One of the real joys of knitting and crochet is of course, the inevitable yarn stash. It's worse in my case because I tend to accumulate yarn wherever I am. I had a yarn stash in London while I lived there, a yarn stash in Sydney, and now, I have a growing yarn stash at my boyfriend's place in Melbourne.
I recently got an IKEA children's toy trunk to store my yarn in Melbourne (the PYSSLINGAR - pictured below). My self-imposed limit is to not have more yarn than fits in the box! As you can see, I am very close to the limit already. Today I wanted to show everyone a little selection of what is inside my very own 'treasure box'....
While I was living in London, I fell in love with British wools from companies such as Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Erika Knight, Toft, and so forth. One of the things I have done on my return to Australia is try to find some of my British favourites back at home. I have been very happy to find Rowan stockists, but not so much luck with the others. Luckily for me, I have online shops like Deramores and Wool Warehouse to help me out!
Another yarn I was really happy to find in Melbourne is the Peter Pan Merino baby range. I was so happy to find all these bright colours at Clegs in Melbourne CBD. I used this yarn previously for my bright range of Blythe hats, and I am very excited by these new colour options!
I first learnt about Regia yarn from my favourite amigurumi designer Lalylala, who uses this yarn for many of her crochet toys! While I was travelling in Germany I asked Lydia for some suggestions of where she bought her yarns from, and I came home with a whole bundle of Regia yarn. This yarn is not too expensive so I managed to buy a few different colours, a few of which are pictured here. My intention is to one day make the complete range of Lalylala dolls. (One day! One day!)
Of course, now that I am back in Australia, it would make sense for me to use Australian yarn! I have to say I feel pretty lucky because we have such excellent brands like Patons, Cleckheaton and Panda making a great range of affordable and good quality products. After I first learnt crochet last year, I got a whole batch of Panda and Patons Cotton Blend yarn, which I used at the time to make things like bunting, pouches and more recently coasters. I haven't used the Patons Dreamtime 4 Ply yet, but I absolutely love the soft colours and have a few ideas for what I want to make already.
Anyway, while this photo post may seem like a lot, the sad and scary reality is how much more yarn I own that I haven't even photographed. In particular, once I move all my craft and art supplies from Sydney down to Melbourne, I am sure I'll need to get a few more of those 'treasure chests' or risk breaking my own rules!