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Contest: The Great Stash Giveaway

By Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner
September 20, 2017
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  • Red Heart acrylic at age 10 for my first scarf with my grandmother

    • Red Heart acrylic at age 10 for my first scarf with my big sister, Christine Simms. Thanks for teaching me and being so patient with me.

      • Aww–you’re quite welcome! And now I keep learning about new (to me) knitting techniques from you.

      • Caron simply soft in a beautiful lavender shade to make a basket weave baby blanket for a friend of mine at work when I was in my early 20s. Little did I know that one project would lead to an obsession. I knit everyday as much as I can. And I can’t wait to teach my daughter!

    • This would have been winter 1981. I bought a red fuzzy blend for a pullover I worked on all during my first college winter break. I think my sister still has it!

  • Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn. Cotton. Pretty sure from K-Mart! I made so many garter stitch dishcloths! Seriously – Cast on, knit, bind off. It was my go-to gift for my mom when I was a kid, and bless her heart, she always used them. I have some stash that would love to act as seedlings to spark joy for a new knitter! Can I join in? Don’t want to complicate things though. And no worries – I don’t have any of that rug yarn!

  • I don’t remember, it was in the early 70’s. It was red and was not a natural fiber. Thanks!

    • What a wonderful contest! Thank you.

      I don’t remember the brand but it was an olive green yarn. I wanted to make an Afghan for my Mom and that was her favorite color ( or so I thought! Turns out her favorite color was purple). My Dad helped me buy yarn when my allowance ( $1 a week!!!) didn’t give me enough funds to buy the next skein. Took me forever and there were many dye lots. A simple double crochet pattern. My brother still has it.

  • Ribbon yarn to make shrug for my daughter. Very slippery to knit

  • My first yarn was sock yarn that I bought so my college roommate could teach me how to knit. My first project was a pair of socks for my dad. The first one was finished that year of college… the second one was finished years later:-)

  • Some acrylic stuff, I had big plans to knit an afgan. We know how that went as a first project!

  • Lion brand wool ease was my first yarn to knit with given to me by my Grandmom who taught me to knit.

  • What a fun and generous contest! I have such mixed emotions about a stash. Random yarns remind me that I’m not as skilled a knitter as I’d like to be…how to assign a yarn to a pattern that the designer didn’t suggest. Sheesh. Yarns for a specific project remind me that I don’t knit nearly as much as I think about knitting! My first yarn…who knows. Probably crunchy Red Heart from a local five and dime purchased for a scarf made in Home Ec (do they still have Home Ec?!) I do still have that scarf!

  • Orange, Red and Blue acrylic/wool mix from Woolworths/Kresge to make granny squares with my grandmother.

  • I wish I could name the 100% wool yarn in ivory, turquoise, and olive I convinced my mom to buy for me to knit an afghan when I was in Jr. High. It was quite an investment and I lugged that WIP literally around the world for decades before finally acknowledging its awfulness on so many levels. I threw it away and now I am sorry. The first yarn I bought as a white-haired grown-up returning to knitting with passion was Karabella’s Aurora 8 to make Julita; learning another lesson (the hard way) about making appropriate yarn substitutions and the quality of advice in yarn shops…

    • I have no idea what labels might have been on the inexpensive, probably acrylic, yarn from the local “five & dime” store when i first learned to crochet in my early teens, but what a nostalgia trip it is to think that far back and remember the odd projects I managed to make!

  • Caron Simply Soft yarn so I could crochet a scarf. I finished it, and then a few years later, I learned how to knit, which is my preferred technique now. I still have that crocheted scarf, though.

  • It was a gorgeous, soft, springy gray merino wool. I made a lace cardigan of it. Still one of my favorites!

  • A spruce green wool that became a sweater for our oldest son then 2 years old. I’d learned to knit on borrowed yarn from Holly Welch in 3rd grade, and then didn’t pick back up again until in my 20’s. I still have the sweater – just in case a grand child comes along!

  • Yikes! So many moons/decades ago. Not sure of the brand, but i’m sure it was an acrylic from Woolworth for a scarf that mysteriously gained and lost stitches at random! What a fun and generous give away!

    • Our Warm Up America group in the local Woman’s Club recently received a donated skein -or two- of that yarn in bright red. The original price tag was on the label (79 cents) and there was a guarantee stating that the yarn was guaranteed for life and could be returned at any time for refund of purchase price! That stuff was made to last!!!
      Btw, being the frugal group we are, we used the yarn!:)

  • I had just started knitting. I bought a skein of Berroco Boboli because I loved the colors.
    I still have it, never wound haha!

  • My First was wonderful Shetland yarn from an enormous selection in the store run by 2 comfy elderly ladies (maybe in their 50s? they seemed old to a 17-year-old) in the village down the hill from our college dorms. Were there brands of yarn in 1960? I don’t think there was any sort of label. Produced a long-lost preppy-classic cardigan, with expert finishing (for a price) by those same lovely ladies, worn proudly with pleated skirts and knee socks through 4 long Vermont winters.

  • Manos in 1994. Still have quite a bit of it in stash!

  • My first yarn was green Red Heart to knit a garter stitch square for a Girl Scout Afghan. It was to be given to our local nursing home. (You’re stretching my memory: that was 1955!)

  • Rico Design Creative Micro DK to make a phone case from. It took several attempts before realising that I needed to pass the yarn under the needle between a knit and a purl stitch; once I had it cracked though that was it, I was hooked!

    Travelling to visit a friend in the states at the start of October and wondering what my husbands face would look like I told him we needed to leave luggage space for all that beautiful yarn!

  • It was Bernat acrylic, in coral (!) and I was nine. I wanted to make a vest, and my aunt guided my little garter stitch hands. I loved knitting so much that I knit all through my growing-up years, culminating in a knitted prom dress. (Yes, there are photos and Yes, it STRETCHED!) No more Acrylic!

  • I bought some varigated Lily cotton from my local craft store — a lovely white, pink, and turquoise number. Possibly the worst starter yarn for a new knitter attempting a hat in the round!

    Possibly my favorite yarn score was a big bin of someone else’s stash of all new Lambs Pride in beautiful colors that I found at the Salvation Army thrift store for probably $6. I think I still have a skein or two — 15+ years later.

  • Your stash giveaways would be an ideal “resupply” for stashes lost by knitter victims of Harvey and Irma – for starters.

    • Carol, what a beautiful idea! I think I might raid my own stash for just such a noble purpose. Now, to wait for the inevitable knitting master to step forward to organize such a disbursement.

      • Check the “Knit Two Together” group on Ravelry. It’s all organized right there. Knitters can sign up to donate/receive as needed.

  • Wow! Parting with some of your stash – that is bold, and generous!

    I have been knitting/crocheting since the early ’70’s. So…..either Red Heart or Aunt Lydia’s. You have to pay your dues, right?

  • Red Heart Super Saver in Baby Pink. I knitted my first scarf with it. I then attempted my first hat…you can only imagine how badly it turned out!

  • Lorna’s Laces from a small shop called Yarn on the Farm. Made a prayer shawl which I still have.

  • Caron Super Soft, 15yrs ago. I wanted to make my fiancé a pair of socks, and did! (I was taught to knit/purl as a child by my father.)

  • My first yarn was a thick and thin white bulky yarn of unknown brand (possibly bernat or reynolds) purchased in 1963 to make a long, over-sized v-neck pullover. I was in 7th grade, and I finished it!

    • Thick and thin yarn was big that year. My mother made me one of those pullovers. I was eight. I used my mother’s leftovers until junior high, when I bought Red Heart wool at Woolworth’s. it was wool then, not acrylic. I crocheted a beret.

  • Dark green Lopi yarn at LYS

  • My first yarn was Patons classic wool in red!

  • Yellow Bernat worsted weight to make a baby sweater for my firstborn. Knowing nothing of gauge and that this should have been in sport weight it was like the snowsuit scene in The Christmas Story!

  • Think it was a blue Bernat yarn but it was so long ago! But I have been bitten by the minimalist bug, and would love to follow your lead and give, rather than receive. KonMarists can you hear me? Any ideas besides my local thrift shop?

    • Senior centers, nursing homes, houses of worship where some members knit for charity, local chapters of Project Linus, Warm Up America (currently accepting donations for victims of Harvey), are some ideas which come to mind.

  • Rowen Yarn

  • When I was in elementary school the nuns asked us to knit squares to be made into blankets and sent to the missions. I remember going to Woolworths and trying to decide which color to pick. I decided on the most beautiful….a Red Heart variegated, which to my young self was just perfect.

    • I learned to knit during my junior year abroad in Israel..i can’t remember the name of the yarn I bought there but it cast the equivalent of $25, which for me at the time was like the price of cashmere.

  • It must have been Red Heart acrylic sometime in the 80’s. Surely purchased it at WalMart and I probably made an afghan.

  • Red Heart for a poncho. Never did finish that poncho.

  • Definitely an acrylic for a vest — a vest?! – I never finished when I was a teen. But my real knitting life began when I was a mother and i made blue cotton sweater for my then 7 year-old daughter. I can see it in my imagination, just not the yarn label, and the sweater is long gone.

  • Red Heart Worsted. I don’t really remember what I was going to make with it, but I remember buying it…..

  • These are all good stories! Mine was a Lion brand chenille for a too-wide, too-stiff garter stitch scarf.

  • Bright red Red Heart acrylic that I bought with a $5 bill I found in a rainy parking lot one rainy afternoon. I knit a long, very ugly scarf from it that thankfiully disappeared a few years later!

  • Oh my goodness, it was 40 years ago! I am clueless. But I bought it with my grandmother for a knitting class at Sears.

    • In my teen years, I too took a knitting class at Sears in the late 60’s! Small world.

  • Peaches & Creme cotton. The whole of my early stash was made of this stuff, but it took me a while to get to dish cloths. I crocheted a lot of baby toys and even a baby blanket of this stuff. When I learned to knit, my mother thought I was nuts to use this to swatch. Now I mostly use it to make almost lost wash cloths by Julie Tarsha.

  • Since it was in the 1970’s and I was in middle school at the time, I haven’t a clue what yarn it was, but it was a brown wool which I knit into leg warmers for my mother. She still has them and wears them occasionally while walking outside on cold winter days. Thank you both for willing to part with some of your stash!

  • I am ashamed to admit that years and years ago my first yarn purchase was an acrylic ropeyness at a craft store. I have learned much since then and the acrylic yarns are getting better too.

  • Brown Sheep – bulky, to make sweaters for my first child, a son who is now 40!

  • Lion brand homespun in a black and gray for a very long garter knit scarf for my husband. Before that I was working with acrylic cast offs my grandma had laying around.

  • My first yarn was a blue and white acrylic from Michael’s. I made a scarf that ended up looking more like a cape with accidental increases. Lots of dropped stitches too!

  • Candide Heavy Weight. 1982. Denim Blue. I bought it at The Wool House in Canton, New York, where I went to college at St. Lawrence University. I still had a skein left in my stash all these years, but finally knitted into by Stash Buster Kiki Mariko in 2009.

  • I plunged in with pure wool to make a cable cardigan for a friend 30 years ago. It turned out great, but I didn’t know about blocking and it was ruined when my friend washed it in the machine!

  • My first yarn was purchased at Collins Hardware. I had learned to knit in Home Ec and the yarn was white wool and brown wool for a scarf. I think it was Bernat.

  • First yarn purchase – Bernat Germantown in a nice dark green for a cabled vest. A poor choice for a first knitting project. Brought from a LYS (in DeWitt, NY? In 1956? Who would’ve believed it?) The owner had no patience with an 8th grade beginner. Project got to the armholes and then inaugurated the UFO pile. And I didn’t knit again until college.

  • Rowan Ribbon Twist in mid grey, with which I made a jumper so unflattering that I couldn’t bring myself to frog so threw it away!

  • I learned to knit because my 6 yr old daughter wanted fun fur scarves like her kindergarten teacher wore. So my first yarn, and the one I can’t believe I taught myself to knit on, was fun fur from Walmart. (insert eye roll here)

  • My first yarn was bought back in 1980. I was privileged enough to know the owners of the yarn store (my first husbands mother) and the only “good” yarn was Bernat and it was either wool or acrylic. I bought 4 colors of heavy worsted to knit a seven panel afghan. I think I got 3 done before I was onto something else. I still have the very first sweater I crocheted with yarn from there in early ’81. An extremely heavy pullover that I still wear occasionally .

  • The first yarn I ever bought? Had to be the deep red acrylic I bought to make a garter stitch cape to wear to concerts back in the 60’s. It was almost floor length with the 8 inch fringe and still graces the back of a rocking chair in my bedroom.

  • First yarn, I remember it well. In 2007, a dear friend taught me the “C” word. The yarn was Vanna’s Lion Brand. I think that over 300 skeins were procured. My older sister had breast cancer and did eventually pass under Hospice care. There were many lap blankets made (therapy) which went to Hospice. Your stash, should it land in my lap, would be shared among many. Already subscribed here, Facebook, and Instagram. Love my daily dose of Mason Dixon!

  • Red Heart acrylic in pink. I was a very little girl and my mom, who did not knit, asked one of her friends to teach me.

  • The first yarnI knit with was a mystery pink ball from my mom’s stash, but the first yarn I purchased was Lion Brand Wool-Ease.

  • I went right down and bought some Paton’s acrylic baby yarn for my very first baby blanket for my very first grandchild.

  • I remember knitting a red scarf at night, not sure how old I was but in junior high (so that dates me, not called that anymore!) and my mother telling me it was late and I should go to bed. But I couldn’t stop, and ended up still knitting after she and my Dad had gone to bed. I remember the yarn was red and probably Red Heart acrylic, but not sure, it could have been wool. She was the one who had taught me to knit and I remember her telling me it was worth it to use the best yarn you could get.

  • Some brown acrylic for a vest with cables, I think. It might have been wool, but I doubt it–this was back in the late 60s and I was in high school

  • My first yarn was an Ella Rae alpaca blend; I no longer have the tag but still have the yarn. It was love at first sight! Colors of purples and greens, and I loved the name, Ella Rae too. I went home and learned to knit with some Bernat acrylic my MIL had on hand. Have been knitting ever since, but still haven’t been able to let go of the first skein.

  • A big hank of acrylic baby weight so I could learn to knit baby hats for my friend’s church fair. She was desperate, but I persevered and all kinds of “new doors” opened.

  • The first yarn I used would have been my grandmother’s as she taught me to knit as a wee girl. I am guessing that the first yarn I bought would have been Paton’s Canadiana or the like, to make granny squares, for an afghan that I still have, 50 years on. Thanks for the contest. Not that I need more yarn, I am admittedly greedy.

  • My first yarn purchase was a Christmas stocking kit. It was santa climbing out of the chimney. And believe it or not, I did not knit at the time. I taught myself, probably using some bad techniques, but my young boys each got a Christmas stocking. I put knitting away for many years and took it up again when the mason dixon book came out. I joined ROWAN international and envied Ann and Kay and their magazine collection. Over the years I have collected a sizable stash, but as any knitter will tell you, we always yearn for more. And I already get snippets and love it along with all the wonderful suggestions of dvds and podcasts to knit by. You gals are great!

  • Lion brand wool-ease along with size 7 and size 13 needles. And yes, I did knit it on the 7s and the recipient still wears it! It’s so dense that it will last forever.

  • I think the first yarn I bought with the intention to knit was lion brand homespun. But I learned to knit with Cestari worsted in red.

  • What a treat for whoever wins!!! Wow! My first yarn was either Rowan handknit cotton or a novelty ladder ribbon yarn! I started knitting in the late 90’s when that stuff was HOT 🙂 I’ve come full circle and now my favorite yarn is 100% wool yum yum. Thanks for the chance to win your stashes. I love your blog!

  • Amazing! I had no idea stashes could be so sophisticated and diverse. My first yarn was definitely Red Heart acrylic for crocheting doll blankets as a kid. I didn’t know anything else existed until the World Wide Web opened my eyes.

  • Red Heart acrylic in variegated for slippers made at age 10 with my grandmother. Why not have all the colors in one yarn???

  • Some sort of super bulky acrylic to make a cowl for a friend. It’s full of knots, but she won’t let me fix it or replace it!

    • Now, THAT’S a friend!

  • Oh! And I forgot to say that I’m already a snipper? a snippeter? a subscriber.

  • I have no clue what my first yarn purchase consisted of!!! I do remember it was red-I’m sure it was an acrylic- for my 7th grade home etc class… the yarn morphed in to slippers…I still remember the pattern and occasionally knit a pair now, 55 years later!

  • An acrylic yarn from Michael’s to learn how to knit.

  • I totally swung for the bleachers. I went from practicing on my sister in law’s acrylic to buying a sweater’s worth of a dark purple wool (that may of had some mohair or angora in it and was totally inappropriate gauge wise) and knit my brother a sweater. I had to have help decifering and regauging the pattern and the neck came out too small but it was intoxicating buying my own yarn and choosing my own patterns. I was hooked!

  • Red Heart Super Saver. I was teaching myself to crochet from a book! Many years later, loving the look of knitting (particularly stockinette stitch), I checked a book out of the library and taught myself to knit. 🙂

  • A skein of yarn, orange or red, purchased at the local Woolworth’s where we lived in San Francisco. I was around seven years old. It was the early 60’s, so it was probably Red Heart worsted wt., and probably “100% virgin wool”. I had begged the wife of an older cousin to teach me to knit (they were close to retirement and had no children). She declined, siting my young age. Persistent in my begging, my mama (not a knitter, but somehow learned the basics) took up the cause and taught me knit, purl, cast on, bind off, as well as K2P2 rib. I was off and running.

  • Red Heart, it was electric blue and I made a turtle neck dress and I wore it. Of course I was 18.

  • I bought a blue ombre Red Heart acrylic when I was 11 years old to crochet a snood. I was teaching myself with a book from my mother’s book stash. The first yarn I bought for knitting was Berrocco Ultra Alpaca light. Man, I loved that stuff. I bought it again and again

  • the first yarn I ever bought was red hart in a royal blue.. it was for slippers that my 4th grade teacher taught me to knit in a knitting class she taught after school for 50 cents a lesson… somewhere in the early 1060’s. I have been a follower of mason Dixon for ever!! love your books and love the website..

    • Also 4th grade, also early 60s, also bright blue, also slippers. First project where I chose my own yarn and own pattern was a sweater and hat for myself, was maybe 9th grade? It was an Aran style, with plenty of awesome cables and bobbles. I used Red Heart yarn, in the variegated circus colors. Underneath all of that cabling and bobbling, the colors occasionally aligned to form a wobbly Argyle pattern. Alas, no pictures!

  • I am sure that it was acrylic and a hideous color. I was a child in the 60’s when my mother’s left handed friend, Sunny Wofchuck, taught me to knit (my mother was an awesome right handed knitter). Knitting in the 60’s was almost defined by hideous acrylic and Helene’s Yarn Yard, our LYS that was walking distance from the apartment, had oodles of it. I know they had wool as well – I still remember the super cool burnt orange wool poncho with tassels that my mother knitted me, but there is no way that I would have picked wool with all those decidedly unnatural colors of acrylic to choose from. While I would adore stash, the prospect of winning the book has me quite excited as well!

  • WOW – the first yarn I bought was Canadiana. I made an Irish sweater for my then boyfriend – no longer in the picture but I have that sweater!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win some stash!!!

  • Patons Ballybrae in a navy tweed. I still love it, which is good because I’m still knitting that first sweater with it, many FOs later.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was a lion’s yarn about 8 years ago from Joanne’s in Nashville. I still consider myself to be a beginning/intermediate knitter. I’ve never bought or tried fancier or hand-dyed yarn as we’ve been educating children (the last one just started college) and I couldn’t justify the expense. This would be a dream come true. How kind of both of you to do this. It will be a real treat for whoever wins.

  • It was in 1963! Probably Red Heart or Paton….i made a sweater that I can still remember.

  • My first yarn was Red Heart acrylic in a multi primary colored rainbow color. With my Mom’s help I made a garter stitch rectangle that served as a rug in my doll house. I think that little piece of history still exists somewhere in the attic “memory box”!

  • Lion brand, can’t remember the name. I made a scarf with it and thought I was so smart! Lol

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Penguin Mousse in white & taupe. I knit a throw as a Christmas gift for my mother. Although it’s wasn’t perfect she loved & used it often. My mother passed in 2007 & the throw came home to me. It’s my favorite item ever.

  • My first yarn was red heart acrylic that I bought either a woolworths or maybe federals in Detroit Michigan. Remember wandering up a down the aisle at Woolworth clutching the hard earned money from babysitting trying to decide what to spend it on? When I was a bit older and had my first child I remember how hard it was to find wool yarn instead of acrylic yarn. Now I feel pretty lucky to have so any choices. Not only is wool readily available but I can even purchase breed specific fiber.

