Harmony Collar

I found this pattern in the latest copy of Spotlight’s Feel the Yarn Autumn Winter 2014 Collection. The pattern is called Harmony Collar and starts on page 96. By the way, if you’re thinking of knitting this collar there’s a small mistake in the pattern. It should read “Repeat rows 3 to 22 for 20 rows of pattern repeat…” rather than “Repeat rows 2 to 22 for 20 rows of pattern repeat…”

Feel the Yarn

I love the way this collar can also sit over your head when it’s really cold.

Harmony Collar 03

It can also be worn around the shoulders…

Harmony Collar 01

Or even as a large cowl…

Harmony Collar 05

I used nearly six ball of Moda Vera Harmony to knit the collar. Every row of the pattern contains cabling which made it a bit slow going to start with but once I got into the groove it went a bit faster! This is a 10ply / Aran, 50% wool / 50% acrylic yarn and has quite a fluffy texture to it.

Moda Vera Harmony Green

Last week I received a delivery of a custom dyed lot of yarn from Shorn Fibers. I love Angela’s colourways! I don’t know about you but I am inspired to purchase yarns that my friends are using or to knit garments they’re knitting. A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends from Knit and Knatter was knitting this Willow Woods Shawl in a beautiful gradient yarn. I knew I had the pattern at home so I instantly started looking for the right yarn to use. I also knew that I’d seen some gradient yarns on Shorn Fibers’ Etsy site so I contacted Angela to see whether she could custom dye some yarn in autumn tonings. This is the result…

Shorn Fibers Autumn Gradient 2

Beautiful isn’t it? I just want to start the shawl straight away but I have to finish the scarf I am knitting my Dad for his 90th birthday on 3 May (plus I also want to knit a matching hat!).

Shorn Fibers Autumn Gradient 3

Now you know how I like to maximise postage by trying to get as much yarn as possible into a postage bag for the same price as one skein!! Well I contacted Angela and she told me I could fit in another two skeins so I quickly went to her website and found this gorgeous worsted yarn called Malarkey…

Shorn Fibers Malarkey 04

Sometimes it’s hard to match yarn colours on a computer screen. I was hoping the green in this Malarkey matched the green in this yarn….First Beach (also a worsted yarn)…

Shorn Fibers First Beach 04

AND IT DID!!!! Don’t they look fabulous together?

Shorn Fibers First Beach and Malarkey 01

I want to make a shawl with both of these yarns so I’m on the lookout for the right pattern as I think it’ll look spectacular. Any suggestions??

Shorn Fibers First Beach and Malarkey 02

I had a quick trip to Spotlight today and managed to grab these yarns that were on sale. This colourway is called Apple Mix.

Four Seasons Two Ply Wool Blend Apple Mix

And this one is called Citrus Mix…

Four Seasons Two Ply Wool Blend Citrus Mix

Plus this one ball of Moda Vera Folly…

Moda Vera Folly

as I want to match it with this Moda Vera Folly Printed to make a shawl…

Moda Vera Folly Printed 02

A couple more pics of my Harmony Collar…

Harmony Collar 06

Harmony Collar 02

That’s all my news for now. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Until next time…

Melanie

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Commercial Yarn v Artisan Hand Painted/Dyed Yarn

I have quite a bit of commercial yarn at home as well as quite a bit of hand painted/dyed yarn that I have sourced from some really quality suppliers here in Australia. I have blogged about them before but if you’re new to my blog, my favourite Aussie hand painted/dyed yarn suppliers are Dyed By Hand Yarns, Augustbird, Skein and Shorn Fibers. All these artisans produce beautiful yarns that are to ‘dye’ for!

Now generally when purchasing anything a few things come into play…..the cost, the need, the look…

When it comes to yarn what counts as the main thing for me is the colourway….if the colour jumps out at me I will generally buy it regardless of the cost (unfortunately for my bank account!!). In most cases I buy yarn before I know what I am going to knit or crochet because I am so taken with the colours. Hence my burgeoning stash!

The following pictures are of some yarn I purchased recently at Spotlight….yes, good old Spotlight. May seems to be the month when they have a yarn sale and then offer a $40 off voucher when you purchase $100 or more on anything (and that includes all sale items too!!)

So I have been carried away this month and used this voucher twice! They reprinted another voucher in yesterday’s paper so of course, I had to slip down to Spotlight today to use it. And don’t discount the fact that I won’t be visiting Spotlight before next Sunday as that’s when the sale finishes as I have another spare voucher!!

When I first saw this yarn on the shelf I almost fell over as I was just floored by the beautiful vibrant colours. It’s Cleckheaton California 8ply and the colourway is quite appropriate – Mackaw (and that’s how it’s spelt on the label). Isn’t it simply divine. I bought about six balls and I have no idea at this stage what I will make but I just couldn’t resist it!

Cleckheaton Mackaw 01

Cleckheaton Mackaw 02

Simply stunning don’t you think?

Cleckheaton Mackaw 03

This yarn is also Cleckheaton California 8ply and the colourway is Storm. Again, gorgeous colours that I couldn’t resist!

Cleckheaton Storm 01

Cleckheaton Storm 02

And this yarn is also Cleckheaton California 8ply and the colourway is Swirl. By the way, it retails for $9.99 but with all my discounts I managed to pick each ball up for just over $5. I love a bargain!

Cleckheaton Swirl 01

Cleckheaton Swirl 02

Who’d have thought all these colours would look so good together!!

Cleckheaton Swirl 03

This yarn is just a solid colour although with my orange/tangerine phase I’m in at the moment, I was immediately attracted to it. It’s called Moda Vera Pure Wool 8 ply – Tangerine. It retails for just over $3 and I’ve managed to pick up a stack of it for just over $1.

Moda Vera Pure Wool 8ply Tangerine

Now generally I’m a wool girl however this colourway caught my eye. It’s Moda Vera Harmony and it’s a 50% wool / 50% acrylic mix so I am getting some wool! You know how much I love my autumn shades; well this yarn has those shades in copious amounts.

Moda Vera Harmony 01

Moda Vera Harmony 02

And finally…….I was totally blown away when I saw this Moda Vera Spinnler 34% wool / 33% viscose / 33% acrylic mix. It sneaks in by the skin of its teeth when it comes to wool content 🙂 Look at those colours, I mean how could I walk past it? Talk about autumn shades; this yarn takes the cake!

Moda Vera Spinnler 01

I picked up 15 balls for $3.70 each. I’m thinking of making a rustic type vest with it if I can find the right pattern. I’d love an adult sized vest based on the Milo child’s vest which is knitted in the round. Has anyone got some suggestions for an easy adult’s vest that would show off this yarn? If not, I’m seriously thinking about adapating the Milo to an adult’s size.

Moda Vera Spinnler 02

I practically cleaned out Spotlight’s supply of this yarn. I don’t think anyone dared to come near me to try to get some as I was a woman possessed as I filled up my basket with Spinnler!

Moda Vera Spinnler 03

I couldn’t stop taking photos as I am so enamoured with this yarn.

Moda Vera Spinnler 04

Spotlight also have lots of free patterns on their website so I might even find a pattern or two for some of my yarn.

Well that’s how I spent part of my weekend. How about you? I hope you had lots of fun. Oh and by the way, my feet were toasty warm this weekend as I’ve started wearing my lovely hand knitted socks. They feel divine and I have sooo many to pick from too.

Until next time…

Melanie