The other day in the shop, the shop owner was helping a customer select yarns for a project. She was a new knitter. When the owner suggested that she might add in some "novelty yarn", the customer said "what's novelty yarn?"
We all paused for a minute. Then one of us said "you know it when you see it."
We can all spot the yarns with names like Fizz, and Fuzz, and Firz, etc. etc. But what about some of the gorgeous yarns put out by Noro and Mountain Colors, for example. They're fuzzy, and fluffy, but have something special about them that just seems to separate them from the crowded novelty market. Take, for example, Noro Blossom, or Mountain Colors Merino Ribbon.
Recently, my mom admired a sweater on a lady at one of her lady gatherings. She asked me if I could make one for her. I love to knit for my mom, because she will appreciate and wear whatever I make. I contacted this lady and tracked down the pattern. When I got it, I saw that it uses novelty yarns, mixed in with a base worsted weight...not exactly my cup of tea!
I started to play with some yarns from my stash. I thought some Nashua Worsted in cream would make a great base. Then I remembered I had some Noro Blossom left, so that would be the main accent yarn. Before I knew it, I was knee deep in yarns having so much fun to combining textures and colors.
This sweater is making me appreciate the novelties a little more, as they become much more interesting when used as a part of a whole, to provide just the right bit of texture or color. Not to mention how much fun it is to knit mitred squares. Positively addicting! And as I'm working on this one, other versions drift into my head...one in all natural, a Noro version, a Manos version, and on and on....
Some yarns chosen: Lamb's Pride, Manos, Noro Blossom, Rowan Kid Silk Haze, Nashua Worsted, among others...