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this one will be a quickie! I thought I’d share a couple of upgrades in my knitting life and some yarn I’ve been drooling over.

my poor royal winder started its death march so I started to look for what else was out there in the yarn winding world. I ended up getting one for christmas, but I didn’t like how wide it was and I found it a little fiddly to use. I ended up splurging and ordering a nancy’s knits knacks heavy duty ball winder. I don’t regret this purchase at all. yes, it’s expensive but I can tell this is the last ball winder I will have to buy. I love that I can wind giant hanks like cascade eco and it’s nothing to it.

since I got a new ball winder, I had to get a new swift that I could use on the same table. I always had an umbrella swift, but this time I went for a table swift so I wouldn’t have to worry about clamps. I wanted something that would last me the rest of my life when I found hornshaw wood works. I love its simplicity and beauty. I’ve been using it the last two months and, with the new ball winder, my yarn winding has become fun and pleasurable. oh, and super quiet! before, with my royal winder and plastic Japanese swift, the whole neighborhood knew when I was winding yarn. : /

I’m on a light yarn diet this year. no hard and fast rules, just trying to use what I have and not buy as much. I’ve been pretty good so far this year but I can feel my resolve weakening. I can tell I’ll be ordering a skein or two soon from one of these dyers. they are all semi local to me and I find their yarn bases and eye for color so interesting.

leigh at wren house yarns will be having an update tomorrow. just an fyi. I’ve used one of her bases before  and I loved how her colors knit up.

another dyer whose color sense has been intriguing me is carol of swift yarns.  I really want to try her local dk base, which is a blend of 50% Llama + 30% Micron Merino + 20% Tussah Silk. I also spotted her testing out a new icelandic wool and silk blend which I really want to get my hands on.

I need to figure out how to get some of brittney’s native jacob base. in the meantime, go drool over some of the spun fiber co hand dyed local merino. she chooses the fleeces from local farms, has it spun up, and then hand dyes the yarn.

any time kelsey of primrose yarn  co posts on instagram, I have to quickly scroll so I don’t end up with a ton of yarn coming my way. I love her color combinations and how she speckles them. her pearl base, an 80/20 superwash merino wool/silk blend with 600 yards per skein, sings to my shawl knitting heart.

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  • Duni February 20, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Omg that swift is gorgeous! I don’t think I’d ever have thought about having something so nice but seeing it I am intrigued. I’m wading through the yarn recommendations now- So. Many. Pretty. Things!

    • bitterpurl March 4, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      trust me, neither did I! but since I was replacing my swift that I’ve had for almost a decade and never really loved I figured why not. hopefully this one lasts even longer. it’s beautifully made and so far has been nice and smooth. I think I need to sew a bag for it though.

      did you end up getting any yarn?! I tried to get some wrenhouse but the color I wanted sold out quickly. maybe other knitters were saving me from myself. 🙂

  • Cara February 20, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Completely and totally jealous of the ball winder and gorgeous, gorgeous swift!!! I hope you use them both for a tremendously long time!!! ❤

  • Stephanie February 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Well crap. That swift is beyond gorgeous. I have a table swift that I’ve had since I started knitting – I can’t remember the maker – it comes apart and stores in a little bag… Oregon Woodworker maybe. Never mind. The point is, this one is so gorgeous that I want one! And maybe I need a new ball winder too (sigh).

    • bitterpurl March 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      I only splurged since my I ‘needed’ to lol and I didn’t want to have to buy again. the swift is beautifully made as is the ball winder. ; )