One of the best thing about owning a yarn shop is that we get to squish loads of yarn. The problem is that it is really hard to let some of it hit the shelves for our customers -- we would really rather just hive it off into our own stashes. New in today is some yarn we've been waiting for from Filanda and it is begging me to take it home! I will restrain myself though so our lovely customers can have a look too. The yarn in question is Filanda's Lacanapa. it is 70% wool and 30% hemp and at £4.95 for 50g, it's good price too. The yarn is technically a doubleknit but can be knitted on larger needles too to create a lightweight aran. I'm in love with shade 82 which is a lovely aqua blue/eau de nil. Sadly Filanda don't give their yarns names but as other manufacturers never put the names on the ball bands anyway that isn't really a problem.
While I'm on the subject of yarn names why don't the names make it to the shop? When the reps visit and show us their wares, many of the yarns have lyrical names conjuring up hills and dales (Wendy Ramsdale's Malham and Settle) or Song Birds (West Yorkshire Spinners' Bullfinch and Kingfisher). When the yarns arrive though those lovely evocative names are replaced with colour numbers on the ball bands. There must be a reason! On the other hand, Woolyknit yarns do have numbers but they only put the name of the colour on the band, Sunburst, Cherry, Rainbow. I know the number is necessary as names are quite subjective (even just calling something navy blue can provoke a few disputes) but it would be nice if the name made it to the customer!