When I have a design idea that I want to follow through with, to create a finished project, one of the most difficult parts of the process occurs right at thr beginning; choosing yarn for it. To find a yarn in fibres and colours that I love, that is an appropriate thickness and style (fluffy or smooth, bouncy or unyielding, elastic or limp) invaribly proves very difficult, especially as I also consider how easy it is for buyers around the world to get this or a yarn like it if they wish to use my pattern. Sometimes I soend weeks scouring the internet to find the magic, ideal yarn for realising the image I have in my mind.
Last week in the Huddersfield branch of the Knitting and Crochet Guild we had an evening exploring yarn types and regional yarns. First a talk and slide presentation by Maragaret Callaghan, followed by a look and feel presentation by myself with yarns and garments from my design collection. It was whilst preparing for this, and listening to Margaret’s talk that I realiised just how wide a range of yarns I have used over the years for my designs. My searches for ‘the ideal yarn’ to fulfill design ideas have resulted in my using a broad range of natural fibres, including bamboo, silk, cotton, bison, cashmere, linen, mohair, angora, possum, and lots of different sheeps’ wools.
Here are just three of the garments I have produced with the most unusual ones, sadly all now discontinued yarns:
The yarn I used for the Indian Summer wrap (Louet Mooi) is 80% bamboo, 15% cashmere, and 5% bison fibre:
The yarn I used for Lórien (Jamie Possum 4ply) is 80% merino wool and 20% possum:
The yarn I used for Hartfield (The Knitting Goddess UK Laceweight Cashmere) is 100% cashmere: