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Ann’s Next Project: Round 1, Yarn

I am very close to finishing my Noro Hanami top YS589.

IMG_3972The front and back are both knit. Now I have to start seaming it and working the trim around the neck and arms.

This, of course, means I have to start planning my next project. (And resisting casting on for it.)

I’m sure you are nodding in agreement when I say that my to-make list is as long as I am tall.

Therefore, I thought it would be fun to let you help select my next project.

The deck is stacked in my favor, since I’m going to present you with yarn I want to use to make projects in my queue, but at least I won’t have to do the thinking!

We’re going to do it in two rounds. This week we’ll select the yarn. Next week we’ll select the pattern based on the favorite yarn.

Round 1: Yarn

The two yarns I’m considering are sort of on opposite ends of the spectrum.

IMG_3982Juniper Moon Farm Tenzing is a delicious 85% Extra Fine Merino Wool, 15% Yak blend.

It is soft, springy, and lively, but also has good stitch definition for cables and textured stitches.

IMG_3984This is a warm yarn and any sweater I knit now I won’t be able to wear until fall unless I crank up the air conditioning! However, when the fall arrives I’ll be all set.

Tenzing is available in 14 colors. Each 50 gram ball has 153 yards. I actually have two colors on hand: #9-Alfalfa seen here, and #10-Fall Harvest. But you don’t have to worry about that unless Tenzing wins.

You can see Tenzing project ideas on our main website.

The other contender is Elsebeth Lavold Designer’s Choice Hempathy.

IMG_3985Hempathy is a 41% Cotton, 34% Hemp, 25% Modal blend that makes sense for warm weather knitting and crocheting. Anything I make with Hempathy I’ll be able to wear right away.

It is soft from the cotton, but has drape and crispness from the hemp content.

I’ve made a few projects using Hempathy, including the Marjoram washcloth and the Drawstring Project Bag I designed. I’m looking forward to spending more time with it.

Hempathy is readily available in 39 colors! I have color #61-Kingfisher Blue. This is one of my favorite shades of blue.

You can see Hempathy project ideas on our main website.

You’ve met the yarns, now cast your vote!

Which one should I use for my next project?

Vote between now and Thursday, April 10. (On Friday, April 11 we’ll start Round 2 voting for the pattern.)

Vote by leaving a comment here on the blog, or on our Facebook page, or on our Instagram account.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you decide.


  1. Hempathy!

  2. Victoria Baljo

    April 4, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Juniper Moon Farm Tenzing is delicious 85% Extra Fine Merino Wool, 15% Yak blend.

  3. Carol toftness

    April 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Hempathy. Love the color!

  4. Hempathy! Love the colour, and the blend.

  5. Juniper Moon Farm Tenzing

  6. I vote for the loverly blue Hempathy. The description reads like it would be soo soft on the skin.

  7. Hempathy. Love the color.

  8. Cindy Hawk-Souppa

    April 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    hempathy….a nice vcap sleeve tee for the transitional season

  9. Juniper Moon Farm Tenzing… socks!!

  10. Choose? really? start with one, then do ANOTHER project with the other.

  11. The Hempathy is calling out to me, especially in that gorgeous color!

  12. Rebecca Barnes

    April 5, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Hempathy! You’ll be able to wear it right away! Can’t wait to see the pattern.

  13. Hempathy- I love the color!

  14. Hempathy. Gorgeous Color and the cold weather is on the way out!

  15. The Hempathy, for the drape but also, that colour is so dynamic. Love it

  16. Well, of course, I will! It’s a matter of which one I’ll use first. 😉

  17. Hempathy

  18. I really like the idea of being able to wear what you knit right away. I vote for Hempathy!

  19. Janice Gebeau

    April 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Hempathy, great color and then you will be encouraged to get started so that you can wear it this spring and into summer.

  20. Another vote for Hempathy!


  22. Hempathy providing you finish your project in the warmer months, you will be able to wear it right away. Also the color is fabulous

  23. My vote is for Hempathy. I’d love to see what you do with it!

  24. Hempathy. The blue is an amazing color!

  25. Tenzing!

  26. Hempathy for wearing NOW!

  27. I love the Tenzing, what a gorgeous color!

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