All About Yarn


Yarn Spotlight: Opal-The Little Prince
September 26, 2013, 10:17 am
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The makers of Opal sock yarns, Zwerger Garn, has done it again and created another fun and creative new Opal collection called, “The Little Prince.” The colorways were inspired by the vivid world and characters depicted in the beloved novella, The Little Prince, by the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. His book, The Little Prince, has been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects, and has become one of the best-selling books ever published.

Each skein contains a snip-it from the story, as well as an illustration from the original book art. If you have read the story and love sock/fingering weight yarn–this is the PERFECT product for you! Click HERE to check out the gorgeous colorways!



Happy Choices from Plymouth
August 12, 2013, 11:47 am
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Plymouth brings you Happy Choices, the same yarn as Happy Feet, machine knit into fabric that you unravel and knit/crochet into beautiful socks or mittens! You’ll love the color combinations and the super soft yarn. Click on image below for larger view.

Happy Choices WP

Wear it as a scarf or unravel and knit into a favorite accessory–it’s your choice!

Here is a link to Plymouth’s free mitten pattern for you ease of use and convenience! Enjoy!



Yarn Spotlight: CRAZYFOOT from Mt. Colors
July 24, 2013, 11:25 am
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We are so excited to carry another wonderful hand dyed yarn from Mountain Colors! Their newest sock yarn, Crazyfoot just arrived and it is gorgeous! As always, the color combinations are beautiful and numerous–so you have plenty of options to choose from! Crazyfoot is a blend of 90% Superwash Merino Wool with a touch of Nylon, which makes it ideal for socks, mittens, scarves, shawls and more–you could even make a matching sock/sweater combo!

Crazyfoot’s construction and content make the yarn not only soft, but strong and sturdy as well; giving socks (and garments) wonderful longevity wash after wash. There is plenty of yardage in each skein of for an average sized pair of socks, but remember you can use Crazyfoot for more than socks! Try knitting a fine gauge sweater with Crazyfoot for a beautiful and long wearing addition to your wardrobe. Crazyfoot is also perfect for shawl knitting or for a pair of fingerless gloves.

CRAZYFOOT

Fiber: 90% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Nylon
Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1″
Needle Size: 1-3
Weight: Fingering
Yardage: 425


Sequin Heaven: POLARIS from Rozetti Yarns
December 17, 2012, 2:00 pm
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PolarisBallsWPPolaris Yarn from Rozetti

Polaris is a delightful wool blend yarn adorned with soft sparkly sequins. It comes in a variety of colorways, ranging from classic black and white solids to colorful self-striping blends. The sequins have been knit right into the yarn, providing a beautiful combination of matte and shine.  Polaris is a perfect yarn for lace, textured garments, sweaters, shawls, and even baby garments.

  • 65% Acrylic / 31% Wool / 4% Payette
  • approximately 192 yards (50 grams)
  • Gauge: 5.25-6 sts per inch on US 5-7 needles, DK weight yarn

Love the yarn, but aren’t sure what to knit or crochet with Polaris? Check out these FREE downloadable patterns from Rozetti:

polaris scarf pattern FREE



Yarn Spotlight: Ric Rac
March 26, 2012, 11:59 am
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For those of you still hankering to make a Marina-like scarf, check out Ric Rac from Berroco, a fun new ruffle yarn that is sure to please! Ric Rac works up incredibly fast with dramatic results. Plus, each skein includes a free pattern for a lovely spiral scarf on the inside of the yarn label and only takes one hank to make! Check out this video to learn how to knit or crochet your very own bewitching Ric Rac scarf today!



Yarn Spotlight: Marina
May 31, 2011, 12:36 pm
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Free scarf pattern from Universal Yarn.

$14.00 a skein

Back by popular demand Marina, from Rozetti, is a fun and bright webbed ribbon yarn perfect for showstopping scarves and shawls! Check out this video to learn how to easily knit this long, luscious scarf out of one skein of Marina! Think about making all your friends a scarf as a birthday or Christmas gift–they will love it!



