We have three new yarns in the shop from Hikoo. The first we’d like to introduce you to is Kenzie, a light worsted weight blend of 50% Wool, 25% Nylon (Polyamide), 10% Angora, 10% Alpaca. Each skein is $10.
The merino, angora and alpaca all provide softness and body, the nylon lends strength, and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents, for a beautiful slightly nubby texture. This 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning.
Unless of course you hold Kenzie together with Silk Cloud. Julie knit up two quick hats on Sunday so that she could see how Kenzie works up. She chose to make his and hers versions of Barley, a great FREE hat pattern from tincanknits. This fun unisex pattern provides sizing options for the whole family from newborn to adult. The hat on the left was created with Shibui Silk Cloud held together with Kenzie, the one on the right features Kenzie alone. You’ll need to stop by to feel these hats to really appreciate the snuggly difference.
While scrolling around Ravelry pages to see what other crafters knit up with Kenzie, I found two fun versions of Brooklyn Tweed’s Turn a Square hat. Multicraftyguy from Minnesota just finished two hats using alternate color versions that clearly illustrate how much fun it can be to play with color. They should be at the top of his project page, here.
Another fun FREE pattern idea for Kenzie is Stephen West’s Boneyard Shawl. The simple construction and subtle purl ribs would beautifully highlight the tweedy rusticity of this yarn.
We hope that you can stop by to check out our Barley hats, and the beautiful selection of bright Kenzie colors. You are going to love the feel of this yarn.