Sorry for the Absence
Hello, again. Good Monday morning. I know I have been bad. I had meant to send an email at least every other week but, time got away from me. Can you believe it is already August??? So, now to catch up. I hope you are doing well, keeping happy and enjoying playing with some scrumptious yarn, etc.
The Yarn Hop Was Great
Well the HOP is over for another year. What a great turn out. Everyone did a fantastic job of getting the word out this year. People were coming from all over. I think at this point it is safe to say we will probably be doing another one next year. Can you believe this was the fifth one?
As always, our suppliers came through for us. With their help, I was able to give out 32 door prizes, the grand prize, and a runner up to the grand prize.
Collaborative Cowl Patterns
What did you think of the collaborative cowl patterns? I raffled off two finished ones. The first was the original, a color for each pattern stitch, so five colors one for each shop. Did you get all the patterns? The second I added half as many stitches again and knitted all the stitch patterns in one yarn, one single color. This proved to be a favorite.
I knitted it up in Zooey twist, which is a linen cotton yarn from Juniper moon. The one I did was in a Pawnee Cloud. It comes in 8 colors and regular Zooey in 38 amazing color ways. Each skein has 284 yards, 60% cotton and 40% linen. Madeline has knitted several tops with this yarn too. If you missed seeing the cowl you can see a garment that she knitted with it in the store. We also had a crochet cowl pattern that we did in five colors, we didn’t want the crocheters to miss out. If you would like a copy of any of these patterns just give us a nod.
Fabulous New Yarns
Katia yarns is a Spanish collection of beautiful European novelty yarns for both adults and children. These yarns inspired by the latest trends in fashion. This company is one of the most popular in Europe and you don’t have to visit Europe to get them.
The Top Rainbow comes in 200 grams, 874 yards, it is comprised of 50% cotton and 50% acrylic. The recommended needle size is a US 6-8 or hook size G or H. Each skein has a free pattern sheet with both knit and crochet. We have it in 3 colorways; Green, gray, chocolate/ Teal, black, violet and red, black, grey. Although the cost is $36.50 per, for 874 yards and a free pattern it is a steal.
The second one I would like to tell you about is Winter Washi; this is a unique yarn, which comprises of 47% Polyester. 20% viscose, 13% acrylic, 10% mohair and 10% polyamide. This is a bulky yarn to be knitted on US 11-13 or Crocheted on hook L-N. It is a tape like yarn and so much fun to work with. We have it in three lovely colors, Pearl, Mauve and Grey. I can’t wait to work with it. The cost of this is $15.50 per, one or two skeins would make an amazing project/gift.
Northern Knits–Lucinda Guy
This week the book I am going to write about is Northern Knits by Lucinda Guy. This book was inspired by the knitting traditions of Scandinavia, Iceland and the Shetland Isles. So, if you like a change from the norm and have always loved the European classic styles of knitting, this is the book for you.
Northern Knits is a collection of 20 women’s garments and accessories all using traditional techniques and folk motifs. This is the perfect hands on guide for anyone interested in learning about knitting history and learning the time-tested techniques for creating Shetland lace shawls, Icelandic textured jackets, Norwegian cardigans and Swedish twined socks. Originally this book sold for $24.95 but while stocks last this can be yours for just the price of a single pattern at $6.75.
Yarn Fiber Tips
Tips this week; I am often asked about the material make up of yarn e.g. what is? so I thought this week I would investigate a little and share the results.
Mercerize -treat to strengthen and improve the luster
Polyester is a synthetic fiber derived from coal, air, water, and petroleum. Developed in a 20th-century laboratory, polyester fibers are formed from a chemical reaction between an acid and alcohol. In this reaction, two or more molecules combine to make a large molecule whose structure repeats throughout its length. Polyester fibers can form very iong molecules that are very stable and strong.
Polyester is used in the manufacture of many products, including clothing, home furnishings, industrial fabrics, computer and recording tapes, and electrical insulation. Polyester has several advantages over traditional fabrics such as cotton. It does not absorb moisture, but does absorb oil; this quality makes polyester the perfect fabric for the application of water-, soil-, and fire-resistant finishes. Its low absorbency also makes it naturally resistant to stains. Polyester clothing can be preshrunk in the finishing process, and thereafter the fabric resists shrinking and will not stretch out of shape. The fabric is easily dyeable, and not damaged by mildew. Textured polyester fibers are an effective, nonallergenic insulator, so the material is used for filling pillows, quilting, outerwear, and sleeping bags
Read more: http://www.madehow.com/Volume-2/Polyester.html#ixzz4oRXiMaUi
Viscose is a soft and lightweight fabric manufactured from a plant-based material called cellulose. Viscose is typically made from woody plants, such as trees and bamboo. Viscose fabric, also known as viscose rayon, is a textile made from regenerated cellulose fiber. The fiber is processed using a wet-spin technique, which results in a cool, smooth and highly absorbent fabric. Clothing made from viscose fabric tends to have a cotton-like appearance.
Acrylic fiber is a type of fABRIC made from acrylic fibers, it is still widely manufactured throughout the world. It does use a chemically produced substance called acrylonitrile, which is also used in the production of plastics. Acrylonitrile tends to break down easily in the environment, though there is some argument on this point. High levels of acrylonitrile exposure might be considered toxic, but the quick break down often keeps acrylic fabric marketed as environmentally friendly.
Acrylic fabric is favored for a variety of other reasons. It is warm, can be quite soft, holds color well, and is both stain and wrinkle resistant. These can make acrylic fabric a popular choice, and for those who love wool but are allergic to it, acrylic can be an excellent substitute. When acrylic fabric was first made, it was often thought “cheap” and not as valuable as natural fiber garments. Some early acrylic fabrics weren’t comfortable and were quite itchy. New manufacturing processes have mainly solved these issues, and many prefer acrylic to natural fibers because it tends to be easier to care for.
mohair – fabric made with yarn made from the silky hair of the Angora goat
Polyamide is a type of synthetic fabric that contains sweat-wicking and water-repelling properties that make it an ideal material for outerwear and sports clothing. Polyamide fabrics are found in many types of clothing, including jackets, shirts and pants. These fabrics are comprised of several types of plastics, which have complementary chemical properties. The plastics found in polyamides are called polymers. There are two main types of polymers in polyamides that contain sweat-wicking properties. Polymers contain polarized ends that have negative and positive charges. The charged ends attract water molecules, which in turn leave the surrounding material and move away from the skin.
Our free pattern this week is fun to work up in fingering weight and it’s fun and fast: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-dijon-top
Wow that was a lot of information. Next time my tip will be shorter I promise.
I hope you keep on having fun with your yarn and fiber, until next time, take care, warm hugs,