Springtime Hooky 22.03.2014

This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.

Springtime Hooky

Hello Happy People!
I've just popped by to share with you the vibrant yarn I bought last week. I'm very excited about what I'm going to be making with it and can't wait to share with you all.

I love buying new yarn! Not just love, but LOVE buying new yarn!
I'm going to sound like a geek here, but there is something so special about going into a yarn store, looking at the vast amount of delicious colours and having a moment to yourself to dream. Picking out something that inspires you, then giving the skien a nice squeeze to feel its glorious texture.
I'm going to be very dramatic now: Since moving to Stuttgart I haven't yet found my "go to" yarn store. GASP!!!

I was particularly spoiled living in Hamburg. I had a great choice of different yarn stores that stocked a fabulous selection of yarns. Since moving to Stuttgart I haven't yet found the good yarn stores, I've been looking, believe me I've been looking. I'm starting to think that Stuttgart doesn't have a great yarn store, but I will continue my quest to find it and hope that there is a hidden treasure of a yarn store out there somewhere.

Of course there is always the option of buying yarn online. But like I mentioned before, there is something rather magical about choosing the yarn for a project in the flesh.
Last week, after months of browsing the yarn that was available in the city, I finally had to bite the bullet and go with the yarn that was on offer to me.
I was looking for yummy alpaca or something equivalent in texture. But I also wanted a brand of yarn with a great choice of colour.
My dilemma was: I could either find something lovely in texture that came in rather dark earthy tones, or something vibrant that was a little rougher to the touch. I decide to go with colour over texture and chose my yarn purely on the shades it was available in. You all know I'm a sucker for bright colour!

I went with some very jolly cotton from the brand Wölle Rödel. I bought a lovely array of rainbow colours and even though it wasn't what I was necessary looking for in texture, it definitely made up for in vibrancy!

Isn't a radient rainbow of yarn something special! :-) I have a few projects in mind, but my ideas are on hold until I'm done with my current project.
What's my current project you ask? It's a super stripped project made using this yarn also from Wölle Rödel. It's a cotton/linen mix also available in a nice array of shades.

Here are the colours I picked out:

I have to say that I'm rather loving this yarn. After giving it a try I'm actually rather happy with it. The yarn fills a little scratchy when it's balled up in skien form. Once I started to work with it though, the scratchy feeling seems to have disappeared and it's actually quit soft. Here's a little peak at what I'm working on:

I'm once again having a dabble at Tunisian crochet and I'm very excited at how the project is coming along! It turns out I was a little quick to judge this yarn as it's really exceeded my expectations. I'm extremely happy with it and it's working well with these Tunisian stripes.

I'll keep you posted on how this mass of stripes progresses.
Shortly after I purchased my yarn, Dennis found another yarn shop that was just on the outskirts of Stuttgart. He took a visit there and ended up returning home with a backfill of glorious Noro wool. I was a tiny bit jealous to say the least.

Doesn't it look absolutely yummy!

He's been hard at work turning this scrummy yarn into a beautiful blanket.

It's coming a long rather nicely!!
It's knitted using the pattern "Ten Stitch Blanket" and really showcases the colour gradient of the yarn.

Even though in the end I'm very happy with my yarn choices I made, I'll definitely be paying the yarn shop that Dennis discovered a visit real soon. Maybe I'll also pick myself up some of that lovely Noro yarn and give the crocheted version of the 'Ten Stitch Blanket' a whirl! :-)
Have a super weekend lovelies!

This post was originally posted on 23rd March 2014.
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