  • Germantown in two shades of blah to knit my father a scarf. I was mid-teens.

  • Lion Brand Thick and Quick from the local Wal-Mart. How tastes change…

  • Segue, by Trendsetter in 2003, when I first learned. Awesome contest!

  • It was acrylic for a white and brown seed stitch scarf that I still have. Fringe is coming back, right? I knit it at age 10, so that was 50 years ago.

  • The first yarn I ever purchased was undyed black sheeps wool for a sweater when I was in college about 50 years ago. There didn’t seem to be nearly as many knitters back then. Or maybe we are just better organized now!

  • The first stuff was a worsted weight from Woolworth’s. That’s where I bought all my yarn in the 70s. I have no idea the brand. It’s whatever Woolworth’s stocked back then. I think there was only one brand, and it was always worsted weight.

    • Having just read all the comments, I’m amazed at the role Woolworth’s has played in our early knitting lives! There’s an essay here.

      • And Red Heart too! Look how many knitters started with it, wow!

  • Red Heart probably acrylic for a scarf – a nice 1970’s olive green about 18″ wide and 6feet long using a basket weave pattern. No pattern just knitting with dorm friends while watching TV.

  • Red Heart! i was a teenager…it was the 70’s…

  • Red Heart for my first yarn. It was the only yarn where I grew up. My first job (in a dime store) included restocking the yarn shelves with all those bright colors.

  • Cotton yarn, way too much of it to make MDK dish cloths. That’s how I learned to knit.

  • I learned to knit in the 60’s when in elementary school, making scarves for family members out of Red Heart. It was all wool, and “permanently mothproofed.”

  • Thanks for the awesome giveaway! The first yarn I bought was some horrible eyelash yarn. I knitted a plain garter stitch scarf that had all sorts of dropped stitches and tension problems, but the up-side was you certainly couldn’t even tell 😉

  • I do not remember the very first yarn I bought, but I do remember the first nice yarn I bought. Mission 1824 Merino wool in burgundy that I knit into a horrendous sweater! I few years later I ripped out the sweater and knit the yarn into a much better sweater and still have it.

  • Well that depends on which part of my knitting life you’re asking about. If you’re asking about the first first yarn I ever bought, I really don’t remember. (I also don’t remember what the first knitting finish I ever had was.) If you’re asking about the most recent knitting life I’ve had (which is the one I’m currently in), it would e a huge hank of rust to burgundy (really?) colored yarn I found at my first Rhinebeck. i was with a friend who was helping me look for the perfect yarn for a hexie blanket I wanted to make. Did I ever make the blanket? Did I ever use the yarn? No.

  • Oh, I was so young. I’m certain the first yarn I actually bought, for a fisherman’s cardigan when I was just out of college, was acrylic. If only I’d bought nice yarn, I’m sure I’d still be wearing that sweater. Live. Learn. Stash. Good yarn.

  • It was red heart because I didn’t know any better! Good thing though-that first scarf was a mess!!! Thanks for your generosity!

  • I have been contemplating a “destash” for years. Now I am further inspired by your giveaway. Any thoughts from the group on which organizations might be interested in receiving my stash or is it best done locally?

    • See if there are any free learn to knit programs in your area, check the library and the knitting guild. I teach Crochet to homeschool children and I love being able to tell the parents that they don’t have to buy Yarn because others have donated it.

  • In my first knitting life, when I learned how to knit in school, I think it was some acrylic yarn. My current knitting life started many years ago now when my daughter went off to a colder climate for college and I bought a sunflower yellow wool and glittery eyelash to make her a scarf.

  • In my early teens, I’m sure it was acrylic. Woolworth’s? I do remember splurging a whopping $18 at Wieboldt’s on State Street on Irish wool to make an Irish knit cardigan that took me a year to make! Quite a project for a newbie. Fearless knitting!

  • Probably Cascade or a quality worsted when I was 10-12. My mother would not teach me to knit because she knit Bohemian style and thought it was too hard to teach me. (She probably knit Continental?) So she took me to a yarn store where we bought yarn for a yellow sweater and I learned to knit from the shop owner. So I have always used quality materials…

  • Didn’t knit until the current century, but I was a weaver in the 1970’s. Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn was a fav back then.

  • Lots and lots of Lionbrand Wool-ease in various bright colors. It was the mid-nineties and oversized scarves were all the rage on the runways & magazines. Mine had stripes and was long enough to wind around the neck twice and still touch the floor.

  • My first yarn purchase was in 1963 at a small yarn shop in the Arcade on State Street in Ann Arbor, MI. A teaching colleague helped me learn to knit. The yarn was mohair (possibly a blend but I don’t remember..I do remember that it was quite hairy. It ended up a sweater. I can’t believe I knitted a sweater as a beginner project. The needles were 10’s and the color moved from greens to blues. It was baggy and I have no idea if that was because I didn’t do a gauge swatch or because that was the style. In any case, I wore it a lot during that first cold Michigan winter and the next winter when I lived in Munich. Whoa….what memories!

    • It was the style — “bulky” mohair sweaters. I was an 8th grader, learning at the local shop, too. It doesn’t make sense to me that new knitters start with scarves. How boring! You and l had more fun jumping right into sweaters.

  • Another Red Heart hee-yah. Hey, I was in grade school, self-taught from books, knew no other knitters, couldn’t drive and had no allowance – I took what I could get! 😉

  • Everyday you provide me with inspiration and smiles.
    My first yarn was a variegated acrylic blend for a baby bunting for my first child soon to be 36 in December
    Already a snippet reader
    Thanks for you daily communication

  • I have been knitting for 50+ years, but I THINK my first yarn was Wintuk…I am already a snippets subscriber…

  • The very first thing I knit was a bright pink fringed scarf for my daughter. I didn’t do my knit stitches correctly and knit them all through the back loop. I have learned a lot since then!

  • Such a generous give away! Thinking back (to the 1970’s!) I’d have to say Red Heart for a scarf. Then I got brave and knit a sweater for my husband (then boyfriend) in a gold and brown variegated acrylic, probably the Red Heart. Misread the pattern and it would have fit a monkey!! He wore it anyway and rolled up the sleeves. I knew he was a keeper!!

  • Red Heart when I crocheted as a graduate student.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Red Heart wool at the 5 and 10 in the next town. The whole trip there with my grandmother is one of my best memories. We would always stop at the drug store for an ice cream treat before heading home to sit in front of the one fan my family owned and knit the afternoon away to Password and other game show.

  • It was a bright squash yellow acrylic worsted, along with a pair of baby blue short plastic straight needles. This was on the advice of a knowledgeable yarn shop owner who wanted to help me learn to see my knitting. Lovely to think of this yarn that launched a thousand ships.

  • Probably some sort of Unger or Bernat acrylic to crochet baby gifts. Once I learned to knit, the first yarn was Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride and I became a wool convert. All credit to my local yarn shop!

  • It was probably a kit for knitting an orange/brown/yellow afghan. What a lovely giveaway!

  • Some fuzzy creamy yellow for a cabled sweater I never finished. I frogged the pieces a few years ago, and still have some in my stash!

  • My early knitting years were supplied by Grandma, so it was probably Red Heart. I remember buying some yarn in college, but I don’t remember what it was–which is too bad, since that scarf is still going strong, over 25 years later!

  • The first few skeins of yarn I bought were “I Love this Yarn!” acrylic yarn at Hobby Lobby. I made a garter stitch square blanket with a dark blue and bubble gum pink which now I realize is really ugly!

  • The first yarn I bought was a variegated acrylic baby yarn that I used to make a sweater for our new baby. My mother in law helped me so much but it was a struggle! I have signed up for Snippets already.

  • I don’t remember what it was, but I knit a one piece leggings with sweater for my godchild. It was the first real garment that I ever made.

  • Rowanspun Chunky for a blanket. I had just gotten engaged and planned to knit it for our marital bed. Ha – first project hopes and dreams did not match my skill set!! I did finally make that blanket, though, and it’s big enough for our family of 4 to snuggle together. Love it, and guard my leftover hoard of it jealously!

  • My very first yarn was Red Heart Super Saver in a lovely (ahem) variegated blue.

  • I don’t remember the exact yarn, but it was purchased at Reuter Kaufhaus in Osterholz-Scharmbeck NDL Germany, in 1986, to make a sweater. The yarn was linen and silk. And maybe something else. After that, it was Opal sockenwolle.a few years later. Memories, memories…

  • Cascade 220! That’s the first yarn I bought myself, shortly after college. Everything up to then came from my older women relatives.

  • First yarn that I bought was a grey tweed dk in a wool blend, Filati Bertagna Royal Tweed. Not that I knew at the time what dk or tweed yarn was about. And I remember it as an overwhelming experience in an intimidating (as I experienced it then!) yarn shop with an astonishing array of choices. Purchased with no specific project in mind, just a desire to start working on the skills required for knitting an actual project. I guess this was the first installment in my “stash” ( another thing I knew nothing about) as I still had a couple skeins years later and was able to use it for a successfully completed hat. The other amazing thing is that “grey”, “tweed”, “wool” and “dk” are still favourite aspects for my yarn choices.

  • Yikes, I can’t remember! But would love a chance to win more yarn to add to my current stash. Thanks!

  • Red heart was the only yarn available where I grew up in the middle of nowhere

  • lion brand wool ease for a scarf pattern I found in Martha Stewart Living about 19 years ago

  • Yikes! The first yarn I bought was about 50 years ago, but it was probably some Red Heart. I made a sweater for my mom that was close to 3 sizes too big!

  • Oh, my, it was so long ago! I do believe it was a Sirdar DK weight acrylic in an ocean blue sort of color. I crocheted a little hooded cape for my three year old daughter. She actually liked it. She was very young. Since then, crochet has given way to knitting. Lots of knitting.

  • My first yarn was likely Red Heart and most certainly bright and variegated. I was 8. It was the 70s.
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  • No idea what brand, but acrylic for sure, provided by my Aunt Susie, who taught me to knit, and who made knitted clothes for my Barbie doll.

  • Like many here – Red Heart Acrylic, when I was 8 or so, and my grandmother was teaching me how to crochet.

  • Wow, what a great memory. Bulky red wool, from which I knitted a sweater during organic chemistry that had the shoulders of a football player and would keep you warm during the apocalypse. Didn’t wear it much but it kicked off a lifetime of knitting during lectures!

  • Red Heart for Girl Scout mittens. Many thanks to our troop leaders for teaching a life long skill.

  • Red Heart Acrylic, a variegated skein of greens to match my ski coat. I was about 12 years old. It took forever to finish that scarf!! I wish I still had it today so I could check out my craftwomanship!!

  • It was a cotton thread to learn to crochet (my grandmother was going to teach me – 60’s). However, my tension was so tight, dollies were not in my future. It took learning to knit (early 80’s) and using wonderful, but hard to find, yarn my crocheting tension loosen upped.

  • No longer have the ball band Must have been Red Heart. It was some store yarn to make an Afghan square. I was 8.

    The extraordinary place was the shop near my high school bus stop in Chgo, early 70s. The yarn was all behind a counter in boxes. I don’t think the clerk really thought this high schooler was going to knit.

  • Interesting question! Since it was many decades ago, it would probably have been Red Heart wool, since that was all that was available/obtainable at the time.

  • The first yarn I remember buying was blue, black and green acrylic for a crochet granny square afghan in the sixties. Probably bought it from Kmart. It wore well, still have the afghan in the closet!

  • In 2001 I decided to knit a blanket. I chose an acrylic boucle in greens and blues. Completely wrong for the cable pattern but that was what the yarn company SAID I HAD to use. I still have the blanket but now I make my own choices!

  • My first yarn was probably red heart bought at KMart. I was in the 5th grade and my teacher sent a note home with a supply list. Back then, things were still very gender specific so only the girls learned to knit. I picked it back up about 12 years ago and have never looked back.

  • Oh dear, this takes me back. I first learned to crochet as a 16 year old girl while visiting my great grandmother in Arkansas. Bound in on the top of the mountain by a surprise early snowstorm I listened to my great grandfather tell the stories of his ancestors mountain while my grandmother patiently leaned over me and corrected a mistake here or there. By the end of the series of four trips we took out there, I had inherited a collection of hooks and needles which I still have to this day. In the pursuit of early college, I’d put these skills away but years later at age 24, I was still in college but in my Junior year and bored out of my mind. So I went back to crocheting and bought dollar skeins of super savor acrylic. I’ll be forever thankful to the small yarn shop owner who in my first year of knitting introduced me to the wonders of various fibers and to Clara parks books that taught me how to use fiber wisely and to think beyond price to think intuitively about how fiber, yarn construction, and yarn processing can effect the final garment. I fell in love with fiber, and the story of yarn and haven’t looked back since.

  • It would have been some cheap acrylic for a crochet project in the 1970s.

  • Acrylic, I imagine Red Heart, to make an afghan after learning how to crochet in junior high.

  • Patons Shetland Chunky, in the days before I knew the wonders of natural fibres 😉

  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease. My mother quickly found a “real” LYS for me and my budget was thereafter doomed for eternity!

  • My first yarn was Lion Brand wool ease. I reminded myself on how to knit. My Grandmother taught me years before. And thus began my love affair. Thanks!

  • Dark red Eco Cascade 220 for a strange sweater-cowl hybrid.

  • Sugar n cream cotton was my first yarn, for dishcloths. My grandmother taught me how to knit with dishcloth patterns and scolded me when I kept moving forward after many dropped stitches (there were some Words about this… it’s a dishcloth, not a wedding dress!). I graduated to Malibrigo worsted within a year and together we made a sampler throw blanket (where she threw down some Tough Love and insisted I fix mistakes or she would leave out my blocks). I am subscribed to the newsletter.

  • Lion brand homespun and some coordinating fun fur in lime green and teal – it was for my first scarf, and the end result was knit so tight that the scarf stood on edge, and had the overall appearance of a muppet fleece. My knitting has improved greatly since then!

  • Hi my first yarn I purchased was Candice yarn to make myself a sweater with the help of my then local yarn store. That was many years ago. I love knitting and look forward to MDK post every day. I hope I can be a recipient of one of your stash giveaways.

  • It was some chunky acrylic blend in dark gray. I made slippers out of it, and they fell apart in a week!

  • I think probably the first yarn I bought was Red Heart acrylic to make crocheted granny squares with my granny who taught me to knit and crochet at a young age!!! Already signed up for newsletter!!!

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  • The first yarn I ever bought was Lion’s Brand when I was 16 years old. I am 62 years old, now.

  • The first yarn I bought for myself was a sweater’s worth of Candide. I still have (and occasionally wear) the cardigan I made from it. (So much vegetable material in that yarn, so sheepy, so so lovely…!)

  • Well, was over 50 years ago….sigh….Red Heart from the local Woolworth, yellow & violet for a baby sweater. So glad for so many more options these days! Already a subscriber to Snippets

  • Brown Sheep Nature-spun in peacock. I remember it well. In fact I still have the yarn. I never made the sweater it was intended for.

  • Red Heart from the grocery store.

  • Lion brand thick and quick were my first yarns because I wanted to make a ripple blanket with the many beautiful, chinky colors. I learned to crochet first and taught myself to knit later on. We don’t have many family heirlooms, but I realized we do have an heirloom skill of crochet that was handed down from my great-grandmother, to my mother, to myself, and then to my twin boys this past summer. Thank you for this awesome opportunity!!

  • A friend taught me how to knit, and told me to go buy a ball of Peaches ‘n Cream cotton for my first project. So I went out and bought a ball of blue peaches ‘n cream and a set of size 8 needles. Been knitting ever since.

  • I have to leave a comment to say that I can’t win this prize. A) I can’t remember my first yarn purchase! That was perhaps 1983 or so, but likely much earlier. Wait! I bought yarn in 1976 for sure (in the grocery store!) but whatever, because B) I don’t have that US address, unless one of you holds on to it till I get there… No. Also C) I am whittling my own stash down bit by bit and really don’t need more yarn. This is very generous of you!

  • My first yarn? I think it was mail order Lopi (pre-internet days). I remember receiving a couple of color cards tucked into that package that I still use!

  • The first yarn I bought myself was an unnamed white yarn from my local yarn store. I literally walked in, asked what was on sale, and bought it! I used it for three or four headbands, and still have a little bit left. 🙂

  • Angora “earwarmers” were the rage when I was 8. My grandmother took my cousin and I to the yarn store (in a converted train station). The pattern was free and I bought white angora yarn. Not the best choice of yarn for a beginning knitter but we make sacrifices for style, even at 8.

  • Peaches and Creme cotton! I was exclusively a dishcloth knitter for at least my first year.

  • I’m not really sure what the first yarn that I ever bought for myself was, I was so young. It was probably something Lion Brand from AC Moore or Michaels, though! I do remember my first project that I did after my mom taught me the obligatory scarf knitting project, and that was a red and gold striped squeaky acrylic hat! Totally a Gryffindor hat, and still a favorite of mine when I go out to shovel the snow. It brightens the gloomy winter days!

  • My first yarn was a bulky weight Bernat cotton, more suitable for dishcloths than the garter stitch scarf I knit with it. It was bright blue with colorful speckles.

  • Red heart acrylic for a crocheted Afghan!

  • The first yarn I every bought was Red Heart, in a pewter blue, to make a bag from a pattern I heavily tweaked. Loved that bag literally to death!

  • Lion brand homespun. That book is really good #page89

  • We were living in Northern BC and I was lonely and bored. I bought some tan yarn to knit a vest for my 2-year-old son. It was never completed. I could not figure out the pattern and had no one to ask. Have no idea what happened to it and I certainly do not remember the brand (My son is 45 now).

  • Excited! Bernat yarn to make those slipper/booties everyone learned to knit back in the day!

  • The first yarn I ever bought was lions brand. I made a scarf (that I still have, and it is truly awful) full of dropped and extra stitches but that I love anyway because my mother taught me to knit it.

  • first yarn ever: as a child, cheap unknown acrylic to make a variety of garter stitch headbands(who needs a purl stitch anyway?). as an adult: Debbie bliss casmerino dk to make a sweater for my first granddaughter, and 20+ baby sweaters and 1 adult sweater and many hats later, it is still one of my favorites. especially the tonals. love your blog!!!!

  • Red Heart worsted from Woolworth’s….a LONG time ago when I was learning to knit as a child. Lots of yards later, I would LOVE to win one of your stash’s! I have a small stash, but am one of those knitters who tend to try to buy exactly the right amount of yarn for a specific project — probably because of my limited budget. Already receive your Snippets!

  • Oh my. Lion Brand Wool Ease. November 2001 after reading an article in Real Simple about knitting.

  • It must have been Red Heart from the local ‘dime store’ and it was so long ago that I don’t remember what I made with it! I do remember making a bikini with cotton crochet thread, and I learned a lesson ( the hard way) about the correct kind of elastic to use in a bathing suit.

  • I’m sure it was red heart – it was in 7th grade Home Ec. for a pair of booties. And it was one of their variegated super savers.
    I think Maine is closer to Iceland than Seattle, js.

  • Worth a try for such a fabulous prize! The first yarn I bought was Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride in purple and orange.

  • Red Heart, in red, black, and white, when I was a senior in high school. My friend taught me to crochet broomstick lace, so I made an afghan in my soon-to-be college’s colors.

  • Dark green worsted , to make my first sweater, from bell yarn. It was winter 1963.
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    My story is a bit long so I’ll give you the short version:
    I was in my first year at F I T, studying textile design. Hated school. Too regimented for me.
    Anyway, a friend decided I had to learn to knit snice she discovered I didn’t know how. I had no idea it was hard or complicated, so I learned to cast on, knit and purl in two early morning sessions. At first I couldn’t tell the knit side from the purl side, so the scarf did not curl in when done.
    It’s been non stop knitting ( with over 35 years of quilting ) since then.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Caron Simply Soft when I was learning to knit in college. The first wool I bought (life-changing!) was Cascade 220.

  • I was taught to knit at the age of 5 by my grandmothers. They hoped that it would make me sit still and be quiet. I still, 62 years later, knit to calm down and be quiet. I am sure that my first yarn purchase was a house brand that I bought at Woolworths as it was the only store that carried yarn that was close to my house. How I would love to be sitting and knitting with my grandmothers today!

  • First yarn I bought 4 years a go when I was learning to knit came from Walmart and it was purple acrylic Red Heart worsted weight. I made a scarf for my first project using that yarn.

  • My first yarn purchase was likely Red Heart Super Saver or Lion Brand Fun Fur, to make a scarf with my grandmother.

  • the first skein of yarn I bought myself was Red Heart variegated multi colored for a scarf!! typical I know but my grandmother ended up teaching me 4 needle mittens instead!

