Starry Night Scarf

I love this yarn and I love this pattern! This is my Starry Night Scarf made using Stitchnerd’s pattern called Cable Bias Scarf. It is so easy as it’s quite repetitive.

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Most of the pattern is just straight garter stitch which makes it a perfect portable project if you’re visiting friends or in my case, attending my Knit and Knatter group twice a month. I can easily talk while knitting the scarf as I have memorised the pattern.

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The cable is quite easy too and once you’ve completed a few repeats of the pattern, you’ll soon have it embedded in your mind!

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Although this photo does not show the lovely colours of the scarf, it gives you an idea of the shape which is asymmetrical. Stitchnerd provides lots of easy to read instructions so don’t be put off by the four pages of the pattern. She goes to a lot of trouble to explain everything, step-by-step.

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Here’s a few close up photos of the beautiful colours in the yarn.

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I love the look of the cable border.

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The yarn I used was the third offering in Zen Yarn Garden’s new ART WALK Series that featured a painting by Vincent van Gogh entitled “Starry Night” which inspired this colourway. I used two skeins for this scarf.

Serenity Worsted is a 10ply 75% merino / 15% cashmere / 10% nylon yarn and it is incredibly beautiful to work with. It is so soft and squishy and does not split. I’m really enjoying using worsted weight yarns as a change from fingering.

Yarn Glorious Yarn in Brisbane is the Australian supplier of the ART WALK Series so if you’re interested in purchasing any of the new series (once they sell out they are never repeated) just contact Sue. There are still skeins of Series 5 available.

I’ve purchased two skeins from each series. If you want to see them, simply type ART WALK in the search button at the top right hand corner of my blog and hit enter.

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One more look.

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I have already started my second scarf using this pattern and it’s looking spectacular. Yesterday, I also visited Stitchnerd’s Ravelry page and bought three more scarf patterns…..the Zen Bias Knits. Can’t wait to start knitting them. I have some yarn picked out for the first one….Leafy Bias. It’s the Sullivans Aztec alpaca / acrylic / polyamide yarn I featured in yesterday’s blog.

BTW, Stitchnerd also designed the pattern for the two Samothrace Wings Scarfs I recently blogged about.

Gotta fly….can’t spend all day sitting here talking to you 🙂 Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend.

Don’t forget, if you ever wish to contact me you can do so through the Contact Me area along the top banner of my blog.

Until next time…

Melanie

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Just What I Need…….More Yarn!!!

I made a very foolish statement to a friend a few weeks ago. I told them I hadn’t bought any yarn in a while and was actually saving money! That instantly put the seed in my mind to buy some yarn. Doh!! So, I’m going to show you my latest purchases.

I don’t really consider this a whim purchase as I’ve been collecting two skeins in each of the series of this yarn so it is in fact an essential yarn purchase!

The fifth offering in the new ART WALK Series features a painting by Wassily Kandinsky entitled “Composition Storm” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity 20, Mr. Zen has captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting.

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Wassily Kandinsky (1886 – 1944) is considered to be the originator of abstract art, and believed that art could visually express musical compositions. Kandinsky, who was also an accomplished musician, saw color when he heard music, and associated a color’s tone with musical timbre, hue with pitch, and saturation with the volume of sound. Music influenced his art to such a degree that Kandinsky named his works after musical terms. Originally a lawyer in his native Russia, he was inspired to study art at age 30, after seeing Monet’s “Haystacks.” Kandinsky was gripped by a compulsion to relentlessly create, and believed that if this drive were pure, it would evoke a correspondingly powerful response in viewers of his work.

This is a picture of the painting Composition Storm…

kandinsky-wassily-composition-stormThis yarn is Serenity 20 which is a 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon 4ply (fingering) yarn and contains 400 yards.

This is the picture of a bundle of the yarn from the Zen Yarn Garden website…

Zen Yarn Garden Composition Storm

Last week I made the fatal mistake of taking a quick peek at Shorn Fibers’ Etsy shop to see what yarnie goodness Angela had created. Big mistake for me…..I was instantly drawn to these gorgeous yarns…

This yarn is called ‘Rustic’ and is a superwash merino sport 5ply and weighs 100g…

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And this yarn is called ‘Kelp’ and is a superwash merino / cashmere / nylon fingering 4ply and weighs 100g…

Shorn Fibers Kelp 01

This yarn is called ‘Rock Pool’ and is a superwash Blue Faced Leicester / nylon 4ply and weighs 100g. I’m not really into blue too much but this colour just won me over with all the different shades of blue.

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And the final yarn from Shorn Fibers is called ‘Outback’ and is a superwash Bluefaced Leicester silk cashmere 4ply yarn that also weighs 100g. Beautiful isn’t it?

