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Variegated Yarns

Twice in the past week I’ve had people tell me they can’t find variegated yarn and self-striping sock yarn.

In both cases, I told them they must be looking in the wrong places.

We distribute many lovely variegated yarns for knitting and crocheting, which makes them readily available at local yarn stores across the USA.

Allow me to highlight a few, or explore our offerings for yourself.

IMG_3962The Araucania brand is all hand-dyed yarns. Andalien, shown here, is a 92% Wool, 5% Metallic Lame, 3% Nylon blend with a suggested gauge of 4.5 sts/inch.

It’s soft and squishy and would make a lovely cowl. Or get started on a cozy sweater to wear while you’re waiting for the weather to warm up, then you’ll be all set for the fall!

This basket was spotted at the Country Road Yarn House.

IMG_3966The Ella Rae brand has a mix of multicolored and solid yarns. Toowoomba, shown here, is a 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon blend with a suggested gauge of 5 sts/inch. AND it’s machine washable, but dry flat. Whoo-hoo! Easy care garments.

You can find patterns for garments and accessories using Toowoomba at your local yarn store.

IMG_3965Euro Baby is another brand with many fun colors. Babe Stripe is a variation on their popular Babe yarn. Both versions are super soft, machine washable, 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic blends. No squeaking in sight! When you feel this yarn you’ll be surprised by the content.

Babe also comes in solids and self-patterning varieties. It’s a great yarn for busy parents who don’t have the time or energy to hand-wash items.

And there are so many cute patterns! With a suggested gauge of 5.5 sts/inch (DK weight) it’s easy to drop into other patterns, too.

159724If you prefer all natural fibers, look to Debbie Bliss Rialto DK Prints. This is a 100% Extra Fine Merino yarn with a suggested gauge of 5.5 sts per inch.

The hand warmers shown here are in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine. Don’t be fooled, this yarn is great for adult garments, too.

162945Another fun yarn for adults is Mirasol Hachito, a 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon blend with a suggested gauge of 7.5 sts/inch.

Hachito is great for socks, too, so you can cover yourself from head to toe!

The Lacey Leaves Sleeveless Top is available in print at your local yarn store or on Patternfish.

IMG_3216For a little more luxury, consider Amitola yarn from Louisa Harding, a 80% Wool 20% Silk blend with 273 yards per ball.

Shown here is the Nora scarf from her “Knits from an English Rose” book at the Vogue Knitting Live NYC fashion show back in January. It takes just two balls of Amitola!

IMG_2033Louisa has created many designs for Amitola, ranging from accessories that take just one or two balls to sweaters.

If you’re set on socks, take a look at our private label Indulgence 6 Ply w/Silk yarn.

IMG_3346This delicious yarn is a 55% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 20% Silk blend with a generous 426 yards per ball. The suggested gauge is 5.25 sts/inch, which is more of a boot sock weight, but also means it great for garments.

IMG_3700I’ve been working on a sock in between my sweaters. The stripes will pull up differently depending on the width of your garment and gauge.

If you love colorful yarn, and I mean lots of colors!, you can still find it if you look in the correct places.

We represent 23 brands, which translates to…um, a lot of different yarns. Many of them have both solid, semi-solid, and multicolored yarns. This blog post barely scratches the surface. Poke around our website for yourself, then ask for the yarns you like at your local yarn store!

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