Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple
Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple

As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots. 

But I want to talk about Passion.

That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams.

Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn that soft squishiness into something amazing. For me it was when I was a young girl and my Nanna let me open her yarn drawer full of leftovers and pick out whatever I wanted so I could learn to knit. I picked out every little scrap of blue she had and I knit my first project with it. It was a striped garter stitch scarf and my Grandad wore it with pride.

Do you remember that first love? Does your yarn stash contain a love as precious? Or is it full of sensible sturdy yarn that is perfectly serviceable and 'it was on sale' purchases? Do you save your precious special skein for finding just the right project before you will use it but a pattern never seems to measure up? Do you have some soft squishy yarn but the colour is just not right?

Hand died merino yarn skeins by Threaded Embrace from the Toodyay Fibre Festival in the colourways 'The Megapode' which is purple and charcoal with splashes of yellow, 'Death' mostly shades of black with a splash of blue and 'Rimfall' which is blue, white and charcoal.
Hand died merino by Threaded Embrace from the Toodyay Fibre Festival in the colours The Megapode, Death and Rimfall. This is my cherished yarn I bought in 2020 and I'm still looking for the right pattern to use it on.


This Valentines day I want you to take that cherished skein and use it! Don't let it languish away inside a drawer or yarn bin or you might just find your yarn tastes have moved on by the time you do use it. 

Take that almost perfect yarn you bought on sale, except you don't really like the colour of it and make it perfect. Grab some dye, transform it into the perfect yarn!

Dig out that boring yarn that lacks any inspiration and move it on by donating or selling, free up room in your stash for yarn that makes your heart sing! 

Fall in love all over again, a deep passionate love for your hobby and use yarn that makes you feel the way that very first skein made you feel.