(Left to right, first row: NGY Bounce & Stomp Face Hugger, NGY Shimma Equestria, NGY Swagger Clever Girl. Second row: NGY Stellar Exquisite Orchid, NGY Witty DK Grimm, NGY Saucy Dorian Gray. Third row: NGY Dingo Pvt. Jenkins, Th’red Head Designs Superwash Greens and Th’red Head Superwash Cosmos)
Most of the girls in my knitting group discovered Nerd Girl Yarns at the 2012 Knitting in the Heartland event. I missed the event because I was on the other side of the globe, sulking. I didn’t get to discover Nerd Girl until this past summer when I bought a few skeins of her yarn at the Maker Fair at Union Station. To be honest, NGY was one of the key reasons I wanted to go to Maker Faire. Since then, I got a subscription to NGY’s Random Fandom yarn club which I LOVE! I’ve been a member for about five months now and there’s only been one skein I was less than enthusiastic about. Last month, which was a particularly low spot for me, I received a skein of Shimma (her fingering superwash merino, nylon and stellina base) in the Equestria colorway which is inspired by My Little Pony. OMG! Total love. I almost cried with joy. This month, I received a skein of Swagger (a BFL superwash base) in Clever Girl which is jungle yumminess inspired by a quote from Jurassic Park.
Last week, my knitting group decided to drive out to Odessa, MO (about 40 minutes east of Kansas City) to attend the Open Studio event at Nerd Girl Yarns. Needless to say, we were all super excited to trek out to Odessa and have our “pick of the litter”. There was a cake with a giant yarn ball on top of it and lots and lots of people present. We had a good time shopping.
I bought a ridiculous four skeins of yarn. I bought one tweedy skein of fingering weight from her discount bin — it was the Dingo base in the Pvt. Jenkins colorway (named for the HALO video game character) in a semi-solid olive/deep green. I also got a skein of her Saucy base (BFL/silk) in the Dorian Gray colorway. I also found one skein from her Nerdy Octopus Brigade series — a sparkly laceweight which blends Merino, silk and stellina and is a lovely blend of lime green, olive green and deep raspberry and rosy pinks. Its called Exquisite Orchid. The last skein I bought is a DK weight superwash called Witty in the Grimm colorway. Yummy!
Yesterday, I went to the annual Creative Hand Sale hosted by the Kansas City Fiber Guild. Most products sold at the event are completed items but there’s a corner of yarn and fiber which I made a beeline to. I got a couple skeins of Th’Red Head Designs sparkly yarn last year and I really liked them. I used a skein for my Damson mini shawl. I hoped to buy some of her yarn and maybe a couple skeins of Treasure Goddess. Instead, I found two enormous skeins of Th’red Head worsted weight superwash, one in semi-solid green and the other in what can only be described as Nebula or Cosmos as its a fabulous strata of colors like you see in the Hubble photos on the NASA web site. I wish she named her colors instead of just assigned them a number, so I’m making up names.
I bought both skeins with the intention of using one of them to make a new Clapotis since I lost mine in January. It was knit up from a jungle green Crafty in a Good Way yarn — another local dyer — but she no longer dyes so I had to find a new solution. The Th’Red Head green is similar in overall hue but does not have the little hints of brown that the Crafty in a Good Way had. I may knit the new Clapotis from the Supernova colorway instead and save the green colorway for another project.
I can’t wait to cast-on and pick projects for my new yarns!