June 11, 2008

Stretched Merino


No, it’s not what a shepherdess ride to the prom. What we have here is Evolution from Chameleon Colorworks and it is made from mechanically stretched merino wool. The micron count or the actual diameter of the individual fiber is stretched and set, resulting in a very sleek and silky fiber.

The colors share the same fluidity. There are the beautiful color combinations of the handpaints, as well as something they call “shadow dyed” which creates a gorgeous tone-on-tone effect. Through all the shades, the beautiful luster shines through.


This Sport weight yarn runs at a nice 150 yards per skein and it’s washable. But most of all, it’s Extremely. Soft. This is a wool that you’ll want to wear next to your skin. It would make a perfect shrug for a strappy summer dress, a sweater for the discerning baby, or a soft as-a-cloud chemo cap. This yarn fills a perfect knitting niche. Truly evolutionary!

Filed under: beautiful things to make,new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 12:30 pm

June 4, 2008

We Love What U Knit

Nelly's baby boy

There hasn’t been a customer brag post in a while, so to start us off this is Alexander, modeling a hat knit for him by his mom. Nelly used a basic kid’s hat pattern, kicked up a notch with a sprightly shade of Kelly green Big Cash from Zaol. I think I see a knitwear model in the making!


Next is Kristen and her pair of magnificent His and Hers Aran sweaters. Her oatmeal sweater was knit in the very appropriate Scottish Tweed Aran from Rowan, using a pattern from “Knitting in the Old Style” and the chocolate brown Cascade Eco Wool sweater was her own design. If that wasn’t enough, these are merely her second and third sweaters. Amazing!


Jessica is wearing her lovely Tangled Yoke Cardigan, knit using Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool. This is such a classically beautiful design, with just a hint of cabling. The yarn choice is perfect, wool-silk blends are so versatile. The pattern is available in the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits.


Susan knit this future family heirloom while watching episodes of 24. The pattern is the Irish Diamond Shawl from the book “Folk Shawls” using Jaggerspun Zephyr. It is absolutely exquisite, sure to be handed down the generations.


Here is Dan showing off his very first sweater! There is nothing like a happy knitter crossing that bridge to the Land of Garments. The pattern is the tongue-in-cheek, Cable Guy from “Son of a Stitch n’ Bitch”.


Now Lynne has to keep an eye on this blanket, because it has been a personal ambition of mine to knit one just like it! She used Misti Alpaca Chunky and it must be the softest and coziest blanket around. The pattern is the Cozy Lap Robe from “Holiday Knits” designed by Allison herself.


And we close with Mary, modeling her stunning scarlet kimono. She used Bambou Soft from Austermann and a pattern from the book “Knit Kimono”. It is a beautiful marriage between yarn and garment, with the beautiful drape that bamboo fabric creates.

Filed under: customer creations — Admin @ 11:52 am

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