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Now this should have been the final yarn I bought from Shorn Fibers however a few days later Angela posted her latest yarns on Facebook and I weakened!!! Particularly for these two 115g gorgeous skeins of superwash merino DK in the colour Serengeti. I am thinking about making the Cable Bias Scarf with this yarn as I think it’ll show off all those lovely colours to their full advantage.

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I think this is my favourite Shorn Fibers’ colourway to date. Here’s just one more picture of the gorgeous and delicious Serengeti…

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This 100g yarn is a superwash merino high twist singles fingering (4ply) weight and the colourway is Sunset.

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And this is really the final Shorn Fibers’ yarn in this post! It’s a 100g Blue Faced Leicester nylon fingering (4ply) Tuff Sock yarn and the colourway is Urchin.

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Now this next yarn has quite a story about it. I first learned about TONOFWOOL #2 by Kylie Gusset through a Facebook shared post. The idea was to pledge to buy certain offers of wool. An amount of $20,000 was the target but although this was not met the scheme still went ahead. I pledged $69 for this 300g hank of cream 4ply / fingering yarn. It is so incredibly soft and squishy. I’ll need to make something very special with this yarn.

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Here’s a bit of information about the wool…

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You can also join Ms Gusset’s Ravelry page to find out more about TONOFWOOL#2.

At this stage these four Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cottons are earmarked for market bags, in particular Mel’s Handy Market Bag which can be found under the Free Knitting Patterns section on the top banner of the front page of my blog. I bought four balls of each colour.

Lily Sugar n Cream

This Bernat Cottontots is also earmarked for a market bag….in fact I have started it already. This yarn is now discontinued. So glad I managed to get four balls of it from Bubs2Grubs. Don’t you love this bright lime green colour?

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I bought the following five acrylic Ice Yarns on Ebay a couple of months ago and I intend to make some baby knits, in particular the Pebble Vest and In Threes cardigan.

Ice Baby Batik Brown Green Camel Cream 4

Ice Baby Batik Green Yellow Pink Cream 4

They’re quite bright and will make ideal baby/toddler knitted garments.

Ice Baby Batik Red Yellow Orange White 4

Ice Yarn Multi White Camel Blue

Ice Yarn Multi White Brown Orange Yellow Blue

Now yesterday at my Knit and Knatter get together one of my friends was showing off her latest yarn purchases from Spotlight. One yarn in particular immediately piqued my interest so you guessed it…….this morning I was off to Spotlight and picked up these yarns on sale.

Two balls of Moda Vera Folly Printed for $4.79 each. This is a 80% premium acrylic / 10% wool / 10% mohair yarn and is so very soft. It begs to be knitted into a shawl. There’s a generous 500m on each ball.

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Two balls of Moda Vera Tweed which is a 50% wool / 50% premium acrylic yarn for $5 a ball.

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Three balls of Moda Vera Instinctive which is a 100% premium acrylic yarn for $3 a ball. I’ll make another market bag with this yarn as the colours can disguise any dirty marks that generally appear on bags!

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Two balls of Moda Vera Vionett which is a 77% premium acrylic / 23% wool yarn for $6 a ball.Moda Vera Vionett 01

One ball of Moda Vera Noir which is a 75% wool superwash / 25% polyamide yarn at $6 a ball. This is one of my favourite commercial sock yarns. Not my usual colours but I was quite taken with these shades. The colourway is called Burg Mix.

Moda Vera Noir Burg Nix

Three balls of Moda Vera Medley which is a 100% polyester yarn at $1.74 a ball. The pattern on the ball band requires three balls so I will probably make that scarf.

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And to the last purchase….10 balls of this Moda Vera Chantilly which is a 70% acrylic / 30% milk protein yarn. Each ball was only $2. The pattern on the ball band calls for four balls of the yarn so I may very well also make two of these scarves and keep one for a present.

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This is a pale green and is quite unusual.

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Oh dear when I actually look at how much yarn I’ve bought recently I can’t believe it’s that much! I really must stop visiting online yarn websites and looking at all the gorgeous yarns for sale and also stop visiting my local yarn shops too. As my friends keep saying to me…..there’s a need for an intervention.

Hope you enjoyed looking at all my yarn purchases and if you have any ideas for what I should make with them, please let me know.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend as I certainly did. Until next time…

Melanie

A Few New Acquisitions To My Stash

Trust me, I have slowed down when it comes to buying more yarn but there are just a few new acquisitions that I must share with you. I’m loving the Zen Yarn Garden Art Walk Series and have blogged about the first and second releases. I have since purchased the third and fourth releases through Yarn Glorious Yarn here in Brisbane (the only Australian distributor of this Canadian yarn).

