My sis started along on a ABC knitting blogathon started by the accidental knitter
I am such a copy cat so i had to join in ; P
So here goes post B (i might try to squeeze A in but i'm not promising anything cause i'm often a lam-o.)
YARN! I LOVE YARN! I LOVE FIBER!!!!
That has to be yelled - loudly while dancing around!
This is my sister's fault; Totally; 100%
Did i mention I'm a copy cat? I saw Dianne knitting a lace shawl (she never finished that one because it wasnt working out for her) I only saw the beginnings of this black cobweb alpaca yarn. it was absolutely divine - delicate, light as air, ephereal, soooo soft. She had told me she knit with wool and i thought "yah!!! craaaazy! i hate scratchy wool" and my sis who is even more sensitive in the skin dept than i am and had always had an aversion to wool as well??? what had gotten in to her? Well, she took me to a yarn store in Murfreesboro and said feel this. and this. and this. Oh. I get it! wool and other natural fibers are not scratchy if you know what to look for. It can be. But it can also be absolutely heavenly, SOFT AS BUTTAH!!!!!!!!!!!
I was hooked from then on.
My yarn collection has grown a lot since then. it no longer comprises only 100% acrylics.
I mostly order on line because there's not a huge selection here and i am sometimes disappointed. But my skills at choosing yarns are getting better and i listen to what others have to say about it to see what to try next.
A few years ago, i ordered a lopi for a blanket. that is NOT buttah. It is ...well, scratchy! but after my deception subsided and i CO, i began to enjoy the rusticity of it; I will line it with some polar or flannel when i finish (i've been working on this thing for almost 3 years and dont know if iever will finish) because i dont think having that on yuor lap when you cuddle is highly desirable but the knitting of it is actually pleasurable.
Sliding into a love of wool with merinos opened the door for explorations of all qualities of wool and wool blends. I appreciate all different types but i just cant live without buttah.