In the last post, we were pretty excited about the arrival of Arranmore Light – and now it’s here! It’s the newest yarn from The Fibre Co., and we will carry all 18 colors. Fibre Co. does it again – this time, at an Irish mill dating back to 19th century County Donegal, they’ve created a thoroughly up-to-date tweed yarn, a next-to-skin soft, magical blend of merino wool, cashmere, and silk.
See for yourself during our Pop Collection Trunk Show, six ultra contemporary patterns from designers Courtney Kelley, Kate Gagnon Osborn, and Meghan Kelly of Kelbourne Woolens. Bibbe (above) is the breakout star of the show. Come try it on! (It looks great on everyone.) The collection shatters fussy old stereotypes to have some modern fun with tweed yarn. The show will be in store through the end of the month.
We want you to sample Arranmore Light for yourself. We’re creating a Take Home Yarn Tasting, a little kit that will include my own original pattern for a pair of wrist warmers (below) and just the right amount of yarn to make them. The instructions are almost out of the test knitting/tech editing stage. Details soon!
Autumn arrived Friday, but our fall yarns have been coming in for over a month. If you haven’t visited the shop lately, plan to stay awhile to see all that’s new. Don’t miss:
La Jolla from Baah Yarn
Baah La Jolla is 100% merino superwash, hand dyed by color wizard Mira Cole. We have her semi-solids and Dipped & Dappled colorways (above, Tequila Sunset) that knit up alternately solid and speckled. Remember, sock yarn doesn’t count as part of your stash!
Ewe So Sporty from Ewe Ewe Yarn
Soft, bouncy, elastic – just some of the words that describe Ewe So Sporty yarn. “Delightful” is another one! This 100% merino yarn comes in a rainbow of 20 colors that can be switched and swapped around the palette to get just the look you want. Ideal for stranded color work. Use it as a baby yarn, a yarn for mitts and hats, try it as a sweater yarn, or just make it your go-to sport weight.
Regia Tweed Color
Sock knitters, here is Regia’s brand new line of wool/polyamide/viscose self-striping yarn in tweed flecked colors. Like all Regia yarns, it won’t felt and offers long-lasting wear and great shape retention. Machine washable up to 100° F and can be machine dried.
Your Finished Projects
And here is a pair of socks made with Regia yarn right now! These handsome fellows are Bonnie’s, made with one of the Arne & Carlos line from Regia.
And these jazzy boot socks of Bonnie’s were done in a worsted weight Berroco yarn – unfortunately, now discontinued.
Wanda whipped up this bright Charnley Scarf with her Manos del Uruguay Fino mini-skein set. Charnley is a free pattern from Lisa Myers. The color play between the white background and the bright hand-dyed shades helps make this scarf so striking, but…
…that can come with some “special needs.” I’m going to put my 2¢ in here about yarn’s color fastness.
Whenever you wash a finished piece that includes high-contrast colors (whether hand-dyed or mill-dyed), you are going to want to give it some extra attention. Some folks say just wash your yarn BEFORE you work with it. Yeah, right. I’ve always heard a good dose of white vinegar in icy cold water will set dye in a first BRIEF bath you give your FO, to be followed by a normal SOAK or Eucalan wash in cool water, and enough plain water rinses to flush out any lingering vinegar odor. But then I read online that vinegar needs heat to set a dye. I don’t know if I’ll try steeping my own FOs any time soon – ice has always worked for me – but just be aware that the only safe color is a set color, as Wanda recently discovered, sadly. Her Super Simple Sock Shawl from designer Amanda Steck was not supposed to be this pink.
Gina’s yarn seems to be behaving (her bunnies are still white). She chose a bright grass green Oink yarn for this little cutie, Sweet William* by Ann Kingstone. She crunched the numbers of the original chart created for a fingering weight yarn to use her heavier yarn with a different gauge. Very impressive!
And I’ll end where I started, back with the Fibre Co. This is Stephanie’s self-described “Sears Catalog Mom Model Pose” in her lovely Gull Island* from Kate Gagnon Osborn in Luma. May I order three, please?
Note: Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at Gosh Yarn It!