The third offering in the new ART WALK Series features a painting by Vincent van Gogh entitled “Starry Night” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity 20, Mr. Zen has captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour!

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Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist Master whose innovative artwork powerfully influenced modern Expressionism, Fauvism, and early abstraction. Astoundingly prolific, Van Gogh produced all of his work during a 10-year period, at one point, creating 150 paintings and drawings within one year. Painting outdoors, Van Gogh uniquely captured the nighttime nuances of light and shadow, and was also renowned for his paintings of sunflowers and irises. Tormented by mental illness for most of his life, Van Gogh created many of his masterpieces while he was institutionalized. Although Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime, he is now regarded as one of the most profoundly influential artists of the 19th century.

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I bought two skeins of Serenity Worsted which is a 75% sw merino / 15% cashmere / 10% nylon, and contains 175 yds / 100 g (worsted weight). Sue from Yarn Glorious Yarn also gave me a shawl pattern specially written for this yarn. Now all I need to do is to find the time to make it!!

This was the picture direct from the Zen Yarn Garden website…

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The fourth offering in the new ART WALK Series features a painting by David Hockney entitled “Garrowby Hill” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity Silk +, Mr. Zen has captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting.

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From a splash in a turquoise pool to a drive along a winding canyon road, British artist David Hockney’s captivating paintings encapsulate the essence of Southern California. Although predominantly considered a Pop artist, his wildly diverse works are impossible to categorize under one genre reflecting influences of Matisse and Picasso in his use of exuberant acrylic color and strong design. After completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in London, he was attracted to Los Angeles’ free-wheeling West Coast lifestyle and moved his studio there in 1964. The move played a pivotal role in the development of his signature style. Hockney is widely regarded as the foremost British artist of the 20th century.

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A very interesting mix of colours don’t you think? I bought two skens of Serenity Silk which is a 5% sw merino / 15% cashmere / 10% silk and contains 500 yds / 100 g (heavy lace or fine fingering).

This was the picture direct from the Zen Yarn Garden website…

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A while ago I showed you the first two skeins of yarn I received from this year’s 2013 Simply Sock Club which I discovered while looking through Dyed By Hand Yarn’s website recently. This is how the sock club works: Two skeins of sock yarn are posted out in the last week in March, May and July. Yarns included are 2 x Tough Stocking, 2 x Mother’s Love, 1 x Silk Stocking and 1x Blue Chip Stocking.

What I love about it is that each skein of yarn is dyed in a colour inspired by something Australian. These colours are exclusive to yarn club members for 12 months and custom dyeing of these colours on any yarn base may be ordered by yarn club members for the duration of the club. The following colourway is the third one and is called Flame Tree and I’m in love with the colours in this yarn as they take me back to my childhood when I lived in Perth for one year and Flame Trees were abundant.

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Aren’t the yarn colours a wonderful representation of the true colours of the Flame Tree?

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The fourth offering in the sock yarn series is called Happy Wanderer

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Here’s a close up photo to show you the gorgeous splash of mauve/purple…

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And a picture of a Happy Wanderer just to show you how well Julie has captured the beautiful colours…

Happy Wanderer

Both skeins of yarn are Mother’s Love which is a heavy sock/sport yarn. Mother’s Love is an 80% superwash merino / 10% cashmore / 10% nylon. Each skein weighs 100 grams and contains 397 metres (435 yards).

The final yarn I’m going to show you is a commercial yarn I picked up from Lincraft. It’s called Big Wool and I just love the colours…..lovely autumn green and orange. It’s a super bulky 50% wool / 50% acrylic yarn. I think I’ll be making another Keep Me Warm Vest with this yarn. I bought nine balls at AU$2.99 each so I’ll have plenty to make this vest.

Lincraft Big Wool Orange Green

Now I really need to buckle down and start using all my stash rather than adding to it don’t you think?

I’m so excited because I am officialy on annual leave and my next few posts will be from Noosaville on the gorgeous Sunshine Coast in Queensland!

Until next time…

Melanie

A Weekend Yarn Catch Up

You’re probably thinking you’ve not read a post from me for a while about any recent yarn purchases which would logically mean I haven’t bought any yarn. Well the answer is – you’re wrong! How could I not have purchased any yarn I ask you? You should know by now this is one of my weaknesses 🙂

So I’m going to regale you with my stash additions over the last month or so.

We’ll start off with the Canadian Zen Yarn Garden ART WALK Series – The Dream which is the second offering in the new ART WALK Series and features a painting by Pablo Picasso entitled “The Dream” which inspired this colourway. Painted on Serenity 20, Mr. Zen has captured the vividness and subtlety of the colours of the painting. From one medium to the next, artists express their use of colour!

