December 20: Crazy Fun!

Shortly after moving into our current location, the novelty yarn craze hit. If it was sparkly, furry, wild, or weird we had it. Mom HATED novelty yarns, however her disdain came in useful. Whenever I would order yarn, the more mom carried on about how “tacky” or “gaudy” it was, the more I bought. She had a knack for picking the hot sellers!
We were stocked to the ceiling with novelty yarns. Fortunately that was before smart phones came out, so there is little photographic evidence. Once this craze died off, like everyone else we found ourselves up to our eyeballs in novelty yarn that no one seemed to want anymore. We were so relieved when we finally pushed the last skeins out the door. Afterwards, whenever a sales rep would whip out a skien of novelty yarn we’d recoil, probably from shell shock – or should I say glitter shock.
Ready or not, novelties are creeping back into the landscape. I like to think they are coming back in a more tasteful way, and a bit more reserved perhaps. I have a lot of yarns to tell you about today, so let’s get this party started!

Trendsetter Yarns
No one does novelties quite like Trendsetter, plus Barry the owner is one of the nicest people I’ve yet to meet in this industry. He put on one heck of a workshop for us once at one of our Knit Outs. It makes me happy when I buy yarn from nice folks.
Dune Dune
I love this yarn. I loved it 20 years ago, and I love it just as much today. It is just so beautiful!
Blossom Blossom
Another old friend. This was a hot seller way-back-when, so we thought it was time to bring it back. Soft and plush, with a bit of colorful fun.
CinCin means “cheers” in Italian, and this yarn packs a party of color into each skein. Shiny, slubby, and sleek!
Now, before you start looking up patterns written for these yarns STOP. Most of the patterns rolling around are reminiscent of the novelty craze of yore. This is not how I envision them. They JUST rolled in the door and we have not had a chance to do our magic. I can tell you that Dune and CinCin really shine in a simple classic pattern. Blossom will be whipped up into a cuddly baby blanket! So consider this a bit of a preview, although all three yarns are in stock now.

The queen among Indie dyers, Laura Bryant is in a league of her own. Nowhere will you find an independent dyer with the background and experience that Laura brings to the dye pot. After graduating with a degree in fine arts, Laura started Prism Yarns and has been making the yarn world more colorful for over 34 years. Not all “indie” dyers actually dye their yarn themselves, including some of the small companies. Laura personally dyes her stock! So while many think of Prism as a big company, the truth is that she’s as Indie as you can get.
Stuff Stuff
Prism’s signature yarn, Layers Stuff is a modernized version featuring a tonal color palette that lets the texture really shine through.
It is too bad they haven’t invented an actual “touch” screen, because you seriously need to feel this yarn. It is so soft and luxurious! In my perfect world all of my bedding would be knit with Plume, although I might just want to stay there all day.
Prism has some nice patterns featuring Stuff and Plume. psst…the Plume Cowl to the left is a free download!
Plume CowlGoldilocks Poncho
Merino Mia Gradient Packs
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Beautiful EIGHT skein gradients, featuring 2oz skeins of Merino Mia, a superwash fingering weight wool. The packs contain enough yarn to knit nearly any shawl or wrap. Prism has several patterns featuring Merino Mia Gradients, including a two-for-one shawl duo that can be made with just one gradient pack.
Symphony Six Packs
Symphony Six Pack
If you’re looking for something a bit larger, these packs contain SIX skeins of a worsted weight, wool/cashmere blend, plus a pattern with two shawl options.

You can always count on the Europeans for novelty yarns. These trends seem to begin across the pond, and are a good indicator of things to come.
A light and lofty yarn with little dots of color!
This one is pretty wild, yet fun!

Drago Hat
I whipped up a couple of hat designs for both Drago and Ario. I thought Drago would benefit from a pairing with a more laid back friend. Ario isn’t quite as wild, but I thought it would really pop against a coordinating color backdrop. Plus it makes a fantastic pompom!
Ario Hat
Today I am sharing my Brimmed Hat pattern with you, and will be giving away yarn to knit both of these hats! One lucky reader will win the yarn for the Ario Hat, and another for the Drago hat.
Simply state which hat you’d like to make (just pick one), and the color of Ario or Drago you’d like to win. You can see the colors for Ario here, and Drago there. We’ll pair them up with a coordinating shade of Wool Addicts Fire for you. You have until midnight tonight! Sorry, drawing is over!


