The end of March always means it’s time for serious spring cleaning in the Lipsey household. After a day spent shampooing my carpet and dusting the ceiling fan (eww!) I like to decompress by surrounding myself with my favorite thing: YARN! I did a little spring cleaning in my studio today and found 8 gorgeous yarns that I haven’t used yet but are giving me all kinds of swoon-worthy vibes.
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With spring comes warmer temps and a whole new color palette. I’m addicted to neutrals myself, and added a few shades of blush and mustard to my stash after a recent trip to New York. I rearranged my set-up in my studio and pulled out a few yarns that I hadn’t touched in a while. Here are a few of my absolute favorites:
1. Hand-Dyed Ombre Yarn from Alex Creates
I had the immense pleasure of meeting this Harlem-boy at Vogue Knitting LIVE in New York this year. I’d been following Alex on Instagram for ages, chatting incessantly via direct message, picking his brain about his gorgeous yarns, handmade business, and the industry’s growing respect for crochet. Alex’s booth at VKL was teeming with colorful skeins of hand-dyed speckles, variegated yarn, and these lovely ombre cakes. I got the most neutral of the bunch, a lovely Targhee worsted wool that is mostly gray with a pop of tomato red in the center. The color is called “Test Color” and I haven’t been able to find it since. Find his full collection of yarn here, and try your hardest not to join his Mystery Ombre Cake Club!
2. Solstice DK from Magpie Fibers
Another find from VKL, Magpie fibers is a new-to-me yarn company. Their booth was super long along one wall and full of gorgeous fibers. At the very end of the display Solstice DK, a sumptuous blend of Merino wool, cotton, and silk, making for a unique and immensely pleasing texture. I was most attracted to these colors together, so I had to get all three (duh!). From left to right, they are Tenderness, Tupelo Honey, and Desert Rose. Shop Solstice DK and all of Magpie Fibers on their website.
3. Touch of Alpaca from Lion Brand
If you ask me, Lion Brand has been firing on all cylinders lately. The tried and true yarns in my local JoAnn’s and Michaels stores are still there, but the selection of online-only yarns is out of this world. I was so grateful when they offered to let me try their Touch of Alpaca Bonus Bundle. Each ball is 415 yards of super squishy goodness. It’s 90% acrylic and 10% alpaca, so it’s soft but still durable. It’s machine washable and comes in 12 solid and heathered colors. I have Taupe and Blush in my stash and I think I’ll make a Light Alpaca Poncho. Find your favorite Touch of Alpaca shades here.
4. Revolutions Yarn Cake from Universal Yarn
Revolutions is just one of those yarns that’s so unique, you can’t help but buy it. On this day, I was in a yarn store with my mom on a trip back home to Michigan. I walked in with my list ready, planning to be good and only get what I walked in for. I was making my way to the checkout when I brushed by this lovely knit shawl sample made from Revolutions. According to the ball band, it’s an acrylic base with nylon, alpaca, wool, and mohair. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to turn it into a beautiful shawl one day. I went with the Harmony colorway, but you can find all 7 colorways on the Universal Yarns website.
5. Amelia DK from Yoshi & Lucy
When I picked up this Amelia yarn from Yoshi & Lucy in the colorway Canyon from my local yarn store, I knew I’d found the perfect yarn for my next Adore Shawl. I was looking for a superwash yarn that would wear well and fit in with my spring wardrobe. I was most attracted to the dye of this yarn. Instead of the negative space in the yarn being a pale off-white, it has more depth to it and come off as pale taupe, which perfectly offsets the bright orange and deep gray speckles. I can’t wait to get the sample done and share it here on TLYCBlog. Make sure you’re on the Cozy Club email list to be the first to see it. Find the full collection of Yoshi & Lucy yarn in their Etsy shop.
6. Mulberry Merino from Purl Soho
Full disclosure: I’m totally in love with all things Purl Soho. I’ve been to their NY store twice (two days, back to back on the same trip) and I wanted to leave with everything they had each time. All things considered, my purchases were pretty tame and I left only with the yarns I was truly in love with. One of which is the Mulberry Merino, the perfect blend of Merino wool and mulberry silk. What stands out most about this yarn is the tight twist, which will offer amazing stitch definition, and the color saturation. From left to right, I came home with Field Mouse Heather, Burnt Sienna, and Wheat Flour Heather. Check out all 16 shades on the Purl Soho website.
7. Far from Woolfolk
As Purl Soho says, Woolfolk makes some of the most special yarn in the world. Their different bases are like nothing I’ve seen in any conventional yarns. But their product somehow still feels accessible and familiar. The Far yarn I picked from VKL in colorway number 18 is a whispery mix at the crossroads of taupe and blush. What makes Far so unique is it’s chainette construction. Instead of a traditional twist, it’s fibers are woven together to make the worsted weight yarn. With 23 colors in the neutral-blue-black family, you’re sure to find a few to fall in love with. Get your Far from Purl Soho, a Woolfolk stockist.
8. Superwash Merino Bulky from Cloudborn
When you hear spring, your mind might not go right to super bulky projects. But don’t let the warm weather fool you – old man Winter will be back in no time. I’m getting myself ready by experimenting with several super bulky weight projects and trying different yarns. My friends at Craftsy sent along this Cloudborn treasure, a lofty superwash merino wool. I instantly fell in love the moment I took it out of the package. I’m envisioning a super tall cowl with fun colorwork using the Petal and Oatmeal Heather colors I have. Get your hands on some of this yumminess from the Craftsy website.
What yarns are you planning to use this spring? Share your seasonal yarns and projects in the comments!