Part of the fun of working on a larger project is choosing the yarns! I shared this image on Instagram a little while ago.
Clockwise from top: Handmaiden Fine Yarns Sea Silk (Sweet Tea); Skein Top Draw Socks (Sandstorm, Equinox); MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light (Mare); Ginger’s Hand Dyed Yakety-Yak 4 Ply (Toasted Walnut) & Swell Ewe Sock (Cantilever); Old Maiden Aunt Merino / Silk 4 Ply (Cold Sheep); and Yarn Pony Show Pony 4 Ply (Sandalwood).
When picking the yarns, while it is fun to choose a big mix of colours, it is also important to ensure the colours work together as a group. You can see in the image above that the colours are quite varied but they do work together.
Looking over the assortment, you’ll probably spot that all are 4 Ply / fingering weight yarns. And that there are 8 of them. So 8 yarns = 8 patterns. Yep, this is going to be a collection. 8 patterns, each using 1 skein of fingering weight yarn.
As a note, if you’re familiar with some of these yarns, you’ll know that the Yarn Pony one is no longer available. However, it was the best match for the pattern planned for it, and a suitable currently available substitute has been identified (Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4 Ply in the Selkie colour way if you’re interested).
Next up… beads!