  • I was 8 when my Mom taught me to knit and it was with a purple variegated acrylic. (I’m 55 now for context). I made a scarf for my Barbie doll, then made a matching rug for Barbie’s Country Camper. The purple was a nice compliment to the 70’s palette of yellow, orange and green. I’ve become much better with yarn choices now…

  • You are right. This first skein of oatmeal colored acrylic, softer than RedHeart, came from Ben Franklin next to our movie theater when our mother was late to pick us up after a Saturday matinee. It became garter stitch scarves for Christmas. Mrs Ben Franklin later gave me my first paying (not babysitting) job, Frim eight years I had leaned over Nana’s chair and knitting. I knew how,even casting on. This began a wonderful story. I realize that I must write it. Here continues yarn. .

  • First yarn bought, well, one could argue it was the teal cotton big box yarn I bought to make my Highschool boyfriend a giant garter stitch scarf (it was love, after all). I did, and I even saw him wear it a few times. Romeo and Juliet, for sure.
    Or you could argue it was the tiny cream crochet cotton of the same origin that I bought slightly earlier for my grandma to crochet me a blanket. I did, many balls with my babysitting money, and she did, a twin size bed blanket with that tiny cotton thread. It is one of my most treasured possessions, her love in every stitch and lodged in my heart.
    Or, perhaps most accurately we could say it was the pair of rainbow Regia mini ringel balls I bought in 2001 on my honeymoon in northern MN along with a set of Brittany size 2 DPNs and a pattern, determined to really learn to knit and to knit socks! It was in that fateful purchase that I tripped, and fell quite deep down the rabbit hole where I now reside.

  • Oh dear, like so many here I am sure it was Red Heart or something similar from a big box store because, hey, I was 10-ish and parents are only willing to pay out so much for what may be a passing fancy. I busily crocheted my way through any number of 70s era ripple and granny square afghans. I got better <3

  • My first yarn was some variegated dishcloth cotton – my mom still uses the dishcloth I made with it!

  • Yet another Red Heart! Learned to knit, ripped out MANY times. Have evolved to appreciate natural fibers now. Thanks!

  • You want me to remember over 65 years ago. I t was something that Aunt Gertrude picked out for me.

  • araucania ruca multi, up until that point I used donated baby yarn. This was my first purchase. If I won I would likely share with my mom. She taught me to knit.

  • Red Heart Yarn – A white scratchy skein to make pompoms with. And then I bought a brown & white scratchy skein to perfect my knitting skills.

  • My first project was a scarf with a blue Hobby Lobby yarn. My best friend was learning to knit while in town to care for her mother who was ill. I wanted to sit with her for support so joined in. Now a few years later we are totally absorbed with knitting and search for “wooly” shops in our travels!

  • I believe it was Lion Brand Wool-ease in an camel color when I taught myself to knit again in college. Then when a yarn store opened up in my college town, my first purchase there was a multicolored sock yarn! There are many beautiful yarns in your stash prize!

  • It was so long ago, I don’t even remember the brand. But my grandmother offered to teach me to knit one high-school summer and off to Woolworth’s I went (living way out in the country back then) in the neighboring town. Imagine a first knitting project being a sweater. And I was hooked. Would love to win and thanks for the generosity! Melanie1 on Rav

  • Trying to remember the first yarn I bought has triggered a long trip down memory lane. My mother taught me knit when I was about 8 years old, so my first yarn came from her stash. Sometime later, when I had moved away from home and decided I wanted to get back to knitting, I took a class at a yarn shop inside Rosedale Mall in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN. Isn’t it remarkable to think that there was a yarn shop in a mall? This was early 80s. The yarn was a sport weight wool in a heathered burgundy color and I have no memory at all of the brand. I made a hat, which I wore for years.

  • Red Heart! Navy blue and white acrylic to make a scarf for my boyfriend at the time. Soon after I discovered my LYS and never looked back.

  • Lamb’s Pride Worsted in purple. It was for the class I was taking to learn to knit. It was awesome!!!! I mean the yarn was fine and the class and teacher basically forgettable at this point but the group of gals. We had so much fun meeting at the coffee shop/bar after the class was over to knit together. Fabulous women!!!

  • It was over 55 years ago! The first skein was a Brunswick bulky that I used to make a pair of slippers. It was a kids’ class where we learned to cast on, knit, purl, decrease and sew up a seam. I went to the class with my cousin. The rest is history. We are still knitting, only now for grandchildren.

    I think this is a wonderful idea, Ann and Kaye! I’d be in favor of sending some of my undesignated-project yarn stash away! I have a HUGE collection of fingering-weight yarn!

  • My first skein of yarn was acrylic yarn from Woolworth’s for 23 cents (I think. I’m pretty sure I got change from a quarter.). I think it was red and I tried to knit a scarf for my father.

  • Red Heart acrylic yarn when my 7th grade friend came over for a sleepover in the 60s (yikes, time flies) that my mom bought from Woolworths. My mother made many, many blankets using a Weavette (remember those?). I cherish those blankets and marvel at the designs that my mom made.

  • I learned to knit as a child in school, but as an adult I thought I had forgotten, so I bought some cotton yarn to make the Mason Dixon brick pattern washcloths – which, I’m pretty sure, was the first knitting pattern I ever followed.

  • It was probably Brunswick Germantown worsted from Great Eastern Mills unless, of course, you count the rainbow Red Heart (when it was wool) that we spool knit in grade school.

  • Brown Sheep in multiple colors for my first set of mittens. They were felted so very forgiving in terms of errors/gauge issues.

  • Inexpensive yarn at JoAnn Fabrics for making cowls my mom had signed herself up to donate. She hooked me! I made 9 out of the 10 🙂 I have nice gotten hooked on StevenBe and the glory of merino wool.

  • First yarn was some cotton yarn to knit a dishie! It’s still in use.

  • My first project was a navy blue wool scarf knit as a teenager. It was an unknown brand of probably DK wool yarn supplied by my grandmother. The finished project was so scratchy that I sewed in some slick lining fabric. This was to wear in Southern California where the need for a wool scarf is limited.. But I was very proud of the scarf. It even had some shaping decreases to make the neck portion a bit less bulky.

  • Hudson’s Bay name brand acrylic. late 70s. The Bayshore Mall. I don’t have a US shipping address, but I also think someone who is new to knitting and can’t afford to have a stash should win. Fun stuff though

  • In 1975, a friend’s12-year-old daughter taught me to K. Got P and everything else from a book. My friend and I found about 60 one or two ounce skeins of wool (various colors, brand unknown) at a discount store in northwest Illinois. Cheap giveaway because it was wool, not acrylic. She bought half, I bought half; she later gave me her half. First stash. Instinctive.

  • What a lovely giveaway! My first knitting yarn was Rowan Biggy for a simple scarf.

  • It was Cascade 220. Recommended by my LYS as a good, reasonably priced Yarn for a first project. Still have the scarf!

  • I walked into a cross stitch shop in Washington DC. There was a small shelf of Noro Kureyon. I had to have some!! The young clerk sold me two skeins and some needles. She sat down with me and taught me how to knit. I finished the garter stitch scarf in two days and went back for more! I gave that scarf to our daughter who was in college. She promptly lost it so I never saw it again! Still have a great love of Noro!

  • The first yarn I ever knit with was probably Plymouth Encore — loved the colors, hated the fuzz; and soon switched.

  • Red Heart acrylic from WT Grants for a garter stitch scarf in the 1960’s.

  • It was a dark teal super wash I purchased from my LYS to make a scarf for my husband. It was 18 years ago and that first simple project opened many, many doors and possibilities for me.

  • Lion brand wool ease. It came with a Klutz Learn to Knit book for preteens. I was almost 30.

  • The first yarn I remember buying (1972ish) was of French origin, a fingering weight, which was pink and had a tiny slub of the yellow. It was a blend of viscose, acrylic and maybe a little cotton. I made a sweater for myself (I still have it) and a dress for my little sister (still in the family). That yarn was yellow with a slub of pink. They are two of the most beautiful things I have ever made.

  • Very 1st yarn for my very 1st knit project: Shibui Silk Cloud and Staccato, to make a Mix No.3 shawl. Loved it so much I knit the same thing in four different colors.

  • As I vaguely remember the yarn was included in a how to knit kit. All I can remember is the round red plastic lidded basket (must be where my obsession for baskets comes from). This was in the 60’s so my memory is vague. The included yarn must have been an acrylic yarn. I’m thinking that this was soon after my cousin’s grandma taught me how to knit, Thus the gift of the kit.

  • I bought some Rowan Big Wool in 2004 to remind myself how to knit so I could teach my kids.

  • The first ball I remember choosing for purchase was a lovely lavender color nylon, and I still have some of it in my stash. It dates from about 1963. I was an Air Force kid living overseas and had a longish bus ride to the American dependents’ school. A seventh-grade girl taught me how to knit, and my first complete project was a white wool garter stitch object that became a clutch.

  • My first yarn was Red Heart wool something over sixty years ago, and I’m sure it was probably a gift from my grandmother, who taught me to knit and crochet.

  • Red Heart, of course! My Grandmother and I went to a department store called Gibsons after I broke ribs in a nasty fall of a diving board! She taught me to crochet in hopes it would keep me still.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was a purple acrylic eyelash yarn when I was 14 or 15. I remember my friend and I who also just learned to knit, sat under her bunk bed knitting these tiny little purses out of that yarn, while watching blues brother’s and eating candy.

  • The first yarn I ever bought myself ( not given to me by my mom or grandmother) was a locally spun and dyed wool from a small farm in Vermont when I was at Middlebury College. It smelled like the sheep it came from and was still filled with lanolin (some was undyed). I designed a hat for my then-boyfriend-now-husband which he still wears. I knit his name upside down into the inside of the brim. It was my first design. The year was 1982.

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  • I’m not sure of the name of the yarn but I bought from some yarn company in NYC. I had a sample card of all sort of weights of yarn. This was about 60 years ago and I had to order it via snail mail. I’m sure I may still have some of that yarn. I know I still have items made from the yarn.

  • My first yarn purchase were a number of hanks of Burnham Trading Post Churro tapestry wool. I was a brand new tapestry weaver learning Navajo weaving.

  • My first yarn was one ball of a handspun thick and thin yarn to make a scarf. This hooked me and I bought a sweaters worth of Lana Grossa Royal Tweed in a wonderful orange, to make my first sweater. I still wear the sweater. It’s the only orange sweater I have ever owned.

  • Lionbrand to make a small blanket. I was just learning to knit and couldn’t tell a purl from a knit! I still have the blanket. It’s kinda crazy looking!

  • Wow, that’s a ton of yarn! I don’t remember the first yarn I ever bought–probably something from the shelves of Michaels. The first yarn I remember buying was some Araucania Itata, and I made some socks.

  • I can’t remember what brand it was (does it count anyway??), although I know where I bought it and that it was pale yellow and cotton and used for a baby blanket for a close friend (whose baby is now a junior in college). Then I quit knitting for about a decade until I bought some Lion Wool Ease to make a scarf for my son.

  • It was a pale blue acrylic yarn, purchased in Tripoli, Libya in the late 1950s, which became my first — totally unwearable — sweater. I didn’t understand gauge, and I only had one size of needles, and my short sleeved seed-stitch pullover could easily have fit a linebacker. I’ve come a long way . . .

  • Thanks so much for this great contest!
    The first yarn I actually bought for myself was some pale green cotton yarn, that I think was Sirdar, in the late 60’s/early 70’s.
    I had plans to make a summer top. Ask me if I ever finished it.

  • Along with my first set of knitting needles, I bought a ball of ecru Peaches and Creme cotton to practice with. My mom had a lot of acrylic Red Heart in her stash (she crocheted) but I hated how it felt and thought the cotton would be easier to work with.

  • That’s easy – the first yarn I ever bought was Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease. I had purchased their learn-to-knit book & that’s what it came with. I knit a long stockinette stitch scarf. It’s probably back in a closet somewhere. That was back in 2000.

  • Can’t remember the brand but it was very fine. I bought 3 colors and knitted them together. My first project was a sweater! I was too inexperienced to be afraid.

  • I took a knitting class at the Sears where I grew up. I do believe my first yarn purchase was Sears brand yarn. The yarn was a sky blue acrylic.

  • I think it was Red Heart worsted in black or navy blue to knit the garter stitch slippers with pom poms.

  • Me too. My first yarn was Red Heart rainbow acrylic around 60 years ago. My beloved grandmother showed me how to knit on one of those spool things. I don’t think I ever did anything with the long tube if yarn I created. My grandmother also taught how to knit using straight needles. I still own a lot of her collection of 14″ straight needles.

  • I was fortunate to unknowingly wander into my LYS, where the owner helped me choose a skein of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride. I still love that yarn.

  • An Adirondack’s fuzzy yarn for a scarf. What a ride since then!!!

  • Oh my good goodness. I love yarn and you ladies are amazing. I love your song and have to listen to “I didn’t knit this for you” quite often when the feeling hits. This yarn stash would mean a lot to me. I moved to take care of my Mom and in the move I lost a lot. I love all kinds of different and unusual yarns for many things.
    Thanks for the contest! Best regards to Kay and Ann!!

  • Wow, the first yarn I bought was Lion Brand Homespun. I think the color was called Maui. Not the easiest yarn for a raw beginner to use!

  • My first yarn purchased by me was certainly some RedHeart from Wal-Mart. My tastes have certainly changed since then, but it was definitely my gateway yarn.

  • Noro Silk Garden. I took a how to knit class at my LYS. I was overwhelmed by the choices and grabbed a skein from the closest display. I wasn’t mad. Lovely yarn.

  • I cant recall the first yarn, something in my mother’s stash I assume. I can say my taste the finer yarns has grown.

  • I bought my first yarn 70 years ago,. Do you really think I remember the brand? I did buy a lot of Red Heart early on. Now I buy only natural fibers or a high quality mix.

  • Manos del Uruguay was my first yarn purchase. I could not knit, or thought I couldn’t knit, but I walked by the window of an LYS and fell in love.

  • Red Heart white acrylic that I purchased at Ben Franklin along with Susan Bates needles and a Leisure Arts book “Learn to Knit”. I was expecting my first baby (who turned (cough) 30 (cough) this year) and I wanted to knit something for him/her to wear coming home from the hospital. I knit so much trying to learn that I had dreams about knitting. I finished the jacket, bonnet and booties before she was born but of course they were too big and she wore something else. But I remember quite vividly how proud I was of my accomplishment and I’ve been knitting ever since.

  • After lots of Sayelle, Red Heart, Bernat Handicrafter and Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, the first yarn shop yarn that I ever bought was a beautiful autumn colors mohair ombré from which I made a garter stitch scarf on big needles for my daughter. I can’t remember the name of the yarn, I didn’t save the ball band and I didn’t store information on Ravelry back then and I regret all of that. But it came in a ball. The first yarn shop yarn that I bought and can remember the name of is Cascade 220 Heathers in 9407 Celery and I am in the process of making Lion Brand’s My First Raglan Cardigan from it.

  • I think it was a lions brand wool-ease. It felt so expensive and luxurious at the time. 20 year old me had no idea how big the world of yarn was. 😉

  • Sears and Robuck brand, ordered coordinating fabric and yarn in heather green about 1962 (age 13). I made the a-line skirt, started the sweater but never finished it, sadly. At some point the half-finished sweater and yarn went to some great stash-down in the sky.

  • The first yarn I bought was peaches and cream cotton from Walmart. It turned into dishcloths, reusable swiffer head cloth, and a hat.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Coats and Clark/Red Heart crochet thread from Woolworth’s. I was in sixth grade, and used it on Friday afternoon “hobby time” in class. I made Rainbow colored doilies (early sign of liberal leanings). High school memories don’t include knitting – something wrong there! – but in my freshman year of college, I bought several colors of wool-blend yarn and made my own color-changing yarn by joining random lengths together, then knit a scarf.

    Super of you to have such a giveaway.

    We should all raise a skein of hand-dyed, or luxury fiber yarn and sing the praises of those local Woolworths, stocked with inexpensive yarns, that enabled our knitting passion to grow!

  • Red Heart from the 70’s. I learned to crochet very young and spent an awful lot of time making meltable pot holders.

  • My first purchase was Lion Brand acrylic in a dark green and size 9 needles. Ladies at work taught me how to knit. My husband still wears that scarf!

  • Lion Brand Homespun in a light country blue color. I used metal needles and the thought of that combination now makes the hairs stand up on my arm and the back of my neck a little. Ha!

  • The first yarn of my own was given to me by my great aunt Evelyn who taught me to knit- it was Red Heart brand, cream color and it’s what I practiced on while we talked for hours. The first I bought was a beautiful SK weight in gorgeous blue that I still have!

  • I’m pretty sure my first purchased yarn was Bernat Soft Boucle. I went to JoAnn’s and touched every single ball of yarn and, in my teenage enthusiasm, picked a “soft” one. I had no idea the boucle would make it so hard to see the stitches, hence the wandering wide/narrow nature of the subsequent scarf.

  • I made a crocheted blanket using afghan stitch of gold, avocado, orange and cream colors out of something synthetic. It was the 70’s after all !! It was a gift but I now have it again and made my DIL promise not to give it to the dogs when I’m gone. It is indestructible unfortunately. My taste has improved considerably$$$.

  • Ahhh I forgot to talk about my first yarn! Kelly green and navy blue for a scarf for my Dad. I beleive it was wool not acrylic. It was really my first project. I had been gifted wool from my grandmother for practice. I was about 7 or 8. I knit and knit. It was like a blanket and he wore it and wore it. It amazed me mistakes and all.

  • My first yarn was Rowan, took a knitting class with my mom

  • My first yarn came from a five-and-dime called TG&Y and it was within walking distance from my house. It was around 1965,so must have been Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn. It only came in solids and I can’t remember if it was wool or acrylic, the only real choices back then except for cotton and it wasn’t cotton.

    My mother and cousin taught me how to knit Continental style. And the real reason I was and remain a knitter is b/c when I was too young to knit I used to spent lots of time perusing my mother’s drawers of fabric, patterns and knitting supplies in her little sewing nook. The best thing were her pattern leaflets from World War II, when she was stationed as U.S. Army RN nurse (Lt.) near Yeovil, England (near Stonehenge). My 96-year-old mother is still living today and loves to watch me knit so fast. She has all of her marbles and all of the ones I seem to lose every day that I don’t knit.

    I don’t lose my marbles on the days I knit.

    Thank you for the generosity of this contest and for the generosity of sharing your artist lives the artist lives of others for so many years. Y’all are the best.

  • Something acrylic from a shopping trip with Grandma to the Lee Wards outlet store.

  • My first yarn purchase was some oiled wool to make a grampa sweater for my not yet husband back in the 70’s. Never did put buttons on it.

  • First purchase that I can recall: Lots and lots of gray heather worsted to make an enormous blanket-like poncho cape thing. Miles and miles of stockinette. I never finished it.

  • Lamb’s Pride Bulky. My coworker taught me how to knit. One day during lunch, we walked to a nearby yarn shop and she said, “Buy this year and those needles.” Two weeks later, I had completed my first scarf!

  • It was Red Heart yarn in three colors – red, white, and blue – for a crochet chevron afghan. I finished 99.9% of it watching the 1974 Winter Olympics. Finished that .1% 15 years later.

  • Probably red heart super saver. I may even have some of it leftover from that first project. Lol.

  • I had learned to knit very early, but who knows what with. However, I really got the bug in the mid-90’s when I knitted some “picture” sweaters for my kids that were so popular at the time—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, etc — designed by Gary Kennedy. I used Paton’s Asta (acrylic) yarn; it was soft and machine washable (!) and came in beautiful bright colors. Still have some of it— I use it for knitting Alan Dar’ts toys for the grandkids!

  • The first yarn I remember buying was a skein of Red Heart in camouflage, bought while I was dating a Marine in college, to make him a scarf (I was trying to learn to knit at the time). The scarf stalled at a length of about 4″ and became a running joke. It was started in August, intended for that winter. Then maybe it’d make a funny wedding present? Maybe an anniversary present? It followed us to 4 apartments and homes, including a cross-country move, and ten years later it was still tucked away in a box in our crawl space when I took up knitting again. Unfortunately a minor flooding incident and the time spent in the crawl wasn’t kind, and I had to part with the yarn. But the knitting definitely stuck the second time around (thanks Youtube!), and I have made him (and our two daughters) many, many scarves, hats, and sweaters since.

  • Jakobsdals cotton yarn. I was taking my first class at a shop in Dallas called Spindletop and my first project was a sweater. That was almost 30 years ago and I still have that sweater!

  • My very first yarn purchse had to be Red Heart 100% Virgin wool in the varigated colorway…was there any choice back in the day?

