Thursday, July 12, 2007

Yarn Porn

I really like Paton's Classic Merino yarn.
It's 204 yards in a skein--a nice put up--and I rarely find a knot in a skein.
It's value priced, and can be found on sale (not often, but often enough) for $2.49-making it a super value. 1000 yards (a small sweater)can purchased for $12.50! --1400--enough for a large sweater is still under $20(with tax!) at that price.

It comes in a range of colors—unfortunately the range is limited-if not by Paton, definitely by what is seen in NYC.
I have never seen Camel, or Maize; *Bottle Green or Sage are no shows too. But even if these shade where available, there are still colors and shades that are missing. (*bottle green is one of my favorite colors for sweaters.)

You can find blues.. light, medium and dark, but purple only comes in dark (a pure purple) and darker (a dark violet blue).

There are several shades of red, burgundy, regal and rich red, not to mention paprika--a brick/orangee red. But no rose, or light reds.

There is a bright pink, and a pastel pink (a color rarely seen!) but these colors aren't really shade of any of the reds.

No Orange--(well Paprika could be considered an orange--but its not a true orange)—Maize is, in theory available, never seen, just dull gold.

But even if ever shade made was available, there would still be gaps.
So every once in a while, I take a skein of winter white, add some kool ade or easter egg colorant, or other dye and add some in between colors.--Mostly light bright colors.

So every once in a while I make an effort to fill in the color gaps.
Here is Iris, a medium purple, and a dark periwinkle; Rose and Marigold too, (the marigold yellow is a partial skein, the other 3 are full skeins)
--to add the option of contrasting with some of the readily available colors.

Still to come, a bright clear Orange—(I ran out of vinegar!)-and pale peachy orange is in the works, too. Kool-ade is going to add a bright lime, another color that isn't available.


The next time I am at Pearl paint, a medium brown dye is going to purchased. Paton's taupe and chestnut brown are dark, rich colors, but a medium brown is needed (if I can't find Camel, I'll have to come up with a cafe-au-latte brown myself.)
(and its embarrassing to tell you just how much of this yarn I own.. let's just leave it a several sweaters worth--in several colors. More sweaters if fair isle or other color work is used)

And in the mail? A wonderful gift--thanks to ZenBaby --4 skeins of alpaca, 2 of soft pale maize yellow, and 2 of a beautiful taupe Plus a bonus skein of Habu mohair silk (60/40 blend)Each of the skeins of alpaka is about 100gm. (no idea of the yarnage, but a lot I think, because the yarn is fingering weight. (everything looks a little pink in the photo, --I'm not very good at color correction)

The taupe? Definitely a light lacy scarf. The maize? Obviously another lacy scarf–only different. The Habu mohair and silk? I'm still thinking.
(I think I need to do something for her, too, since this gift is a bit overwhelming!)

(my socks are progressing--past the heel --well past the position for the afterthought heel, and on up into the leg..)

2 comments:

Holly said...

So glad the yarn arrived safely! I knew it would find a happy home with you! Enjoy, and please post pix of whatever you create! Sorry that I don't have the yardage on the alpaca - let's just say the guesswork will make it more fun?!

|chee-uh| said...

Oooh. Yarn Porn. You lucky woman. So...now that my needles are all hot bothered, I think I need to finish those socks I've been working on.