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.