Yarn is what knitting is all about for me. It's kind of a "which came first the chicken or the egg?" Which came first, the love of knitting or the love of fiber? All I know is when I love the fiber I'm using, I can't put my knitting down. When I knit with fiber I don't love, it is always "have to" knitting (like that maize and blue bunting I knit for my dear friend Terry's daughter.) I could spend the rest of my life in Chapter 1 The Yarn Life List. (Maybe I am too old to take this up!!!!!)
These are the yarns TKLL suggests you knit with: Angora, Cashmere, Mohair, Qiviut, Bison, Yak, Alpaca, Camel, Guanaco, Llama, Vicuna, Bombyx silk, Tussah silk, Cotton, Hemp, Linen, Bamboo, Banana-fiber yarn, Corn-fiber yarn, Milk-fiber yarn, Paper yarn, Pineapple fiber yarn, Ramie, SeaCell, Soy Silk, Sugarcane-fiber yarn and Tencel. I have knit with many of these but many I haven't and I even have types of yarn that aren't listed here like mink. I think this is going to be a blast. Just think a legitimate reason to grow my stash!
While we were in Maggie Valley, I bought many exotic yarns at Friends and Fiberworks (An Epic Yarn Store) and Silver Threads and Golden Needles. Now I am ready to plan my knitting experience. I am going to become acquainted with all kinds of yarns. I think I will knit 12 x12 squares then do something with them. Maybe an afghan, maybe frame them for the Stash Studio, maybe just sit around and let them slide through my finger enjoying the feel.
I want to show you what I have collected so far.
I think I have a great start with my purchases at Friends and Fiberworks and Silver Threads and Golden Needles. I am going to start looking through my stash (I LOVE DOING THAT) to see what I can include in this Yarn Life List. If there are yarns you think I must include in this Quest, please let me know.
(I almost feel overwhelmed right now. Working at Ann's By Design, knitting for Ann's By Design, teaching knitting classes and now this project. I am a little concerned that I won't have time to knitting for pleasure. Wait! Any knitting is knitting pleasure! I just need to take a deep breath and pick up something to knit that I love then I will be alright.)