When I travel, I like to buy yarn that has been spun or dyed in the area I am visiting. (Bonus points if it was spun from something grown in that area, such as sheep or cotton.) I remember a blog post by Stephanie Pearl McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot), where she talks about buying what may have been the only skein of wool yarn in Hawaii. 🙂
While in Tennessee and Kentucky, I visited the Enchanted Yarn Shop in Clarksville, TN. It is a comfortable yarn store, with a nice selection of chunky thru lace weight yarns, and the tools and equipment to spin, knit, crochet, and finish just about any yarn project. While there I found this alpaca/merino blend sport yarn that was hand dyed in Kentucky by Annette Browning of Kentucky Blue Fiber company ( KyBlue@Bellsouth.net ). Since I had already finished my “easy” project on the plane, I started using it to make a scarf the day I purchased the yarn. This is my stand-by pattern of alternating blocks of knit and purl with seed stitch borders — easy to do while watching whatever DVD (or video game) the family has decided to watch. It will be my Kentucky-Tennessee scarf (and perhaps enough for a hat, too).
I also wanted to buy yarn to commemorate seeing the cardinal. I visited Web*sters in Ashland, OR, on the day we returned, and found this lovely wool yarn:
Not sure what I will make with it yet. 🙂 It is 100% wool, kettle dyed, distributed by Manos del Uruguay, The tag says a woman named Vanesa made it.
I have learned clothing makes the best souvenirs; they get used, and each time you wear the item, you remember the trip and where you bought it. The things I make from these yarns will always bring a smile to my face. 🙂
Do you buy souvenir yarn?