Do you ever wonder what is in your wool? You read the label and it might differentiate as far as Merino, but by and large we are buying generic wool. A blend. It’s something akin to buying a box of wine rather than a bottle of Chardonnay.
As an arm of Rowan’s Purelife range, the British Sheep Breeds yarn collection allows knitters an opportunity to sample breed specific yarn. This worsted weight yarn is undyed and so what you see is what sheep get, the creamy Bluefaced Leicester, the rich brown of the Jacob sheep, the blacks and charcoals of the Black Welsh, and the warm gray of the Suffolk.
The accompanying pattern book has echoes of A Season’s Tale, the one that made many of us fall in love with Rowan. Classic elements with the faintest torque of silhouette to give a more modern feel. Fall is a ripe time for knitting and we are getting more new yarns every day!
Cuzco is one of the latest yarns from Berroco. The 50% blend of superfine alpaca and Peruvian wool, makes for a marriage between softness and structure. Weighing in at 3.75 stitches per inch, it straddles chunky and aran, making for a quick knit without the bulk.
If back-to-school makes you feel like getting back to knitting, Cuzco might be just the yarn for you. Especially with the cozy sweaters and accessories in the accompanying pattern booklet. The only problem will be which one?
If you were stashing your Malabrigo, now might be the time to take out those skeins, as their first pattern book is here, with Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton as the featured designer. She has long been a favorite designer of mine with her wonderful interpretations of Noro yarns. She brings those same understated, modern sensibility to this collaboration. That it is all buttery soft merino, makes it icing on the cake.
Just to remind folks, there are only 10 days left in the Malabrigo Raffle! If you are mailing your entries, they must be postmarked by August 21st.
It’s another sumptuous issue of Rowan Magazine, celebrating their 30th Anniversary. Come in and leaf through the pages of beautiful photography. If that isn’t inspiration enough, fondle a ball or two of the new yarns for fall.
The afghan that started it all. The Great American Afghan book features the original patterns from the Knitter’s Magazine series, circulated twelve years ago. The blanket received a revamp, and now knits up with that go-to yarn of utility, Cascade 220. This book is chock-full of patterns, from the standard to whimsical.
Afghans are a wonderful way to test the waters and broaden your knitting skill set, whether you knit every pattern or simply mix and match your favorites. Don’t forget that working on individual squares makes for perfect project portability!
So come into the store, admire the blanket and pick out colors to make your own!