It’s one of those “luscious” Monday Updates today. I know there is a lot of yarn out there that is wool and slightly scratchy and knits up beautifully into all kinds of projects. But there is some yarn out there that is a combination of wool and other things (like cashmere and silk) that knits up into beautiful things but also feels heavenly while you’re working with it. Those are the types of things we have for you in today’s update. We just added in:
Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted – We have this for you in 40 colors, and it’s something you’ll want to make a sweater with. (Ok – you can also use if for hats and scarves and mittens and warm shawls.) This is a worsted weight 4-ply yarn with 75% merino wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere. It has 210 yards to the skein and can be machine washed in cold water, and air-dried flat. (Shown above in Stargazing.) Try knitting this up in the Debaser Scarf, or a Knotty But Nice Hat, or a Deephaven Cowl, or a Moody Sweater.
Jade Sapphire – This 4-ply heavy fingering (maybe even edging into the sport category) weight yarn comes 200 yards to the skein and is 100% cashmere from Inner Mongolia. Perfect for cowls, scarves, gloves or shawls. You’ll love the feel of this yarn. (Shown here in Seeing Red.) You could try it in the Parquet Tiles Shawl (I love the texture), the Eleanor Cowl, or Straightforward Mitts.
Swan’s Island – re-stocks in the soldout colors of Lace, Fingering, and Worsted. Swan’s Island yarn is spun in a historic mill in Maine and then hand-dyed using all-natural dyes. This results in beautiful yarn that is wonderful to work with and kind to the environment.
ScoJo Eyewear – More of my favorite reading (and knitting and computing) glasses, this time in a pretty cobalt blue.
Cascade – we re-stocked most of our lines of Cascade last week (mid-week), so if you’ve been waiting on a color to come back in a certain base, check that out.
Did you notice we didn’t have a Monday Update last week, due to the Labor Day holiday? (I jest. I know you noticed, because I got emails about it!) The one benefit of taking one week off from Updating, is that the week after that is bursting with new things! So get ready for lots of temptation. Tonight, we added in:
Alisha Goes Around– in the Richness of Martens fingering weight (shown above in Agave). This beautiful yarn is kettle-dyed by Alisha in Texas and this base is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% Silk. With 400 yards in a skein, it would be ideal for a beautiful scarf or shawl. (It also works for socks, but do you really want to hide it?) You might try the Calsada Scarf, or the Tiare Shawl & Scarf, or a Sliding Frogs Scarf (love the name).
The Fibre Company – in their Bulky Tundra base. This is made up of 60% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, and 10% Silk. Since it’s a bulky weight, it knits up quickly. I did their Arctic Cowl pattern with 2 skeins (shown here to the left, and below), and it’s warm and cozy. I just have to wait for winter to arrive, so I can wear it! We have it in all 12 colors. It would also make a nice hat or scarf or fingerless mitts. You might try it for a Shawl Collared Cowl, or the Chunky Dean Street Hat, or a Francine Headband, or Zephyr Fingerless Mitts/Mittens. I haven’t knit much with Bulky weight yarn. What I like about it is how fast it knits up. This would be a great yarn to use for some of those holidays gifts that you have on your list. The headband and mitts would great for teens.
Hand Maiden – Mini Maiden is back in stock! This one ply fingering weight is 50% wool and 50% silk. So soft and great to work with. It has a beautiful drape and just the right amount of sheen from the silk. With 545 yards per skein, you can make some wonderful one-skein shawls with this. How about the Sunflower Shawlette, or Ruffles and Ridges, or a Scarlet Sparkler Scarf.
Baggu – We’ve re-stocked all sizes and colors in Baby and Classic sizes, as well as the Backpacks and the accessory sets. These make such great project bags. They’re lightweight, hold a bunch, and are easy to tuck into a larger bag for a project on the run.
Scojo – I thought I bought these reading glasses mostly for me, but apparently you all like them, too! We’ve re-stocked all of the sizes and added in their cleaning cloths (which are great for glasses, but also nice for computer and iPad screens). What I like most about these glasses is how lightweight they are. I forget that I’m wearing them. (And if you have to wear reading glasses, it’s nice to at least be able to forget that they’re sitting on your nose….)
Wooden Yarn Caddies – George-from-Wyoming brought down a whole new batch of caddies, and this time we have small sizes (shown here in Walnut) as well as the large sizes. The small size is perfect for one skein of fingering weight yarn, so some of you might prefer that size for socks and small shawls. You’ll notice the price is almost the same. It’s the same amount of work for George and not really much less in materials, either. But we wanted to bring you both sizes, because we’ve found them handy ourselves. (He brought a couple down for us to try out the last time.)
Nelkin Designs – a re-stock of Laura’s popular jewelry kits. These are fun to knit up and the kits contain the yarn, beads and pattern. We have Ribband bracelets, Mudra Necklaces, Butin Collar Necklaces, Mudra Cuffs, and Rippled Necklaces in stock.
