"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."
- William Shakespeare
What's your relationship with yarn?
Have you ever really thought about why you love yarn? Does it take you back to the time, place, and people you were with when you bought that yarn? Does the feel of it remind you of a specific project you had in mind when you first picked it up? Does your yarn make you just want to put it on a shelf and happily gaze at it?
One of my favorite things about watching people as they browsed through the store during the Yarn Crawl was the way they each interacted with the yarn. The way they would hold it to feel the softness, the way they would look and imagine that yarn knit into a cozy pair of socks, the way they would coordinate the colors to match perfectly. It made me realize there's more to buying yarn than just grabbing a skein off the shelf. Its about finding a yarn that speaks to you and makes you happy.
We knitters often joke about how we have too much yarn stashed away in baskets and bins in our homes. And yet we keep buying more and more. We can't possibly knit fast enough to use it all, so why would we keep adding to our collections? What is it that draws us to yarn?
For everyone the answer is different. One women I had a conversation with kept a shelf in her home dedicated to beautiful yarns and fabrics that she had collected, in which she would look to often for inspiration and comfort. Another woman that visited was looking for a special yarn that she could send to her friend in England, a yarn that could connect her lifestyle with her far-away friend's. Another women couldn't get enough of the 100% alpaca yarn because she said touching it made her feel like she was right there petting our baby alpacas. Almost every person that I talked to had a fascinating story about their relationship with yarn.
In the end it all comes down to personal connection. I could use the metaphor that yarn is what strings us together with our family, friends, life experiences, memories, and even ourselves. I know it seems silly, but really take a look at your yarn collection and you will start to remember the stories each skein holds. If you don't feel a connection to your yarn, why bother using it?
Our Mission is to use yarn to create personal connections.
At The Yarn Barn, we love to connect every aspect of our yarn. From the birth of an alpaca cria, to the days of spring shearing, to guiding the fleece through our machines, and hand skeining the yarn to put on our shelves. Our process is a story told through yarn. Our goal is to start the story and see where you can take it from there. In a world filled $4.00 skeins of plastic yarn, we challenge you to think outside of the box and connect with your yarn. We guarantee your life will hold more meaning. ~