Any birdwatcher will tell you that this time of year is exciting.
It's migration time.
All sorts of birds you haven't seen since last year are about to appear in your back garden, under the eaves, and flying overhead, tantalisingly close. Out come the binoculars and the bird identification guides and many an hour is spent anticipating and identifying species, new and not so new.
After much thought I am consolidating the yarns and fibres available in the shop, along birdwatching lines.
Bonny and toddy are the two sock weight yarns I have chosen as "residents". The rest will become "yarns on migration".
In practical terms this means that there will always be some of the residents in the shop, as variegated or as semi-solid yarns (of which more later in the week).
The "yarns on migration" will be hug, caber, beautiful and lochan... and these will be available in varying amounts and at different times, but certainly not all the time. What this does is free up space (literally, I am bursting at the seams) for new migrants for you to add to your collection, on an occasional basis, so keep those binoculars handy.
The same is true for lace yarns - I am deciding which to stock as the "residents" at the moment, and which will be allowed to fly off. For the moment they are all migratory while I make up my mind!
Fibre is going to follow suit as well. In the fibre section you will now find that there are sections for BFL, which is loved by everyone, and for Peregrine.
Peregrine is a blend of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. It was first sent out as the Muddy Jeans colourway for the fibre club and I have decided to make it "resident".
- It's beautifully soft - as I am sure a Peregrine would be if you could stroke one.
- It's strong - the addition of the nylon makes it great for socks which will last longer than a few wearings.
- It's fly-away - this is more of a problem for me than it is for you! It has to be one of the most difficult fibres to dye because it is SO soft and slippery it just wafts around the place if I as much as brush against it before it is tamed by the addition of a little colour.
- It's exclusive to The Yarn Yard, not a bird fibre you will see in every back garden shop.
- And lastly, to peregrinate means to travel from place to place, especially on foot.
I have plenty of migratory fibres to choose from at the moment. Shetland, merino-silk, wensleydale, texel and others.
And all of this is before I get going with the new "rough-stuff batts"... batts with attitude, sparkles and lumpy bits galore (a bit like myself), and then there are the softer, more gentle "erica" fibre-twists, and more silk hankies than you would need at a black and white weepie.
Of course I can't do all this at once, so I will add to the fun little-and-often over the next week or so.
PS Yarn prices are about to rise I'm afraid, but I'll leave those in the shop already at the old price. And postage rises are on the way at the end of the week - unfortunately neither the exchange rate nor the Royal Mail are under my control. Sorry.