I was going to post about my craft room makeover but I just couldn’t resist showing you the big box of yarn I just received. It’s from KnitPicks, have you heard of them? They are located in Vancouver, Washington and the company was started by a husband and wife team awhile back. I am not even sure when they started–way before I knew how to knit! They have semi-retired from KnitPicks but their son, Matt, has taken over and has done a great job so far. I occasionally listen to the KnitPicks podcast so I like to keep up to date on what they are doing behind the scenes.
OK, onto the discussion of yarn. I took advantage of the KnitPicks’ annual BIG SALE (this isn’t my first time) they ran the week leading up to Cyber Monday. If I am remembering right, I think they used to do the week after. They probably wanted to switch it to the week prior to profit from Black Friday sales.
The BIG SALE is huge in my opinion. A lot of their prices are drastically reduced and it is my one time out of the year to stock up on the more luxurious fibers, such as silk, kid mohair, and alpaca. I threw in some acrylic and wool for good measure, though!
All of these yarns I purchased will be used in the creation of products for my new online store, Art and Needlework, and my Etsy shop. So I will give you a sneak peek at what are my plans for future store items.
First up is their Brava in bulky weight. It is an 100% acrylic yarn.
Up next is the incredibly soft Reverie. It is a worsted weight yarn that has 80% alpaca and 20% acrylic. This Melon colorway is the softest pink I have ever seen. It is absolutely gorgeous. I plan to pair it with the Silver colorway (see below) in a scarf pattern that uses a feather and fan stitch; similar to this one.
It’s time for a splash of color! That’s what I thought when I peered into my box and found this nestled between the solids:
I wasn’t real sure about buying this one. It is called Cotlin. It is a DK weight yarn that is 70% cotton and 30% linen. I have never worked with linen before and in my mind it is a fiber that has more cons than pros. Being a) linen stretches over time and b) it is scratchy. But after reading the rave reviews from different sources I thought it would be fun to try a new fiber out. And because it is primarily cotton, I wasn’t going too outside my comfort zone. I will be using Cotlin in the Lichen and Whisker colorways to make a stocking hat that has a fair isle pattern. I have birds on the brain so maybe something like this one.
I ‘ve always been more of a wool yarn person. Mainly because I like the elasticity of the fiber. However, I love the stitch definition that can be achieved by cotton yarns. Cotton doesn’t spring back to its original shape easily but I thought it was high time to include this workhorse fiber in my stash. So I chose primary colors of KnitPick’s Dishie 100% cotton yarn to fill in this void. To be completely honest I have not a single clue on what to do with this cotton. None whatsoever. But I am happy to see these little tidy balls of cotton sitting on my shelf, ready and waiting for the first cotton project to come along.
If you knit you know one thing and that is: knitting takes time. Not every knitter is a speed knitter (and I am definitely not the fastest!) so if I am planning on selling handknitted items in my shop in the Spring, I need to get casting on. So the next three projects have Spring in mind.
First up is Gloss. It is a fingering weight yarn that is 70% merino wool and 30% silk. I bought four skeins in Clover for a Spring shrug or bolero. I have so many different designs for this one in mind! I am not even going to share a link here because I am quite torn about this project. I want to incorporate lots of different elements into it. Maybe even beads!
I had this vision in my mind of a light and airy bolero to wear in the springtime. Thus enters KnitPicks Aloft. It is a lace weight yarn that has 75% super kid mohair and 25% silk. What a marriage of fibers! An open lace pattern is a definite. This dress is similar to what I would want to do.
Thinking of weddings as well. . .
So that concludes my extensive KnitPicks yarn haul! Visit my ravelry profile to see what I am busy knitting.