Current Obsessions

12 May

Since we’re all still getting to know each other I figured I’d do a little roundup of all the yarns I’m in love with at the moment. Maybe it will introduce some of you to a new favorite yarn, or inspire your next project!

Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton

I can never get over how soft this cotton is! When I buy a new skein I usually spend roughly an hour petting it and day dreaming about what it will become. I’ve by far used this for more projects than any other yarn & have 9 skeins in my stash as we speak. It’s been telling me it wants to be a sweater. Bonus points for being organic.

Crystal Palace Panda Soy

I’m a sucker for any of those odd plant fibers and this yarn is a two-fer with bamboo and soy in the fiber content. This is definitely my favorite sock yarn, but you don’t have to use it exclusively for socks! It’s also great for gloves, mitts and other such hand-coverings. I actually kind of hated variegated yarns before starting a pair of Soybean Socks in Provence, but now I find myself oddly drawn  all sorts of multi-colored yarn.

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy

One thing you will learn about me is that I love knitting for spring and summer. I live in San Francisco so I can almost justify it for the few days a year when it’s nice enough to head outside in short sleeves. When I pick out a pattern for a tank or vest the first question I ask myself is whether I’ll be able to use Hempathy, and if not I pout. It’s a little rough to touch at first but I promise it will soften up as you work with it.

Ecobutterfly Organics Farfalla Organic Worsted

Did you know there was an almost entirely vegan yarn company out there? Because no one told me until like last week. Eco-Butterfly cotton and hemp yarns are certified organic and fair-trade and come in a wide variety of natural and vegetable based dyes. Awesome! Be careful though because the 1% of their product that isn’t vegan is dyed using crushed bugs, gross! Lucky for us they clearly label their yarns “vegan”. How cool is that? Anyway, the yarn is super soft and they have a wide variety of weights and colors to choose from. It’s probably one of the most ethically produced yarns on the market today, so give it a chance next time you’re picking out something for your next project.

Classic Elite Yarns Cotton Bam Boo

Cooper begged me to be in the photo shoot.

Another great yarn for summer knits. The cotton/bamboo blend makes it light, soft and breathable. It’s absolutely awesome to work with!

So what’s everyone else in love with lately?


7 Responses to “Current Obsessions”

  1. Megan May 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm #


  2. Miles May 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Make Cooper a hat!

    • Kristen May 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

      He may look sweet in the photo, but he would claw my face if I tried that!

  3. Asia May 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    This post is amazeballs! I’m a very, very, verrrry new vegan and I’ve never really liked the feeling of wool. And that whole sheepies need their wool for themselves and all.

    Anyway. Amazeballz.

    • Kristen May 15, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

      Congratulations on going vegan!

  4. armyofknitters May 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    Thank you so much for blogging about this.
    Most of my current collection is in organic cotton.
    I am using a Silk/Mohair blend today which feels amazing but want to find out more about eco-friendly and vegan yarns in my future collections.
    I will be following you with interest :o)

    • Kristen May 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm #

      Great! I hope you find my blog to be a helpful resource! I highly recommend linen as an eco-friendly yarn, they can do amazing things with it these days.

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