Over the last few months I have become more and more aware of Habu Textiles yarns. I will be honest and say that it is likely because of their gorgeous earthy/minimalist aesthetic! They really stand out from the crowd in a discipline that unfortunately can be over-run by nauseating, embarrassment inducing, ‘cutesie-ness’!
Their yarns are packaged slightly retro – either on classy cardboard cones or in little folded bundles, neatly secured with a band of kraft paper that looks slightly like old-school butcher tape.
As you recall from my excited horde image, I purchased several balls of Habu N-80 at the Knitting and Stitching Show a few weeks ago:
Two are to supplement the 4 a dear friend brought me from Vancouver.
Based in New York, they have come up with some really unique yarns – yarns spun with stainless steel or copper cores, others in paper or even a thin strand of merino wrapped with thinner silk thread that pools in interesting ways and adds a lovely stiff drape to the fabric.
I love the variety and ingenuity and the colours are muted and classy…not a single clownish hue in the lot!
Having sung their praises, there is something about their presence that kind of irks me, though – it is nearly impossible to find detailed shots of finished products made with their yarns.
Do yarn companies not understand that customers need to see how their product knits up? How it drapes, its stitch definition, or how holds its shape in different patterns and items? This is even more important as more and more people shop online and are unable to feel the yarns before they buy them. (Habu yarns are hard to find in the UK and only a couple of their lines are available here).
This has recently gone up on their site as an example of the N-80:
No close-ups or links to any…and 4 arms…gulp. (‘just because you can…’). Not exactly selling the yarn.
So imagine my excitement at seeing that they would have a booth at the Knitting and Stitching show a couple weeks ago! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some knit samples of their yarns so I could see how they knit up.
Unfortunately, the experience was a bit of a disappointment. You see, most of the samples present were knit in blends of the Habu yarns. So in order to get the same effect you would need to spend a kidney’s worth on the yarn combo’s needed. Also, you couldn’t get a sense of what the individual yarns properties were by itself.
That didn’t stop me from getting slightly sucked in, though, as I couldn’t resist getting 4 more balls of the N-80 in the teal colourway!
Lets hope it doesn’t take me another 6 months to find the right pattern for these babies!
I am apparently very impressionable! Just bought a whack of stuff from Habu. What an awesome site. Thanks for info…
Oh… Sorry Kristin! Aren’t they all horribly pretty, though? I have another post coming up on the N-80…it is a bit hard on the hands at first, but the pain fades. And it is worth it in the end. HAH!
Love to see what you knit up when you get the stash!
I’m going to write about it soon… 🙂 Waiting for it all to arrive…
Can’t wait! What is your blog address?
line4line.blogspot.com – It’s called K-Line…
As a big fan of the Habu yarn, I am currently working on a second project with their gorgeous fibres. I am glad I found your blog and can read about your experience with Habu. A tiny cute shop Avril, in Tokyo, resells Habu yarn in Japan. In Avril, they sell yarn by weight and not by skein, as on Habu Textiles site. Also, Avril sells and ships internationally samples of each types of yarn. Each sample costs 150 yen (it makes approximately $1.80). Here is their catalogue of yarns. Maybe you would be interested in ordering some samples from them
Thanks for this! I will check it out…