  • Sheri Blaylock

    20.12.2018 at 04:24

    Love Ario #78 and the pom pom hat! So cute!

  • Beth Seeliger

    20.12.2018 at 06:51

    I think my little grandaughter would love a sparkly pom pom hat made from Ario #78.

  • Bernadette Ray

    20.12.2018 at 07:23

    I like Drago in #94.

  • Jill Smoot

    20.12.2018 at 08:47

    Ario #62
    Drago hat

  • Cassie Baugh

    20.12.2018 at 08:52

    Ario #05 would make a lovely hat!

  • Amy

    20.12.2018 at 09:07

    Ari #29 would be fun to knit up & wear to a Thunder Game!

  • Karyn Cook

    20.12.2018 at 09:07

    I like Drago in #09

  • Pattye McAbee

    20.12.2018 at 09:16

    Prefer the ario hat color #78, but if drago, #09.

  • Jenny E.

    20.12.2018 at 09:18

    Ario#18 I need a pom pom hat!

  • Jennifer Walker

    20.12.2018 at 09:28

    Drago #60. I like the red!

  • Chandra

    20.12.2018 at 09:29

    Ario #05 would be super cute!

  • Mary

    20.12.2018 at 09:44

    I rarely wear hats but I sure am happy to see Prism & Trendsetter yarns again! Fun stuff.

  • Stevie

    20.12.2018 at 09:48


  • Anita

    20.12.2018 at 09:49

    The Pom hat and Aria #35

  • Judy

    20.12.2018 at 10:25

    Definitely drago. I like the colors you used so #11

  • Ellen

    20.12.2018 at 10:43

    Just commenting on this post … those gradient packs would make a lovely fade shawl

  • Debbie walker

    20.12.2018 at 10:45

    Aria #29 in the Pom Pom hat

  • Tammy Adamson

    20.12.2018 at 11:06

    Ario 35, non Pom Pom hat please.

  • Carolyn Kirschstein

    20.12.2018 at 11:30

    Would love a Pom Pom hat in Aria 94

  • Gerre Slaton

    20.12.2018 at 11:47

    My granddaughter would love a pom Pom hat! Thank you for the pattern!
    Ario #35

  • Someyeh Mirambeigui

    20.12.2018 at 11:57

    Brimmed hat! Ario #78

  • BIRGIT Mosier

    20.12.2018 at 12:33

    Ario# 29 please

  • Sarah Steele

    20.12.2018 at 12:54

    They are all lovely but I like the ario #78.

  • Laura

    20.12.2018 at 13:24

    Ario #35 and pom hat

  • Amanda Shirley

    20.12.2018 at 14:50

    I like the Ario hat in #62.

  • Renee

    20.12.2018 at 15:06

    I’d like to make the coral-styled hat with Ario #35.

  • Tammie Hulsey

    20.12.2018 at 15:21

    Ario #78! I don’t have a pompom hat!

  • Teresa

    20.12.2018 at 15:46

    I like Ario 26.

  • Brandie Ferguson

    20.12.2018 at 16:03

    Ario #62 and either hat pattern would be great 🙂

  • Merrie Roach

    20.12.2018 at 17:28

    I love the Drago hat–in orange and black for OSU, of course!

    • knorthup

      21.12.2018 at 08:27

      Congratulations! You’ve won yarn to make a Drago knit hat. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Sarah Bailey

    20.12.2018 at 18:42

    Tough choice! The Ario #78, I think.

  • Alexandra Edwards

    20.12.2018 at 18:57

    Ario #29 would make a lovely hat for my little girl 🙂

  • Bonnie Malone

    20.12.2018 at 18:59

    I would like to make an Ario hat please

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    20.12.2018 at 21:53

    Coral Hat with Ario #78

  • Courtney Wilson

    20.12.2018 at 23:01

    Ario #05. The Drago looks like a fun yarn too.

    • knorthup

      21.12.2018 at 08:27

      Congratulations! You’ve won yarn to make an Ario knit hat. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Patricia Riden

    20.12.2018 at 23:29

    Drago #94. I really like that crazy hat!

  • Heidi

    20.12.2018 at 23:39

    Ario #5

  • Kathy Plummer

    21.12.2018 at 18:22

    Ario #35