My most recent pattern design is knit with Concordea yarn, created by Carole of Foster Sheep Farm and spun at Battenkill Fiber Mill. Concordea is a gorgeous, sport weight yarn in two natural colors. Soft and incredibly springy, it is spun from a 50/50 blend of Carole’s Romney fiber and Falkland fiber.
The Concordia pattern includes instructions for a luxurious cabled neckline and an easy-to-knit ribbed option. There are directions for three sizes, and the split front makes this capelet comfortable and effortless to wear.
One of my little notions pouches features this cute pig and the the mantra “Change is Good” — a nice sentiment for the start of the new school year and the return of structure to my days. This episode includes discussion of sock patterns and needles, a few things I neglected to mention about features of a knitted dress in the previous episode, sewing projects, and a poem that combines bees and embroidery. Winners of the Clark socks pattern giveaway are announced at the top of the episode.
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S’MORES: Collywobbles socks with a riverbed gusset in Fibernymph Dyeworks’ S’mores Swirl colorway
ECLIPSE: Vanilla is the New Black socks in Socks that Rock 100% BFL yarn in the Total Eclipse of the Sun colorway
One complete knitted dress and another on the needles, it has been a busy week of knitting. I also talk about embroidery, the drudgery of planning sack lunches, the winner of the Brushwork giveaway, and a new pattern giveaway. It’s all here in Episode 177!
This week, I announce a new giveaway, for the Clark socks pattern, the first pattern release from Jacklyn of the Brooklyn Knitfolk podcast.
It’s been a beautiful week here on the porch of Yin Hoo. In this episode, I talk about making progress on knitting, fleece processing, and sewing projects. I also review some of the gorgeous Brushwork yarn from Blacker. Listen for the details of how to enter a prize draw for 4 balls of this plush and beautiful limited-edition yarn.
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This week, I took the time to wash a portion of the Cheviot X fleece I purchased at Maryland Sheep & Wool this year. Just look at the extraordinary crimp. The staple length averages 6″ and the fiber is wonderfully lustrous. After a 24-hour cold water soak, which removed the majority of the dirt and grease, the fleece endured one hot scour bath and one hot soak.
Blacker Yarns sent a ball of their new yarn for review. I received the Impasto colorway, and knit two swatches on US4 needles.
This sport weight, 2-ply, woolen-spun yarn is plump and bouncy as you knit; it is plush and velvety upon soaking and blocking. The knitted fabric has real integrity and softness, a combination that is quite unusual. Because the fibers have been dyed in the wool and blended, some qualities in the color include tweediness, heathering, and even a bit of frostiness, as undyed fibers form a halo above the knitted surface. The first thing I thought of was a hat, cowl and mitts set, maybe with some colorwork. This yarn would be incredible worked up into cables or texture. At first, I was doubtful about the appropriateness for a shawl or anything with drape — but a bit of drape did emerge in the soaked and blocked swatch. I think this yarn would pair well with any woolen-spun yarn in stash. What comes to mind is a sweater in a neutral color featuring a colorwork yoke knit in two or three of these Brushwork colorways.
Katie sent along 4 balls of Brushwork yarn (660 yards) in the Velatura colorway, a beautiful, rich blue. Yes, I peeked into this package! Enter to win by posting in the Yarns at Yin Hoo thread on Ravelry.