Our UPS and FedEx drivers are like family these days. Seems like there’s something new to put out on the shelves every other day. First up: new by virtue of a name change, is Sueño, now distributed by Hikoo. In its former life it was Pediboo from the late Frog Tree. Sueño, Pediboo – whatever its called, it is a miracle yarn. It works up beautifully across a range of needle/hook sizes, soft from its wool and shiny and strong from its bamboo.
Next: Gradient from Schoppel-Wolle. Let’s call this one a DK/light worsted. It does just what its name says, changes from one pretty color to another to another like its little cousin Zauberball. Schoppel pioneered “gently felted” yarns, which ensures that this soft single won’t get pilly or fuzzy. Use it whenever a US4-7 is called for and you want a parade of beautiful colors. Rising Sun is a free shawl pattern on Ravelry that was written for Gradient, and designer Zsuzsa Kiss’ picture shows those off those smooth color transitions.
Long time readers might remember this shot of Manos del Uruguay Maxima from its debut. I decided to re-use it because the big box that arrived yesterday is full of shades of Maxima that are just as mouth watering. Maxima is a delicious hand-dyed single worsted weight that we can’t seem to live without.
Last but every bit as luscious, Liberty Wool worsted from Classic Elite was due for a refresh after our big year-end sale. Liberty Wool is another habit we do not want to quit. It’s machine washable pure virgin wool (it’s earned the Woolmark), made in Italy, and comes in a bright, sophisticated palette. Think Liberty Wool for everything from baby clothing to accessories that need to be next-to-skin-soft. I’m thinking of re-yarning my Tiverton Tweed Cowl* for four shades of Liberty Wool.
So much yarn. Now, what gets made with it all?
Bonnie made a very lucky friend this lovely poncho of Silk Blend from Manos del Uruguay. The pattern is Karoo, from Agnès Desmettere.
Don’t you love the neck edging and that cable detail?
Francie loves her Nimbus* in Mimi, and so does everyone who sees it. Lisa Mutch is the designer.
Francie kindly modeled her oh-so-warm Chunky Cowl for me. She used two skeins of Mushishi Big from Plymouth for Laura Farson’s pattern. It looks as though it were cabled, but that’s a purl-3-together making that interesting stitch pattern.
Catherine is a sock knitting machine. She has joined several sock challenge groups on Ravelry (Year of Stash Socks, Socks from Stash) and is churning them out at an enviable pace. Her are five of her sock FOs. The magenta socks are Erica Leuder’s Moody Stockings in Heritage from Cascade. And I definitely recognize some Opal among the other four.
Jane reached for a snazzy self-striping skein of Lana Grossa Meilenweit for her two-at-a-time toe-up socks. (I’m going to start calling this method “hyphenating your socks.”) She used her house toe-up recipe with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. Can you spot the one color change that keeps them from being identical twins?
Wanda went to her stash for her Reader’s Wrap* by Lisa Carnahan. She used Noro Taiyo for what looks like the perfect way to cozy up with a good book.
Here are Sue’s Grumpybum Monster Longies from designer Wandering Lady. Cascade 220 Superwash Sport makes these easy care, a good thing because they’re going to get a lot of use. So cute. Those scary eyes and fangs are made in duplicate stitch.
Linda’s Simple Beret is worked in Plymouth Baby Alpaca DK. Hannah Fettig’s pattern includes instructions for using four different yarn weights. Linda’s blue watch cap is made with Rowan Pure Wool. The pattern is Cold Days, Warm Ears by Margot Stock. The brim can fold over itself three times – those ears will definitely be warm.
These are my Toasty fingerless gloves, a simple, free pattern from Leslie Friend. Of course, I had to add stuff: a thumb gusset, extra wrist length, 1×1 ribbing. I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca held with Cascade Kid Seta mohair/silk, which I can recommend for warmth and softness turned up to 11.
Saved the cutest for last. Sue’s Elijah* from Ysolda Teague has never been more adorable. This little ballerina’s “hide” is Adriafil Knitcol. Having just taken my granddaughter to the zoo, where her favorite animals were the elephants, I may have to swipe Sue’s idea!
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!