Over the next couple of months we’re going to introduce a bunch of new yarns into the shop. We haven’t decided on everything yet but it will include some hand-dyed bases in 4ply and DK, potentially some new mohair as well as some heavier weight yarns. All very exciting.
First to have landed on our shelves is Whirl by Scheepjes, a fun self-fading 4ply made from 60% cotton and 40% acrylic. As natural fibres specialists we did hesitate before ordering a yarn with such a high synthetic content. We were not entirely sure this would be something that would suit our customers. So what made us change our minds? First the colourways are amazing. They are striking but still very wearable. Second the yardage is huge: a thousand meters per 225 g ball. This means that one ball would be sufficient to knit a top, a small jumper or a big shawl.
In this world of slow making we as knitters and crocheters are in, one of the most important reasons for many of us is making something that you will love, treasure and can pass on. The very nature of slow fashion. So if yarn is chosen with this in mind there is little reason to not choose a yarn with some synthetic content if the benefits will be many.
Whirl is soft under the fingers and feels like a proper cotton yarn. It has a good stitch definition and holds texture nicely. I personally think it would make for a very cool looking blanket to bring along to picnics and other outdoors activities. It wouldn’t felt as you sit on it and if it get stained you could just throw it in your washing machine at 40 degrees. And it wouldn’t require more than 2 or 3 balls. What’s not to love?
Magda De Lange. aka Raw Rustic on Insta has made some amazing versions of the Trio Blanket. This crochet pattern is simple but the combination of fading yarns makes it particularly outstanding. For one of them she combined the colours Strawberries & Scream, Caramel Care Blimey and Scrumptious Lush and it looks fantastic. This mix of browns, oranges and pinks work so well together it is very tempting to start a new blanket using the same combination…
Until Next Time… Happy Knitting!