My Latest Yummy Yarn Splurge

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!

This colourway once sold out will not be repeated. There will be further colourways in the series as the year progresses. Serenity Single is a glorious soft single ply fingering yarn spun from 75% superwash merino/15% cashmere and 10% silk. There is 430 yards on a 100 gram skein. Purchased from one of my favourite online yarn shops in Brisbane, Yarn Glorious Yarn. I bought two skeins…one for a pair of socks and the other for a shawl or maybe both for a shawl. Has anyone got some good suggestions for a shawl pattern that will really show off these lovely hues?

Zen Yarn Garden art-walk-series-5

Here’s a picture of Van Gogh’s painting from this amazing website that has a list and images of all his paintings!

View of the Arles with Irises Van Gogh

Dream in Color – Knitosophy Princess (picture below)

“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.

Knitosophy Princess

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.

Bearfoot Sagebrush

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.

Colour Shocks Chilli-tile

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.

Deborah Norville Serenity - Saffron

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 Dragon Light

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).

Augustbird Sweetgrass

Plus “Solace” and “Wild” in the photo below.

Augustbird Solace and Wild

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…


Socks….back to the beginning

I’m nearly back to Pair # 1 where it all started but I still need to cover Pair # 3….my Simpy Sensational Citrus socks made with Filatura Di Crosa Maxime Print sock yarn in gorgeous shades of orange and yellow, hence the name of these socks! Unfortunately, the Maxime Print is now discontinued. These socks are made with the Lion Brand Yarn’s website’s Free Knitting Pattern: Basic Socks. I can practically knit this pattern in my sleep now!!

Simply Sensational Citrus Socks

Pair # 2 are my Sandstone socks made with Moda Vera Noir and I was simply amazed as this yarn did its self-patterning thing! When you look at the entire skein you’d never expect this type of fabulous patterning! Again, these socks were made using the Lion Brand Yarn’s website’s Free Knitting Pattern: Basic Socks. These socks were photographed without my feet in them so the picture shows another perspective. Isn’t that patterning something else?

Bushland Socks

And now for Pair # 1…my very first pair of socks knitted in Moda Vera Noir in gorgeous shades of camouflage green called Bushland. The pattern is the Lion Brand Yarn’s website’s Free Knitting Pattern: Basic Socks, a very easy beginner sock knitting pattern. I hope you’ve enjoyed my sock journey back to # 1. My next posts will reveal my two latest sock creations. I’m now madly knitting more Christmas decorations which I will also share with you over the next week or so. Until next time…

Bushland Socks