Malabrigo Rasta is a super thick,
super soft single ply yarn made from 100% Merino Wool. One luxurious
skein is enough for a hat, mitts, or a close neck-warmer/cowl (try
our Free Bulky Mobius Cowl pattern for some instant
Malabrigo Chunky is one of our
favourite yarns of all time. It's soft as a baby's bum and knits up
beautifully on any needle between 6mm to 8mm (US 10 to 11). The
colour is a gorgeous hand dye and comes in both semi-solids and
variegated colourways. No two skeins are exactly the same, so if you
are using more than 1 skein for your project you should would with 2
skeins at at time and alternate every other row to ensure an even
Malabrigo Mecha is a yummy-scrummy
skein of wonder! It's a single ply, 100% extra fine superwash merino
wool, which translates to soft as and squishy baby's bottom. It knits
at a variable gauge, a chunky to bulky weight, and is very flexible
since the yarn tends to bloom. The yardage is generous at 120 metres
(130 yards), and of course you can actually use it for babies and
kids since it's machine washable.
Cascade Eco is a great staple yarn. It knits up beautifully on 6mm/US10 needles (although you can use up to 8mm/US11 for a cardigan like Iced by Carol Feller). It's very affordable and comes in extra-large, 250g skeins, making it extremely popular for blankets, sweaters and felted slippers. One skein in enough to make a scarf/infinity scarf. On the softness scale, it's somewhere around an 8/10 - not as soft as a Merino, Alpaca or Cashmere, but pretty good as far as wool goes.
100% Peruvian Highland Wool
5.5mm to 6mm (US 9 to 10) needles
14 to 16 sts = 4" (10cm)
Hand wash in cold with Eucalan or Soak, lay flat to dry.
Cascade Magnum is a super fluffy, soft, single ply yarn. It works up super quick on big needles (we like 12 to 15mm/US17 to 19) and makes for a very satisfying knit. It's great for last minute gifts, especially hats and cowls.
Schoppel Crazy Zauberball is a
wonderful, self striping sock yarn with a long colourway. The yarn is
made from 2 plies, each a different colour, which creates a marled
effect as well. It's a hard wearing yarn with 25% nylon, so your
socks should wear well and last a long time (depending on wear and
washing). We really like the Magic Zauberball Stripe Socks free
pattern (picture to the left) and the Sock Head Hat free pattern
for this yarn.
The new issue of Interweave Knitting Traditions just arrived, and it isn't even up on Ravelry yet!
In PieceWork’s ninth edition of Knitting Traditions, they explore the practical and creative evolution of knitting. Beginning with a visit to the Orkney Islands, they learn how gansey and lace stitch designs evolved there both through everyday life and because of its particular geography.
Then they sail to The Netherlands where, through the colorful lives of sherfolk, ganseys and their stitch patterns developed into a rich Dutch tradition full of its own symbolism and history. And there are other sorts of adaptions in this issue.
A few of the projects included in this issue:
Jess’s Cushion by Elizabeth Lovick
Skolt Sámi Mittens by Laura Ricketts
Red Mittens from Sveg, Sweden: Tracing Their Story by Ingela Fredell
Swedish Jämtland Mittens by Carol Huebscher Rhoades
Islamic-Patterned Shoulder Bag in Indigo and White by Chris Laning
Persian Slippers by Donna Druchunas
Fritillary Mittens by Heatherly Walker
Wellington Boot Liners by Laurie Sundstrom
Classic Gossamer Triangular Shawl by Inna Voltchkova
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran is
soft, squishy, and knits beautifully! It's great for everything,
especially people who think wool is too itchy. Regular price is $9.97, now on Sale for $7/skein, but only while supplies last!
Berroco Cirrus is so light it seems to float. It's a baby soft blend of super kid mohair with extra fine merino, locking the fibres into an airy nylon core. Cirrus makes gorgeous, light and lofty cowls like Gawler, Burberry Inspired Cowl and Tellot.
Butterfly Super 10 Cotton is a great, multipurpose, multi season yarn. It's made from 100% mercerized cotton, is vegan and allergy friendly, and machine washes beautifully. It's great for all kinds of projects, including baby, kids, sweaters, blankets, face cloths, etc. It also crochets beautifully and easily. It is also the same yarn as Tahki Cotton Classic, it just has a different label and the skeins are larger (a generous 125g/230m).