Yarn Spotlight: Bambino Taffy
January 18, 2011, 9:21 am
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Sweetie Pie Hat Pattern in Peppermint Stick

Bambino Taffy, from the wonderful company Be Sweet, is a combination of five coordinating colors of Bambino (a soft organic blend of organic cotton and bamboo) that self stripes as you knit, plus it’s machine washable!

Sweetie Pie Hat Pattern in Sweet & Sour

In addition, Be Sweet has included their adorable “Sweetie Pie Hat” pattern on each Bambino Taffy label! What a wonderful treat!

Hot Chocolate Toddler Hat in Cocoa

On Be Sweet’s blog I came across an article that featured an alternative hat pattern that uses Bambino Taffy’s Cocoa colorway. The designer, Irina Lawrence, shared her “Hot Chocolate Toddler Hat” pattern with Be Sweet for free! If you’d like to have a copy of Irina’s pattern you can go directly to Be Sweet’s blog by clicking on the following link: http://waggledancing.wordpress.com/2010/07/26/irina-lawrence/. Enjoy!



Yarn Spotlight: African Bead Ball
January 13, 2011, 11:45 am
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Pink African Bead Ball

Pink African Bead Ball

Be Sweet’s African Bead Balls are a combination of delicate boucle mohair yarn and a thin metallic strand with African glass beads hand strung throughout. This beautiful mohair yarn comes from the fleece of Angora goats that are the descendants of a breed originally from Tibet and brought from Turkmenistan to Turkey, where the Turks reserved the rare and precious yarn for royalty. In 1830, The Turks shipped a group of does and castrated bucks to South Africa, not knowing that one doe was pregnant and would give birth to a male kid. Interbreeding with local breeds eventually resulted in a hardier Angora goat, and now South Africa produces 65% of the world’s mohair.

“You may be asking yourself, “What’s so special about mohair anyway?” Mohair usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. The word “mohair” was adopted into English before 1570 from the Arabic mukhayyar, a type of haircloth, literally ‘choice’, from khayyara, ‘he chose’. Mohair fiber is approximately 25-45 microns in diameter and is one of the oldest textile fibers in use. It is both durable and resilient. It is notable for its high luster and sheen, and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair also takes dye exceptionally well. Mohair is also warm as it has great insulating properties. It is durable and resistant to moisture-wicking, stretch, flame and creases. It is considered to be a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora and silk, and is usually more expensive than most wool that comes from sheep…. Mohair has been used for garments and wares since the 16th century. This amazing fiber has so many redeeming qualities, it’s no wonder we still use it today.”*

* “Be Sweet Love’s Mohair.” Weblog entry.Waggle Dancing. August 31, 2010. http://waggledancing.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/be-sweet-%e2%99%a5s-mohair/

African Bead Balls are hand spun and dyed by women in South Africa under a job creation program that has offered opportunity in an economically depressed rural region with a 75% unemployment rate and little opportunity aside from hard labor in pineapple fields. So, enjoy this beautiful product knowing that you have brought hope into a South African community and that a portion of your purchase is helping support the local school!



Yarn Spotlight: Woodland
January 3, 2011, 12:56 pm
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“Blending plant fibers with wool has long been a wonderful way to marry the bounciness of animal fiber with the silkiness of cellulose fibers. Classic Elite’s new Woodland yarn takes a cue from history for its composition: Stinging nettle, used as a fiber for centuries in Asia, lends its strong bast fibers to soft, lofty wool in an airy spun singles yarn. Like other plant fibers, nettle takes dye differently from wool, lending a subtle heathered effect to the yarn.”

“Yarn Spotlight.” Interweave Knits Winter 2010: 14. Print.

Woodland is part of Classic Elite’s eco-conscious Verde Collection because of its use of environmentally-friendly nettles. Nettles are a perennial that requires low levels of water and little or no pesticides. Nettle fibers are similar to linen and hemp but produce a softer, silkier fabric. Nettles show color well and when mixed with wool add lightness, minimize shrinkage and are breathable.




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