Friday, May 6, 2011

Obsession: Finding the Perfect Yarn

It's been pretty funny in the shop the last week or so.  With the Whippoorwill KAL starting and the Mara KAL only days away everyone has been obsessing about the PERFECT yarn for the project.  We don't think we're exaggerating when we say that close to 100 yarn combinations have been approved, then rejected, then modified, and again approved, rejected, and finally embraced. 

We're noticing different factors effect the combinations.  How spring-like the weather is, what a person is wearing that day, what other people choose for their shawl, and what we've seen on Ravelry.  It's been so much fun!

We find that sunny days=brighter color choices, warmer days = less wooly choices, and then surfing the projects in Ravelry opens up new options. 

A few of the winning combinations for Whippoorwill:
Becky: Dream In Color Smooshy with Cashmere paired with Dream In Color's Starry
Karen: Ella Rae held with Superior and an unknown stash yarn similar to Tosh Sock
Helen: Silk Garden Sock
Other KALers
Ella Rae Lace Merinos in Various Colors
Tosh Sock with Trekking XXL
Tosh Sock with Dream In Color Smooshy
Done Roving Frolicking Feet with Ella Rae
Colinette's Jitterbug with Dream In Color Smooshy

After the Mara KAL gets rolling on May 10 we'll let you know what yarns seem popular there. 

Do you obsess over yarns or do you just know it when you see it?  Do you ever change course after making the decision?  What effects your choices as you're making the decision? 

1 comment:

  1. Karen has changed - using the unknown sock yarn and now Sugar Rush yarn - this may be the the final - already knitting away on it!!!