And we’re back!
People have been asking what happened to the blog and the email newsletter. I’m flattered! We were getting inundated with spam comments 🙁 , which made our webmaster concerned about security. Since it was happening while he was working on the website redesign, the blog was put on the back burner.
He’s got the spammers beat! You have to log in with your Facebook account to leave a comment now.
But enough technology. Let’s talk about yarn! This is actually a good time of year to get back into the swing of the blog because there are wonderful new yarns arriving.
I’ve mentioned before that the business side of the fiber industry runs opposite the seasons outside. When I step outside it is into a muggy blast of summer weather. But in the warehouse the new yarns for the fall/winter season are arriving. You’re all knitting and crocheting with cotton and linen yarns and we’re in the office admiring wool and alpaca yarns.
I’ll be giving you sneak peeks of some of the new arrivals.
One yarn that’s been on my mind a lot recently is Noro Silk Garden Sock. If you’re like me, you have a large collection of knitting and crocheting magazines. Sometimes you might even flip through them.
The other day I was flipping through issue 7 of “Noro Knitting Magazine” when the “Slipped-stich Hat” by Brenda Castiel caught my eye.
Isn’t it beautiful? It is knit using one skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn (shown in color 421).
I happened to have this lovely skein of color 437-Penelope’s Garden burning a hole in my stash. A project was born!
The pattern says the hat is knit with one skein of yarn, using both ends of the ball. If you are planning to knit this hat, my first piece of advice is to use a ball winder to turn your skein into a cake before you get started. I thought I could use the skein as-is, but it was hard to manage the yarn feeding from the outside because of the way the skein flopped around.
Sadly, Penelope’s Garden is not thriving in this hat pattern. At least not in my opinion. There isn’t enough contrast in the stripes to show off the design.
My second piece of advice is to divide your skein of Silk Garden Sock in half before you start knitting. That will give you four ends to work with instead of only two ends. That way you can be sure to start the second ball of yarn at a different point in the color progression, or even reverse the flow of colors.
Since I’m going to have to start all over anyway, I’m thinking I might change to a different colorway and save this pretty pastel skein for socks or mittens.
Which brings us to the new colors of Silk Garden Sock and Silk Garden Sock Solo!
Aren’t they enchanting? I think I love them all, but the red/brown/white at 2 o’clock (451-Yosemitie) really catches my eye. You can see swatches of the knit fabric on the Silk Garden Sock page. You can see the Silk Garden Sock Solo colors here. There are more new Silk Garden Sock Solo colors than I’m showing in the picture because I already started knitting with some of them.
For my second attempt at the Slipped-Stitch Hat I’m considering color 452-Laredo, which is the yellow/grey/purple skein at 1 o’clock. The yellow is a nice, strong contrast to the darker colors, which I think will work well in the hat pattern.
You can get an idea of the colors by looking at the swatches on our website, or peeking into the skeins at your local yarn shop. I scored some color cards this season, so I was able to see a nice sweep of the color changes.
452-Laredo is the second one from the right. Isn’t the yellow a nice pop of brightness?
I’m going on vacation at the end of the month and plan to bring this hat as one of my projects.
The new colors of Silk Garden Sock and Silk Garden Sock Solo should be arriving in yarn shops in August or early September.