What says spring like a soft pastel palette of colors? We just received Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites; and these 100% royal alpaca skeins where made for decadently soft accessories that call for fingering weight yarn. Its fine gauge creates a light and decadent fabric that is luxury at its most exquisite.
With the same muted color palette, twist, and hand as Blue Sky Alpacas’ full-size hanks of Royal, the Royal Petites are 100-yard/ 35 gram balls, geared towards smaller projects. We have limited quantities in 14 colors at $16.00 each.
Along with these lovely skeins, you can see a selection of the Blue Sky Alpacas Pattern Leaflets that are available for $8 each. The illustrations remind me of old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books that I read cover to cover when I was a girl.
Just in case you aren’t yet ready to dive into summer knits, these patterns and this lovely yarn could help. They may provide you a quick project in delightful spring colors that just might ease the transition from the snuggly woolen knits that have kept your hands busy this winter. Let us know if we can set your favorite colors aside for you.
Helen dropped off a beautiful new cowl this weekend. The photos speak for themselves.
This is the longer infinity version of the Alewives Cowl designed by Elizabeth Doherty. Helen used two skeins of Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Worsted, which is specified in the pattern. So the finished cowl is as soft as you can imagine.
According to Elizabeth’s Blue Bee Studio blog posting about this lovely pattern: “the idea behind Alewives was to create a simple cowl using easily memorized stitch patterns, but to make it interesting enough to be fun and engaging. The design features panels of herringbone and panels of garter ridges moving together around the cowl in a rhythmic sequence that keeps the knitting galloping along.
Worked in the round, Alewives is written for two sizes: a 24″ diameter single loop, and a 49″ loop that can be worn as a long infinity scarf, or doubled around the neck for more warmth. The smaller cowl uses approximately 250 yards of a light worsted yarn. About 500 yards is needed for the longer version. Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written form.”
I would imagine that the shifting stitches would be enough of a challenge to keep one focused while providing some fun patterns to keep you knitting so as to see what comes next. I love patterns like these.
This could be a perfect pattern to highlight the showstopping colors of Leading Men Fiber Art’s Box Office yarn that we received last week. What do you think?
Our nominee for best new yarn in the shop is Box Office. These super saturated skeins come to us from Leading Men Fiber Arts whose tag line puts color center stage. Each one is lovingly hand dyed, and I think that you’ll agree that this yarn is dramatically different.
This springy worsted weight yarn is sure to be a star. It is a 4-ply yarn made with 100% Superwash Merino that is a treat for your hands to work with. Each $21 skein contains 218 yards, which is more than enough for an accessory that can add a dramatic pop of color to make you the center of attention.
For those of you interested in working on larger projects, Julie received sweater quantities of 12 colors. What could be more fun than casting on for something that just might be finished by March 2nd when the red carpet is rolled out?
When we gave the girls who joined us for the Community Knit Night this week a sneak peek of the new arrivals, this colorway Harvest, was by far their favorite. We can’t wait to see how it looks knitted up.
Stop on by as soon as you can so that you don’t miss out on the full selection. This new yarn is sure to be a hit!
Julie has found a wonderful new artist whose work we want to share with you. Mary Kilvert is a designer from Herefordshire in the UK. She is inspired by color, pattern, storytelling and animals. As a very talented illustrator with a love of narrative, she has created a broad range of fun and beautiful products, from signature woolly sheep and stationery to pillows and mugs.
In 2008, she created Baatholomew – a fictional sheep. He formed the kernel of an idea to make little felted woolly sheep collectables, using the dry-felting method, and each finished in a distinctive hand-knitted Fair Isle jumper.
These colorful sheep are on many of the fun products that Julie chose for the shop. You’ll want to stop in to see everything that Julie selected. These items will make perfect gifts for the wool enthusiasts in your life, but you may find that you won’t want to give them away.
We have a great big box on its way to us from the UK with many of her delightful designs. We promise to let you know as soon as it arrives, and in the mean time we hope that this little sneak peek gets you as excited about its arrival as we are!
Kristin just finished a new infinity cowl that we can’t keep our hands off of. She knit up the Striped Cowl that is one of the four patterns included in Stripes: A little collection, just published by Quince & Co.
Kristin chose Shibui Baby Alpaca DK for its luxurious softness that is pure heaven against the skin. These skeins are $21 each and she ended up with plenty of the two contrast colors left over—enough for one of the other accessories included in the collection. So you’ll get two projects from the three skeins of yarn you’ll need.
You won’t be surprised to learn that we have plenty of these lustrous Shibui colors to choose from. Stop on by the shop when you get a chance, and we can help you find a color combination that you will love to work with and then wear.