It can be very handy to have some yarn always on hand. Whether someone needs a knitted pair of socks or a hat, having ready-to-knit yarn in a cupboard is a blessing. Would you like to know my favorites?
We have a hutch in our home with glass doors. Recently, that hutch became the home for the yarn we have. I’m very thankful for this time that the yarn can be stored in a hutch to protect it from moth invaders yet be visible at the same time.
It’s like having a pantry, but instead of holding food, it holds the substances for a new sock or sweater!
As I was tidying this hutch, I noticed the yarns that have become staples in my “yarn pantry.” I found numerous skeins of my favorite sock yarn in a rainbow of colors. I have lots of yarn from two farms that are close to me.
Instead of sharing my favorite brand of coffee or crackers, let me share some of my favorite yarns and why!
Cestari Traditional Collection
Cestari Traditional Collection is local-to-me yarn that I use quite often.
It still has a gentle lanolin and bouncy feel. This makes sense as Cestari yarn is washed using a scouring process instead of a carbonizing process. They explain this in more detail on their website. It is sturdy. Also, the projects I make using Cestari Traditional Collection knit up quickly; I find it to be a thicker worsted.
I’ve picked this yarn for beginner knitters who want to experience wool instead of acrylic materials on their hat loom.
This yarn is one of my favorites for diaper covers as its lanolin content aids in wicking moisture.
Last year, I created a baby cardigan using this yarn as I was designing; the cables stood out beautifully!
WoodSong Farm Finnsheep DK
WoodSong Farm Finnsheep DK is another local-to-Virginia yarn. I have the privilege of knowing the hardworking people that raise and produce the yarn behind WoodSong Farm.
Quality is one of the best words I can describe their yarn with. Soft is a close second.
They raise Finnsheep which produce a lovely yarn.
For any of you who dye yarn, their yarn absorbs and displays natural dyes beautifully from my experience.
I noticed when tidying that I’m getting low on this staple, so I want to pick up some more skeins soon.
Two of my knitting patterns, Something and Little Something Mittens, use yarn from this farm. I’ve knit so many mittens with WoodSong yarn! In the near future, I hope a scrappy cowl will be made with all my naturally dyed WoodSong yarn.
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted yarn is heavy-duty and great for colorwork, lace, or cables.
I speak from experience as I’ve knit a toddler cardigan with lace panels, a cabled hot water bottle cover, and a colorwork swatch with this yarn.
The low cost is also a reason I pick it up for projects when my yarn budget is lower.
I found Retrosaria Mondim yarn when searching for 100% wool sock yarn last year. It quickly became a staple yarn.
It’s soft, durable, and has a moisturizing feel in a nongreasy way. It’s my main sock yarn of choice!
I designed my Virginian Pines Socks pattern with this yarn. Colorwork knit with Retrosaria Mondim produces stunning results.
Since I’m in the US and this yarn is produced in Europe, I order it from Tolt Yarn and Wool and The Woolly Thistle.
Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
Almost always, there is some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn tucked among all the other balls and skeins.
Often, I pick this yarn when knitting hats.
I’ve knit multiple hats. Most recently, I knit a man’s sweater, Sawyer by Julie Hoover, in Shelter.
Definitely, Shelter is a staple yarn for me, but usually in small quantities. I’ll have a skein or 2 but only order a sweater’s quantity when I’ve planned that knitting project.
If you came to my house and looked through my yarn cupboard, you may also find some of the following yarns.
Do you have a “yarn pantry?” What “staples” are in your pantry?
Have a blessed day, friends! I will be back with more to share soon.