  • Something lion’s brand. 100% wool that was thick, warm and a little itchy. Then it was malabrigo in colors that matched my wedding colors. So many memories!

  • It was acrylic yarn when I was in middle school and learned to crochet! I already receive you newsletter and love it

  • I don’t remember the maker but I remember the texture. I zoom in on color and texture of a yarn and think of the pattern later. So…the yarn reminded me of granola. It was a rich aran weight yarn that had a wonderful brownish, carmelish tweedy look. I loved that yarn. It was my first.

  • A red and white Eco yarn partly made from recycled plastic, the first time I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival about 10 years ago. Still lives in my stash!

  • My first yarn was Red Heart Yarn. I made a pair of red high top Baby booties. They were so sweet.

  • Bernat acrylic – red!

  • It was over 30 years ago so no idea of the brand, but the first yarn I can remember buying was a forest green worsted weight, probably at Franks Nursery and Craft in Ann Arbor MI, to make a pair of mittens – and I still have those mittens, since they don’t get worn much in Southern California!

  • Not sure of the name, but it was the least expensive at the yarn store where I learned to knit….and it was red!!!

  • It was some type of green varigated yarn, Red Heart… my Mom was trying to teach me how to crochet a blanket. She just passed last week – I love that this memory has come up right now – thank you! xo

  • It was some acrylic which I used to crochet a gazillion hats…this was in the 1970’s!

  • Red Heart Super Saver for a Christmas gift

  • Red Heart – something acrylic so long ago I don’t remember the details.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was a chunky Lion Brand thick-and-thin in a raspberry color, to make my sister a scarf. She still has that scarf somewhere (I’ve forbidden her to give it away, since it’s the first thing I ever knit!)

  • Some bamboo cotton in a lovely yellow–not an ideal yarn for a beginner! But I liked the shine and how smooth it was.

  • I’m pretty sure I used someone else’s yarn as a child, so as an adult, the first yarn I bought was some Plymouth angora/wool blend to make myself a(n itchy) sweater.

  • Ooof, I cringe thinking about it, but some of the first skiens of yarn I can remember buying were burgundy and yellow acrylic to make a Harry Potter scarf for my boyfriend in high school. I’ll be signing up for the newsletter after postings this!

  • I learned to knit when I was 20 by a knitting group I stumbled into at a bookstore. They very generously gave me a starter stash, culled from their own stashes, and even included some needles, notions, and books. It was like Christmas! I still have some of the yarn, much was used, and some (novelty yarn, I’m looking at you) I gave away. But the first yarn I purchased was Misti Alpaca, in a bulky weight I believe, to knit myself a scarf. It was green, and I hated how it stretched and stretched. I’ve been a little afraid of alpaca ever since!

  • The first yarn that I ever bought was pre-cut wool for rug hooking. I don’t remember the brand – I was in junior high school.

  • Sometime in the late 1940’s I bought an argyle kit to knit a pair of socks for my boyfriend. I still have them unfinished tucked away somewhere! My knitting was so tight there was no way they could have gone around his legs!

  • I really had to think hard. It was three skeins of Red Heart in heathered mauve, blue and cream shades. I crocheted a small afghan in 9th grade Home Ec class instead of learning to sew. Nothing against sewing, I love yarn more. I still have it…

  • I learned to knit in fourth grade at an after-school knitting class offered right in my public elementary school. I don’t remember what type of yarn I used for my first scarf, but I do remember it was not made of natural fibers (probably acrylic) and it was red. The class consisted of both girls and boys and after we learned the basics, we all became obsessed with knitting and would whip out our projects to knit a few rows any chance we got! The other projects we knit in that beginning class were pin cushions and slippers.

  • My very first yarn (1969) was a Bernat worsted, rosy pink, with which I knitted a turtle neck sweater. It was my very first knitting project. I learned from a “Learn To Knit” book I bought at the dime store. It never occurred to me to start with something simple like a wash cloth. Some days I feel like I’ve gone backwards in time 😉
    P.S. I have already signed up for Snippets and enjoy them tremendously.

  • Patons Worsted – color red. 1962 – for a knitting class with my sister. We went to afarm for classes and made v-neck pullovers.

  • My first yarn purchase was Red Heart acrylic in four different shades of blue to make a chevron afghan.

  • Something soft and acrylic for a baby blanket! Did not take me long to discover my love for WOOL and all natural fibers…and the love affair goes on and on…

  • It was a long time ago, but I’m pretty sure the first yarn I bought was Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn. It was for a pillow cover that I never finished!

  • Yarn for my first major project, an afgan. It’s wool, brand unknown, and was in the works for several years. I believe I started it in when I was in high school and it was completed after I graduated from college. It’s 3 shades of blue and white and has withstood the test of time. I’ve been using it on and off for the past 40 or so years. It’s been washed many times and still looks as good today as it did when it was new.

  • My first yarn purchase was Red Heart, light blue. My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Weigand, offered to teach anyone who wanted to learn to knit during our wintertime recess period. We had to bring yarn, needles and an empty oatmeal box to store them. I will always be grateful for her patience and enthusiasm for knitting.

  • It was a cream colored wool yarn purchased at the shop in Portland, Maine, where I learned to knit. I made a cardigan with it (no starting with a scarf for me! ) using a Penny Straker pattern.

  • Red heart acrylic at WalMart.

  • A white acrylic blend from lions heart that squeaked as a was tensely trying to learn!

  • Hello. Rowan was the first yarn I bought that wasn’t from Kuhn’s Variety Store in Belle Meade Plaza and it was a multi colored alpaca merino. I made a pullover that got bigger and bigger and it made me look like I played football. I unraveled the whole thing and made two smaller sweaters for some friend’s children. I’m in Bhutan but I have an address in the U.S.

    • OMG Kuhn’s Variety Store! Linda! We probably ordered Icees standing right next to each other. You just gave me a massive memory.

  • Red Heart acrylic. Pretty much all that was available back in the day in my area. I love trying out new yarn these days. Thank you internet shopping!

  • The first ever yarn I bought was a humble cream acrylic yarn (from a South African company). I wanted to make myself a glorious knit poncho.
    I was about 14 years old!

  • Cheap acrylic yarn from a dime store. We lived in Honolulu and I had a boating accident which crushed my left hand and amputated two fingers. I was 12 years old. My wise Dr. said I could send you to therapy to regain use of your hand and but you’d hate it so I recommend you learn to knit or crochet. I followed Drs. orders and learned both. That was 55 years ago and I’m still knitting and crocheting. But haven’t used dime store yarn in many years.

  • A crocheted scarf project made of Red Heart acrylic for a badge during my Girl Scout years – probably 4th grade. It was the reddest of reds!

  • I was 15. The yarn was a pale blue mohair. It became a sweater. The sleeves hung longer than my finger tips. The body hung shorter than my navel. It itched like crazy. Nevertheless I wore it to death. So proud of that sweater!

  • It was some Red Heart acrylic from the local big box store, I’m sure! My dear Nana has produced dozens of afghans from the hard-wearing stuff, and they are treasured possessions in the homes of all her family 🙂

  • oh my goodness, I have to admit, the first yarn I bought was 2 skeins of Wool-ease from Walmart, along with a pair of size 7 14″ straight needles and a copy of Barbara Abbey’s knitting book from a used bookstore ($5). I still have all of the above, although most of the yarn became stitch swatches from the book.
    Also, thank you for the (obvious, in retrospect) ideas of what to do with my own stash of Tahki cotton classic!

  • Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn, with carefully saved allowance, because my grandma taught me to crochet by having me make a small rug for my bedroom floor.

  • The first yarn I bought was Red Heart worsted. I worked at T, G & Y, a precursor to Walmart, in the craft department, so as I tidied and sorted I planned and replanned my next project, but THIS time with my own purchase, not my mother’s meager leftovers. I was a stasher in training! I have learned well.

  • A Bernat Acrylic when I first learned
    To knit and I made a baby sweater with
    It.

  • I lusted after some beautiful thick and thin merino/silk yarn on etsy. Little did I know that it would knit into a remarkable uneven scarf full of holes! I gave it away during a church winter clothing drive.

  • My first yarn purchase was 35 years ago as a 7th grader-it was a sturdy, grey wool that I knit into mittens for my friends. My mother then taught me how to embroider flowers on the mittens. Knitting has helped me meet the most wonderful people.

  • It’ been 50 years, but it must have been from Grants, probably Red Heart of some kind. I made a turtle neck in burgundy, it even fit!

  • Some random soft yarn from Michael’s when a friend was going to teach me how to knit a scarf. I had (and have) no idea what it was, just that it felt awesome 🙂

  • The first memorable yarn I purchased was sometime in the late 70’s. There might have been acrylics before that but this one was very special, it introduced me to the rewards of knitting with natural fibers. It was a bulky weight yarn but I think the pattern is what I originally fell deeply in love with. Two skeins, $30 each, but boy was it a joy. I still have it. And as bulky sweaters are coming back in vogue I might even wear it again, that is if it still fits.

  • It was the 70’s and it was some awful brown or rust acrylic yarn that a friend had donated so I could learn how to knit. It was so horrible and my tension was so right that I almost took an eye out trying to learn. Thankfully, I have improved in my tension and have found lots of alternative colour and fiber choices!!

  • My first yarn was cotton. I made dish cloths! Pick me! Pick me!

  • Some DK weight grey alpaca to knit a scarf during sophomore year in college. An exchange student from Sweden taught the entire floor to knit. The scarf was never worn, but the tutorial in continental knitting stuck despite the blah color.

  • The first yarn I knit with was probably an acrylic yarn I used when my grandmother was teaching me to knit so many (MANY) years ago. One of my favorite yarns to purchase these days is Decasquint from Flat Rocks. I love the feel and the colors of this hand-dyed yarn and it knits up beautifully.

  • All of my early projects were given/stolen from my mom’s own stash. The first purchase was probably some burgandy tweedy Irish wool for a (yet unfinished!) skirt.

  • Craft cotton for dishcloths. When I learned to knit, my mother bought 5-6 balls of cotton and told me to knit her some garter stitch dishcloths. (I got So. Bored.) Then she would not buy me any more yarn till I used those all up… I don’t remember the brand, just the frustration.

  • At age 10 I saved up my allowance to buy a skein of pink wool from the five and dime store, brand and usage long forgotton since it was over 50 years ago. I made my first sweater from Germantown wool. I already receive Snippets and frankly my own personal stash is SABLE (Stash Beyond LIfe Expectancy) but I love a contest!!!!!

  • Rug yarn to crochet potholders for my grandmothers, and mom back in the ’70’s. I now have inherited them.

  • My first purchased yarn was a chunky tangerine mohair which I knit into a pullover sweater at the age of twelve back in the 60’s. My older sister taught me to knit when I was eight.

  • I can’t remember the brand, but it was a machine washable yarn from our LYS. I learned to knit with my daughter who was in the 4th grade at the time. Her school was offering an after school knitting program. I fell in love!

  • “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby, bought with a pair of bright red aluminum US 10s. I made the skinniest this-is-not-a-mistake-this-is-a-design-feature scarf ever.

  • Patons, red and white to make a sweater out of a fabulous knitting pattern pamphlet of my mom’s. Fleur de lis and very retro!

  • Red heart in green, gold and white to make an afghan for a packer fan!

  • Would you believe cashmere? I wanted a cashmere scarf. So I went to a nearby LYS and made the leap in a big way. Still wear the scarf.

  • Galway in a bizarre teal color. You should have seen that sweater… I wonder where it is now!

  • Pentex acrylic yarn for slippers way, way back in my teenage years…

  • Red Heart Acrylic in purple to crotchet a “granny bag”!

  • A wool yarn to make a sweater for my husband, then college boyfriend. Too long ago to remember the brand.

  • My first yarn was a purple, variegated, acrylic yarn from a large craft store. My mom taught me the basics of casting on and how to knit. I would cast-on, knit a few rows and frog back to start all over again. Finally, I challenged myself to purl, and struggled with that for a while. : ) Ultimately, I made a 4″ square of random knit & purl rows & bound off. 15+ years later I still have my first swatch and keep it in my project bag! It holds my darning needles!!

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Lion Brand Wool Ease in a lovely varigated blue. I was 11 and my grandma took me to Hobby Lobby to buy supplies so she could teach me how to knit. I had delusions of grandeur for that first project, but what actually came of it was what my family affectionately called my “rat blanket.” Not big enough to be a real blanket, too big to be a wash cloth, just oddly sized enough that it couldn’t be called a scarf, and with enough dropped and picked up stitches that it was full of holes. in essence, it was just poorly knitted enough that it would serve no purpose other than to warm a rat. I kept that piece of knitting for the next 16 years, through moves between five apartments, four cities, and three states. I finally got rid of it last year when my husband asked me what on earth I was doing with this horribly knitted, bedraggled, hole-y rag. Since he kindly puts up with my yarn stash, I agreed to put my first ever knitting project to rest. So I buried in my parents backyard the next time we went home; I just couldn’t bring myself to throw my rat blanket away.

  • I think some of the first yarn I bought was peaches and creme. I was on a serious ballband whirlwind for a while..

  • My knitting has three very different eras: childhood, young adulthood, and my current more intentional preoccupation with yarn and knitting. One of my oldest and dearest stash yarns is at least another sweater’s worth of teal Aran weight Alice Starmore yarn. Bought to knit a huge barn jacket that would have fit several of me, it was frogged a few years ago and half is knit into a sweater that although it taught me so much is really never worn. The other half sits patiently waiting for inspiration…..

  • Red Heart acrylic for a sweater for a boyfriend. Didn’t know to buy all the same lot number. Never finished sweater. Broke up with boyfriend. Kept knitting.

  • I’m pretty sure it was a Red Heart acrylic variegated. I had bought a winter cape (instead of coat) and wanted some elbow length mittens to match. I must have been in about 6th or 7th grade, bought it at the small dry goods store on Main Street. I don’t think I knit or crochet with real wool until about 20 years ago, long, long after the Red Heart.

  • My first was probably a RH acrylic; easily obtainable and inexpensive.

  • A novelty yarn with puffs in it, which hid all the mistakes in the scarf I made.

  • My Mom gave me some leftover yarn when I was four yrs old. The first I actually bought was Red Heart when I was about seven years old and I made the most beautiful (to me) yellow mittens.

  • The first one that I remember buying is some cream colored Brown Sheep Lambs Pride worsted. I’m not sure if this counts because my mom paid for it. The first one the remember buying myself was red, Red Heart yarn for a sweater that I saw in Vogue Knitting. Still have the sweater and the magazine!

  • 70 years – were they even making acrylics then? It was probably very inexpensive yarn from the dime store – you didn’t turn an 8 y/o loose on “good stuff”. The neighbor lady managed to get a lefty on the right path after my poor mother struggled unsuccessfully.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was orange Pop’n Yarn from the grocery store. I made a massive blanket in Grade 7.

  • I’m sure it was some acrylic when I was a kid to make a scarf or something. The first real knitting I did was with Tahki yarn. It was a plum heather yarn for a pattern from Elle magazine when they did those end page knit patterns. Oversized with lots of cables. I somehow managed to invert the whole centerpiece cable on the front and had to frog back to the start to redo it. Learned a lot about cables, and fixing mistakes : )

  • Red Heart ‘Sparkle Pink’. With it, l knitted my first sweater. It was so tight tension-wise, it stood up on its own.

  • I just can’t remember that long ago. But, I’ll guess that it might have been a Patton’s wool.

  • OMG, having just read Clara Parkes’s book, and “culling” the stash, I have unearthed the very first yarn I ever bought! There were 2… I never was a monogamous knitter apparently… Reynolds Sonata II in a tweedy orange and off white, and Brunswick Panache in a mix of blue, purple, khaki and white. Both of them a cotton/acrylic tweedy blend. Sometime in the mid eighties! I actually knit the front and back of a vest in the Sonata. Something in me says I should hang onto those still!

  • I’m sure it was something acrylic in the 1970s. My mom was (and still is) very crafty and taught me and my sisters to knit. Mom has always been more process than project–so I can’t remember whether any of us finished a project. We all still knit and earlier this summer we spent a week together knitting a Welcome Blanket in honor of Mom’s 84th birthday (because I am all about the project). The lovely ladies at Madison Wool, in Madison, CT taught us a crochet stitch to put it all together.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was A Lion Brand learn to knit kit. I couldn’t figure it out from the pamphlet and got frustrated. My husband glanced at the instructions and got it right away. So he taught me! Lol

  • Red Heart. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet, but my friend Amy taught me to follow patterns and the finer things of knitting.

  • Probably Red Heart, I was working on a Girl Scout badge and asked my aunt to teach me how to crochet.

  • I can’t remember what my 1st yarn was but it would have been from Woolworths or a Five-and ten-cent store, It was probably Red Heart.

  • I recently unearthed this monstrosity in my mom’s basement, withered and abandoned. God it was ugly, I would call the color rust but that would even offend rust. It was an acrylic yarn, probably red heart or some such thing from Michael’s. I started making a single giant granny square blanket. I blame the fluorescent big box store lighting for even buying it in the first place. Anyway, that was close to 15 years ago with a few fits and starts, a switch to knitting from crochet, but the yarn was still from Michael’s until an ex-boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend happened to work at a yarn shop and I discovered the LYS scene (because I was little bit of a stalker, I suppose). That’s when I added cylinders to what had previously been an exclusively rectangular aesthetic. That flare up again died down, there was another brief flirtation when those roving blankets showed up on Pinterest (I settled for a super bulky and discovered WEBS, both thanks to the inimitable enabler Gale Zucker) but it still hadn’t stuck yet. Just about two years ago, I went to see Leonard Cohen at Barclays center and left my favorite hat (perhaps an offering in tribute to that incredible artist)(the first foray in cylinders from the stalking/LYS discovery era), a simple garter stitch number in the perfect color green, rife with mistakes but beloved. I set off to replace it and found a close color match in Quince & Co Osprey, colorway parsley. I eschewed measuring it and ended up with an extra large yarmulke. I remember being asked if I made it, and responded proudly that I had. “But what good is a hat if it doesn’t cover your ears?” Harrumph. Haters aside, I was hooked after that. While there had been many yarns before, I think of Quince as the first yarn from when I became a knitter, as opposed to simply someone who has knit.

  • I’ve only been knitting for five years, so it’s easy to remember – the first yarn I bought was James C. Brett Marble Chunky. A knitting friend dragged me to a yarn store about an hour’s drive away, and I was a bit overwhelmed by the selection. That gigantic skein eventually became my first short-sleeved sweater…pretty proud of that. I’d love to win this prize and knit with yarn that Ann or Kay touched – it would have special powers, I’m sure of that. 🙂

  • I wanted to make a blanket when my 1st niece was born. It was white and yellow acrylic probably red heart but I’m not certain. The blanket was never finished, it was crochet and I couldn’t keep gauge. It wasn’t until I got serious about Knitting that I learned about the wonders of wool. Thank you for this opportunity!

  • The first cardigan I made for myself as a young girl of 12 was knit in a light blue DK yarn, probably Patons since it was in Wales. I have no idea if it was even wool. I was so proud of this project completed in the perfect ambience of Aunts and cousins sitting around a cozy rustic kitchen. I’m sure that is why the project was completed. This yarn must have been bought by my mother however as I had no money myself. A few years later I bought some Red Heart acrylic in a Woolworths in the USA in some awful combination of yellow and black. That one was never finished, thankfully.

  • The first yarn I remember buying and knitting with was Lion Brand Homespun.

  • My first yarn was by Lion Brand. I don’t remember the exact type but it was surely a polyester yarn I used to make a scarf. By the way, I no longer own the scarf.

  • The first yarn I remember purchasing was the ubiquitous Red Heart acrylic. I had gone away to college, didn’t bring a lap blanket/throw, and no longer had access to both my grandmothers stashes (Mom didn’t do yarn).

  • Remember the days when department stores had yarn departments? I went to college in Philadelphia and promptly discovered the yarn department at John Wanamaker…I think it was on the 5th floor…I bought some Reynolds Lopi for an Icelandic cardigan…I still wear it, almost 40 years later…my (youthful) co-workers comment on my great vintage sweater…is it vintage if we’ve been wearing it all this time? I still have several sweaters that I made in that era…as does my now husband…then boyfriend (how can I let him go, he got the cabled fisherman’s knit)

  • SO GENEROUS!
    I don’t know the brand, but it was a very luxurious thick-and-thin variegated (mostly wine-colored) 100% merino yarn, on sale at my LYS at the time, and so nice that veteran knitters seemed a little judgey that it was the yarn I was learning to knit on. The LYS owner taught me to make a stockinette tube that she called a cowl (I didn’t know what a cowl was at the time), but it was also big and versatile enough to be a snood or even a very short skirt! I loved it, but it got felted at some point, and I used the leftover yarn to make a hat and a headband that are still kicking around somewhere.

