If you’ve been keeping abreast of yarn trends here in Broward County and all over the world, there’s no doubt you’ve noticed the proliferation of enchanting mini-skeins! I have a suspicion that mini-skeins became very popular largely because of the great hexipuff craze of 2011 (and 2012, and 2013)… In my mind it really took off with the famed Beekeeper’s Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits. The pattern sparked a craze, with knitters finally finding an amazingly addictive use for their leftover sock yarn. Because the hexipuffs which compose the cozy quilt are adorable, easy to make, and customizable, the trend took off and the demand for smaller amounts of sock weight yarns was increased. People started swapping mini-skeins with their friends and indie dyers started releasing mini-skein sets. Not long after, larger yarn companies followed – first in sock weight, and then in thicker weights.
With this new way of buying yarn taking off, new patterns were released to support the trend. Now there are plenty of accessory, toy, housewares, and garment patterns designed to make use of smaller amounts of yarn. There are even themed kits that come with mini-skeins and a pattern. To check out some fabulous color work, try Lee Meredith (mostly knitting) or Lorene Haythorn Eppolite- Cre8tion Crochet (mostly crochet).
This is a win-win situation. As a crafter, I get to try just a little bit of a luxury yarn or become more familiar with several colors. I love making accessories, so that’s great for me. And, if for some reason this becomes part of my ever-growing (and ever-gorgeous) stash, it just takes up a little space. Mini-skeins are also quick and easy to wind into balls, and with only 30-60 yards of yarn to worry about, it’s fun to dive into color work with mini-skeins.
Sheep Thrills has a number of option for mini-skeins. We have the coveted Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails in a variety of colors, as well as the locally-dyed Seedlings by The Fiber Seed. Patti also has some gorgeous hat kits in Knitted Wit Gobstopper, a hand-dyed, worsted weight yarn. Stop by the store to see!
As always, thanks for reading the blog! If you liked dreaming about mini-skeins with me, please share this post with a friend through social media, or better yet, give a good friend a call and catch up for color work! We’d love to see you in the store, so remember we can be found at 4725 N. University Drive in Lauderhill, FL 33351. Feel free to give us a call at (855) YARNS-4-U or check out our website at sheepthrillsfl.com.