I’ve been listening to Lime & Violet‘s older episodes (I’m starting from the first one and working my way current) and I’m currently listening to Episode 10. In this episode, they talk about a place you can order custom dyed yarn for CHEAP called Mystical Creation Yarns. Of course, after they gushed about how great the colors were and how cheap they are for what you get, I had to go take a look.
Oh my goodness! I have a feeling that I will be ordering at some point, but just not right now. I want to so, so badly, but I’m being reasonable here. It’s not in the budget and I’ve been doing quite well buying little to no yarn. I did recently buy some yarn that I really want to tell you all about, but I want to knit up a little swatch first to give a full review and tell you the story of how I found this seller and what is to come.
In light of all the good stuff Lime & Violet talk about, I am going to create a link list in the sidebar with yarn shops – both local and online. It will be a good place for my own reference and maybe some new stuff for you to check out!
I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH.
Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today!
I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts.
In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there.
I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)
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Oh! I love Mystical Creations Yarns. I’ve ordered from them before and it was fabulous! I did learn that garments are not neccessarily the best use of a handpainted yarn, but I loved the yarn itself and the colors. See my shapely tank on my blog for the yarn fro MCY.