...but what am I to do when one of my favourite Etsy shops is having a sale?
I love Elm Tree Yarns. Dianne dyes up some wonderful colours and the yarn is beautiful and soft. When I saw that she was having a sale there was no way my credit card was going to stay in my purse.
The first colourway I saw was Sunflowers. I'm such a big fan of yellows at the moment so this was love at first sight, I couldn't resist. I don't buy many blues but I loved the subtleness of Blue Fairy. This is from Dianne's Wish Upon a Star range from Pinocchio. Cherry Blossom is just so pretty and both this and Blue Fairy are on a silver stellina base for a bit of sparkle, though you can't really tell in the photos.
Ali from the Little Drops of Wonderful podcast is hosting a Strictly Come Dancing knitalong and I thought the twinkly Blue Fairy might be the perfect yarn to cast on with.
As I've said before, I love buying from Etsy shops as the yarn dyers are always so friendly and they usually pop little extras in the parcel too. There was a little handwritten note on the back of Dianne's business card, a sachet of tea and a little packet of sweeties.
This isn't all the yarn I've received lately though. I was also the winner of Donna's sock knitalong on her In A Pickle Knitting podcast. I was lucky enough to win a ball of Lang Yarns Jawoll Color Superwash. It's in the most gorgeous jewel green colourway. This yarn comes with a spool of thread to knit in with the yarn on heels or the places which need a little extra strength, isn't that a clever idea. Donna also popped a cute little stitch marker in the parcel. Thank you, Donna. If you haven't checked out Donna's podcast I would urge you to do so.
I just need to find a pattern now for the Strictly Sockalong and then I'll be all ready to cast on during the first show.
Very pretty yarns Jo. You do tend to knit lots of socks though, so at least you're using the yarn. Happy knitting. Cathy xReplyDelete
I'm certainly going to have some beautiful socks with all the lovely yarn I keep buying.Delete
Love the new colours you have added to your stash, I have promised myself I won't buy any more yarn until I have completed my 1st pair of socks. I'm almost finished, and then I will start looking. Thanks for the link, I have some viewing to catch up on.ReplyDelete
I could go even more mad on sock yarn than I already do, there's some gorgeous colours out there. You'll be spoilt for choice when you start looking.Delete
No wonder your credit card was ready to come out, lovely yarns, lovely colourways, will go and check it out. So nice that they give you a couple of treats. Happy customers return! Well done for winning the yarn, great idea for the thread too. Happy knitting xcxReplyDelete
I haven't seen thread given with yarn before, it's a good idea as some people are really hard on socks, especially in the heel area.Delete
Oooo they are all gorgeous! you will have plenty to keep you occupied come the winter, look forward to seeing how they knit up.ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend
The fun of this kind of yarn is watching how the colours emerge as the yarn is knit. It's coming up to the knitting season with autumn on the way.Delete
I can see why you were so tempted!
It's so hard to resist pretty yarn, especially when it's reduced in price.Delete
Such pretty colors, looking forward to seeing what you make.ReplyDelete
Blue Fairy is definitely earmarked for socks, no plans for the rest of the yarn as yet.Delete
They are very pretty....ReplyDelete
Especially the pale variegated colors.
Interesting... How ever they do that. :-)
I think it's really clever how the dyers come up with their colourways. I bought some undyed yarn and Kool-Aid to have a go at dyeing myself but still haven't got round to it.Delete
They are indeed beautiful yarns, such pretty colour.ReplyDelete
I'm spoilt for choice when I look in my stash, so many beautiful yarns.Delete
The colour of those yarns look wonderful!ReplyDelete
P.S. - I haven't forgotten about the Traveller's Notebook. I'm hoping to get it done this weekend :)
I just couldn't resist when I saw which yarns were on sale, the colours are beautiful. Thank you, I can't wait to give it a try.Delete
I am on a yarn buying hiatus so I am glad I can live through your purchases and enjoy our gorgeous yarn.ReplyDelete
I really shouldn't be buying as much new yarn as I have done just lately but it's so hard to resist.Delete
Very pretty indeed. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
It's a real treat knitting with such gorgeous yarn, definitely enjoyable.Delete
such beautiful colours!!ReplyDelete
They are. I can't wait to see what they look like when they're knitted up.Delete
I especially love the pink and green but they areReplyDelete
all really lovely.
Well done on winning the green yarn what a nice
touch adding the thread.
It's nice to receive little surprises x
I can't choose a favourite, I love them all and I could have bought more too. I was very lucky winning the green yarn, it's a lovely colour.Delete
Ooooh....they do all look lovely!xxxReplyDelete
They're such pretty colours, I'm really looking forward to knitting with them.Delete
Just done a quick catch up Jo & you've certainly been busy. Love your baby jacket & Eleanor's sweater. Look forward to seeing what becomes pf all that sock yarn, which is ever so pretty. Take care.ReplyDelete
The baby jacket was very well received when Eleanor gave it to the expectant mum yesterday. Eleanor's been wearing her sweater, in fact, she went out with the mum to be last week who asked her if I could make one for her. No ideas about the sock yarn yet, except for Blue Fairy, that will be used for the sockalong.Delete
Nice new stash - I just mentioned Strictly in my previous catch up comment and here you are talking about it too. A strictly sock-a-long.... better have a look at that hadn't i.ReplyDelete
I hope you join in with the sockalong too, I'm sure it'll be lots of fun.Delete
How can you not buy the yarn when it looks so beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing some of it knitted up very soon. XReplyDelete
Blue Fairy will be knitted up first, I'm still thinking about what to make with the other two skeins.Delete
They are all great colours … lovely to see.ReplyDelete
Happy Strictly Come Dancing knitalong!
All the best Jan
I'm really looking forward to the Strictly knitalong, it should be a lot of fun.Delete
What a beauty of a colour your prize yarn is, lucky you.ReplyDelete
It is, such a wonderful colour. It will be lovely knitted up.Delete