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Stash Enhancement

February 18, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Wowzers what a week and a half it has been. And I have a gigantic bag full of new! yarn!, two fleeces, and a bunch of swatches and samples to show for it.

First let me flash the new stash.

Dear Claudia, I can only say WOW. Your generosity is amazing. The pink hatbox of yarn love was indeed inspiring. I got silk, linen, and sock yarn in my box.

The linen, in colorways “Paprika” and “Passion Fruit” will be a summer sweater wrap:

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See the swatch? Imagine a drapey swingy sweater with the sweet little cable trimming the edges, and some leaf lace accenting the neckline and hem. Can you picture it? I can. It will be knit at an open gauge to enhance the drape and be just the right weight for a summer layer. 

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Next up is the Superwash fingering yarn in colorway “John B.” It’s already mitts! I want to do a second knit through to have a perfect pair for photos, but they knit up quick! They took a little less than one 175 yd skein. I squeed about them all over Madrona, and made everyone try them on:

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The loveliest of Claudia’s lovelies, though, was this green silk in colorway “Riverbank Grass.” I have a pattern that’s been simmering for a while.  I started a knit through with a green merino of about this shade, but while the color was right the fiber was wrong. It wanted something with some shimmer. Now I have it. I am looking forward to knitting the sample this summer, and feeling this cool silk slide through my fingers:

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Thank you!!

Next up: Blue Moon. I love Tina’s yarns. I’ve already knit two of my patterns in her yarn, first Beamish and then one that’s still a seekrit. In her gift bag of deliciousness I found Geisha:

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It’s mostly mohair, with some silk and nylon. The color is luminous, and the yarn has the sheen of mohair and silk. I roughed up the swatch a little to get the mohair to bloom, and it has just enough of an aura to be warm and soft without so much that it obscures a lace pattern. This is what’s in active development on my needles right now. I have a stole planned, and it’s going to be delicious.

Also from Blue Moon were two skeins of Socks that Rock, one in Heavyweight, and the color, “The New Color Of Love” which will be a hat patterned to my son’s specs for next year’s ski season.

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The other was in lightweight, and the color way “Currier and Ives.” I’m seeing an intentional pooling project for this one. I love the interplay of the colors and the possibilities:

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The last of the gift skeins is a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon yarn called “Carnal” which comes from a small dyer in Texas named Vice. I haven’t been able to get much information about her; Hunter Hammersen of Violently Domestic and The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet brought it to share. I got a skein of a lovely blue-green that reminds me of a Monet Waterlilies painting. Hmm. French Impressionists and carnal vice. Who knows where that will lead me?

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Laura K

February 18, 2013 3:39 pm

Wow! What a glorious pile of reds! That’s some great yarn to add to the stash. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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