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Louet Euroflax linen is the paradigm of natural, summer linen yarns. It's extremely breathable and summer sweaters feel cool. It's also machine wash and dryable, and with wearing it will become very soft with a beautiful lustrous silky effect. It feels stiff in the skein but loosens and softens up tremendously with wash and wear. It's also one of the only yarns that looks and feels better the *more* you wash and wear it!
Sparrow is a plain little yarn,
beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you
knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief-soft
and drapey. It’s spun in Italy from organic linen grown in Belgium.
Knit Sparrow on a variety of needle sizes—try needles from
size 2.75 to 4mm (US 2 to 6) —depending on the drape and feel
you want in your project. The yarn is a natural in lace patterns,
carving out the yarn overs, but it’s fluid, too, in simple
stockinette. It’s great in tanks, shawls, and breezy cardigans, and
lovely as can be in bags, wash cloths, and other home accessories.
When you want quick summer knitting in
lovely linen, use Kestrel! It knits up quickly at 3½ to 4
stitches to the inch on 6mm/US10 needles and it looks great
in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) and simple
silhouettes—the better to show off its texture and drape. Kestrel is a new take on a simple linen
yarn. Quince and Co. took the same Belgium-grown organic linen
that they use in their little Sparrow and spun it this time in a
ribbon structure (actually its a 'chainette' - a small knitted tube).
Its flat surface adds a slight texture to simple knit and purl
stitches. But we think the best thing about it is its incredible
drape. Like all things linen, woven or knitted, Kestrel only gets
better as you wash and wear it.
Cascade Ultra Pima is soft, light, and has a pretty, natural sheen. It has a gorgeous hand, and is great to knit and crochet with. Its machine washable, and is great for kids & babies. It also come variegated, but that's for another update.
Our lovely and prolific Rosie just finished this store sample, the Shibui Mix no. 3 Shawl, made with sumptuous Shibui Staccatto and Silk Cloud!
I was planning it as a kit for the upcoming Toronto Knitter's Frolic (please don't forget to take our survey), but it was so lovely I dropped everything and immediately whipped up the kits and put them out. I don't know if the kits will last the month until to the Frolic, but I'm sure I'll come up with something else, equally wonderful and clever.
At Shibui, sometimes two strands are better than one. They are very into combining yarns to create incredible aesthetic effects. This shawl alternates stripes of a single strand of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk & softest kid mohair) and two strands of luxe Shibui Staccatto (squishy silk + merino with a slight sheen) held with Shibui Silk Cloud. The overall effect is soft and airy, yet also geometric - very modern, elegant, and never boring.