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Rainbow connection

OMBRE yarn by Freia!
We received an order of this precious yarn in the spring and now it is back – but with a difference.  Our Springy version was a very  fine Lace Weight variety and this recent, Practically-Fall version is a meatier Sport Weight.  Each cake contains 234 metres of yarn that is dyed from stem to stern to knit up in a continuous colour-metamorphosising  pattern. It’s ombre!
These pics may give you an idea as to their beauty but what a picture won’t tell is how soft they are. These Sport Weight cakes score high on the soft scale with 30% silk blended in with the merino. Soft enough to go right next to the skin for hats and cowls and good enough for baby duds too!

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Vertigo

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Flare

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Atlantis

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Cloud

To take full advantage of the ombre style – one skein projects are best!  Try:

this shawlette pattern called ZuZu’s Petals

or this hat by Stephen West called Aurora Expanse

Aurora

or Victorian Gauntlets by Katherine Summer O’Neal

victorian gauntlets

Exciting stuff!
Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

When there’s only one skein.

What do you make with only one skein?  It is a fair question and one that came to my mind while unpacking one delicious box of yarn this week.

A box that came from beautiful Nova Scotia.
Every summer lucky Kate and Matthew visit our home away from home on the east shore. On their itinerary is paying a visit to the Fleece Artist (also home of Handmaiden), and of course picking out some yarn while they’re there. Hand picked colours are the best kind!

Here are some beautiful pictures from Kate↓photo 1 You can really see where the Fleece Artist gets their colour inspiration.

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Now we have the payoff in the form this amazing box-o-yarn; a wonderful selection of goodies, but many of these treats are one-offs.  Every hand dyed yarn is unique of course, but colour-ways are repeated and dyers try their darndest to reproduce their colours with some accuracy.  Still,  there are those other times (or so I imagine) that they let their fancy fly, throw away the recipes and the beakers and scales and go colour crazy!  The results can not be replicated with present day technology , thank heavens!

We have some of those results here;  veritable “one of a kind” skeins.

What to do…
What to do…
Well, luckily many of these delightful yarns are of the sock variety.  In these cases you can always make socks, but also there is usually enough yarn on a 100gram skein of sock yarn to make a light weight hat, a shawlette, a fine pair of gloves, or a wee baby sweater.
You could make any of these things this these beauties↓
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Casbah, 81% merino, 9% cashmere, 10% nylon, 325 m, $29.
I always tell people this is a spoiler yarn, once you knit with it, it is hard to imagine knitting with anything else.  The Knit Cafe’s Yoga Sock Pattern and our Extra Long Glove Pattern, both take one skein only of Casbah!

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BFL Socks, 80% Superwash Blue Face Leicester and 20% Nylon, 325m, $20
Strong, reliable, tried and true, English yarn with a reasonable price tag attached. Takes dye beautifully, wears well and gets softer with each wear and wash.  Why not try Rachel MacHenry’s favourite sock pattern with these guys?

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Kidazzle, 70% Merino, 20% Kid, 10% Nylon, 365m, $20
“Made Fuzzy to Flatter” If I was writing an ad campaign for this yarn this would be the slogan.  The kid mohair adds a halo to this yarn that is super charming and wooly.  I think it would be very suitable for this fingerless mitten pattern called Lady Violet’s Dinner Gauntlets, it seems to show off a variegated colour-way nicely – thank you very much!

4 ply cashmere4 ply cashmere4 ply cashmere4 ply cashmere4 ply Cashmere, 100% cashmere, 170m, $39

Not sock yarn – it is sport weight, but still possible to find a one skein project for this special yarn.  Hand dyed cashmere is after all not something you will buy everyday.  It is something you will want to wear everyday however.
Our Raspberry Beret Pattern takes only one skein of this stuff!

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Peter Rabbit, 70% Angora, 20% Nylon, 10% wool, 250m, $32

“Extra Fuzzy=Extra Fabulous!” these slogan-things write themselves! Peter Rabbit looks really beautiful knit into a Soft Lacy Cowl.  The simple lace stitching really shows of the colour variation.

Also new in the shop is some Janana Yarn!

You can’t get more one-of-a-kind then this!  Hand spun yarn made from hand dyed fleece from the spinning wheel of our lovely neighbour Jana.

jananaThis one is called Caldron

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then there’s Peony B and Peony A

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and Norway

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and Princess, and many more!

Craftily yours
Kristin

1 skein – 2 days – 4 baby hats

Knitting hats for a new born can be challenging. I always make them too big, it’s hard to imagine that their heads are literally  a size of an orange. This is why I made 4, one of them is bound to fit.
4 hats from 1 skein of luxurious yarn –  Handmaiden 4ply cashmere , made in Canada!
Swirl Hat SwirlSuper Stretchy Hat 1 Super Stretchy Hat 2
My first attempt was Tegan (first photo from the top), it turned out great, but I think it might be too big.
Second attempt was Swirl Hat (second photo from the top). It came as a recommendation from a friend, who made it for her newborn daughter. The hat is really stretchy, which means it will probably be worn for at least 4, if not 6 months, but it is definitely too big.
Third attempt was Super Stretchy Hat (last 2 photos). This simple pattern comes in 3 preemie sizes, but it’s pretty stretchy and I think it will be just the right size. I made the medium size and was so happy with it – I knit a second. One can never have enough hats! Even Goldilocks would be happy with this selection.
Now to wait for juniors arrival.
Happy Knitting!!!
Iwona