.com – because I love all the gorgeous colors Wendee dyes up. Really beautiful.

    • July 17, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      I’ve loved her work forever! A lot of real subtlety.

  18. July 4, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I haven’t purchased any yarn in a while but I love Swift Fiber Studio. The yarn is lovely and the owner is very kind.

  19. Andrea
    July 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I love my friend’s dyeing. She’s dandelionfluff on Ravelry and her yarns and colors are amazing.

    • Andrea
      July 17, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      She just moved and I miss her. Her etsy store is currently empty 😦 but I jist found a couple of balls that will make killer electric pink/red and a beautiful purple leg warmers.

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