Gifts: Part Three

Happy New Year! Here is my final post on the gifts of the season. I received two other gifts of yarn, both of which will inspire me to keep learning in the new year. The first is a gift I gave myself: a membership to Kate Davies’ West Highland Way club. I purchased the option that includes twelve balls of her new yarn: Milarrochy Tweed.

Aren’t the colors beautiful? You can read about the making of this Donegal Tweed at Kate’s blog, here, here, and here. It’s a single-ply fingering weight yarn, 70% wool and 30% mohair. I can’t wait to start knitting with it and experimenting with color combinations. 2017 was a year without stranded colorwork for me; I’m excited to get back into it. I’m also excited to join in on the fun in Kate’s Ravelry group. I know I’ll learn a lot from what others are doing with this yarn. Already one intrepid knitter has a sweater well underway.

The other gift of yarn is a gift certificate to Harrisville Designs from my parents. When I was visiting them last winter, my father suggested a day trip to Harrisville. It’s a beautiful historic mill town in New Hampshire that has kept its Textile heritage alive with a working mill. You can read about the town and mill here. We were not able to see the mill in action, but we did visit the store, which has a wonderful variety of yarns–those spun in Harrisville and other yarns as well. Their yarns are robust, sturdy, and long-wearing. They come in a lovely range of colors. I think I’m going to use my gift certificate to purchase yarn for Amy Herzog’s Acorn Trail sweater. It would be a great way to become more adept with cables. But I may yet change my mind. It’s fun to explore the possibilities!

Finally, as the year winds to a close, I want to say thank you to all who have read Whorled Enough! Thanks especially to Lisa who has been, so far, this blog’s sole commenter, and to Fred, who has provided behind the scenes feedback and encouragement. I’m glad that I started writing in a more public way this year, and I look forward to growing in the year to come–as a knitter, a spinner, a writer, a human. Cheers!

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