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my grandma found these at an estate sale recently! i’m ashamed to say when i first saw them, i originally thought they were mismatched marachas, and i picked them up to shake them. mais non! they are old darning eggs! and i’ve been using them a fair amount since i got them, as recently i’ve been doing bits of mending in between knitting projects.

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coolree, fingering weight, 50/50 merino/silk, 400 m/437 yards

in our mini early christmas celebration while emi was here, i received this beautiful skein of irish yarn. her method of yarn shopping for me is very effective, and amuses me greatly. apparently, she enters a yarn shop and asks for their rarest yarn, one that couldn’t be found elsewhere. which has yielded a skein of yarn from a sheep that lived within throwing distance from where emi purchased it, and in this case, an indie dyer from county wexford!

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kate wright designs, pashm, dk, 80/10/10 merino/nylon/cashmere, 200 yards

my cousins drive through viroqua, wisconsin yielded this gorgeous skein of yarn for me! the yarn shop is ewetopia fiber shop for the curious. this lovely skein seems destined to be some lovely mitts! this yarn company is new to me, but i love the variegation, and sara picked a skein for herself in a beautiful wheat-y gold brown.

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not strictly fiber related, but i certainly reach for measuring devices to gauge my progress or check my gauge frequently while knitting. this little collapsible ruler is from a favorite antique shop in galena.

and lastly:

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noro silk garden sock, fingering, wool/silk/nylon/mohair, 656 yards

we were in northwestern illinois with family for the thanksgiving weekend, and went to dubuque, iowa for an afternoon. we popped into yarn soup, which was really lovely. this cream/natural colorway of noro silk garden is one i routinely check for at every yarn shop i go to. for the most part i’m over the super bright striping that noro has to offer, except for this colorway. i can’t even remember the last time i’ve seen it on the shelf. but this time my routine check yielded results! i don’t know what it will be, but now i can start dreaming about it!

any exciting new yarns making their way to you? have you mistaken non-musical objects as percussion instruments before?

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