I was excited to find out about the 6 "anime" yarns created by Artfibers in San Francisco a few weeks back.  It was announced in the Studio Ghibli forum on Ravelry, of which I'm a member.

Here's the yarn description from Artfiber's website:


We developed this yarn from the inspiration of Japan's famous animator, Hayao Miyazake [sic], friend to children of all ages, everywhere.  His strength as an artist comes from insightful observation, not just with the eye, but also with the heart.  In a world where the easily visible is often an illusion, it takes great courage and strength to see deeply.  But also humility.  We try to dye in that spirit.

Now, I've been an avid Miyazaki fan since I was introduced to My Neighbour Totoro in university (Ariga-sensei, arigatoo!), so ordering some of this was a no-brainer.  I ordered 100 yards each of the first three colours first, followed by 100 yards each of the other three. Here they are, presented by Totoro and a few of his friends (L-R: Jiji from Kiki's Delivery Service, the Cat-bus from Totoro and the medium-sized Totoro):

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The yarn is hand-spun and hand-dyed and is 100% shrink resistant merino wool. Here's a view of the colours by themselves:

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As you can see, each "colour" contains a wide range of tones.  I'm not sure yet what I'm going to make with it.  I think it may be something in honour of the March 11th Tohoku earthquake.

If you'd like to know more about Hayao Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli, a good place to start is http://ghiblicon.blogspot.com.