I’ve been a bit naughty in the last week and splurged a bit on some lovely new scrumptious yarns so I thought I’d share them with you. The first yarn is just so incredibly beautiful. When I saw it I knew I just had to have it and I’m sure you will agree with me.
Zen Yarn Garden’s Van Gogh “View of the Arles with Irises”
Zen Yarn Garden, Inc. is based is Ontario, Canada. This is the first offering in Zen Yarn Garden’s new ART WALK Series. It features a painting by Vincent van Gogh entitled “View of the Arles with Irises” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity Silk Single, Mr. Zen has captured the water colour quality of the painting very well with the silk giving just enough sheen to mimic the effect of water. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour!
Here’s a picture of Van Gogh’s painting from this amazing website that has a list and images of all his paintings!
“I was once afraid of people saying “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am.”” Oprah Winfrey
Made from 100% machine washable superfine Australian Merino and spun and hand-dyed in the USA this yarn is perfect for socks, baby items or anything that requires frequent washing. This yarn is flash dyed and every skein is completely unique. The colour plays randomly throughout the yarn. There is no telling how the colour variation will knit up! The skein is 114g (4 oz) and has a generous 410m (450 yards). Purchased from another of my favourite Brisbane online yarn shops – Yay for Yarn.
Mountain Colors Bearfoot – Sagebrush (picture below)
Mountain Colors is a small wholesale yarn company located in Montana’s beautiful Bitterroot Valley. Mountain Colors Bearfoot is a soft, strong and washable hand-painted yarn. Perfect for socks and shawls as well as other projects. Consists of 60% superwash wool, 25% mohair and 15% nylon. It’s 4 ply, weighs 100g and contains 320m (350 yards). Another scrumptiously dyed yarn. Can’t wait to see the finished socks in this yarn.
Now for something completey different. I’ve also started investing in some solid colours to show off some great patterns I have that are quite intricate. Purchased from another of my favourite Brisbane online yarn shops – Yay for Yarn.
Annabelle’s Collection Colour Shocks – Chilli, Emerald, Indigo and Lavender (pictures below)
This colourful 100% merino wool, made in New Zealand, has an unusual and beautiful twist and lustre. Colour Shocks is designed for the knitter who wants to knit the stylish and classy thirties look, fitted tops, fingerless gloves, funky socks or scarves, in fact just about anything that you want. Colour Shocks 4ply can also be used with any 4ply pattern that has a similar tension. A machine washable wool in bright colours also makes this yarn perfect for kids and babies knits. Each skein is 50g and 160m long.
Annabelle has donated 10% of the purchase price of each ball to the Christchurch Earthquake Disaster Fund.
Purchased from another of my favourite Brisbane online yarn shops – Yay for Yarn.
I have four colours of this yarn. Clockwise from top left – Chilli – Emerald – Lavender – Indigo.
Deborah Norville Serenity sock wool – Saffron (picture below)
This lovely bamboo sock wool is soft and lovely. 50 gr ball with an amazing 210 metres per ball. 50% merino wool, 25% bamboo, 25% nylon. Purchased from another online yarn shop I discovered – Craftee Cottage located in Oakleigh, Victoria. The picture below shows you exactly how the finished socks look. Not sure that I like that as half the fun is watching the patterning and colours emerge. I do love the colours in this yarn.
Filatura Di Crosa “Maxime Print” – colour 5048 (picture below)
This is a superwash and soft yarn intended for self-striping or self-patterning socks, baby garments, lightweight wraps, sweaters and cardis. This 4ply (fingering weight) fibre is 80% merino superwash wool with 20% soft nylon and is available in pastel shades for babies plus bright colourways for children and adults. The yarn I purchased is a bright mix of oranges, red, yellow and a touch of olive.
Even though I have knitted a pair of socks in this yarn, I want to experiment with knitting the top ribbing, heel and toe in a solid orange which I already have. Just another idea to add to my ever growing list of projects to knit!
Purchased from another online yarn shop I discovered – Craftee Cottage located in Oakleigh, Victoria.
Augustbird hand-dyed yarns (pictures below)
I discovered Augustbird while surfing the net and was immediately captivated by the beautiful colours and combinations of Rebecca’s yarns.
Rebecca is a knitter, dyer and owner of Augustbird, who lives in the Adelaide Hills. Her
soft cuddly yarns are hand-dyed with non-toxic low impact dyes. This makes them extra safe for you, for me and the environment. She is not a commercial dyer so her yarns are dyed by hand and every yarn is unique. Although many of her colourways are repeatable, each dyelot will be a little different.
Augustbird Rich Sock – “Dragon Light”
This is a 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon sock yarn. It is 4ply and contains 435 yards /398 metres and weighs 3.53 ounces / 100 grams.
Augustbird Hearty Sock – “Sweetgrass”
Hearty Sock is a soft, bouncy 100% superwash merino yarn with a tight pebbly twist. Suitable for socks, shawls, cardigans, baby items or anything worn next to the skin. One skein will make a pair of adult socks. This is a 4ply yarn that contains 366m (400 yards) and weighs 100g (3.53 ounces).
Plus “Solace” and “Wild” in the photo below.
I’d love to know what you think of my latest yarn purchases. If you have any ideas for what I should knit with them and can suggest any great patterns…..especially any Ravelry patterns, I’d appreciate it.
Well I’m off to read the Sunday papers and then to finish my second sock and then decide on what to knit next.
Until next time…