I grabbed a few skeins of yarn from Laughing Hens recently for some projects I’m working on.
Christmas in … July?
Yes, I’m a bit early since it’s mid-May, but I felt festively inspired to start stashing yarn for my holiday knitting.
I am rarely ahead of the game with gift knitting. Usually I have great plans and then realize it’s November and I need like six months to do what I wanted to. Not this year! I am committed to get to work on my Christmas knits earlier so I can add to the list, not have to subtract. We’ll see how it goes, but at least I started with my yarn stash.
West Yorkshire Spinners
I’ve knit with West Yorkshire Spinners Bo-Peep 4-ply before and it was lovely and soft. It was a baby yarn so the blend was different and to be honest it was a little finer (thinner?) than a typical 4-ply weight. I’ve never tried the WYS Signature 4-ply range so I thought let’s give it a go!
The signature range is a 75/25 wool/nylon blend, but 35% of the wool is Bluefaced Leicester (BFL). BFL wool is amazing, it’s strong and long-wearing and it has a natural sheen to it. Ultimately, BFL as almost half of the wool means the yarn should be excellent for socks and not wear through too quickly.
Hollyberry is a classic vintage green and red. Fairy Lights Sparkle is a festive mix with blue and pink plus some silver sparkle. And I grabbed a skein of color 1000 to coordinate. Aren’t they lovely, I can’t wait to see how they knit up. Luckily the red I chose seems to match both skeins.
A new-to-me Regia
Regia Premium Merino Yak ranks high on my favorites list. Check out my Gelato Mitts to see how great it looks knit up.
In my “let’s try some new yarns” mood, I took a look at the other Regia Premium ranges and found one with silk. This is Regia Premium Silk – it’s 55% merino wool, 25% polyamide, and 20% silk. Silk is a very strong fiber and of course feels oh so nice next to skin. The color I chose is 85 – Rust Red.
I hoped it would be more “rust red” as described, but honestly it’s more like copper or gingerbread. No bother, the plans I have for it will work in any color. I’m mostly curious to see how it knits up. It definitely feels less robust than the Yak, which is what I wanted.
Rico Ricorumi DK
Yet another new yarn for me to try. Ricorumi is a 100% cotton, DK weight yarn. It comes in a bazillion colors. Maybe the most fun is they are teeny tiny little balls of yarn with only 57m/25g each. Go back up and look at the top picture to see what I mean, tiny and adorable.
I’m trying it out as an option for smaller projects. It’s priced super well so you can buy just what you need and not have loads of leftovers. I don’t knit with cotton often so that’s a huge deal for me, no waste of money or yarn. Win win.
Laughing Hens is one of my favorite UK based online shops. They ship internationally (to me in the US at least) and they offer some yarns for much less than I’ve found anywhere else. I am not sponsored or affiliated with any businesses I review here – just sharing from one knitter to another.
Happy Yarn Stashing!