Here’s the post where I show you what I bought. I hope it’s not too disappointing! I’m going to the U.S. in October and I’ll have yarn shopping opportunities there, so I didn’t see the point in spending a lot of money on expensive European yarn. But a few things just spoke to me….
This is “Sweet Feet” from Artisan Yarns. Doesn’t it look like rainbow sherbet? I’m not going to make socks with it. I’m going to make a lace shawl with it. She had so many beautifully dyed skeins of yarn, it was very hard to choose one. I could have bought a lot more except that I was really trying to be good! I also bought this amazing silk from the same place:
These are dyed with natural dyes. The blue is actually a little more purple, the beige a little more gold. The blue is dyed with logwood. The other is dyed with walnuts. They are worsted weight and simply gorgeous. I don’t know yet what I will make with them. They go nicely together.
C. and I were shopping together and were drawn in to the stall of Tall Yarns. A teenage girl was the only one there and we started to ask her questions about the dyes they sell. We figured Mom was around somewhere. The girl did a good job of explaining everything, including their chart of colors and color mixing. Mom arrived and we started to ask her questions too. Suddenly she said “Are you from the Netherlands?” We were taken aback. What!? We’re both Americans speaking English to her. She said that we sounded like we had just a slight Dutch accent. We were floored. Well, we live in the Netherlands but neither of us ever would have imagined that we speak English with a Dutch accent!! Anyway, it turned out that SHE is Dutch (duh, “TALL Yarns”, of course she’s Dutch, she’s got to be 6′ tall). Her husband is English and she lives and works and runs her business in England.
Anyway, we loved her dyes and her book and her shop. C. and I both bought this:
And her wonderful book, which is really like a cookbook, explaining in just the right amount of detail and “how to” instruction how to dye. Now all we need is time and space to do it!
She uses acid dyes and the book explains how to mix the colors for different effects, how to tie the hanks for different effects, how to blend and strand and paint with the dyes. I can’t wait to try it!
We also bought 200 grams of this fleece – Alpaca and wool. When I first touched it it felt like air. Or like angels. Heavenly anyway. I had to buy it. The company is called Fibre Harvest.
I also bought these 2 Zauberballs. Before going to London I happened to see this shawl on Ravelry and kept it in mind while looking around. Zauberballs, if you aren’t familiar, is yarn that will make a pair a socks per ball, going from white and changing very very gradually to the darkest shade of the ball and back out to white. I think these blue and black balls will look nice in this, the pattern for which you can buy directly from Stephen.
And that is all that I bought from iKnit that came home with me.
But it isn’t all that I bought.
I also bought a big beautiful wooden yarn swift. The umbrella kind. What I’ve always wanted. I guess I didn’t want it bad enough because I left it at Stansted airport. Don’t ask. It’s just too sad a story to tell.
I will say this…. the next time I have to go to London I’m taking the train! Other Dutch knitters went by train to iKnit. The cost door to door was the same as my cost door to door. Their trip took 2 hours longer one way. You know, I left my house at 7:00am Friday morning and arrived in the center of London 6 hours later. SIX HOURS. It’s only a 45 minute flight! The rest of the time is spent standing in lines and waiting. I’d much rather spend that time sitting in a train, knitting, reading, eating lunch, talking with friends. Relaxed. So relaxed that you’ll never forget your stuff rushing for a plane. That’s my travel advice. Free. From me to you.
That’s Part II of the iKnit story. But it’s not over yet! There’s still the adventures of Sunday to come! Come back tomorrow for the exciting climax to the London story.