On a recent trip, I found myself in the delightful town of Noblesville Indiana, with plans to meet some friends for lunch at Rosie’s Place. Someday I want to live in a town like Noblesville, a quiet suburb just northeast of Indianapolis. As I walked to lunch I couldn’t help but notice the courthouse that anchored downtown Noblesville – backed against the White River and surrounded by shops and businesses which then gave way to homes built before I was born. Perfect.
I’d done my research ahead of time, and found not only the lovely diner where we’d meet, but a yarn store that looked quite promising. So, of course, I made a point to arrive a little early to check out Black Sheep Yarn and Fiber Arts, housed in a beautiful old Victorian conveniently right next to public parking. Which cost twenty-five cents an hour. Twenty Five Cents an Hour.
So I found this Freia yarn I hadn’t seen before. It caught my attention and I’ll tell you why . First, the name was Freia*. Freia is an old Nordic name., lso spelled Freyja, Freja, and Freya. It means “lady” and is the name of the goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology. Freya also happens to be the name of one of my sisters. And, in my lifetime, I’ve met very few people blessed with that moniker. I’ve heard it has recently become popular in Great Britain – I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open on my next trip across the pond. In any case, so the name caught my attention. And the color ways… oh my! Well, and then as I looked more closely – this yarn is merino/silk and well worth a quick fondle. I was enamored. In any case, this delightful little skein made it into my bag, the back of my car, and after a more than a few hundred miles, onto my needles at home. And you can see the results – my Seashore Shawl. I’m pleased with the results, I received a couple of compliments, and, well, life is pretty good.
* For more information about Freia Fibers, check out their site: Freia Fibers. But be warned – that delicious merino/silk is not available online, but only through a limited number of retailers. I’ve put in a request at my LYS and the owner tells me she’s on the waiting list. Fingers crossed.