Since learning to knit a few months ago, I have found a new appreciation for knitwear and yarn. The shift came nearly three months after I learned my first stitch and had only experienced knitting with acrylic yarn. That was, of course, until I squished my first skein of silk-blend yarn. I was hooked! It is like having only eaten a Hershey bar then trying chocolate truffles fresh from Belgium or some such place. There is no looking back now.
Going with the chocolate analogy, it stands to reason that handspun and/or hand-dyed yarns would be even better! That brings me to the luxuriously delicious yarns I am currently adoring. All are from Hedgehog Fibres. Prices start at $23 for 100g (150m) of silk/merino singles or $35 for 100g (700m) of two-ply lace weight. Lovely for special projects (like a shawl or baby hat/sweater) or if you want to give your favorite knitter or crocheter a very thoughtful gift, pair it with a pattern.
Of course, I will still enjoy working with acrylic and there are fine points for the fiber, but I have really learned that certain projects demand special fibers – and some luxury fibers create special projects that may have otherwise been rather ordinary.
Hedgehog Fibres. L-R: (Top Row) Meadow Cashmere/Silk Worsted, Malachite Silk Singles, Bronzed Lead Silk Singles; (Bottom Row) Drift Away Merino/Bamboo/Silk Fingering, Signal Cashmere/Silk Worsted, Shell Silk/Merino Worsted
Other mentions of Hedgehog Fibres by me:
Enjoying Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn Club – with Photos
Admiring Hand-Dyed Yarn
Putting Together the Perfect Care Package for a Crafty Friend
Delicious Hand-Dyed Yarn Treats
Mmm, New Yarn
Where To Buy Yarn in Cork City
Virtual Yarn Stash
Cork-based Spinning & Dyeing
DISCLOSURE: Hedgehog Fibres is a Cork-based craft dyer and I know her personally. She has given my two skeins as a gift over the course of our three-year friendship. And just to be clear, two (or even 20) skeins of yarn is not enough to make me write nice things without meaning them. All my thoughts and feelings are my own and completely sincere. Read about the FTC Regulation that sparked this disclosure.