Neon! The happy trend! Just what we need in grey old February (almost March).
↑ A bundle of “highlighter” coloured yarn from Manos del Uruguay, 10 skeins ready to become a whole lot of knit-fun.
The last time we saw neon was the 80′s. This time around, it’s being paired with light shades (white and light grey) which makes it look oh so bright and fresh!
Here are some examples I’ve found that use neon to great effect. The triangular scarf with the yellow embellishment from the online, handmade, shop DaWanda.
Juicy, neon, orange is striped with grey, in this scarf designed by Antonia Shankland found here.
Paint Pail Mittens from Purl Soho are so plain but so adorable with the addition of neon tops. Neon is great for embellishment too. Case in point: this simple scarf with orange neon fringe, I found this example here.
Maxima by Manos Del Uruguay comes in all these wonderful neon shades. On the top Acid, middle right is Speeding Ticket, middle left is Shocking (that’s the name – I’m not so shocked), and on the bottom Highlighter. Soft, merino. single ply, yarn is wonderful to work with too. Bonus!
I just didn’t have time to take all the pictures of the beautiful yarn that just came in. Here is a taste!
Manos del Uruguay Classica.
On top: Forest Floor # 799
Below: Stellar #110
On top: Lily Pad #797
Below left: Embers #795
Below right: Bramble #114
On top: Potpourri #125
Below left: Fruit Salad #124
Below right: Tabby #796
On top: Pansy #798
Below left: Flame #115
Below right: Wildflowers #113
On top: Sage #107
Below left: Bluejay #123
Below right: Mermaid #122
On top – from left to right: Thisle #41, Aster #38
Below – from left to right: Parma #20, Rosin # 26, Magenta #S
On top: Juniper #43
2nd Row – from left to right: Calypso #Q, Citric #68
Bottom Row – from left to right: Olive #55, Steel #29
On top – from left to right: Nickel #31, Poppy #66
Below – from left to right: Black #08, Kohl #59
On top – from left to right: Marigold #58, Hibiscus # 69
Below – from left to right: Uranium #35, Dove #19
This 100% wool, hand spun, hand dyed, fair trade yarn is $20 per 126 metres (138yds) for the multi-coloured dyes and $18 for the semi solid varieties.
Still more pretty yarn to come.
Oh happy day! So what if it is wet and cold and grey too.
Look at the sunshine in here!
2 boxes of our giant Madeline Tosh yarn order came in late yesterday. We are still waiting on 2 more boxes, but until that happens we can more then make do. Madeline Tosh is famous for her mouth watering yarns. Knitters are known to swoon when in its presence. So you may want to sit down.
Box 1 and 2 held our order of Merino Light yarn.
True confessions: I have been secretly knitting with this yarn. I bought a few skeins while on holiday in New York City. I have first hand knowledge of it’s dreaminess. It is a one ply, softly spun, fingering weight yarn. Perfect for scarves and shawls, lightweight sweaters and for gazing at across the room.
Madeline Tosh has a way with dye. The tone on tone colour is as luminous as it gets.
From this light weight to heavier news.
A new order of broomstick sized needles from Susan Bates are all the better for making the stylish chunky knits of the season. They are colour coded which makes them more fun, but you are not in too much danger of loosing something this large in your knitting bag. 12.5mm, 15mm, 19mm, 25mm, oh my!
Great for big fat wormy yarns like Brown Sheep Burly Spun or Spud and Chloe Outer. Or try doubling or even tripling up your yarns to make your own version of an extra bulky knit.
Look out for a new Knit Cafe pattern featuring the chunky goodness of the Burly Spun. It is coming soon.
Reminders that the First Sweater Class is coming up starting on Monday. Students make the Manos Jacket pictured here. They learn the useful knit skills of pattern reading and knitting in rounds to make sleeves.
Believe it or not this class is free of charge, you just need to buy the yarn for your snuggly sweater to be. Manos del Uruguay (the yarn in question) is a hand dyed and hand spun yarn from a fair trade women’s cooperative in Uruguay. The hand spun quality hides mistakes very well so it is perfect for new knitters, and a great yarn for a first sweater.
First Sweater Class
Monday October 24, Nov 7, 7-9pm
Free instruction, materials fee for yarn $100
Call to register 416 533 5648
That’s it for this Wednesday
Big fat thanks to Jana for lending us her beautiful flag bunting for our window this month. It is high on the gorgeous scale ! It was a communal effort – friends knit together a banner of love for Jana’s wedding.
We are so well decorated, with our window full of life and our shelves filling plump with yarn. Here are some that have arrived just this week.
Manos del Uruguay.
-Soft as the dickens!
Silver Merino Roving.
- for Spinners
-and Thrum Mitten Makers
-dyed by hand
- delicious colours
Fleece Artist Trail Sock
-with nylon for strength
Handmaiden Silk Lace
-silk and seacell (seaweed)
-also lace weight
-hand dyed in NS and BC
As I write this more boxes arrive. To be continued…