  • Lion Brand thick and Quick, as part of a kit, to learn how to knit (look, it is a rhyme!).

  • Dang girls, I’m 60. I don’t even remember what I ate last week! As a child I knit with whatever my mom had around the house, usually Red Heart. As an adult, the first yarn I bought was a pink acrylic I used for a beginners knitting class I took to jump start me back into knitting. First REAL yarn was a lovely multicolor mohair I used to knit my first shawl.

  • The first yarn I purchased is the prettiest Noro ever. And sadly, soon went away. I knit my first sweater with the yarn and it’s still my favorite. Dress up or wear over my pj’s for warmth and comfort.

  • While I had been gifted yarn as I was learning to knit, my first purchase was Lattuga by Filpucci…a decadent 1980s explosion of color (that took a bite out of my paycheck). I still have the cardigan and wear it on occasion just for the comments it evokes (although I am still in love with the vibrant color!). Stephen West would be jealous.

  • 1971 – Bought a Granny Square Kit with acrylic yarn from Herschner’s in Elgin, IL. The colors were 2 different shades of turquoise & olive green. Hey! It was the ’70’s!!

  • I have no idea what the brand was, but the first yarn I purchased was 30(!) years ago in Denmark when I was an exchange student. it was to knit a steel blue mohair pullover that I made for my sister. It was basically four huge rectangles of mohair knit on #13 needles. All the girls (and some of the boys) were wearing them in 1987-88 in Randers, Denmark. My first host mother taught me to knit and my second one sewed it together for me. I still have it–it is far too hot to wear, not too mention incredibly baggy. Someday I will try to felt it to make a jacket and see what happens, but I haven’t worked up the nerve.

    I really shouldn’t get more stash…but this gives me an excuse to share this article from yesterday’s
    Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-vietnam-veterans-who-became-the-crafting-kings-of-the-county-fair/2017/09/18/db79f5ba-94b8-11e7-8754-d478688d23b4_story.html?utm_term=.1874c3a0a453

    It will make you cry.

  • Looking over the comments, Red Heart yarn has been a part of most of our lives!

  • My first yarn was acrylic, probably Red Heart and I don’t remember when or where I bought it. After that it was Deborah Norville Serenity Sock yarn bought at Jo-Ann’s. My first LYS yarn was Malabrigo Lace.

  • Brown Sheep brand worsted for felted slippers.

  • As with a lot of knitters who began in the early 80’s, the first yarn I ever bought was some 100% acrylic worsted weight. You know, that kind that is supposed to survive the apocalypse….Red Heart. I am so glad that I quickly saw the error of my ways!!!

  • I learned to knit around age 11 but the first real purchase I remember was in high school, maybe 3 years later. I wanted to make a Lopi-style pullover but couldn’t afford that much actual Lopi. So I bought some unknown brand of yarn (real wool!) in yellow, with black and brown for the yoke pattern. Forty years later it doesn’t come close to fitting but it still lives in my cedar chest!

  • The first yarn I bought was Knit Picks Dishie in a variety of colors, i made myself knit 10 dishcloths before I could start any other project.
    I have been receiving Snippets for awhile.
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  • I don’t remember the brand, but it was some sort of bulky, acrylic-blend, orange, fluffy monstrosity I got from a big box craft store. I sat on the porch over Easter weekend when I was 12 or 13 and learned how to knit with my mom’s cousin.

  • In 1980 I was 15 and bought a sweater’s worth of a cheap Swedish wool/acrylic yarn called Fuga that our food store used to sell. I knit a raglan sweater, in a nougat brown shade with thin white stripes. I wore it with immense pride.

  • It was a white acrylic which I used to teach myself to knit. I ended up with an asymmetrical shawl and a peculiar knitting technique that I still use today.

  • I imagine the first yarn I ever bought was something acrylic from the craft store, but the first yarn I bought as a grown-up knitter was Cascade Pastaza for my first sweater.

  • Oh the first yarn I bought was some terrible scratchy acrylic yarn from the craft store. Haha. I had no idea about “good” yarn back then and just thought “oooh it’s so cheap!”. Live and learn!!! 🙂

  • A fisherman sweater looking wool yarn from Michael’s back in the dark ages of the 80s was my first bought yarn. I made a ! Fisherman Sweater, complete with cables and bobbles. Still have the sweater, a testament to a twenty-something’s ambition and confidence. Woo hoo, stash is delightful!

  • Bernat red – Girl Scout troop made slippers

  • I’m sure the first yarn I ever bought was 100% acrylic, probably Red Heart, at age 8 or so. Red Heart was imprinted on me at a young age when I watched my mother freeknit a spur-of-the-moment garter vest, in bright red, for my favorite baby doll. But the first yarn I bought when I re-entered the craft seriously, at age 19, was Lion Brand Wool-Ease, and I still use Wool-Ease for specific purposes. My stash has matured into a solid collection of mainstream cotton, wools, alpaca, and mohair in varying weights. I’ve recently dabbled in linen, and just got a mini skein of 100% stainless steel yarn, bespoke spun for me from low-micron steel fiber, to be used for glove fingertips. The yarn is highly conductive and allows smart phone swiping with the accuracy of bare skin, apparently! Thank you Ann and Kay for culling your stashes, making the yarn all the more precious!

  • First yarn: With mom’s money, an intoxicating sweater quantity of electric blue 100% bonafide acrylic made by DuPont for a hideous sweater for her in the 1980s. See it in Rav’s Hall of Shame “Ugliest FOs” discussion thread. First with my own money: Probably a single, unending skein of variegated – not tonal, color-changing, self-striping, or gradient oh no – acrylic worsted in a Christmas red-green-white color scheme which I proudly used to make a notepad holder for my poor father’s office. I never saw him hang it up. There were some more atrocities before I bought the first yarn that made me feel like a legitimate knitter decades later: Rowan’s Felted Tweed. I still remember the moment on the couch.

    Oh, the yarns we’ve all known!

  • I bought my first yarn as a Rotary Exchange student to New Zealand my junior year of high school. All of the host mums and grand-mums new how to knit and I learned and immediately loved it! I bought some beautiful dark brown Wadsworth Aorangi natural bulky wool and knit a sweater (that I desperately wish I had not given away).

  • I love yarn!!!!

  • Red Heart acrylic for a high school Decorative Arts class project in knitting….an afghan that sits on our bed still and warms us in the winter months. And that’s been a goodly long while ago. I have since broadened my horizons considerably yarn cravings.

  • Some spectacular forest green chenille back in 2003. I made a cardigan for my first niece out of it, which I hope she never wore – I was such a newbie!

  • My first yarn purchase was lion brand from Michaels.

  • I don’t know the brand, but it was purple bobbly acrylic yarn from Michaels to make a scarf. This is a great prize! Right now, I have a teeny, tiny stash.

  • It was peaches and cream cotton for making a dishcloth 11 years ago when I decided to learn to knit (I was 50, midlife decision)

  • I thrifted all the yarn I could. Now in reflection I realize this gave me the opportunity to learn and make mistakes and give way the 100 hats that were made without much of a burden on my cash flow. Now… though, I still love a good thrift find I am a whole lot pickier I have the confidence to tackle larger projects requiring more yarn in one dyelot so off to those natural dyers I go. 🙂

  • I was gifted a bin of leftovers that became the basis for my stash, but the first yarn I actually bought was some bulky acrylic for a shawl-neck sweater… That I still haven’t knit! The yarn bug bit hard!!

  • I’m old and can’t remember! I’m sure it was something cheap and acrylic at the “five and dime” as I remember learning to knit at my grandmothers house in Fayetteville Arkansas and that’s where the womenfolk went while the the men went fishing.

  • Oooooh. Within memory, first yarn I bought was a sparkly purple super-bulky Lion Brand Thick n Quick blend that called to me when I was depressed the day after the election and got me hooked back on knitting! 40 FOs later, here we are…

  • Oh, so long ago! I made an afghan out of acrylic yarn in 70s earth tone colors–oranges and yellow and brown. It was probably Red Heart yarn. Some twenty years later I sent the afghan off to Goodwill and now have nostalgia for it!

  • Red Heart Super saver- Christmas green, my youngest son picked the color out and I knit him a garter stitch scarf, Jan. 2010. ❤️

  • Thank you, what a wonderful offer! I decided to learn to crochet a few years ago and thanks to You Tube that is going well so I thought “why not add knitting to my list of skills”? So I decided to tackle knitting socks which turned out to be a little too ambitious. Therefore my first knitting yarn was a “sock yarn” which I fell in love with when I saw it in the basket that said “sock yarn” in a small and charming yarn store I walked into while traveling in Maine. My guess , based on comparing yarns is it is sport yarn but who knows since I removed the label and don’t have a clue where it is hiding. I have to admit I bit off more than Icould chew and have put that aside and taken up knitting dishclothes with sugar n cream cotton yarn. That is going well but I will need to move on as all friends and family are up to their necks in original dishclothes from me. I believe I’ll try my hand at a scarf…….

  • First yarn I remember buying was the only yarn I was aware existed at the time, super saver awful acrylic, and I bought a lot of it. Dark green with several skeins of cranberry, and bought a pattern booklet and straight purple size 10s and knitted a huge ugly sweater over the course of several years. It was proportional, but huge and unlovely, and I don’t remember how I finally got rid of it.

  • Lopi – my very good friend in college and hallmate was an avid knitter and while my grandmother had taught me the basics of knitting around age 10 and I knitted a few scarves with her leftover yarn, it wasn’t until college that my friend taught me how to work with colors and I made a bunch of hats for my brothers for Christmas. She was making amazing Icelandic sweaters for herself and her family. I was so inspired!

  • I’m not sure I actually remember the first yarn I bought; however, Lamb’s Pride comes to mind so, final answer – Lamb’s Pride. I am already a Snippet’s subscriber.

  • I can’t really remember the first yarn I bought as it was so long ago, but it was probably Patons DK

  • I must have been about 8 and I was mesmerized by all the yarn at Randall’s grocery store. Yarn was right between the hardware section and cassette tapes. I distinctly remember picking out a ball of Red Heart that was a neon multi with some white and I made it into a very uneven scarf. I’m sure my mom still has it stashed away somewhere.

  • My first yarn was probably red heart bought at a department store over fifty years ago.

  • Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand. And I love Snippets!

  • Brunswick Germantown was the first I bought (or bought for me) for a project for 4H – a knitted pillow with cables coming in toward the center from each corner. Wish I still had it! And I’ve followed you for years – and subscribed so early!

  • The first yarn I remember ever buying (actually had my boyfriend buy it and he was quite skeptical that I could do anything crafty) was a skein of Red Heart, thinking I was going to take up crocheting again since I fondly remembered it from my childhood. I didn’t make anything with it other than an initial chain and first row. I think he took it with him when he moved away.

  • Lorna’s Laces Shepherd worsted in a rainbow colorway called Child’s Play. I was a new mom and hadn’t knitted in 15 years and wondered if I still knew how. Turns out, it’s just like riding a bike! That first rolled brim baby hat was just the beginning. Fast forward 14 years and I’m now teaching a knitting class a the local shop!

  • I don’t remember my first yarn. I was pretty young, but I do remember being thankful my Mom always encouraged buying fun yarn!

  • In the 70’s – some sort of acrylic… didn’t find out about the world of real yarns until one year ago…OMG I’m a complete convert…and even going to Rhinebeck for the first time this year!!!

  • Red Heart acrylic when I was about 11 and my grandmother taught me how to knit. Just knit; not cast-on, not purl! I bought acrylic one more time, when I knit my first sweater for my toddler son. I thought I should buy the cheapest yarn I could find because of course it wouldn’t come out right. Instead, the sweater was darling and wore like iron. Felt like it too, so ever since the feel of a yarn and its contents have been paramount in what I choose. Well, and color!

  • Red Heart Acrylic – my sister taught me to crochet in the early 80’s and then another sister taught me to knit. Now I knit more than I crochet and am addicted to great fibers!

  • It was either Lion Brand Homespun or Chenille Thick-n-Quick.

  • It was either Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn, used to cover wire coat hangers (it was the 60’s, I was in elementary school) or Red Heart in the rainbow variegated colorway. I used the Red Heart to knit a triangular kerchief in Girl Scouts. Thankfully my tastes have matured as have I, but if I ever found any of that Red Heart Rainbow, I’d snap it up for old times’ sake!

  • Not sure I remember the first yarn…very likely an acrylic Red Heart. My first project with non acrylic yarn was a FrogTree Pediboo sock yarn. I’m pretty sure i was attracted to the name…I love frogs. :0) Thanks!

  • My college roommates taught me to knit garter stitch slippers using straight aluminum needles and red heart worsted.

  • Oh, my, that was a bit ago…….either Red Heart acrylic or Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn from when I first learned to crochet!

  • Wow … so long ago … I believe it was the grey acrylic worsted (most likely Paton’s, probably Canadiana?) that I bought at Lewiscraft (a store that no longer exists) back in the ’80s. Knowing nothing about dye lots, I got two huge balls in slightly different colours and knit a cardigan that I still have (it works, keeps the chill off) though don’t really wear in public. I did put it on display in Ravelry’s “Ugliest FO” hall of shame thread (look for posts by ‘singingsheep’ and it should come up). 🙂 Looking at my boxes (shhhh…) of BFL, merino, silk … have I ever come a long way!!

  • I bought some 100% bamboo yarn from Hobby Lobby to make a scarf for my boyfriend. It was super soft, but it she’d allll over everything! Not very practical for a guys scarf…

  • Bias tape yarn for knitting a sleeveless top. A big first project 39 years ago. Broke my wrist in a bicycle wreck at college. Doctor recommended knitting as physical therapy! That was my start! I LOVE knitting!!

  • My first yarn love was the rustic BartlettYarns, purchased on several summer trips to Maine. I bought it from a lovely young woman with a table set up in a drafty marine shop right on the dock. Over the years we visited her first proper yarn shop, the slightly larger one she moved to, and finally the doubled-in-size shop she filled with wonderful yarns and supplies. She met and married a man she taught to knit, so they ran the shop together and it was always a highlight of the trip to visit and catch up with them, and replenish my stash! It was a sad day when we arrived and found the Shop Closing signs, offset by their happiness about retiring to the Midwest and by my happiness about the amazing discounts. I still love BartlettYarns and the similar Peace Fleece – they both come in some beautiful, rich colors.

  • I was 12 or 13 and bought an off-white 100% wool yarn while on vacation in Bavaria. (I grew up in Germany.) I had never knitted before and decided to knit a vest with bobbles following instructions from a knitting book. Thinking back the yarn might have been even homespun, but then I had no idea about the different fibers, weight or that you might want to start your knitting career with something more simple.

  • Cascade 220, one skein of lime green and one of black, for my Beginners’ Knitting class at Depth of Field here in Minneapolis. I still have the resulting hat, though it is not really wearable (I messed up the mattress stitch so you can see wrong-color yarn up and down the seam).

  • First yarn I knitted (which I still have) was a baby-blue wool-acrylic blend, which became an awkwardly short scarf. Grandma did the cast on, I did the stitches; I was 23.

    First yarn I purchased, later that winter was this beautiful orange merino wool from Filatura di Crosa, to make a Wavy scarf for my best friend for Christmas… I believe it was finally finished in February. 🙂

  • First yarn was Caron Simply Soft to make a baby blanket for a friend … then I was hooked (or needled as it was knitted). Thank you, Kay and Ann for all your generosity!

  • I don’t remember the name of the first yarn, only that it came from JoAnn’s. I was determined to teach myself to knit! I did, but also went on to take classes and learn that there was a whole world of wonderful yarn that I had never heard of before!

  • first bra bought???? oh that’s a story….but you wanna know about first yarn – wool, thick, to go with size 10 knitting needles – about 33 years old, give or take and many bra purchases later.

  • I started crocheting at 9 with Red Heart yarn my grandmother gave me and taught myself to knit when I was 21 and living in China. Pretty sure I had some Lion Brand with me and bought some Chinese yarn.

  • The first yarn I bought was probably a wool blend- brown. what possessed me to believe my first ever project should be a stranded cardigan, i will never know

  • From before I have clear memories. I remember a pink & black scarf. Probably acrylic but don’t know if I bought the yarn. I was about 10.

  • Red Heart acrylic yarn from my local Sears store when I was 9 yrs old!

  • My first yarn purchase was one of those multicolored yarns from Woolworths to use with a knitting spool. My spool was blue and the yarn had purples, reds, yellows, greens…you may remember those yarns. I must have been 8-9. The second yarn I picked out was wool to knit a baby sweater when I was 10. I always hated the crunchy, squeaky feeling of the acrylics in the 50s. These days some of the acrylics coming from Turkey have an acceptable feel. Some things do seem to improve over time.

  • The first yarn I bought was expensive purple wool for a cabled turtleneck sweater. My girlfriend’s mother was teaching us to knit and that was the project I choose . Unfortunately, I never finished it and eventually tossed the yarn and the needles (I was a young teenager at the time). I moved on to crochet and didn’t return to knitting until years later.

  • A cotton yarn to do a baby blanket. Lots of stash.

  • Red Heart, way back in the last century.

  • Don’t remember the brand, it was back in the 70’s. It was very soft acrylic and I bought it in blue and in purple and made a sweater from each. Before that I had only used hand me down yarn.

  • OMG as the young would say …. My first serious knitting yarn? I think it was a Tahki, for a vest, which in true 80s fashion had 4 buttons at the CF, in a cross over style. I know it was bought at (the long defunct) Knitters Workshop in Cranford, 1984. (yikes, ages ago ….) I was in graduate school. My mother had a heart attack and began knitting again in ernest (though she never really ever stopped). She made this vest for my sister, and since I knew how to knit, (she had taught me when I was 8) I made one too. I continued to knit throughout graduate school and only took a hiatus when my kids were babies. I do have the aran sweater she knit my father. Looking forward to reading Clara’s book.

  • Generic white acrylic baby yarn to make a hairpin lace shawl from Woman’s Day magazine. I bought 1 ball a week from my $30/week paycheck (camp counselor) until I finished the shawl. A few years later gave the shawl to my mother who recently passed it on to my niece. Long live acrylic yarn! It will probably be unearthed by a Post Global Warming archeologist in the next century.

  • I am sure my first yarn was of the Red Heart variety although it was from my mother’s stash. Knitting squares and trapezoids. She knit many Argyle socks so there was some of that skinny stuff as well.

  • Lamb’s Pride single ply worsted in a bright red to make a felted tote – which, 7 sweaters, two ponchos, and 3 cowls later, sits forlornly in its original bag, unformed and neglected.

  • Really, really first? Red Heart, 8th grade, when my algebra teacher taught me to knit. First adult yarn, Noro Kureyon for a felted bag.

  • I actually can’t remember the first yarn I bought. I learned to knit when I was about 9. I can’t remember exactly what age either, but I do know it was the acrylic era. I loved going to the LYS with my mother and buying a yarn produced by a local company called Nomis. Now, I’m an older very experienced knitter and would love to use the stash to teach the younger generation about different fibers and quality.

  • The first yarn I ever bought (almost 15 years ago) was Fisherman’s wool! Prior to that I had been gifted what I used for knitting. I learned to dye yarn with that wool and still have a ball of it which I’m saving for an unknown special project. I’ll know it when it see it. 🙂

  • I bought purple yarn from a local yarn shop at age 11 and knitted a vest from the yarn. I don’t recall the brand name, since this was 45 years ago!

  • Patton’s Kitten for a fuzzy vest I knit in High School. It was too small so I ripped it up and knit it again in College.

  • So awfully long ago I don’t remember. I really don’t remember learning how to knit though I did take crochet classes, knitting must have been from my grandmother. Was probably in the mid ’60s so must have been one of the lovely acrylic yarns available then.

  • I took a learn to knit class in 1982 that was held in the basement of a church in North Vancouver, BC. I think I was 21 or 22 years old It was advertised on a poster, probably on a bulletin board somewhere. Needles and a skein of yarn were provided. Since I paid for the class, I’ll consider that my first yarn purchase, too. I dont remember what my actual first non-class yarn purchase was…probably a skein of Red Heart or Bernadine from the grocery store. I didn’t discover actual yarn shops until a couple of decades later. Mary Maxim was a big go-to in the early days.

  • Lionbrand Homespun when I was 11. My mom and I bought different colors to make a set of matching sweaters. I wasn’t quite concerned enough with gauge but did eventually finish a sweater several times my size.

  • My very first skein was something red and thick and purchased at the local Newberry Store. I saved babysitting money and probably paid less than $1 for the yarn and twice that for the wrong sized needles. I remember that the label said sayelle or something similar. The “project” was a doll blanket of an indescribable shape but my mom kept for years.

