Posted in All Knitting, Yarn & Fiber, tagged Anzula, classic elite, cotton, Flax, Habu Textiles, Hikoo, Juniper Moon Farms, knitscene, linen, rown, silk, Universal Yarns on April 27, 2014 |
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I recently stopped in at my local Barnes and Nobles to pick up the latest issue of Knitscene that Caity (All She Wants To Do Is Knit) mentioned a few weeks.
Now normally I don’t go for Knitscene as the designs are more for the younger generation but this time my interest was piqued at what might be inside after seeing “Linen: Summer’s Other Favorite Yarn” on the front cover.
I was happy to find out there is quite a variety of companies that are creating linen and linen blend yarns in an array of colors, textures and weights.
- Classic Elite Yarns Bella Lino is a scrumptious blend of 58% linen, 26% vicose and 16% cotton that comes in skeins of 164 yards (150m) and offers a long color repeat to form stripes. I recently purchased enough of this particular yarn to make a summery garment from their new collection called Oceanside.
- Habu Textiles XS-55 is a gorgeous 100% linen in skeins of 370 yards. This particular yarn is a two-ply lace weight that has a crisp texture.
- Anzula Breeze is a lovely blend of 65% silk and 35% linen that comes in skeins of 750 yards (685m). This two-ply lace weight would make lovely summer garments and accessories.
- Juniper Moon Farms Zooey is a blend of 60% cotton and 40% linen that comes in skeins of 284 yards (260m). This DK weight eight-ply would be perfect for light weight tanks and cardigans.
- Americo Original Linen Cordon is a blend of 66% linen, 29% pima cotton, and 5% silk that comes in skeins of 634 yards (580m) that is a two-ply lace weight.
- Universal Yarn introduced their new line called Fibra Natura Good Earth, a blend of 53% cotton and 47% linen that comes in skeins of 204 yards (187m) that is a worsted weight yarn, perfect for garments. This particular yarn is available in three types called Adorn, Multi and Solids. Don’t forget their Flax, a 100% linen that truly changes in your hands as you knit with it!
- Hikoo Rylie is a super soft, super delicious blend of 50% baby alpaca, 25% mulberry silk and 25% linen that comes in skeins of 274 yards (251 m). Dyed in soft pastels, beachy brights and glowing neutrals, this sport weight yarn is perfect for garments and accessories.
I have already mentioned Rowan’s newest yarn, Pure Linen, and still say it’s a great yarn to knit with and it really shows stitch definition quite well! I did a modified version of Lisa Richardson’s design that used both Pure Linen and Silkystones. You see more on my project page on Ravelry.
Pure Linen used for two panels and Silkystones used for the ends and the middle..
Not only will you find lovely designs in the new issue of Knitscene, but also Knit Style, and I can tell you that I absolutely love Laura Zukaite’s design called Cool Running, as well as a few other designs in this issue!
Cool Running by Laura Zukaite
You can also find designs online at Ravelry that use Linen, Linen blends, Cottons and more, all new for spring and summer. For me, I am personally excited to see linen in the designs for this year. I love linen, as well as many other natural fibers. It’s a wonderful renewable source that has endless possibilities. I also recommend that if you do by the latest issue of Knitscene, be sure to read the article by Caitlin ffrench entitled “Grow Your Own Yarn” that discusses growing, harvesting, preparing and turning flax into linen yarn.
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!
Top Left to Right: FibraNatura Flax, Classic Elite Bello Lino, Rowan Pure Linen and Hempathy
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I have decided to take a break from knitting and catch up on a few spinning projects, one in which has been on my wheel since May! That’s just sad people. But the good news, I finally have plied and I’m happy to report I have a lovely skein of yarn.
So, here’s a little recap of my spinning project that started seven months ago.
Fiber: Funky Carolina Merino Top
Weight: 4 oz
Finished Weight: 270 yards of sport weight ( 12 WPI )
Funky Carolina Merino Top
Plied and ready to be knit!
I’m now spinning my lovely fiber that my dearest friend Elseline sent me for my birthday last year – now I’m really telling on myself and how far behind I am on my spinning. This is a challenge for me as I’m trying to spin for singles and my spinning is a bit uneven, so it may end up plied.
Fiber: Friends in Fiber – 85% BFL (Blue Face Leicester) and 15% Tussah Silk
Color: Beach Glass
Weight: 4 oz
Getting it prepped
Currently on the wheel
I am much like my fellow spinners and enjoy spinning along with a good audio book and a nice cup of hot tea. Sue (Kittens and Mittens) and I were talking a little about this very thing this morning and it’s amazing how much we are all alike.
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This past week I started spinning my lovely Tumble, a yummy blend of 25% Tussah Silk and 75% BFL fiber (4.3 oz), that I received back in February as part of the fiber club I joined this year with Maya of Springtree Road.
I finished spinning two bobbins on the 15th and today I had a chance to create a nice even 2-ply DK weight coming in at 260 yards. This past week has been about spinning thin and I’m slowly getting better in keeping my consistency and hope soon I can achieve a nice 2-ply fingering weight.
Since I knew I would not quite have enough fiber for a larger project I really wanted to do, I special ordered a lovely solid brown in the same blend coming from another wonderful Indy Dyer, Brenda of Woodenspinner. Once this is spun up and plied, it will be paired with my Tumble so I can knit the Currach Stole designed by Anne Podlesak for Ennea Collective.
Tumle (BFL/Tussah Silk Blend)
2-ply DK Weight
Drip Drying in our Mesquite Tree
Hope everyone is having a nice day!
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I love yarn and yes, I do admit it’s an addiction. Yarn to me is dreams, designs and possibilities in the making, not just different weights or colors of fiber sitting on a shelf. When I see certain colors I start to envision what that yarn can turn into and next thing you know, I’m designing.
There are so many companies that offer great yarns to knit with and so many Indy Dyers to tempt us but for me personally, there’s a couple of dyers that really make me “drool” when I see their latest and loveliest creations.
So, here’s a few favorites to share today that you may or may not know about:
- Sanguine Gryphon specializes handpainted yarns, unique one of a kind patterns, and many other goodies.
- Blue Moon Fiber Arts is known for the Rockin’ Sock Clubs and specializes in handpainted yarns in a variety of fibers.
- Indigo Moon specializes in handpainted yarns in wool, wool blends, silk and silk blends. They also have many yarns that are hand-dyed using natural dyes.
- Sunshine Yarns specializes in hand-dyed yarns in a wide array of tempting colors and weights. This small yarn company is known for movie inspired colorways such as the line for Harry Potter and Twilight. Yarn clubs are available.
Happy knitting all!
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