Friday, February 28, 2014

My secret garden

I live in an apartment with the most boring views. I don't have  a garden . I grow a few herb pots that sit on the smallest strip they call a balcony .That's  why I spent so much of my time admiring all my blogger friends lives filled with glorious views.
 I have to drive to parks to enjoy some greenery and in central London they are really hard to find. They keep building So with all that I think you can all understand why my house is filled with yarn.I know why I have a yarn garden . My cupboard are fit to burst with beautiful, colourful blooms would you like a little walk with me into my  yarn garden??
Would you like to see just a few of my favourites ??
This gorgeous jade green yarn is
Madelinetosh Pashmina  a superb 3-ply yarn made up of 75% superwash merino wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere, a similar fibre blend to the infamous woven pashmina scarves.
This machine washable yarn is hand-dyed in small dye lots and knits up to create a soft fabric with great drape. Absolutely gorgeous!

content :: 75% superwash wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere
length :: 360 yards / 329 meters

                One skein  Peace, Love & Misti - Hand Paint Sock Yarn
and one skein
                                         Misti Alpaca - Tonos Carnival 4 Ply                                   


Gorgeous hand painted 4ply (fingering) sock yarn.
Peace, Love & Misti Alpaca represents the finest yarns from Misti's private hand paint studio in Peru. All collections from  Misti's hand paint studio carry this special label, representing Miguel's commitment to preserving the artistry of hand paint yarns and his mission to provide good jobs and fair wages and benefits to the people of his hometown, Arequipa. So soft and gorgeous to work with. I have since bought more

Composition: 50% Super Fine Alpaca, 30% Fine merino Wool, 10% Silk and 10% Nylon for durability
Weight and yardage: Approx. 100g - 398m / 436yds



 These five Skeins are Wollemeise
I found out about  Wollmeise yarn on Ravelry and it has became an international hit  Apparently,  the high demand couldn't be met with a steady stock. The online shop had weekly updates  where the shop would be stocked once a week and thousands of people were trying to snatch up a precious skein of Wollmeise. It's been a crazy race .I finally managed to get hold of these from Loop GB, you can  still only get this by going to the shop demand is to high that they still cannot sell online as soon as it comes in , its gone.
I am not sure how I feel about this yarn.  I have crocheted the peacock coloured one and I didn't find it very special at all. I think it might look better knitted .In crochet the colour pooled in the wrong way, it just didn't look right. I did not find it soft. I found it rather tough if I'm honest. I suppose they will be suitable for socks. However, I'm one of those people that likes my socks to be soft. I have only played with one skein that was 80% merino 20% nylon and I do have different composition so I will not condemn the brand .

                                                        Claudia Hand Painted Yarn
These beautiful Teal colour yarn is 100% silk, it has a generous 1000m .It is a discontinued yarn , it is so beautiful and will one day to be a delightful rectangular shawl.

Skein Queen's Five-4-Silver. It contains  silver stellina thread that adds a lovely sparkle
Lotus Yarn Cashmere. I love this yarn and have quite a lot of colours in this .It is 100% cashmere and my goodness it is divine.

          Habu carries unusual and difficult to find fine yarns from small mills in Japan and Asia
The collection is pretty amazing.  I love the green cotton gima. This is a cotton, which feels like paper. “Gima” literally means “fake linen” in Japanese.  I made  cardigan in this fibre  in black it is very rough almost like working with raffia ,but the beauty of this yarn is once it is washed it becomes incredibly soft like soft silk linen.  

The red yarn is Habu Textiles Tsumugi Silk. This is a silk, which feels like cotton ,very textured and wonderful to work with. I made a sarong with it and I wear I every time I go away it is a wonderful fiber


If the colours lure knitters to Malabrigo, the soft fibres reel them in. Malabrigo uses extremely soft Merino fibres for most of its yarns. The fibres are spun loosely enough to keep a marvellous halo and decadent softness that really does feel like you're knitting with butter. I love this yarn. It is one of my favourites

                                                I think you can tell I lovvvve Malabrigo
                           Juno Alice Lace                                 
                                      Content: 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere
                                                Approx 800m/874 yards per 100g skein
            Fabulous lace weight lambswool from Jade Sapphire that's machine washable. This is so soft
                                    Weight and yardage: Approx. 60g - 754m / 825yds

                                    KPPPM - Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino  
An exquisite fingering weight (4 ply) yarn  Beautifully soft. This finely spun merino wool is handpainted in small batches of colour-packed skeins. When knit or crocheted, the colours create a beautiful fabric of speckles and streaks.

Each dye lot of Koigu's Painter's Palette is an individual creation and there are no two dye lots exactly the same with this yarn I recommend, as with all hand-dyed yarns, that you knit with two skeins, alternating every few rows for improved colour blending. Love this stuff.
                                                    Composition: 100% merino wool
                                    Weight and yardage: Approx. 50g - 160m / 175yds
                                                Lovely Drop Safran Egyptian cotton
I like the Drops range it is very good value for money .This only cost £8.10 for 800m .It is 30% silk, 70% Alpaca from woolwarehouse  it is also very good quality, It comes in a wonderful range of colours
                                                                  Everyone loves Noro
                             I will end on these beautiful green from Fyberspates, delicious stuff
                                                              I hope you enjoyed the views.
         Joining in today with the lovely Chrissie and Marianne for their 'Blooming Crochet-A-Long'


  1. SO many beautiful yarns - I wouldn't know where to begin!
    Have a great weekend. x

  2. wow loving your blog and your makes...glad you commented on mine because thats how I found you!
    Have a lovely crochet type of day...I am....bestest daisy j x

  3. Wow I am so impressed what a beautiful stash of yarn...amazing.

  4. What a lovely yarn collection. (funny, I have the same thoughts about Wollmeise, it does not 'crochet' well, it is not fluent enough for me, it is not easy to get good tension with it and my stitch definition is not ok also... I have put it away)
    I am also a huge Malabrigo fan :)

  5. Oh my can I come over for a yarn play??? There are so many gorgeous 'proper' skeins of yarn there and to be honest I am just a little in love with the handpainted fingering yarn, wow it looks stunning! Thank you for taking me on this visual feast, true candy to the eye! So which one are you using next?? Sending much love and thank you for always leaving such lovely comments xoxo

  6. It felt like a tour through a sunny garden I adore your yarn collection x

  7. Your yarn garden is beautiful. I could look at pictures of yarn all day long, does that make me a wee bit crazy? I have a beautiful back yard, I love it, but looking at yarn always makes me so happy. Love all of yours.

  8. Thank you so much for showing and describing all those beautiful yarns.
    I have on your suggestion already investigated the Malabrigo yarn. It all looks amazing.
    I'm itching to try something new and make something for myself. It may take a while but I will get there.

  9. You have an enviable stash! You've collected some beautiful yarns. Thank you for sharing.

  10. You have some beauties in your garden here, and fair bit that I envy you. And it's garden you can enjoy even on the wettest days ... seems like the best kind to me :)

  11. Oh wow, and what a yarn garden it is! It's blooming with gorgeous jewel-like colours. At least there is no weeding or grass to cut... x

  12. Oh my goodness that's some yarn stash you have there and so many pretty colours. Where do you begin to choose one to use, they are all so gorgeous :-)

  13. Wow looks like an amazing collection of yarns x

  14. Oh no, I now have total yarn envy! I've had to curb my enthusiasm a bit as the various boxes of the stuff scattered around the house were getting out of control! Hahaha xxx

  15. ps. I want to get in touch via email but can't find your address on here, would you mind emailing me at so I can reach you. Ta love xx