Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yarn Sampling - pic heavy!

Knit/Purl as previously mentioned had their Yarn Sampling class last night. Totally awesome experience!

We 'sampled' five different yarns - silk/wool, merino, wool/alpaca, silk/cashmere/wool, alpaca and were able to keep our little sample balls. They were attractively presented in little cupcake papers. I also tried out Addi lace needles (US3) - very nice! We were also given one extra, because two of them were Catherine Lowe yarns that are exclusive to Knit/Purl.

Naming convention used: Manufacturer, Line name, Colorway name
Catherine Lowe Couture Yarn-Merino3-Peacock
Catherine Lowe Couture Yarns-#5-Black Violet

Knit/Purl is very generous and also offered us an hors d'oeuvres platter with HUGE red seedless grapes, a wedge of brie with some I think rice wafer crackers. To wash that down we had our choice of apple cider, champagne or their new tea selections. I enjoyed the apple cider. There were also little packets of dark chocolate, I only nibbled mine.

We were also given little pattern swatch ideas. Our first one using the Tilli Tillman had been done as a child's sweater and was a fun twisted cable type look without actually cabling. We also received copies of the Bainbridge scarf pattern and Sarah Morris' baby hat pattern for the skein of Shibuiknits worsted we received.

The class was only $5 and then they returned that $5 in a gift card that you could save or use on anything in the store. I had noticed they had two skeins of Velvet Grapes Malabrigo Lace and so they came home with me.


  1. Sounds like a great class! Nice way to try out some expensive yarns without investing in a whole skein. I may have to take that next time it's offered!

  2. That is a great idea, and I'd appreciate it more than a wine tasting, too. I'm not a wine snob, but yes, I'm a yarn snob.

  3. I hope to do the next class too. They had 6 people sign up but there were only 5 of us there.

    Wonderful two hours of awesome yarn and getting to try out different swatches too.