Tuesday, September 16, 2014


One friend can change
your whole life.

~ Pinterest

My best friend, Heather, is
married to a French Canadian
and every year they spend time
in Quebec with his family.
This year Heather visited the
last remaining mill in Quebec
and brought me back a present.
I have no idea as to the weight
or even how much yarn there
is in the hank, but I love this
yarn. Can anyone suggest what
I should do with it?  I have no
information on the yarn at all.
Should I make a gauge swatch?
Weigh it?  I really want to knit
something, but am kind of stuck.
Thank you Heather for thinking
of me, the yarn is beautiful.


  1. What a lovely gift, such a sweet friend. Wish I could help, I have no idea :) Looking forward to seeing what others might say though.

  2. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift! My idea would be to knit a scarf which could be turned into a cowl. If you choose a pattern that does not have very many repeats you'd be able to use up all of the wonderful yarn.

  3. Count the strands and multiply by the length of the skein for the yardage and then you can do a wraps per inch around a ruler for a ball park thickness. What a lovely gift :-).

  4. okay here it goes.....I think you have at least 200 yards plus, maybe up to 400 yards. I am guessing that it is worsted weight. Get a pair of size 8 needles and do a swatch and see if it approximates 5 stitches to the inch. go up or down a size until you like the look of your swatch, then you can figure out if it is dk, worsted, or aran weight.

    I'd pick a cowl pattern that is around 200 yards and then if I had left over yarn I would make some mitts :)

    Your heather is a keeper!! Hopefully someone else will have some thoughts....how about Steph???

  5. That is lovely yarn and a lovely friend you have. My hubby is from Quebec too.
    suggestions: What Karen said :)
    Have fun!

  6. What a sweet way to be remembered by a close friend! It is beautiful yarn...makes me want to reach through the monitor screen and touch it! :)

  7. I think Karen nailed it.....although my totally uneducated guess is that this might be aran weight. I always love reading Elizabeth Zimmerman who really never seemed too concerned with yarn weight or needle size....grab some needles, start knitting and see if you like what you get! You obviously have plenty for a hat, cowl, scarf, or mitts. Not enough for a sweater or afghan. So, I say......have fun with it. You and Emerson might end up with matching somethings. :)

  8. I love Quebec, and how wonderful for your friend to have visited its last woolen mill. Sad that it should be the last. Sigh. What a dear friend to have brought you such a beautiful gift!

  9. Jumping in to agree with Karen and Steph (and Elizabeth Z.!) What a sweet friend you have, Tracey. Happy Wednesday! xo Lisa

  10. Oh, lucky you to have such a friend and I love your quote - one friend really can change your whole life. Your new yarn is so lustrous and I find its history fascinating, there really aren't many mills left in Canada sadly. My own town used to have a woollen mill that produced some fine blankets. In any case, this yarn looks really hardwearing from your photos in which case I think they would make some beautiful aran mittens... Can't wait to see what you decide! xo