A quick trip to Saskatchewan last weekend, resulted in a little stash enhancement.
There is a marvelous yarn store there, Prairie Lily Knitting and Needlework I enhanced there last year when I was on my way to Stitches Saskatchewan. Good things. They carry one of the finest alpacas I have ever handled. Foxwood Alpaca is a local grower out of Lumsden, just a hop down the road from Saskatoon. Truly lovely stuff, but I left them behind. Sigh.
I stopped with a very clear target in my head. Prairie Lily carries a very large and marvelous stock of Briggs and Little.
She has slightly less in stock now. 2 sweaters worth was my goal, and the heathered blue grey and soft greyed green were a marvelous end to my quest. The gratuitous extras just fell into my basket by accident. (I could have had a sweaters worth of the red, but I was virtuous. I could have had a sweaters worth of the cream, but I resisted.)
There was room in the big yarn sweater bin, so it is hardly stash enhancement. It was stash maintenance.
I love the feeling of these small mills yarns (though Briggs and Little is hardly small). I love how you sink your fingers in and you know that this stuff comes from sheep. You know it is only one step away from the farm. There is a trueness, a clarity of purpose and a simplicity that appeals very strongly to me.
For all that there are hundreds of soft delicious yarns on the market, for all that I have a goodly stock of these in my stash, sometimes I just need to feel a closer connection to where I come from. It is like knitting with a little piece of home.