I helped move and reorganize our yarns this weekend, and oh, we have such a splendid selection ... I really need to make more time for knitting and crocheting! The Gobi Desert Camel Wool Yarn is absolutely amazing. I know I've mentioned it before, and I undoubtedly will again -- I just can't imagine how such a soft, sumptuous yarn can come from CAMELS, for crying out loud! The deep jewel colors are my favorite shades, and of course the story behind the yarn makes it even more appealing.
I sometimes worry that our Tweed Wool Yarn gets overlooked when compared to the brightly colored, more consistent Colored Organic Merino Yarns (and don't get me wrong -- those are absolutely wonderful yarns that are a delight with which to work!), but I was reminded this weekend how much I enjoy the natural versions. They're so very real -- you can feel the lanolin and the occasional vegetal inclusion, and almost smell the fresh air and organic fields in which the sheep live. The spinning is mildly irregular, which I find adds interest to many projects.
As a complete contrast to the undyed, less-processed yarns, the Handpainted Banana Silk Yarn is incredibly appealing in its own way. The colors are eye-catching and dramatic, and creations have a cool, silky feel that is particularly delightful in the summer and autumn. And besides, they're made from banana trees -- how cool is that? This is one of my favorite yarns to share with other people (along with the camel, of course) simply because so few people have heard of anything but Chiquita Bananas (or our favorite organic, fair trade bananas) coming from the banana tree!
Our other yarns are amazing as well, of course -- these are just the ones that most grabbed my attention over the weekend. My favorites change regularly, depending on mood and application. Maybe I'll start hinting for a nice selection of yarns and sustainable knitting needles for my birthday, hmmm...
On a completely different topic, I topped my mattress with a piece of our Luxurious Organic Wool Pile (which is out of stock and it's thus probably mean of me to talk about it) and oh, it makes such a difference to my sleep! The bed's softer, warmer, and just so much more comfortable than it was before. It can be difficult to get up in the morning -- why would I want to leave such a delightful place?
So why is it dangerous working at NearSea Naturals? We're surrounded by such splendidly tempting sustainable goodies that it's far too easy to spend more than I make. I know, what an awful problem!