I LOVE yarn. No one is surprised by that, I’m sure, but sometimes I get so tied up with projects and classes that I forget about the joys of just being around yarn and getting to know it and appreciating the differences between all the varieties.
Iris is a new worsted-weight yarn from Debbie Bliss’s new collection called Pure Bliss. It’s made from superfine merino wool with a smooch of cashmere. Superfine merino is already soft and smooth next to the skin, and the 5% cashmere just adds a bit of lovely fuzziness to the surface. I love the colors I ordered: rich neutrals and a beautiful soft pink.
I made a sweet one-ball cowl (free with purchase)
that deserves to be caressing someone’s neck, but I will say that if I had a loved one who needed a chemo cap, this would be the yarn I would choose. One ball would do it, and I like this nice free pattern from A Little Knitty on Ravelry (although there are many great free patterns for chemo caps. I tailored my search specifically for Iris’s specs, knitting, free patterns with a good rating. Here’s my search.)
If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll have seen other new yarns that popped in the door this week:
New colors of Herriott Fine, a lovely fingering-weight alpaca/nylon blend from Juniper Moon Farm. I love this yarn for its softness and warmth, and these 3 new colors add to the rich, heathered palette we already stock:
Gloves, scarves and shawls are all lovely in this yarn, and it also combines well with other lightweight yarns to make a quicker, warmer, softer project. We combined it with Fine Donegal to make Trailhead a couple years ago, and it’s still everyone’s favorite. Loretta looks great in mine, so of course, she made her own:
Speaking of Fine Donegal, a few new colors of this wool/cashmere blend came in. It features the interesting sturdiness and the fantastic colored highlights that only an Irish mill could accomplish:
I’m ready for a sweater in any of these colors, and yes, the red (named Strawberry) really is that vibrant! Remember Newsom?
A great little jacket to dress up or down, and it still looks just like new.
Huenique (pronounced hew-NEEK) is a superwash wool blend that does it all. Blended stripes of amazing color combinations, thick-and-thin texture, machine washability, and light-chunky gauge make this a perfect yarn for quick gifts and accessories, or a fun kid’s sweater. Hats, scarves, cowls, mittens – anything’s possible:
Just look at those colors!
A reminder about classes: our exclusive afghan
Deb’s exclusive D-Y-O Scarf for beginners and beyond
Karen’s Silverleaf Shawl
and Cloud Nine Slippers
all start in October! Only one or two spots remain in each so if you’re interested, don’t wait too long. You can check out the dates and times here.