6 saturday (yarn) stash.


Since I've been on a knitting kick, there's been lots of pretty yarn in the mail lately at my house!  I decided to order some hand dyed yarn, the colors are just so beautiful!
I ordered a few skeins from a new-to-me shop a few weeks ago called Toil & Trouble.  It took awhile to get here since the owner Ana dyes to order, but it was well worth the wait!
This minty aqua color called Kelpie is amazing, and the yarn is really soft too!  It's a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend.  I've already cast on with this for a Lowbrow Cowl!

My other Toil & Trouble purchase was this gray fingering weight (Merino/Nylon in Smoke Signals), perfect for a pair of socks!  I am trying to work up the courage to start my first pair.  Mostly because I'm trying to decide what yarn to use for my first pair... do I use fancy hand dyed yarn or do I just use something less special for the first pair in case I mess up?  I can't decide!

I also purchased this awesome skein of sock yarn from Wren House Yarns recently.  The colors in this one just make me happy (colorway is California Dreaming)!  Again, debating whether to use this for my first socks or not!  I will have to decide this weekend though because I want to bring socks to knit while I'm traveling for work next week.
 This is another Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend and also super soft!
I am thrilled with my purchases and will definitely be buying from both of these shops again!

I'm really enjoying buying yarn from indie dyers and may have a few more skeins in my etsy cart already.  I also might have some yarn (and fabric!) dyeing planned in the near future with a fellow dye and yarn lover :)

What are your favorite places to buy hand dyed yarn from?  I'd love to check out some new shops!


  1. You should try out Sheeping Beauty on Etsy - she has beautiful stuff!

  2. I say you start with something special !

    The beauty of knitting is that you can undo whatever you've knitted at anything. It's not like fabric that once you cut, it's done and you can't go back :)

  3. Green is my favorite color and I'm drooling over Kelpie. Very beautiful!

  4. I love the yarn from ontheround on Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/OnTheRound She's a local (to me--midcoast Maine!) mom who spins and dyes her own! The colors make me drool and I've been fortunate enough to knit with a couple skeins--sooo nice! As always, love your photography!

  5. I just knit my first pair of socks! I didn't want to use any too expenisive yarn for my first time in case I messed up too, so I used some Knit Picks Stroll Tonal. I'm glad I dove into sock knitting, it's addicting when you start! And now I want to buy all the pretty yarn!

    I'm already following Toil & Trouble, haven't bought from there yet but soon! I just bought a skein from SpunRightRound on etsy, it's beautiful! I also really want to buy from http://unwindyarncompany.bigcartel.com/ , there's a lot of gorgeous yarn there!

  6. Hi Holly! Thanks so much for the lovely post! Just found your blog via Etsy traffic and will be adding you to my blog roll! Happy knitting..


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