Dream in Color’s September Dream Club Yarn – We have put our final batch of the September color up on the website, and if you haven’t gotten a skein yet, you’ll want one (shown here)! There are 700 yds. in this skein of Dream in Color Baby, in a beautiful periwinkle (blue/purple) skein, with gray/brown mixed in just enough to make it interesting. We’ll be emailing you the Twilight pattern with purchase, so that you can make this skein up into a hat, cowl and mitts. Dream in Color is sponsoring a contest for anyone who wants to knit with all six of this year’s Dream Club yarns. You’re not required to use the club pattern, but at least half of each skein from each month must be used, and all six projects are to be completed by 3/31/13. To enter, post pictures of your completed projects (all six in one post, but each project in it’s own photo) in the Dream Club group on Ravelry, or on the Dream in Color Facebook page. They will be giving away 100 skeins of exclusively dyed yarn to 100 knitters who participate in the contest!
See? I told you we had a lot going up tonight for you. Enjoy the perusing and shopping, and we’ll get your orders out quickly!
We’re excited to share our Sixth Anniversary Kit with you today! We worked with two great companies – Lorna’s Laces and Lantern Moon, and one great designer – Debbie O’Neill, to pull this together for you. You’re also getting a sneak peak at our new “Seasonings Series”, which we’ll bring to you this fall. More on that in a minute.
The kit comes with a full skein plus a coordinating mini skein, in our favorite Loopy color – red, with charcoal mini. The yarn is dyed up on Lorna’s Laces’ awesome Shepherd Sock base. Debbie O’Neill has designed all of our anniversary kit patterns, and this year she has a great sock pattern with cables, that works for guys or gals. Since we’re celebrating our anniversary during Olympics month, we thought we’d commemorate both with the title of this colorway, “Tickety Boo”. If you watched the opening ceremonies, you might have heard Danny Boyle (the producer) say that working with the Queen on the Bond Skit was Tickety Boo. I looked it up and it means “everything is fine”. Although everything is GREAT here, so our translation for Tickety Boo is “Everything is Great!” (And aren’t there going to be days when you will need to wear your Tickety Boo socks or shawl for a little extra “everything is great!” good luck?)
When the skeins arrived earlier this summer, I realized that this skein+mini would also work well for another one of Debbie’s past club patterns – A Breath of Fresh Air. Some of you already have this pattern, but if you don’t and would like it when ordering the Anniversary Kit, just leave us an order note and we’ll send that one, too. Both the shawl and sock patterns will come to you via email. To round out the kit, we worked with Lantern Moon for the cute drawstring project bag with embroidered Loopy, as well as the little heart stitchmarkers that we’ve included in the kit.
Back to our Seasonings Series – this is a new line that we have in the works for this Fall. (Why Seasonings? Because every skein comes with a coordinating mini skein and everything works better with a little spice, right? We’ve had a blast coming up with the colorways and the spices!) We’ll keep you posted on that. Tickety Boo is a limited edition just for the Anniversary Kit, so if you love the red/black combo, get it while it lasts.
Of course it’s not all about the Anniversary Kit tonight. We have other things that went up in tonight’s Update as well! We added in:
Socktopus Sokkusu – A very popular line here, dyed by Alice and her gals in the UK. This fingering weight yarn works well for socks and shawls. If you haven’t already picked up Alice’s Socktopus book, you might want to get it. I love so many of the patterns in there.
BAAH Yarns – This is the beautiful yarn that inspired me to use two solids and a multi for my Thin Ice Shawl for Camp Loopy Project Two. We have many coordinating multi’s and semi-solids in this line, as well as several patterns from BAAH that use that technique. (Shown here in Brazilian Emerald.)
Scojo Eyeware– I’ve been wearing these reading glasses all day for working on the computer, and I keep forgetting that I’m wearing them. They’re so lightweight and comfortable. We have the Gels line, which incorporates the latest in rimless eyewear technology, infused with beautiful color and a precise mounting system. I’m taking all of my cheap reading glasses and adding one to each purse that I use, and then keeping my Scojo glasses for computer and knitting. (I admit, I mostly added in this reading glasses line for myself. When you wear them for so many different activities, you want them to be good!) Each pair comes in it’s own plastic case.
Namaste– We have the new Purple Oh, Snap sets, the Circular Cases and Buddy Cases in Pumpkin Spice, and the Harlow Bags in Carribean Blue, Espresso and Eggplant. (Pumpkin Spice Harlow’s still to come.)
GoKnit– New colors from GoKnit! The Jewel Collection includes the small, medium and large GoKnit Bags in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Amethyst and Champagne Gold. (Shown here in the Medium Amethyst size.) We’ve also added in their cute Bracelet Kits, which you can whip up in an evening. Each kit includes the materials to make a thick and thin bracelet. The thin bracelet can also be worn as a necklace.
Lavishea Bars – Four new scents in this wonderful hand bar line. We’ve added Jasmine Vanilla, Aloe & Green Clover, Japanese Cherry Blossom, and Plumeria. These tins are great to keep in knitting project bag, purses, and backpacks.
We’ve had a busy week, haven’t we? So much fun stuff. Don’t forget that you can enter into last Friday’s Blog Contest to win a free Anniversary Kit (which would be handy if you wanted to make the scarf/shawlette pattern and socks to match).