For the latter, the yarn loop is essential to any project - just imagine having to invisibly darn up a jumper 10 years down the line and not remembering the original yarn! A disaster. It can be the difference between a flawless sweater and a chaotic patchwork piece which loosely resembles a pullover. This is where a knitting project book comes in - it's a way of collecting all the yarn labels of all the yarns you’ve ever used - who wouldn’t want one?!
On the other hand, this may seem like a lot of faff to some and I’m sure plenty would argue that 10 years down the line, a sweater couldn’t possibly be the original colour anyway… Who really separates their washing afterall? Not to mention that there is actually a distinct beauty in highlighting the repairs that we make to our most cherished garments. Darning often reminds me of Kintsugi - the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces together with gold. It's a small reminder of just how loved the item was and just how loved it will continue to be. It's a second chance to highlight the beauty held within those immortal stitches.
For us in the Mill, the yarn loop also distinguishes between a dyed and undyed yarn - silver is one of our dyed ranges and gold is an undyed one. It's just a nice distinction we make and we think it looks really pretty too - everyone loves a shiny thing! We like to think that this is just one of those little touches which makes our packaging stand out as a cut above the rest. It keeps the devoted-knitting-book-people happy and it's not a massive inconvenience to anyone else so it's a no-brainer for us!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the yarn loop… love it or hate it?