July 12th, 2011

Best Yarn EVAH

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Hi Everyone

If you happened to catch last week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit you know exactly where I am going with this post.  For those of you who haven’t listened yet, indulge me for a moment.

Each season, we receive in a TON of new yarn.  Most of which are yarns I love, some are yarns I don’t.  I think Steve has made it abundantly clear that if I filled WEBS with only yarns I love we’d have a lot of worsted weight cashmere, alpaca and a few other odds and ends.  Definitely some sparkle.  When you own a retail business I believe strongly that it has to reflect your core values and the aesthetic should mirror (to a certain extent) your taste, but the products offered need to represent what the customer wants.  So yes, there are yarns and things we buy that aren’t my favorite but variety makes the world go ’round.  Plus, we are lucky to have a large store and web presence that affords us the ability to represent LOTS of different yarns.

Every now and again, a new yarn comes along that tickles me.  This season, our friends at Tahki/Stacy Charles have won my heart.  I give to you, the single best yarn ever created on the face of the planet:

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Yes, Jackson.  I cannot believe the lovely folks at TSC named a yarn after my beloved eldest son.  Now, the fact that some of their other new yarns this season have names like “Boulder” and “Montana” does not convince me the name “Jackson”  has anything at all with a location.  It’s clear to me its after my dear J1.

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Stacy & Diane the owners of TSC had mentioned that they had a new yarn in the works with a working name of Jackson several months ago.  When I told J1 about this his one and only comment was “It better be a cool yarn”.  Well, I think it’s quite cool:

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I think its the perfect yarn to bear his name.  It’s 100% wool, has an interesting texture and coloration – traits that can easily be applied to J1.  It knits at 3.25 sts = 1″ on a 10.5 needle so it’s fast – no messing around here, no fussiness.  Another perfect attribute.  At $9.95 for 131 yards on a 100gm ball it’s not cheap but not outrageous.  J1 has yet to establish a price sensitivity so from his perspective this is not an issue.

All joking aside, it is a lovely yarn and one I recommend you check out in the store or at your own LYS.  There’s great pattern support coming along as well.

Now I have only two thoughts left to share.  (1)  Obviously Jackson can NEVER be a closeout and (2) Poor Jonathan – no yarn for him (yet)……….

Enjoy!

Kathy

P.S.  One final note – it makes me smile that I can “search” Jackson on our website and he pops up in the form of a yarn.  When I did so to get the links for the post, look at what else came up.  He just turned 12 yesterday and that picture must have been taken when he was no more than 5. It took my breath away.

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  • Marla

    Awwww….he is so cute!u00a0 12 is such a great age–my younger daughter is 12 (though going on 15, 16, 17 or more sometimes!).u00a0 My older kids are 17 and 22.u00a0 Enjoy these stages, they go by quicker than super-bulky knitting! :)

  • Marge

    I always enjoying reading your blog…Thank you for sharing!!

  • Kathode

    Happy Birthday, Jackson! I have a 12 year old son too.

  • Melissaknits

    Um. That picture made me get a little drippy around the eyeballs.

  • Tahki Stacy Charles

    Really enjoyed this post on so many levels. Thanks for the wonderful accolades on our Jackson yarn and the endearing story! We meet soon on new yarn names… so tell J2 not to lose hope!