I’m doing simple relaxing things this week after all the excitement and activity of Stitches West and my Trunk Show. Both events were great and fun and exhausting. Everything seems to come at once! So far this week I’ve done the laundry, went to the grocery store and oh… posted a tiny bit of new yarn. (Select Single) Really there is just a little of this. Its the 2012 club yarn dyed in an assortment of colors. Its something new for me, a single (ply – one strand) alpaca/wool/silk blend. I don’t usually like singles but this one holds it shape and has just the right amount of twist. It also has SILK in it – how can you go wrong with silk???? Both alpaca and silk are long strong fibers, they blend well together, no short ends poking their way out of the yarn, they compliment each other. The crimpy wool adds loft to the otherwise dense and straight alpaca/silk blend. The resulting yarn is soft, strong, shiny and just plain lovely!
Archive for the ‘new yarn’ Category
Pantone has released its new 2012 color report. And the winner is……………. Tangerine Tango! I had never heard of this color before but when I followed the links and saw what they were talking about I instantly recognized this as a red orange that has been slowly creeping into fashion this Fall. It’s a color I like and have been seeing in the bright red/orange tree leaves around town. Its bright but not flourescent, more red than yellow and warm but not dull or muted. It feels more vibrant than most of the traditional Fall colors and I can see how it might be nice in the Spring or Summer too. Can you picture wearing it? I’m warming up to it!
I just finished dyeing 100% cashmere yarn for the fall yesterday as the stock market was falling. How ironic to be handling such a luxurious and valuable fiber as the economy takes a downturn. It almost seemed inappropriate to have so much luxury in my hands. But then I thought of the comfort small things can bring to us in times of upset or worry. Each small skein is so soft, soothing and lovely to hold. It connects me to the remote places in the world where goats produce the fine soft undercoat that makes up this irresistibly luxurious yarn and the small mill in the UK that spun this unique long-staple cashmere into such a high quality sleek yarn. Comfort in holding it, knitting it and supporting the people (and animals!) along the way that created it. Timeless. Cashmere gems. Black Pearl, Amethyst, Jade, Sapphire, Teal Tourmaline.
Here is something I’m looking forward to
February seems like the perfect month to celebrate “Fire”. Fire has so many associations. There is fire as in emotional fire; passion and Valentine’s Day coming right up and something actually on fire, accidental or otherwise. Fire in fireplaces, in campfires, forest fires, gas stoves burning, smoke, candle light, flames, burnt toast, songs about fire, ring of fire, come on baby light my fire, flowers named after fire, sparks, fire in gemstones, firey redheads, …. After a fire there is renewal, healing, green lush vegetation, calm, a starting over.
Why am I thinking about fire?? The SolidSocks group on Ravelry is having a Fire themed KAL and I’ve just dyed a bunch of yarns all based on some aspect of Fire for them. Take a look. (P.S. They are all 20% off for the month of Feb while supplies last.)
This has been an amazing week. First it was Labor Day, hooray a 3-day weekend; then I got daughter back off to college; and then Hunter Hammersen released the free Gramercy sock pattern in Sock Plus 8. Now, I see that the Fall 2010 Twist Collective issue is out with Faina Goberstein’s lovely Crown of Leaves hat pattern in Classic DK Tropical Seas….!
Its gorgeous! Crown of Leaves
Hunter Hammersen just released a new sock pattern using Handwerks Sock Plus 8. Its offered at http://www.violentlydomestic.com/
Not only is it free but there is a contest for a free skein of yarn to go with the pattern. Follow the link and read the blog to find out all the details.
I always get so excited when I see my yarns knit up. I love them in the dye pot and skeined up but it’s particularily thrilling to see what someone’s creative mind and nimble fingers can knit with them! Hunter’s sock patterns are lovely. They are so knitable and wearable. I’m anxious to get started on my own pair of Gramery……..Thanks Hunter!
Off to knit-
P.S. – This is perfect timing since new stock of Sock Plus 8 is on its way in larger 120 gram skeins.