Fall in to Knitting

Posted on August 27, 2011 by kim fenton | 0 Comments

How did you like that title? Fall is coming, we can feel it in the early morning when we turn over and grope for the blanket that has fallen off in the night, when we sit in the heavy dew that's gathered on our chair in the garden where we sit for morning coffee, when our neighbours are harvesting onions and garlic.
Sirdar Softspun

 

New things for fall in the store, in no particular order.... Some lovely new yarn from Sirdar, called Softspun, is a kind of knitted tube filled with wool and acrylic fibre. Very, very light, lots of loft, lots of sheen. 25g balls but they are 125m each. There is a book of patterns and for example the cardigan with a ruched collar takes only 9 balls for size 14, very good yardage. I do have a sample garment made up, and 4 beautiful colours to choose from - deep blue, silver, tan, and seaglass green. Those crazy Katia scarf yarns are still so popular! One ball makes one scarf.

I have more colours coming in, some with glints of sparkle for the Holiday Season!  Speaking of sparkle, some of you would have seen the yarn I brought home from Seattle. Blue Heron Yarns, from Maryland, has the most gorgeous skeins of hand dyed colour with gold or silver sparkles. I mean this stuff is like crack.... so luscious. I did what any self respecting LYSO would do... I found the company and ordered a bunch for the store. Why should I be the only one that can see those glints of loveliness in my stash?? One skein will make a beautiful shawl, two a lovely sweater. If I'm talking about yarn ordered but not yet in I would be remiss in not mentioning all the sock yarn I bought this fall. I don't know what I was thinking! Every sock weight I looked at was lovelier than the last, and I was able to get some good selection for the store. Watch for loads more Sweet Georgia, Wisdom, Fortissima, Reggia, and others. Cream and white yarn has already come in, as well as some great "value" sock yarns - great for knitting Christmas gifts as it is so affordable. We had Doreen come in and do "two socks at one time" and what a day that was! Very hard and very fun to get my head around a  new way of doing socks; the best way to describe it is to say that you do the front of sock "a", the front of sock "b", the back of sock "b" and the back of sock "a", in that order over and over till you are done, with of course a bit in there for turning the heel. I finished the sample socks and will in very short time put a pair of socks on the needle so I don't lose the skill. With all the big cables in fall patterns coming out, we need yarns that are soft and light enough to keep the stitch definition


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