Friday, September 23, 2011

European Yarn Extravaganza!

So, while we were in Europe, I kind of went crazy buying yarn.  Mostly because they have such awesome little specialty yarn shops with amazing selection when it comes to natural fibers.  Plus, the price on the real stuff was so much cheaper than what I normally see.  I think the most we spent was about $8 for 50g on the Alpaca yarn.  I love Jo-Ann's and Michael's craft stores, but they just don't have very many options for wool and cotton yarn.  So, I thought it might be fun to do an overview of the different brands and types of yarn I purchased in Europe . . .

My selection of European yarn. . . yum!

100% Alpaca by Wollgarnspinnerei Ferner from Austria
I bought this yarn to make a sweater for myself.  I don't have a pattern picked out yet, but once I've finished up a couple of other projects I will be sure to share!  Their website is all in German, but I don't think that you can order yarn from them on-line.  Unfortunately.

55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic
This yarn is from Denmark.  I bought it without a specific purpose in mind, but it was in the clearance basket, so I got a great deal on it.  What that deal was, I can't remember now (especially since it was in Danish Krone), but I know it was a deal!

60% Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Bamboo
This yarn was also in the clearance basket, so I bought it, again without anything specific in mind, but it's awesome nonetheless!

100% Baby Alpaca
Oooh!  Those baby alpaca's make such soft yarn!
Now for my sock yarns!

75% Superwash Wool 25% Nylon

80% Super Merino Wool 20% Nylon

80% Virgin Merino Wool 20% Polyester

75% Virgin Wool 25% Polyester

25% Nylon, 75% Superwash Wool Hjerte

Unfortunately, the websites are all in foreign languages, so it's a little difficult to navigate, but Google Translate dose help some.  I still haven't figured out how to purchase, however, so I'm still searching for a good way to get these brands on line.

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