Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Recently, I wrote a post talking about favorite fabric stores.. I also have some favorite online yarn stores. I buy yarn mostly at my local favorite yarn shop.  All in all, I like to be able to actually see colors and touch the fiber whether it is yarn or fabric.  But as with fabric, if you know a brand of yarn, or fabric is something that you like, you only have to hope that the colors are what you are hoping for if you order them online. 
For instance, with Moda, depending on the designer, I think that a lot of the reds are similar.  Some of the lines can be mixed in a quilt without too much of a clash.
You are taking more of a chance with hand dyed yarns and you just need to have faith that ultimately if you are comfortable with a brand, that the color will be okay once it comes in the mail. 
This is my latest order from THE LOOPY EWE   They wrapped the yarn in tissue paper with one of their little stickers.  Included in the order was a couple cards of yarn samples and a card to keep track of all of my needles.  I especially liked the touch of the personal note.  Yes, it is the personal stuff, along with the speedy service that makes the difference in where I choose to purchase my yarn.

I got a new pattern for a shawl that was designed by my friend Laura.  Laura and I have met once.  We spent several days together at the AQS show in Paducah. We met online in the quilting forum.  We were all working on New York Beauty quilts.  There was a group of around 10 of us that talked all of the time. And continue to do so on a less regular basis, but we still keep in touch.
This is Laura hand quilting her NYB quite a few years ago.  In the meantime, she started knitting again, and was part of my inspiration to pick up my needles and start again. She has become a good designer, and designs very pretty shawls, and I have a fondness for them.   This is her newest shawl. FABERGE  I loved the color combination, so I got something similar.  I couldn't find the exact brown, but what I got is close.  I have to say that I like her color choices as much as her designs, so I copied her choice for this one.  Also, if it wasn't for Laura, I wouldn't have known the wonders of MADELINETOSH . She also gave me the heads up on online yarn stores, so I am passing the info along. 

More, as time goes on.  In this economy, I think that really good businesses need to have our support so they can continue to survive.


Robin said...

The Loopy EWE is my favorite. I have been to 2 spring flings and I'm sad that Sherri moved it to Colorado. My sister lives in St. L and I got to go to TLE whenever I was there. I've got Faberge pattern also- still deciding on which yarn to use.

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