Those of you living in the Battle Creek or Kalamazoo areas, you are in luck! You’ve got some amazing people looking out for you in the yarn retail therapy and fun events department. A few weeks ago at work, I went through a phone-tag-flip-and-tip with Kelly, who’s opening up Your Local Yarn Shop, a new yarn store in Battle Creek, this fall. Since her business is so new, she needed helped getting affiliated with TNNA in time to go to market, which required some phoning and faxing to prove that she actually is a customer of Lorna’s Laces. We know she’s a customer because she bought a huge amount of Sheperd Sock yarn in natural for KalamazooKnits dyeing workshops this summer!

Because they are such fantastic people (that is where the great luck for you Michiganers comes in), Erica from KalamazooKnits brought this sock yarn they had dyed to the show as a thank-you for helping them get in! (I wasn’t at TNNA but the goodies came home with the rest of the Lorna’s crew and booth stuff.) The yarn was dyed using Wilton’s food coloring dyes, which is the method they’ll be teaching if you can catch up with them this summer.

What I’m wondering is: how did they know me so well to pick out such perfect colors? I just love that bold, deep green, and I’m pretty impressed by how nicely it plays with the bright orange. I also really like the method they used to dye it– the color throws are all different lengths, so the yarn should do something unpredictable when I knit it up! I haven’t picked out a sock project for this yarn yet, but I know it will be a fun one.