  • My first yarn purchase was Red Heart acrylic because that was what I could afford at the time. I bought it to crochet an afghan that is still in use (that stuff can take a beating from kids and dogs!)

  • I think my first yarn was some sort of acrylic boucle. I used it to crochet some squares. Not a thing. Just squares. (I was 8 or so.)

  • Lion Brand Wool-ease , lots ! I ( and family members) still use the throws I made with it .

  • In college, I decided to knit my boyfriend (now husband) a Cowichan style sweater. I purchased “authentic” Cowichan yarn from a local yarn shop – lovely huge cakes with tons of lanolin and many twigs. Not knowing much about sizing or swatching I knit a lovely sweater much too big and with enormously long arms that still resides in a bin on our porch for really cold evenings.

  • My first yarn was probably Red Heart – it was from the Ben Franklin store and mixed pastel colors. I made my daughter a scarf – that was over 35 years ago!

  • First thing I knit was a pair of argyle socks in high school (or accurately, started but never finished). So it was sock yarn of some kind. I already receive Snippets and look forward to them. I love all the articles! Thank you Ann and Kay.

  • I believe the first yarn I purchased was cotton, Lily Sugar and Cream. My learn to knit class used a wash cloth to teach the knit and purl stitches and pattern reading. I never finished this project or class, and am forever known as “The Knitting School Dropout”.
    My first project that I finish was out of Lopi, was worked in the round, then felted, and had needlefelting as decorative accents! I still get complements on this purse. That was my first FO!

  • A cone (!) of peaches n creme for dishcloths from your first book!

  • The first yarn I remember buying was dishcloth cotton to make a ballband dishcloth. Black for the “mortar” and rainbow colored for the “bricks.”

  • My first Yarn was when I decided I wanted to knit and my mother paid for lessons for me at the LYS when I was in high school 30+ years ago. My first project was a tank top made from a thin and thin cotton that was mostly white with beautiful random jewel tone bits running through it. I have long out grown the top and donated it, but I still have the leftovers waiting for the perfect project.

  • I think the first yarn I bought for knitting (not pom poms or other kid crafting) was Morehouse Merino 3-ply. I still have the mittens I made (eventually, because the yarn was too precious to use as a beginner)!

  • It was a very bright rainbow acrylic yarn from the early 80s. I was 10 and determined to knit my father a tie. It ended up being a very short skirt for one of my Barbie dolls.

  • So fun! Paton’s Kroy in rust and gray. Still have the socks, quite a mismatched and holey first pair.

  • Red Heart in that variegated .Long lazy, sometimes frustrating Sunday afternoons with my right-handed mother trying to teach 8 year old left-handed me to knit. Good time that have lead to a lifelong passion.

  • My first yarn was a bamboo yarn, possibly by Caron? I bought it at the local Michael’s. The first yarn I bought at a LYS was Cascade 220

  • I have multiple knitting lives….in my first I knit a lime green bobble pillow cover from some cotton yarn..maybe rug yarn…and in my second return to knitting adventure some 30 years later it was Noro Kureyon for a felted purse.

  • I started with hand-me-down yarn from a grandmother. I think the first I bought was the “One Pound” yarn by Caron. A discount store near me had it relatively inexpensively so I bought some to try it out. So much of my college crochet was from that stuff.

  • So funny that I bought some Tahki Cotton Classic to make a sweater. It’s still in the rotation! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Probably a worsted dishcloth cotton from Walmart.

  • Paton’s DK Cottone in Pink … I made a baby sweater, seamed and the arms were to narrow for any baby to wear. I still have one ball left and that was over 30 years ago.

  • I bought my first yarn in 1968! It was to knit my husband a sweater. I taught myself to knit. However, we both could fit into the finished sweater. No one told me about the gauge

  • Red Heart Classic from the Motts 5&10 store so my aunt could help me learn to knit for a college class requirement. She was able to help me learn, I passed the class and continue the knitting.

  • What a sweet idea! My first yarn purchase was when I was 13, (58 years ago!), and I made a yellow “fake mohair” pullover sweater. My first sweater! I got the yarn at a local dime store – probably Ben Franklin or Woolworth – and I’m not sure of the brand name. My memory fails me on that, but oh, I wore that sweater proudly!

  • It was Red Heart camo when I was 15, my high school sweetheart was joining the Army

  • Phentex to make slippers when I was in Brownies. OMG sooooo long ago.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Red Heart Super Saver yarn to make a needlepoint Christmas stocking when I was in 8th grade. When I learned to knit at age 42, it was a ball of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn from the local Ben Franklin store to make a dishcloth. I’m happy to say that I have moved on to wonderful wool and silk yarns for my projects!

  • The first yarn I purchased with my own money was probably Spinnerin natural wool (undyed, barely washed, very oily) for a fisherman knit sweater. I was in high school and loved knitting them, all the bobbles and cables

  • Acrylic from K-Mart, 1975 for a granny square baby blanket. Summer before sixth grade. Ugliest baby blanket ever. Thanks for all you do!

  • I think it was Lion Brand Homespun, but could have been something else novelty-ish.

  • Pretty sure it was Red Heart Fiesta. These days, its more likely to be either something hand-dyed, or Simply Soft. Or a kitchen cotton; I make time of wash clothes and string bags.

  • I recall the yarn was called Pop’n Yarn and I got it at the grocery store. Dayglo pink. 197holycrow or thereabouts.

  • Red and white Patons Astra for a learn to knit class. The project was a colourwork baby sweater. I was expecting my first child, 1984! Said baby, with a PhD in Biochemistry under her belt, is now in her 2nd year of Residency in Internal Medicine!

  • Red Heart acrylic followed by Caron acrylic. Not much imagination in early yarn purchases. First yarn shop yarn was Lopi at Mrs Bayes yarn sop in Oak Ridge in the lovely 70’s color range of olive green , burnt orange and bright yellow.

  • Oh goodness. Well, with my own money, some non descript acrylic in a deep red! It was from a yarn store in Philly that no longer exists, as the convention center now fills that space.

  • I bought a skein of Red Heart…Fiesta? Mexicali? It’s their yarn that goes wildly through every color in the rainbow. I was something like 7 or 8 years old; I got my tonsils out, and braided that stuff like mad. I think I also knitted it. Mad love even now for that stupid yarn, and I’m 56!

  • Like many others my first yarn was black (rookie color choice) Red Heart worsted. How generous of you to share your stash. I am just getting my stash started as a Knitter with a capital K. Thank you!

  • The first yarn I remember buying myself was Brown Sheep from Skein Domain in Burlington, VT. I made a pair of mittens because my hands were cold! Thanks for the memory prompt!

  • Purple wool from old Sturbridge village to make a scarf while I was working there.

  • Can’t remember the first yarn, but do remember the oldest I ever knit with. It was a beautiful dark purple wool purchased at Lee Wards in Omaha for 99 cents/skein. When I knit a sweater for my son’s violin teacher’s soon to be grandchild, the yarn had been in my stash for 19 years! Kudos to you both for Marie Kondo-ing. And shana tova.

  • My very first yarn was Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn from my beloved great aunt’s stash. She taught me to make wash cloths. Cotton wash cloths are still my very favorite “go to” project. I have knit 1000’s of them!

  • I am sure it was some sort of acrylic- most likely red heart. My grandma was teaching me to knit a doll blanket.

  • I crocheted from a small child and that yarn would have been a horrible scratchy acrylic from Woolworth’s. But I started knitting when I was 28 and took lessons from my LYS. The first yarn I bought was Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride which I used to make swatches to learn stitches and work on my gauge. I sewed them together and made a small “decorative” pillow.

    I already subscribe and love Snippets.

  • I don’t recall the first yarn I ever bought but I do recall the first hand dyed yarn. It was Baah! La Jolla and Grape Jelly was the color, a gorgeous purple with hints of gray. The purchase stands out to me because I was on vacation in California and searched out a local yarn shop. I had only recently discovered the joy of small yarn shops and wanted to find something special to remind me of the trip. I bought 3 hanks not knowing what I would make but just wanting to have it so that someday when the perfect pattern came along I would be ready. It was a couple of years later when I fell in love with the Vitamin D sweater and BAM I had the precise yarn for it. This is the best part of having any stash whether small or large, when the exceptional pattern comes along and you already have the most gorgeous, ideal yarn for it.

  • Wow! That was soooooo long ago. I’m sure it was some acrylic like Red Heart from Woolworths. I so miss variety stores like Woolworths. I don’t really miss that iteration of acrylic. Great idea. I think lots of us would love to pass on stash to worthy recipients.

  • Even with my stash, I can’t help entering. I solemnly swear to pass among more of my current stash though if I win.

    • Oops, I forgot to mention my yarn, it was Red Heart wool worsted, back in the 50’s or early 60’s.

  • Remember a yarn purchased from 60 years ago … Most likely an acrylic Red Heart but I can’t be certain. My choice now are all wool, naturals.

  • I’m pretty sure my first yarn purchase was Lion Brand Homespun in “Pueblo”. Not the best yarn for a beginner but it didn’t stop me!
    (love the snippets…its bitesize portions are perfect in a content overload world)

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Red Heart variegated in red, white, and blue for a prayer shawl for my Czech language teacher. The Czech flag is red, white, and blue.

  • Red Heart worsted-weight wool, (not Red Heart acrylic!) from Woolworth’s, when I was in my teens. I made an intarsia scarf for a friend.

    Actually, I just couldn’t resist giving you my origin story. Don’t award me either prize – I have enough stash of my own! “If nominated, I will refuse . . .”, etc. 😉

  • I can barely remember lunch yesterday, let alone the first yarn I bought when I was a teenager, fifty or so years ago. But I remember the sweater, a black Norwegian ski sweater with red and white pattern around the neck. Wish I still had that sweater. It amazes me to this day that I had the skill then to do that. Love your stashes.

  • I’m sure my first yarn was bought at a craft store when I saw a “teach yourself to knit” kit. When I began to Knit my first expensive yarn was at a fiber festival…beautiful Alpaca. Oddly it is still in my stash waiting for the perfect project!

  • Sugar’n Cream–the great cotton dishcloth yarn. I taught myself to crochet in the Spring of 2003 and moved right into knitting a couple of months after that. I did lots of dishcloths and then moved on to socks.

  • Wow, first yarn I ever bought? Whatever they sold in J.J. Newberry’s five and dime back in the 1960s! And I’m not sure if it was that ugly green I used to crochet a granny blanket or the much prettier white and Kelly green I used to knit a two-color slipstich baby sweater. No one told me to start with a scarf or washcloth.

  • A light purple cotton, to make myself a washcloth. I still have it and use it, 15ish years later (the washcloth, that is)!

  • Rainbow acrylic from Jo Ann’s Fabrics. Still have most of it in my stash!

  • Don’t know the brand, but a whole bunch of acrylic worsted-weight acrylic to make a sweater that was featured in Seventeen magazine (I think). Garter stitch, four large squares, in stripes — yellow, red, white, pink, green, black, and blue. Can’t believe I still remember the sequence from 1958.

  • Oh, wow…first yarn…well, let’s start with the skein with which I officially taught myself to knit. It was fuchsia Lion Brand Wool-Ease, from the A.C. Moore down the street from my law school apartment, November 2004. Also bought a pair of Clover bamboo 10.5 needles, which I still have (I feel like I should bronze them).

    About six months later was my first yarn from a LYS (which has since closed, sadly). Two skeins of Lamb’s Pride Bulky, orchid and charcoal.

  • White, navy and red cotton with a shimmer – for a midriff baring sailor sweater from Elle magazine! Can’t remember the brand. And I am a person without a stash – I buy for each project and try to think up projects to use up all my little bits of leftovers. A stash would be FUN.

  • My first yarn was red heart which was all that was available for a child to begin with. I started crocheting when I was 10 and taught myself how to knit at 22. I made my first child a rose colored sweater out of a nicer acrylic yarn and moved up to beautiful wools about 10 years ago. Since then there has been no looking back. I love all things wool. I learned how to spin about 3 years ago and live the process of feeling the wool in my hands.

  • Can’t remember the exact first yarn but it was likely whatever acrylic they sold at Woolworth’s since it was within walking distance. My first big project was garter stitch sweater for my boyfriend….didn’t know about the curse then. We recently celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary and I knit him stuff out of much better yarn now:)

  • I’m pretty sure my very first yarn purchase was a Mary Maxim bulky acrylic for a sweater I tried to knit in college. Anything before that would have been bought by my Mom. That sweater never got finished and, believe it or not, got turned into hats and mittens a few years back.

  • First yarn was some kind of acrylic, probably Lion or Caron, can’t remember! We’re talking 45 years ago. Made several crocheted blankets. Much prefer non superwash wool these days, so worth it.
    Thank you!

  • Good morning! I remember buying yam and burlap to do a wall piece with no idea how to do the stitching. I was embarrassed at my feeble attempt and ended up throwing it all away. Don’t remember yarn brands — that was at least 45 years ago!

    I already subscribe to Snippets!

  • The first yarn I can really remember buying was a lovely wool worsted – Brunswick Germantown. I started a hexagon afghan when I got engaged, and we still have the family blankie — 40.5 years later!

  • The first yarn I ever bought was a ball of peaches and cream when I was 6. I think I used it for braiding friendship bracelets. When I was 16 I learned to crochet and bought Lion Brand homespun. When I was 22 I started knitting and the first yarn I bought to knit with was handmaiden seasilk.

  • Some rose colored acrylic that I bought at the grocery store when I was 8 or 9 years old. I remember saving my quarter a week allowance to be able to buy it. Then crocheted it into a hideous hat and unraveled it later to incorporate into a granny square blanket that took me about two years to make (the awkward 11-13 years).

  • I do not remember the name of first yarn I bought…it was over 20 years ago, in Budapest, Hungary. It was most likely DK weight yarn, and I made a sweater for my then boyfriend, who later became my husband.

  • Redheart

  • I learned how to knit from my ex mother in-law back in 1994. We were on a quite limited budget then, so I could only afford acrylic yarn. I’m pretty sure my first skein was a multicolored skein of Red Heart Super Saver to make a hat for my son who was 1 at the time. I’m also fairly certain the hat was too big and very scratchy! Thanks for a chance at winning some of your lovely stash yarn! ☺

  • Oh, dear! Way back in the olden days of the mid 1960s when I was in high school, I participated in a service project in which we knitted squares to be pieced together for blankets for those in need. I feel fairly certain that my first yarn purchase was a big skein of scratchy wool which I used to crank out squares for the service project. It obviously didn’t turn me off knitting! But thank goodness yarns have improved over the years and there are so many stash-worthy ones!

  • My first yarn was Red Heart and I was still in grade school. I saved up my allowance and walked up to the Ben Franklin dime store near my parents’ house.

  • Cascade Fixation! I loved the colors and the stretch!

  • It was a LONG time ago, but I’m sure it was Red Heart acrylic. I don’t think I knew there was anything else for the first 10 years I knit! And I am already a Snippets subscriber. I love that they are sent on Saturday, when I am at home and can enjoy reading through them.

  • My first yarn was a bunch of balls of cheap yellow cotton. I had found out my brother was expecting his first baby, and decided to re-learn how to crochet. Eventually, I did work all that yarn into a soft blanket, but it ended up being for my second child, about five years later. 🙂

  • I’m pretty sure my first yarn was something from Red Heart or an equivalent yarn. I started knitting when I was eleven which was so so many years ago. I already get Snippets which I love.

  • I travelled 83 miles/134km to the nearest craft shop and bought two balls of purple eyelash yarn, straight needles and a pamphlet with various scarf patterns in Australian Rules Football teams colors. It took me over three hours to cast on. As I was learning how to do it, I made some great macrame! Almost a week later, instead of a garter stitch scarf, I had something that if I squinted at in the dark, looked like the beginning of a mutated shawl! The eyelash yarn is long gone, but I still have the needles.

  • 8 skeins of natural color wool yarn from full belly farm, where i always got locally grown vegetables. I had no idea what to make with it, and am still pondering it.

  • Oh my gosh, those are the best starter stashed I have ever seen. My first yarn, like many, was a skein of the very splitty, plastic red heart. It’s a wonder I’m still knitting. So glad we have choices now!

  • So, I believe my first purchase was an afghan’s amount of tan, orange, and brown acrylic from TG &Y in 1979. Made a crocheted ripple blanket and, although I now can’t stand the sight of it, it lives on like a cockroach after the apocalypse as the beach blanket in the trunk of the car. I suggested recently that perhaps we could send it to Goodwill and my family vehemently objected. Go figure.

  • My very first yarn I bought was Caron’s Simply Soft. I crocheted a lot of afghans with that yarn. I still think it makes nice afghans, but I’ve upgraded my yarn selections considerably since then. I still have some of that yarn lingering in my stash, waiting to be crocheted into one last afghan. 🙂

  • A 100% wool blue/green yarn (from my LYS) for a scarf my grandmother helped me make. Wow – thanks for the memory!

  • Whoa, loving this idea. Even sorting through stash to decide what stash to give away must have been a huge project! Clara is here in Portland (OR) tonight; hoping to make it to Powell’s to see her. That’s where I met y’all!

    First yarn I remember: Brunswick Germantown Worsted (mothproof!), in baby blue. I was 14, and my aunt taught me to knit. My first project? A pullover sweater knit in the round, with two cables up the front. A tour de force, but gauge was a foreign concept!

  • I think it was acrylic, for an afghan for my mom. It was soft and comfy, but thinking back (decades ago!) it was such a horrible mix of muddy colors that I can’t understand now why I thought it was lovely then. Bless her heart, Mom said it was beautiful and kept it on her sofa.

  • The first yarn I remember buying was a Debbie Bliss malabrigo in a bright apple green, which became a beautiful swing sweater for my oldest son when he was 2. I knit it after my mother died and it was like meditating. It was subsequently worn by my second son and then my niece.

  • An acrylic yarn for a boyfriend sweater. This thing was as big as a tent! What–swatch? However, the curse didn’t descend upon me, as he asked me to marry him about 2 weeks later, and we’ve been married for 30 years.

  • I don’t remember my first yarn purchase but suspect that it was a leftover ball of Red Heart or Kitchen Cotton from my Mom’s stash, paid for by doing an extra chore (probably riding herd on my youngest brother so that Mom could do a little crafting in peace or get some of her own chores done!), and used to knit one of my stuffed animals (or the cat or the Guinea pig or the “pet” toad who lived in the garden) a scarf or small blanket. I was probably 6 or 7 at the time but had already started building my stash of yarn, fabric scraps, embroidery flosses, beads, buttons, ribbons and 1/2 full Artex fabric paint tubes that were carefully squirreled away in a shoebox in my closet. The stash has since outgrown the capacity of any shoebox or closet in my house and is raided on a regular basis by my daughters, occasionally by my sons, tactfully ignored by my husband, shared/ traded with friends, and gleefully explored by my tiny granddaughter. Ahh… Stash!

  • Cascade 220 was my very first purchase for my very first project! I still think of it as a great classic yarn choice.

  • 1969, Jordan Marsh Department Store in Boston Mass– natural wool with lanolin for an Irish fisherman knit sweater for my then boyfriend now husband. (This was so long ago the boyfriend curse had not been invented yet.). I was a junior at Wheelock College.
    It was the first sweater I knit. I had no idea that this was much more complicated than the average sweater. It got lots of use by various family members over the years because it was so warm.
    I just recently gave away some of my stash so I have room for more yarn.
    Grace
    Durham, NC

  • Red heart acrylic in a lovely autumnal colorway!

  • When the last child left for college, I finally had the time (and quiet) to teach myself to knit. If memory serves, my first yarn purchase was some Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool. Looking back, it wasn’t a bad choice for a newbie. Once I had the basics down, I’m pretty sure I branched out into some seriously heinous eyelash yarn. Hey, it was 2004 and eyelash was “YUGE!” Live and learn.

  • First yarn I bought to knit with was random acrylic I found in a thrift shop in Highland County Virginia.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was a Lion brand acrylic – I used grandma’s acrylic stash before that; lot’s of Red Heart, I think.

  • Super thick fuchsia wool from a shop in Oxford, England during my sophomore year abroad. I made a sweater with a great big mistake in the middle of the back–but I believed that mistakes on the back don’t count, so I wore it for years and then felted it. It’s still around here, 30+ years later, in the form of felted flowers.

  • I’m sure it was something cheap, bulky, and scratchy. Red Heart, probably.

  • Well, I was probably about 7, so arguably it wasn’t me doing the purchasing, but it would have been a comic-bright nylon with which to knit a stuffed animal. When I restarted knitting a few years ago, a Rowan DK in light blue to knit a hot water bottle cover. The gauge was a bit out so it’s somewhat larger than it was supposed to be… you live and learn.

