Earlier this week I accompanied my husband to a work event a couple hours south of our house in Kenosha, Wisconsin. We stopped along the way for some Christmas shopping and…. lucky me we managed some time to stop in at a local yarn shop I’ve been wanting to visit. It was only a mile away from the event! We arrived in town an hour early giving me plenty of time to check out Fiddlehead Yarns.

My husband is nothing if not a great enabler. With the kids safely at home with the sitter, my husband came in the shop with me. Always. Dangerous. Usually I end up going in yarn shops alone with the order to find something nice for myself while he generously watches the kids in the car. When he comes in though, he tends to spoil me far too much. So… I walked out the door earlier this week with some amazing new treats.

First of all I should say that Fiddlehead Yarns was plumb full of goodies and the staff could not have been more friendly. I could have happily taken one (or six) of everything. What a little gem of a shop! Alas I did make some decisions and here is what came home with me.

20131206-110625.jpgFirst, one skein of Sincere Sheep Bannock in Deepest Desire. Jane Richmond uses it in her newest fingerless mitts, Spate, in Journey. I read somewhere where she gave it a rave review and have been interested in trying it ever since. The company has a fabulous story and I can’t wait to get this on my needles. I’m so excited to have this skein in my stash.

20131206-131625.jpgNext, 4 skeins of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift — 2 in midnight, 2 in white. Jamieson’s is a yarn often used by Kate Davies & is reportedly excellent for colorwork. I can’t wait to find out for myself!

20131206-135743.jpgAnd finally, 2 skeins of Swans Island EcoWash Aran. I love the feel of Swans Island and am interested to get a feel for it in action. Ironically, this colorway is also Midnight. I totally didn’t realize that until I got home.

While we are on the subject of being spoiled, I didn’t get a chance to share at the time, but a couple weeks ago I also picked up a couple skeins of the much lauded Plucky Knitter yarns from Cream City Yarns.  It was the visit I mentioned yesterday in which I was sent in to get yarn for hats for my husband’s assistants and a ‘treat’ for myself.  In any case, they had a couple skeins of Plucky yarns in stock & I grabbed…

plucky1One skein of Plucky Knitter Primo Aran in Flannel. It is a luxuriously soft, perfect grey.


plucky2One skein of Plucky Knitter Traveler Sport in Aunt Ivy. Normally I wouldn’t have picked this color, but it was the only skein of the Traveler base left & I really wanted to try it. Now that it’s home the slate-y green has really found a place in my heart.

With this basket full of goodies, I am very excited to wrap up my holiday knitting and start trying out some of the new beauties in my stash. Are they early Christmas gifts?  Or early birthday gifts? Whatever the official label, I think it’s always a good time for these kinds of treats!

10 thoughts on “Treats

  1. Beautiful! You are one very blessed wife to have a husband that is so generous! I know it makes him happy. My husband is like this too. 😉
    Very special! Your post makes me smile and is warming up this very frigid morning!

  2. Your [pst brought smiles here too! And I’ve bookmarked it for after the holidays. Going to have to try out several of these lovely new yarns you so enticingly described!!!

    We have a fairly new shop here in Portland that you would love. And probably like me, you would be especially tempted to walk out with the whole store – every shank is hand spun or dyed or in someway hand created.

    Hummmmm…. sounds to me as if the Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift might be a nice possibility for Christmas balls???

    1. Yay! I love inspiring smiles! I LOVE the ‘from my hands to your hands’ approach — yarns & fibers with a personal story & touch – I think that’s pretty obvious, so you are probably right that I would want to walk out with a dozen everything. Sometimes I am thankful that I am not near every fantastic store there is… or at least my wallet is!

      The Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift is a fingering weight yarn & I’ve been using sport, so it would require a needle adjustment, but yes, it would work I haven’t looked into it too hard because Jamieson’s isn’t too readily available locally for me, but I’m sure they must have a sport weight available. It is beautiful yarn!

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