Stopping By My Favorite Shop and Yarn Thoughts

I love being back in New York for so many reasons, but especially so I can visit Purl Soho! It’s a yarn and fabric shop in Manhattan on Broome Street, and they always have gorgeous yarns and notions.

Last week, they released a new yarn within their own brand called Tussock, which is a silk and mohair lace weight blend. The moment I saw it online, I knew it’d be gorgeous knit double with a coordinating fingering weight yarn! I spent about twenty minutes in the store today trying to decide what color to buy, which colors I could find a coordinating finger weight yarn to use with, which colors would be flattering…

I mean, look at these shades! I really wanted to get the seafoamy blue-green but couldn’t find a coordinating yarn I loved, and the same with the third color on the top row, the red, which in person has a gorgeous pinky-brick-almost salon tone. And that marigold! Eventually I settled on the white, and got a skein of Purl Soho Line Weight to go with it. I’m going to knit a slouchy, ribbed hat with it.

All in all, it’s about $40 worth of yarn, which got me thinking about my yarn buying habits. I’m realizing that 95% of the time, when knitting for myself, I stick with very affordable (but still good quality!) yarns like Ístex and KnitPicks, but at the same time I’m always longing for mid-range yarns like those at Purl Soho. I only ever seem to buy more luxurious yarns to knit for other people. Even today, I kept feeling guilty about buying a $19 skein of yarn and thinking “well, maybe I can knit something for my mom with it” even though I really wanted it for myself.

I suppose it’s good that I’m relatively frugal with my purchases, and the yarns I do buy are still good quality and enjoyable, but I think I need to realize that it’s okay to splurge every now and then. It’s always harder to buy nice things for myself because it feels frivolous, but if I want it and can afford it and know I’ll use it, I really shouldn’t have a problem with it.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this or why I’m writing about it, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about. I think a lot of knitters are like this, to be honest, and I’ve seen a lot of people who only really buy fancy yarns to make gifts for other people. We have a much easier time indulging other people than ourselves. Maybe tomorrow I’ll go back and get a few more skeins of Tussock.


Author: Katherine

Knitter, geologist, TV enthusiast

2 thoughts on “Stopping By My Favorite Shop and Yarn Thoughts”

  1. Even though I am in the UK, I am on Purl Soho email newsletter. They do have some gorgeous yarns. I’ve not splurge yet because the delivery cost is just adding to the total. But they also do some great patterns in knit crochet and weave for rigid heddle looms.
    I am the same as you in that I payout for the expensive yarns when making for someone else, then cutback for my self to cheaper yarns. We should make an effort to treat ourselves at least once. 🙂 go for it and treat yourself Katherine.


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