  • Lion Brand acrylic something from Michaels. I still have the scarf I knit with it, though I never wear it. But it’s sentimental

  • It was definitely yarn from Michaels.

  • The first yarn that I can remember buying is some Lion fun fur yarn for scarves. While I never recommend scarves as a first project, I made several of those, early on, and then some hats from an acrylic yarn that I cannot remember.

  • My first yarn was purchased in the 50’s – couldn’t begin to tell you the brand – but I know it was 100% wool, kind-of scratchy, and a wonderful burgundy color. I made my first sweater out of it (long gone, sadly).

  • It has been long time ?! I would think a lions brand product of some kind. This is a very fun prospect…winning as segment of someone’s stash.

  • It was an acrylic from AC Moore. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Red Heart, but it was beautiful – deep red and gold and green and navy. Probably more difficult to look at and pick out individual stitches than it needed to be, but to newbie knitter me it was SO pretty!

  • My first yarn was RedHeart soft with which I made a scrarf. Shocking , right? I love this site for the great articles and suggestions . And of course the selection of yarns!

  • My first yarn was Red Heart acrylic, of course. In a mind-boggling shade of red; I wouldn’t be surprised to learn it was called Atomic Cherry.

    My first non-Red-Heart yarn was a nice squishy self-striping ball of Sirdar Snowflake.

  • Red Heart acrylic when I was 10. Bought a book and taught myself with a little help from my Grandmother

  • These are fantastic yarns! Thank you 🙂 The first yarn I ever bought was a very ugly Red Heart and a couple of balls of lion brand quick and easy. The Red hart was ugly but great to learn because I wasn’t afraid of messing up, tearing it apart, cutting it and starting over, or frogging for the n-th time. I still have a pair of ill-fitting mits that I made with it (they weren’t my first project but it lasted long enough that I learned to knit in the round…). The first ball of ‘real’ yarn that I got, I ordered by accident. I had a project in mind and found the yarn on amazon and added to my cart, thinking that one day the price wouldn’t be too much. I was buying something else, and forgot to remove the yarn. It was a great surprise when it arrived and when I blocked that project it was like magic… I have never bought ugly yarn again and knitting became my obsession. Thank you again for this very generous gift 🙂

  • I bought lots of Red Heart acrylic to play with in my early 20s before I knew how good yarn could be. My earliest meaningful yarn purchase was of a few skeins of Cestari cotton/linen blend. I’m still squishing it and waiting for the perfect project to knit up with it.

  • Madelinetosh, and have loved it ever since!

  • I don’t remember what yarn it was – but it sure isn’t something I’d use now 🙂

  • Red heart from K-Mart back in the late 70’s. My sister taught me to crochet when I was expecting my first child.

  • Hot pink Red Heart acrylic at age 10 for a 4H project – headscarf. Thank you Mrs. Alexander.

  • Red Heart baby blue mohair!!! It turned into a big cowl neck sweater!!! Ahh the memories!!

  • Oh my goodness… The first yarn I ever purchased for myself was an inordinate amount of fun fur eyelash yarn for an endless number of garter stitch scarves. I cringe when I think of how many friends and family members I sent these very scary scarves to as “gifts”. Sigh…

  • I’m a little ashamed to admit that the first yarn I bought was red heart super saver. Now that I know there’s a whole world of yarn out there, I haven’t bought any more.

  • Red Heart acrylic green variegated to make an octopus with a styrofoam head. Truly ugly and I thought so at the time, but it was the assigned 4-H project where I learned to knit at the age of 12. I’m already signed up for snippets because you ladies have the most enthusiastic and smart commentary on knitting!

  • It had to be Red Heart acrylic. Both of my grandmothers crocheted and that was their yarn of choice. I’m not sure I knew of yarn besides Red Heart and crochet cotton.

  • The first yarn I remember purchasing was Red Heart acrylic in the late 50’s (age 12) to knit headbands, slippers, and mittens.

  • I remember my first project all to well. I was 12 years old and staying with my grandmother for a week in Des Moines, Iowa. We went to the five and dime and she purchased red heart yarn for me. The pattern was a two piece vest thing that was knit an inch and purl an inch in a contrasting color. Beige and white. The most boring thing in the world.

  • Has to be Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice. I still use it occasionally for certain projects. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • My first was Lopi. I still like knitting with it – a friend brought some back for me from Iceland.

  • I bought a Lion Brand wool-ease yarn in green to make a seed stitch cowl!

  • Some type of chenille yarn, don’t remember the brand, to make a belt!

  • A pure wool beige yarn that I immediately made into balls so I lost the labels. Enough for a sweater, purchased my freshman year of college and still not used. It has been over 30 years. Sigh. Maybe for my daughter when she goes to college?

  • It was Red Heart Acrylic red, white, and blue variegated yarn for a scarf. There were holes.

    I am halfway through Clara’s book, and have been inspired to cull my own overgrown stash. I have yarn all over my living room now, but have come up with four huge bags to donate. Somewhere. So I’m graciously opting out of the prize, but I loved both of your essays.

  • Coats & Clark acrylic – I crocheted conical nose warmers with long strings to tie behind your head. I made them for my sisters, who giggled!

  • Since I’ve been crocheting for around 55 years! (Who knew you can crochet as a baby?), my first yarn was Red Heart acrylic. It was about the only thing available at that time.

  • Red Heart. I admit I’ve become a yarn snob lately and use mostly natural fibers. Although the acrylics are getting softer.

  • Yellow variegated either Bernat or Berocco in the mid ’60s. My mother washed it and it shrunk

  • A rainbow stripey Red Heart at T.G. & Y.

  • My first yarn was bought with my Mom. I don’t know what brand but it was a brilliant blue!

  • My first yarn purchase was cream acrylic from a craft store who’s name is so far gone from my mind. I was about 14 and I crocheted a really lovely afghan with star designs in the squares. Some squares had bobbles and those were tricky! I still have the blanket and it is definitely a prized possession. I’ve knit with fancy things and plain things, I’ve spun, dyed and done a lot but that first blanket was a teenage masterpiece.

  • My first yarn was a gray wool spun for/by, a local sheep farm so it had no name. I enjoyed it very much!

  • The first yarn I bought was Lion Brand Thick and Quick in a deep tonal red.

  • It must have been Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton. I learned to knit when I was 5 and for about a year only new how to chain stitch. We could have wrapped around our whole block with the length of “tree decoration” I made with the variegated Christmas yarn. I believe there was also a slipper made out of the same yarn. Only one.

  • Red Heart super saver, to crochet an afghan to match my bedspread. I didn’t have much of a yarn budget at the age of 11. 🙂

  • Rowan cocoon- I made a dodgy scarf that curled at the edges but was oh so soft and a bit hairy!

  • Blue Sky bulky for a baby hat that turned out sooooo badly….fortunately it did not put me off knitting…. the hat is still waiting for the worlds largest baby to appear

  • Red Heart variegated purple worsted, at the Ben Franklin Dime Store. I was in first grade. It was for a garter stitch headband. Took forever in first-grader time scale. It still makes me happy just thinking about it.

  • My first remembered purchase is some sort of white yarn (perhaps Bernat) in a kit to knit a beginners raglan sleeve cardigan that I bought in 1963. I love the idea of stash give aways – having just spawned from my own the beginnings of a stash for a knitting niece.

  • So long ago I don’t remember the name – darkish dusty rose, slightly fuzzy, probably even had some wool in it. I never finished the sweater, begun in the early 80s, but did eventually make a nice pair of fingerless gloves for a friend out of one of the unused balls. It hung around so long I guess it must have been my first stash yarn.

  • The first yarn I remember buying (well my mom bought it for me because I was 10) was a sweater’s worth of nice green yarn from the Weaving Works in Seattle, WA.

  • I’m just guessing, but I think I bought yarn on or about 1960. Now ladies, it would be cruel to expect me to remember the brand, wouldn’t it? I do remember making dresses for my Mom, sister, and myself, as well as cardigans, baby clothes. Lovely memories.

  • Malabrigo in Orchid for a little hat. What a fun contest!

  • Some unknown VERY BRIGHT sportweight to knit a tank top, I was maybe 13? All previous yarn had been gifted/found at some auntie’s house.

    I got half way through and realized that VERY BRIGHT CHEVRONS on size 2’s were maybe not the look I was going for.

  • Red Heart at Grants Store at age 9, for an Afghan which turned into a scarf!

  • Red Heart acrylic, of course. This was many years ago. I made a white baby blanket and ran out of yarn. Unknowingly bought white with some sparkle to it for the remainder. One quarter of this blanket is sparkly but I still love it and I still have it.

  • My yarn buying goes so far back, I can’t really remember the first yarn purchase. But the first remembrance I have of buying yarn when I got really serious about knitting is in the mid-90’s, Green Mountain Spinnery’s Mountain Mohair worsted in a pine green color. I made a sweater for my daughter, Amy. It was a success.

  • Aunt Lydia’s rug yarn in a melon color. Knit my first project with it: a hair band. I actually used said hair band to keep my hair out of my face!

  • Wool Ease Thick & Quick. I quickly learned it could get SO much better than that! 😉

  • My first would be some cheap yarn my mother had back in the early 80’s when she was teaching me to crochet. I think it was red heart.

  • I bought a kit from Green Mountain Spinnery to make a heathery purple cabled cardigan with pewter buttons. I had no idea how to knit, but I loved that color, and those buttons. About 20 years later, after learning to knit, I knit that sweater. I wore it twice–it was a bit dated by then, with puffy shoulders. So I frogged it and turned it into a lap blanket that I enjoy using today, about 35 years after purchasing the kit. I’ve had that yarn a long time, and we’ve been through a lot together. Stash has no expiration date.

  • Wow. I don’t really need anymore stash, but I can’t resist a contest. I don’t remember the brand name, but the first yarn I bought was a variegated cotton, with a skein of solid french blue for contrast stripes, from which I made a vest. It actually looked better than it sounds!

  • Cascade 220 Quattro in a raspberry color way. The scarf has a much wider bottom that reflects my learning curve.

  • My first yarn was a 2 oz ball of orange 100 percent angora. I wanted to knit a little furry cat to remind me of my Orange Persian, who was my favorite pet.

  • My first yarn was Red Heart. So glad my friend introduced me to other yarns when I took up knitting again!

  • I think my first yarn purchase was Lion Brand Chenille Thick And Quick. Yarn snobs do from novelty yarn grow! I’d really like to apologize to my friends in middle school who got probably-awful ponchos as Bat Mitzvah presents…

  • Sayelle from Hudson’s Bay Company!

  • Sadly, when I first learned to knit, I had no idea about gauge or the different types of yarn. So I ordered some yarn on Ebay to make some scarves for family. I kept thinking, ‘they will love getting a cashmere scarf’ only to find when the yarn came in the mail that it was so incredibly fine, honestly I think thinner than lace weight if that’s possible. That was 15 years ago, I even hauled that stuff out of New Orleans after Katrina! I still have it in my stash and keep thinking I ought to take it to Goodwill or something but just can’t bring myself to do it yet.

  • Thanks for asking as that would be Columbia-Minerva Wool. Nice to know some thing stay consistent, that would be the wool part thank goodness.

  • Lion’s Brand Homespun and a pair of size 7 circulars at a JoAnn Fabrics when my roommate in college insisted on teaching me how to knit. I spent the next three and a half years knitting a disaster of a blanket and never looked back

  • How could I forget? The yarn was Coats and Clark, worsted weight, 100% wool, and of course it was RED! I bought it at the local Woolworth’s, where enough yarn for an Aran cardigan cost me the princely sum of $5. (It was a bit of a shock to part with that much money all at once…I was eleven years old at the time. That was a few years ago.) I “designed” the cardigan myself, after I puzzling out how to do various stitch patterns that I’d seen in pictures of Aran sweaters–the knit/purl combinations and the cables were easily deciphered, but that trinity/blackberry stitch sure took a long time to figure out. Believe it or not, I realized that the cables would pull the fabric in some, depending on how many stitches were crossed and how often crosses occurred, so I made swatches of each individual pattern element, to figure out how many stitches I’d need to use. The cardigan has set in sleeves, but I have no recollection of how I figured out how to shape them. It fit. Both my mother and I wore it for years, and not only do I still have this cardigan, but as a testament to the sturdy material it was made of, it is still wearable! The only repair it ever needed, was replacement of lost buttons. Thanks for calling up a great knitting memory!

    • My first yarn was Brown Sheep in a lovely blue gray!

  • The first yarn I remember receiving was labeled Sunbeam Double Aran and some of it was a deep green color with bright flecks of color–my first tweed? It was a gift under the tree and my mother probably bought it from Dayton’s at Southdale, if anyone remembers the first indoor shopping mall from the 1960’s. Dayton’s later became Marshall Field’s to be followed by Macy’s, but many Minnesotans still think of the store as Dayton’s. I made a pair of slippers as one of my first projects. I was intrigued by how much they shrank and felted in the wash. Little did I know how much I was learning about yarn as a youth!

  • If memory serves, my first yarn purchase was Lion brand.

  • Some kind of box store acrylic. I’m really not certain, but I can tell you that it was for my first daughters baby blanket that has now been re-purposed into pillow stuffing because it was loved to death!

  • My first yarn was a cotton from a big box store when I was in college. My aunt taught me to knit with acrylic yarn she had. I like much finer things now!

  • embarrassingly enough, the first skein i ever bought was fluorescent orange acrylic, when i was 12. my mom taught me how to knit a very basic and very visible scarf. i’ve moved onward and upward to nicer yarns and to socks and hats and blankets since then.

  • Super scratchy home spun and dyed navy wool in Liege Belgium (Jupille) at the shop in the front of the home two doors down from my host family. I used it for knitting class at the all-girls Catholic school, where I learned continental picking and knit a turtle neck to wear as part of my school uniform.

  • Columbia Minerva (I think) Germantown knitting worsted, in 1963. Knit a two color jacquard pattern cardigan as my first sweater. The pattern came from McCall’s Needlework and Craft, and I was able to pick up a copy of that same issue a couple of years ago.

  • Red Heart acrylic yarn in the early 1970s, for a granny square poncho. I was a styling middle schooler then.

  • Lion Brand Fisherman Knit yarn. I knit a giant “sweater” which took a couple of years and didn’t fit anyone because it was just barely sweater shaped.

  • My first yarn was acrylic drug store yarn, red heart or caron maybe. White with pink and blue variegated splotches. My grandmother was visiting us from California in our new house on Bainbridge Island (in the days before churchmouse even existed) when I was 7 or 8. I took to knitting like a duck to water and haven’t stopped since. I still have that first scarf too- well what was left of it after the pet rat dragged it in her cage. Mom had to serge a new edge and cut off the horribly chewed parts while her distraught child reexamined the benefits of pet ownership…. incidentally, I still have pet rats, but they are kept far away from the knitting and stash…. lesson learned!

  • Oh, its been a long time. But, I’m pretty sure it was Red Heart Acrylic bought at a Wal-Mart. I made a hat which I never wore.

  • I made my mom a magenta scarf – it was yarn from Hobby Lobby and I don’t think they make it anymore. I don’t remember the brand or weight – but it was fuzzy.

  • I think the first yarn I ever bought was probably a kit of lopi for an Islandic sweater. Anything before that was bought for me I’m guessing, but I definitely went through a phase in my late teens/early twenties where I just knit Islandic sweaters!

  • Navy blue Red Heart acrylic to make a scarf for my boyfriend in college. It was so ugly but he wore it for several years anyway. That was 1980, we got married the next year. The last scarf I made him was much better looking with better yarn!

  • Bright pink Dazzleaire acrylic. Tried to learn to knit with it on aluminum needles. I was 8. I didn’t knit again for 12 years.

  • Spring 1982, when I learned I was pregnant with my first child (a son), I bought skeins of Christopher Sheep Farm Yarn, from Bowdoinham, Maine. I made a long gone afghan to keep both of us warm through the 1982-83 winter. Their colors are great, and the names are even better!

  • Whoa! I don’t remember the first yarn I ever bought – I learned to knit in rural Montana in the 1970’s so a safe bet would be Red Heart something. Then in the early 80’s I remember hitting up yard sales with my great aunt and buying lots of mystery cone yarn. Good times.

  • During a crisis, I began knitting. It was a black boucle with colorful tweed dots. I did restart it 40 times, approximately, and I do not recommend boucle for one’s first project.

  • I knit with a lot of my grandmother’s acrylic leftovers as a child, but the first yarn I purchased was handspun, natural-dyed yarn from a lovely lady in Georgia at a folk festival. I was amazed at the intersection of history, tradition, handcraft, and farming. Working with that yarn changed everything for me as a knitter. Thank you for offering to share your stashes! What a lovely, personal gesture!

  • Craft acrylic (teddy’s classic wool, but the wool part is lies) at the store where I took a crochet class. Ten balls of yarn were include in the class price and I still have a few leftover bits from some of them.

  • My first yarn- other than the acrylic craft store variety- knit picks sock weight in a brown tweed.

  • I’m sure purchases in my youth were Red Heart. It’s all we had in my small town. When I started stashing in earnest as an adult, my first purchase was two hanks of gorgeous Noro Silk something. Fun question!

  • Oh, wow … A medium blue acrylic purchased at S.S. Kresge for about a dollar. I remember feeling so proud of my crocheted purse and Barbie dress. Still do. I may still have a small ball of it somewhere.

  • The first yarn I bought was probably when my family vacationing along the Maine – Candian border. The closest grocery store was in Canada and we soon found out that there was a woolen mill not too far down the road. The Briggs and Little mill (this was way before their fire) had a wonderful back room where they had their seconds and odd lots. Mom and I had a grand time shopping for real wool yarn in a real woolen mill. I knitted several sweaters, one that had a serious design flaw (my miss calculation with sleeve width), and lots of hats and mittens with yarn bought over several vacations.

  • Unknown fuzzy yarn for a lace sweater for my mother (still have – sweater not mother) and 2nd sweater was imported Irish wool for a cable cardigan for myself (the moths have that one) — have never stopped in 60 years! (Have a sweater at my desk now)

  • Red Heart acrylic, two skeins: maroon and gray. #nolie #noshame

  • Red Heart yarn in variegated wool with bright color crayon colors. It was basically like a rainbow. I used it to try and make a blanket for my soon to born little brother. I was 9 years old. I made yards and yards of what we now would call I Cord. I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. I ended up knitting hot pads.

    CURENT SAD LOSS OF STASH. About two years ago I became very ill and was hospitalized for a few weeks. Soon after leaving the hospital, my family got together and did a major clean out of my apartment and my storage locker. I don’t remember any of the cleanout, but I have been told I OK’d two small boxes of yarn So going from a rather major stash to two small boxes added to my general depression. Anyway, I’m back to normal and looking forward to acquiring more stash! Namaste. Hester

  • My first yar I bought was Red Heart yarn. At age 13ish!

  • My first yarn purchase was Red Heart yarn to make a ripple afghan. This was 40 years ago, I’ve become more of a yarn snob and now prefer using natural fibers for my knitting.

  • I’m not sure where I bought my first bit of yarn…probably a Michael’s or Lee Wards…I’d be honored to receive either Ann’s or Kay’s stash! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • And probably a Lion Brand or Red Heart..:

  • My first yarn was a lovely chunky red-orange yarn that I used to knit my first scarf. Sadly, the scarf and the yarn tag were in a bag that was stolen. I still have my first swatch from that yarn that reminds me of start to knitting with that beautiful yarn.

  • I really do not remember the yarn brand but it was a scratchy acrylic to use in an afghan that I was learning to crochet. There were two colors and I was making lots of granny squares which I never really finished but I sure do remember that time even though I was about 12 or 13 at the time.

  • The first yarn I ever bought? Well, let’s call it some kind of craft store acrylic, because it was probably all I knew existed, but the memories are foggy. I learned to knit at age 8 in an “American Girl Dolls: Molly”-themed class that was part of my summer camp. We also ate mashed turnips, which did not stick quite the way knitting did. I made a very hole-y rectangle in red, white, and blue yarn, garter stitch because they taught us to knit, but not to purl, on probably size 9 Boye aluminum straight needles. I was very proud of it. I believe it was right around the end of high school that the fun fur/novelty yarn craze got hot, and suddenly my friends and their moms were also knitting, so I likely bought something else at Michael’s around then, but who knows what it was (or where it has gone).

