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Ruminations about knitting at 3 a.m.

A Little Yarn Porn*

*Don’t worry – this is SFW.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hitting up La Knitterie Parisienne in Studio City for the first time. I went with a single purpose: to buy yarn for a baby sweater pattern I’m drafting.

Of course, the moment I walked into the place I felt the urge to splurge. Though it’s a little annoying that they don’t put prices on any of their yarn, their massive selection makes up for that small inconvenience. They claim they can’t put prices on all their yarn because they have such a huge inventory. Of course, I find this a bit dubious, since places like The Yarn Garden in Portland seem to do just fine with a similar stock of yarn, but whatever. The guy behind the counter was nice enough to look up prices for all the yarn I was interested in, and the prices were comparable to other local yarn stores in the area.

I haven’t been yarn shopping for months. I’ve been trying to work through my stash. But on Monday night I realized I didn’t have any machine-washable yarn that would work for the baby sweater project, so it was time to hit up a LYS.

For the baby sweater, I picked up 5 skeins of Filatura Zara (ravelry):
Zara

I doubt I’ll use all of it, but I always buy more than I need (if possible) because there’s nothing I hate more than running out of yarn.

I also was drawn to some pretty, rainbow-colored Katia Mexico (ravelry):
Katia yarn

There’s a bit of a baby boom going on amongst my friends, so I figured this fun colorway would get used evenutally.

And, finally, I bought some Noro Silk Garden Chunky (ravelry):
Noro... yum

I think this will become another Noro Striped Scarf (à la Jared Flood), but I’m still not sure. I just jumped at the opportunity to buy some of this yarn—when I found out Noro discontinued it a couple months ago, I was really upset! It’s such a great blend, and I love it in the bulky weight.

In other news, I’ve finished one sleeve of the baby sweater already (while watching “The Hurt Locker” on DVD), and I’m hoping to have the pattern done by the end of the month. Stay tuned!

Laura Birek
Nocturnal Knits

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