According to my Mum, my grandmother always used to say a little bit of what you fancy does you good. I have always kind of liked that, in fact I kind of try to live by it. And as part of ensuring at least a little bit of time to myself (a working mum’s rare treat!), about a month ago I went to the Yarn and Craft Market hosted by the Handknitters Guild. So much beautiful yarn…I was very restrained and purchased with my new baby bootie range for my Made in North Melbourne Etsy store in mind – two merino in the traditional pink and blue and one utterly gorgeous yellow in merino/cashmere. I was so taken by the name of the wool, how can you resist Mother’s Love for making baby booties? This is a locally hand dyed yarn by the almost eponymous Dyed By Hand Yarns. I have not started knitting with it yet, but will show you when I have. I think sunshine yellow booties might appeal.
And very recently I purchased some wool just for me. It is delectable. I know – not a word you would normally associate with wool, but it is just so divine. I had the good fortune recently to be in picturesque Arrowtown in New Zealand, and wandered into The Stitching Post (what a cool name for a store) and knew I could not leave without a purchase, it was just a matter of what. There it was, hanging up, a big loose hank of incredible softness, lightness and colour, hence delectable. The yarn is Alpine (though that might be the colour) from Touch Yarns, and is a super fine kid mohair, merino wool. And for the far more seasoned knitters that I, this would come as no surprise – because even though to the eye the yarn is slender in appearance it knits as 12 ply. The lovely man at the store wound it into a ball for me (read he took pity on me, may have been something to do with the fact that I had asked whether I could knit the wool directly before it was wound up in a ball…!). They even gave me a free pattern. I started knitting my delectable new scarf last night.