    Right now I am trying hard to knit from my (not so big, but psychologically burdensome IYKWIM) stash, but I have a baby due in December and it’s hard not to treat it, and myself, to some nicer stuff. I may have to have a serious sit-down with myself and donate some yarn I’ve been carting from place to place since college, and replace it with something more strategically chosen <3

  • OMG, I’m old and can’t remember that far back but I’m sure it was some horrible acrylic because I was always allergic to wool. I taught myself knitting about 10 years ago by making Barbara Walker’s sampler afghan using Patons Classic Wool Worsted. I still haven’t pieced that afghan together since I stopped knitting after completing all of the squares (it was probably Summertime and I couldn’t deal with wool and hot weather). I picked up knitting again almost two years ago and haven’t missed a day without picking up my needles. I love it.

  • My first yarn was robably Red Heart. It was a long time ago.

  • My 6th grade male teacher taught the whole class to knit slippers. It would have been an olive green acrylic yarn from the local fabric shop. When I came back to knitting three dozen years later, I bought some Woolease black tweed to make a garter stitch scarf for the favorite son.

  • The first yarn I purchased was a chunky Alpaca/Wool dreamboat and #11 needles! Perfect yarn to teach myself to knit!

  • I’m going to say the first yarn I ever bought not at joann’s/michaels because I don’t even remember what cheap-o yarns I bought there when I first started knitting. (and during my teenage years on my babysitting salary, LYS prices seemed insane!) Also, my grandma gave me tons of yarn from her stash when I first started. So, my first LYS purchase, as far as I can remember, was a purple Colinette worsted-weight yarn which I used to make a plain hat that I pinned a fake flower on and wore for years. I then bought more of the same yarn, 1 skein each in 2 variegated colors, purple and turquoise, and started a striped sweater. I would keep going back and buying one or two skeins at a time as needed because I didn’t know about purchasing SQs yet (See also: aforementioned babysitting salary) and of course eventually had to finish the sleeve and collar from a different dye lot. Didn’t bother me, I loved it. It was my first wearable sweater and I continue to wear it!

  • Bernat wool for my first afghan at 13 from a store called Kresge’s in Michigan

  • I first bought Caron simply soft in a deep teal to teach myself how to crochet. That didn’t work out, so I taught myself how to knit instead!

  • A double knit crepe pure wool of course was the first yarn I bought for myself but my Mum had been willing to buy for me once she realised I saw a project through. Our local retailers used to offer a lay buy scheme. You could get the amount of wool you thought you needed put aside then pay and collect it as you used. It.

  • Red Heart worsted acrylic, variegated, dark rainbow colors. I made a garter stitch rectangle that I turned sideways and gathered into a hat. I’m not sure where it went eventually….several decades ago.
    Cindy (yarnstead on Ravelry)

  • I think it may have been some hideous orange acrylic yarn when I was a kid. I had a fascination with crochet chains but didn’t know how to take it from there and my leather pants wearing, motorcycle riding, red lipsticked mother sure didn’t know!

  • This was some thirty years ago….it was an acrylic yarn, probably Lion Brand, for a scarf. Which has since disappeared, presumably I to the same abyss missing socks head to.

  • Red Heart. I was about 10 or 11. It was cheap, easily available and came in an amazing number of colors

  • Lion Brand Homespun, which featured in a LOT of scarves before I was brave enough to learn how to make something other than long rectangles!

  • Red heart – back when you could get wool

  • The very first yarn I ever bought was certainly Red Heart. The very first indie dyed yarn was Lemonade Shop and I still love them 🙂

  • My first yarn that I spent my own money on was Malabrigo Worsted, and I still eye it time-to-time today. It’s this super soft buttery yellow color. I absolutely love it and still wear the pieces I made with it (because I got carried away with my first purchase and bought like three skeins).

  • Some dreadful chunky acrylic when I was 11 for a garter stitch afghan. Pink and green rectangles crocheted together with black.. Oh my, we’ve come a long way baby!!

  • My first yarn was Bernat Germantown bought at Howland Hughes in Waterbury ,Ct. I knit a crew neck sweater, but forgot to knit between the increases and decreases. So I ended up with almost 3/4 sleeves. I loved that sweater and would still wear it today if it still fit !

  • an acrylic yarn in dark red and beige, for a short-sleeved sweater for myself. – that was 44 ? years ago? that long ?

  • some purple wool for a garter stitch shawl.

  • OK…it was over 50 years ago and I don’t remember! But it was red and I made Barbie clothes!

  • There was a lovely yarn shop at the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, WA, some time in the late 60s, I was around 10 years old. My mom brought me there to pick out yarn for a project, I think it was a sweater (!) and the yarn was a cream color, maybe Spinnerin brand. Not sure if it was acrylic or wool. Don’t think I ever finished the sweater and the yarn shop is long gone.

  • Wool think Bernat. Medium blu mid 1970’s, cape for my sister

  • Red Heart acrylic to make a granny square vest with my grandmother when I was 10.

  • Red Heart red acrylic also, for a pattern on the back page of Elle American (when they were still doing that). Actually it was red acrylic and black acrylic, I was doing the sweater in the colors of the Chicago Bulls.
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  • My first yarn purchase ever was some pale yellow acrylic from Lee Wards, when I was young, broke, and just getting into knitting more than garter squares.

  • I think the first yarn I ever bought was La Gran mohair. It made a beautiful sweater that shed like crazy and I realized I could never wear it while cooking dinner after many mohair complaints from my family.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was Knit picks sock yarn, and I hadn’t even learned to knit yet!

  • A heathered-denim color acrylic for a scarf pattern that rolled despite its garter edging. (Age 11!)

  • I wanted to make a baby blanket for my dear friend who was pregnant. I purchased some sort of boucle in a pastel rainbow from a yarn shop outside of Cincinnati (where I lived at the time). P.S., the “baby” is almost 14 and still has the blanket!

  • Growing up in England in the 1950s and 60s with a family of knitters who made garments for the whole family, wonderful to have all of that wisdom and knowledge from mom, nana and aunt! First knitting project scarf and hat, very good memories of shopping for blue Sirdar wool with my Nana in a very old shop that had all of the good wool scents…… and a cup of tea and scone at the end 🙂

  • My first yarn was Aunt Lydias Rug Yarn. I found out why it was so cheap. Ha! Not good for sweaters.

  • my first yarn must have been a worsted weight 5&dime store yarn! And I made a 4 color yoke style sweater because nobody told me it was too hard! best, Mary in Cincinnati

  • Lion Brand Homespun for a bear to knit for the Mother Bear Project.

  • I was taught to knit (at a craft store) with a horrible boucle acrylic. I believe that the thought was that the bumpy yarn would hide a beginning knitter’s mistakes. I persisted in knitting in spite of the that terrible yarn. At least it taught me to start beginners off with a smooth non-splitty yarn. I think that the first yarn I actually purchased–and which is still a sentimental favorite for me–was a Lamb’s Pride Worsted in one of the many luscious colors they make. It was my yarn-of-choice for several years. Then I branched out into other yarns, and moved away, and the LYS where I purchased it moved and then closed down. I’m sure none of these events had any relation to each other…or at least I hope not!

    Oh, and I have already been Snippeted!

  • I have absolutely no idea! I think it was probably something cheap, synthetic and worsted. My yarn choices have seriously changed over the decades.

  • I think my first non-big box yarn purchase was a skein of Lorna’s Laces at a fibber festival. What a lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance

  • My grandmother taught me to knit as a young child. It was’nt until I had children of my own that I took it up again. I knit a pullover sweater with a sheep on the front for my 3 year old daughter out of cotton yarn that I probably bought at joann’s or michael’s. my daughter is 29 now and I still have that sweater put away for a keepsake.

  • Red Heart acrylic. I was 7 and crocheting granny squares. The first grown up yarn I remember is over a pound of cotton/linen indy spun from Mind’s Eye Yarns in Cambridge, Ma. I started a top-downer sweater in grad school. Finished it in time for it to fit my high school age daughter. My longest enduring wip. I think I still have more of that yarn.

  • Brown sheep/ Lambs Pride, a yarn I still love!❤️

  • My first yarn was Vermont Organic Fiber Company O-wool Classic. I purchased it about 8 years ago and used it to make a Super Cupcake hat. About a year ago I frogged that first hat and knitted another Super Cupcake hat that I would actually wear:)

  • Definitely some kind of acrylic yarn from the LeeWards in our local mall. I was probably about 9 years old, and I was surely knitting something for my Barbies out of it. I learned to knit when I was 8, because my older sister (age 13) was learning and I didn’t want to be outdone! I remember that she used to cast on and bind off for me, because I hadn’t mastered those skills yet.

  • Peaches and Cream dishcloth cotton

  • Wow! Wow! Wow! What nice stashy gifts! I would definitely turn those Tahki scraps into a Mitered Square blanket!

    I’m sure the first yarn that I bought (after knitting from my great aunt’s stash) would have been cheap acrylic yarn because I couldn’t afford the good stuff and didn’t know any better. My yarn taste and bank account have both improved since then.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  • First yarn I ever bought was Red Heart. I learned some basic knitting because my daughter wanted to learn. She decided she wasn’t so interested, after all but I was addicted!

  • I’m a Snippets subsciber already… it’s my favorite Saturday morning reading.

  • WoolEase. The best, right?

  • Red Heart to learn how to crochet in college 27 years ago.

  • What a fun giveaway! The first bit of yarn I bought was a single skein of Patons Classic Worsted Wool. I was determined to knit wool mittens, even tho I could barely manage knit vs purl.

  • Probably white acrylic yarn from Super Yarn Mart on Third Street near Fairfax in Los Angeles. An art teacher at my junior high commissioned me to crochet a shawl for her. 1970s.

  • Patons cream for an Irish knit! What an ambitious first project

  • Oh goodness, I think it was a Red Heart yarn!

  • Bright pink mohair from when department stores sold yarn circa 1960s. I made a long ribbed scarf which I kept for a long time.

  • Yellow Red Heart acrylic like many others.

  • The first yarn I bought was a blue Red Heart Super Saver skein and I knit a 12 foot long scarf. It was amazing.

  • I don’t know the name of the yarn. That was 50+ years ago. But it was a wool or wool blend to make a little headscarf triangle for my little sister. It shrunk upon cleaning.

  • I cant remember the first yarn I actually bought. But when I was around 10 years old, I wanted to learn to knit and I wanted to make a sweater. The yarn was acrylic and very purple; at that time purple was not an “in ” color. I dont remember if the sweater was ever finished (I didnt finish it) but I can still see that yarn clearly and the beginning of that sweater

  • My first purchase was Kid Silk Haze. I entered this pastime with impeccable taste.

  • I’m already subscribed 🙂 My first yarn would have come from my Nain’s stash as she taught me to knit (Nain is Welsh for grandma). I think the first yarn i choose myself was a lavender mohairy type which i made a cardy from as a teenager 🙂

  • From the back counter at the dime store: One red skein of Red Heart knitting worsted, when Red Heart was still wool. Do I get extra credit if I still have the scarf? 32 stitches wide on size 13 needles. I still have the pink aluminum needles, too (although the tassels from the gathered ends are long gone.) I remember how many stitches because, being my first project, I kept picking up mysterious not-really-dropped stitches. I had to start over.

  • Red heart wool from my grandmother’s stash used to teach me to knit. I made a Barbie blanket!

  • First yarn ever: honestly, Sugar’N’Cream cotton yarn from Wal-Mart when I was 9. My mom taught me to crochet that year, and as it was hard to find decent wool yarn in the 70s and 80s in Texas when my mom was making afghans, she used cotton (she has always hated acrylic). I made a few incredibly uneven little doll blankets for my toys from that cotton!

  • My first skein of yarn came from JoAnn’s – Lion brand Fancy Fur. As with good wine, good yarn taste comes with time. Glad I was a fast learner!!

  • I’m pretty sure it was some baby yarn Lion brand acylic or Bernat or one of those. You know, before I knew better and found the LYS. My first “real” yarn– I think was Muench String of Pearls, which still hasn’t made it to project form. My first project– baby booties for my oldest. First yarn I feel completely head over heels in love with– Rowan Kidsilk Haze. I’m still in love with it, and all things Rowan. And cashmere. And yarn in general… And I still remember when Etsy and indie dyers were brand new.

  • Red Heart acrylic for a blanket. The blanket still survives 15 years later! It’s not very nice though, rough.

  • I wish I could say I remember, but knowing how I bought yarn for a long time it was probably Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand. Before I knew there existed a wonderful world of fibers!!!!

  • Lion brand thick and quick in grey to make a scarf.

  • The first yarn I ever bought was some Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Worsted in cream, bright grass-green, and grapey-purple. It was on clearance, and I bought all they had, which was only a hat’s worth of each.

  • The first yarn I every bought was Berrocco. I think it was ultra soft baby something. it was for a blanket for my niece’s first baby and I got some pastel green and some pastel yellow (we didn’t know her gender at the time I started). She’s 7 years old today and still has the blanket in her room.

  • I’m sure my first yarn was an acrylic from our LDS, local dime store, in the late 1960’s. LOL. I can still see the first sweater I entered in the 4-H fair.

  • My very first yarn was Lion Brand variegated something or other. Purples and pinks. 1982. My yarn awakening (natural fibers!) resulted in a purchase of Jo Sharp Silk Road. For a scarf for my brother. He hated it.

  • Well, since it was 1980 when I first learned to knit, my first purchase was Red Heart. First purchase from a LYS was not yarn but a pattern for a Pure & Simple V-neck Top Down Pullover and I still have it!

  • That was a long time ago! It would have been a dodgy acrylic as I made lots of baby mittens to sell for charity when I was a youngster.
    Great competition. Fingers crossed x

  • Bernat chunky… I was learning to just simply knit my mentor said “just knit- work the muscle memory” and then we will try something!

  • The think first yarn I bought was Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride, I forget if it was worsted or bulky. Unless we’re going all the way back to my childhood … when I was about 8, I got to pick out a single skein of yarn all by myself (I don’t recall if I was the one paying or not). It was lavender, and it had a lovely halo. This was the 80s, and my choices were limited to what was available at a big box store, so it was undoubtedly acrylic. But I’m pretty sure I still have some of it around, I bought it to include in my first big crochet project, a blanket that I eventually finished … in time for the birth of my son. Which is why I still have some of the yarn, in that blanket.

    There might have been some Red Heart Super Saver in between there, and some Caron Simply Soft, too, actually. I crocheted, and I made blankets. And I hadn’t discovered LYSes.

  • I got some Lopi and made an Icelandic sweater when I was 16. I’d only made tubular scarves before that.

  • The first yarn that I bought all by myself was Red Heart at the Arnold Variety Store in the 1960’s. My mother was a talented crocheter, she taught me and I made a scarf. She didn’t knit, but later on I taught myself to knit.

  • My Mom taught me to knit in the 50’s and I made a bright blue drop stitch scarf using wool from an old sweater. I finished it but didn’t like the drop stitch pattern and hardly wore the scarf. The first yarn I bought was white Bernat baby yarn to knit a sweater for my oldest daughter. That sweater is still in the doll clothes bucket. My daughter will be 40 next week.

  • When I was in 7th grade in 1973, I already knew how to knit but I bought my first yarn. We were living in Ecuador and it was several skeins each of brown and fluorescent orange acrylic yarn to make a blanket with. I loved it!

  • My first yarn purchase was a small multicolor skein from the local Woolworth’s store. I learned to knit at age 4 while I was sick and kept in bed for 3 months. My 5th birthday happened in that sick time, so I presume I bought that yarn at age 5. My dolls were well dressed. Thank you for the memory.

  • My first yarn purchase was a bag of worsted weight yarn from the Caron Outlet store. My mother, who didn’t knit, wound it into a ball for me.

  • I don’t remember the name of the first yarn I bought (with allowance, or perhaps birthday, money) as I was a tiny 5 year old. I’m reasonably certain that my dad, teaching me how to knit, did most of the legwork in picking it out. I do remember it was a nice lavender; as a tomboy, I felt it was important that the color be not pink, yet something feminine. I never finished the sweater I was supposed to make with it, but the yarn got used in all sorts of other arts and crafts projects.

  • I have knitting on and off for over 50 years. When my mother died several years ago I was emptying her house in England, when I came across a bag with a hand knitted, cable patterned vest that I had knitted when I was just 11 years old. She had save it all these yeras. I had forgotten it! It was a lovely camel coloured soft wool, but I don’t actually know the name of yhe yarn. The brand was probably Wendy because growing up in England, this was the most popular brand back then.

  • Monster skeins of variegated green Red Heart to learn how to knit, for a large garter stitch afghan.

  • What a prize! I gave away most of my own stash three years ago, and miss it! I actually have NO CLUE what brand my first ball of yarn was. BUT, I do remember what my first skein of what I think of as “real yarn” was – Tahki Donegal Tweed.

  • 1973, the least expensive yarn I could find. I was intrigued by projects others were creating, but I was a starving, self-sufficient college student! My project: a big granny square lapghan in shades of pink and maroon.

  • Oh my gosh. I think first I worked my way through a bunch of acrylic yarn from my Great Grand Aunt Jean’s stash. She had passed away at 91, and while my mom was sorting out the estate, my aunt’s friend Millie, who was around the same age, taught my sister and me (ages 13 and 10) how to knit (while simultaneously watching tv–important to establish this practice early). After we finished our samplers, I worked my way through my aunt’s booklet of baby patterns, with the acrylic yarn. ….But I think the first yarn I actually purchased was a sweater’s worth of blue and cream wool (no idea what brand), about 5 years later, to make my sister a sweater with snowflakes and reindeer on it. The finishing left something to be desired, and so there were some rather interesting sleeve effects, but she still has the thing, and occasionally we think of trying to salvage it.

  • Red heart – the intro to knitting class said to bring sample yarn to knit with. Oh how my tastes have changed since then!

  • My first yarn was Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand. I learned to crochet at Lion Brand Yarn Studio and I loved that stuff! Not too expensive, lots of colors and it gave me a lot of opportunity to experiment. I have since discovered wool yarn and indie-dyers!!

  • I taught myself to knit in grade school from a Spinnerin kit I received as a gift. I think it came with some grey wool. I wanted something “nicer” to make my baby brother mittens. So I got a lovely skein of Wintuk in a bright red- I think by Red Heart. I still have one of the mittens. Of course, I never did the second one!

  • Brunswick Germantown, which was considered the workhorse of worsted wool back in the day – at least I’m my part of the world. I was broken-hearted for a brief period after it was discontinued. This is a very cool giveaway, ladies!

  • I need to add a comment-

    I love all the posts! Most knitters have a story to share. That must be why we are drawn to Clara and Mason Dixon Knitting.

  • My first yarn purchase was acrylics of some forgotten and no longer available yarn. It was scratchy and indestructible. I never saw wool yarn, or if I did it was an ugly color of drab. Im old…

  • Ah, I have enough stash, probably more than either one of you, but I can’t resist ….
    My first yarn was from China, a bright, bright pink, bought in the border town of Luang Namtha in Laos. Back in the golden days of yore (i.e. about 1957). Knit with size 8 Aeros, straights of course. A scarf of course (and let me tell you, it gets VERY chilly up there in the mountains of Laos!). Taught by a Lao lady who had been taught by a French lady. So I cast on like no one else I have ever seen!

    … and yes, I already get your snippets, thank you!

  • I bought one skein of Cascade 220, in a navy blue, to learn to knit. I made a scarf that was inexplicably dotted by “buttonholes,” but it was the start of a hobby that has entertained and soothed me for many years.

  • The first yarn I ever bought for myself was a Kelly green bulky weight acrylic in SQ. What was I thinking, you ask? 35 years later, I still don’t know. And I still have a small ball of the yarn.

  • Sugar and Cream cotton yarn to make a washrag.

  • i learned to knit in fifth grade. Seriously cannot remember what yarn I was using. In my late forties I took a knitting class with a friend, I knitted a baby blanket out of cotton yarns, pink and white. Still haven’t given that blanket away ❤️❤️

  • Hi, probably Lions Brand, not sure! My older sister who knew me best, bought a how-to-knit book for my birthday, and I learned to knit reading that book! It was a life saver to a sensitive kid growing up in a stress filled house!

  • Punta Yarns Merisoft hand painted Aran. My then 13 year old challenged me to knit him a troll hat (I hadn’t knit since I was about 9!), and I did and he wore it 🙂

  • My first project was probably knit using phyntex yarn. So hard on the hands making slippers.

  • It’s been so long but I think Red Heart.

  • White Red Heart Super Saver for my first project which was a crochet pillow when I was a youngin. My great-grandmother was so proud.

  • Bright orange wool from a local yarn company when i was in high school home ec class. Made a giant granny square blanket.

  • I bought a silk and mohair blend when I was about 13–no idea who made it, but I got it at a little LYS that has since closed. I also bought a lace shawl pattern to knit with it…I suppose that I should pull it out again!

  • First yarn I ever purchase: Manos del Uruguay. (not the first yarn I knit, which was some cheap dime-store acrylic that turned me off from knitting for years)