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Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) was an artistic virtuoso who co-founded Cubism, and produced an astounding 20,000 paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures during his brilliant 70-year career. Picasso’s unparalleled body of work was so vast, and its phases so unique, that art historians have divided it into specific periods. A child prodigy, Picasso took advanced classes at the Royal Academy of Art in Barcelona when he was only 15. His revolutionary Cubist works, with their distorted shapes and fragmented forms, established art as a genre that does not need to literally represent reality. Zealously embracing every medium from primitive art to sketches to Surrealism, Picasso had an unrivaled influence upon 20th century art.

Serenity 20 is a 70% superwash merino / 20% cashmere / 10% nylon blend, weighs 100g and contains 400 yards. I purchsased two skeins of this gorgeous yarn and still haven’t decided what to make so of course I always welcome any suggestions from you. Yarn Glorius Yarn is the Australian distributor of Zen Yarn Garden and lucky for me they’re situated in Indooroopilly in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

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This is the ‘official’ picture of the yarn.

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Dyed by Hand Yarns Tough Stocking is a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon blend, weighs 100g and contains 423 metres (463 yards). It’s a fingering/sock weight with a 4ply construction. Strong without the scratchy feeling, you don’t notice the nylon in this yarn. Merino wool is well known for its warmth and elasticity, whilst the nylon provides strength. The tight twist means great stitch definition. I can personally guarantee how soft this yarn is. I knitted my In the Limelight socks with Tough Stocking and they are so, so soft.

The following two skeins of yarn are the first offering in this year’s 2013 Simply Sock Club which I discovered while looking through Dyed By Hand Yarn’s website recently. This is how the sock club works: Two skeins of sock yarn are posted out in the last week in March, May and July. Yarns included are 2 x Tough Stocking, 2 x Mother’s Love, 1 x Silk Stocking and 1x Blue Chip Stocking.

What I love about it is that each skein of yarn is dyed in a colour inspired by something Australian. These colours are exclusive to yarn club members for 12 months and custom dyeing of these colours on any yarn base may be ordered by yarn club members for the duration of the club. The following colourway is Spotted Gum and I’m in love with the beautiful blends that are contained in this skein.

Dyed By Hand Yarn Spotted Gum

They certainly contain those Australian Spotted Gum hues don’t they?

Dyed By Hand Yarn Spotted Gum Flower

The following colourway is called Vegemite. Julie certainly has a wonderful imagination. Who’d have thought to produce such a colourway. I’m thinking of making a nice shawl with this yarn.

Dyed By Hand Yarn Vegemite

I bet you thought this yarn was initially just black. Well look closely at all those lovely colours throughout the yarn. Gorgeous aren’t they?

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I purchased the following yarn during Yay for Yarn’s recent Easter Sale. The first yarn is Pico Accuardi and the limited edition colourway ‘Sneaker Wave’ was produced especially for Yarns on Stage. It’s a 100% superwash merino, weighs 100g, is 347.5 metres (380 yards) in length and is a 4ply yarn. It’s quite different from the usual autumn shades that I usually buy however I was quite taken with these blends of colours.

Pico Accuardi 2

This yarn is Three Irish Girls Carys BFL – Padraig. It’s a smooth yarn that’s easy to knit with and the long staple length of BFL helps Carys wear well and maintain its shape better than other soft wools. This yarn is made in the UK using wool which is humanely raised in an environmentally consicious manner. A DK/light worsted weight, this yarn may be suitable for projects requiring 8-10ply weight yarns. It’s a 100% Blue Faced Leicester wool that weighs 100g and contains 210 metres (230 yards).

I’m thinking maybe a hat and cowl for winter.

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Alchemy Yarns Migration (Meadowlark) is a luxurious blend of wool and silk. Migration is top dyed and spun into a soft single ply DK/8ply weight yarn that moves through subtle gradations of colour. The colourways are inspired by and named after migrating birds and will produce softly blended bands of harmonious shades without a regular repeat. It’s a 30% silk / 70% wool blend, weighs 50g and contains 155 metres (170 yards). I bought two skeins of this yarn. The colours are beautiful!

Alchemy Yarns Migration - Meadowlark

This Shorn Fibres yarn is a 40% Baby Alpaca / 40% Merino Wool / 20% Silk blend and is Singles DK and weighs 100g. Each skein contains 252 yards.

I only discovered Shorn Fibres last week while I was delving in one of Ravelry’s Groups and just couldn’t resist purchasing some of Angela’s yarn. Angela is an Indie Dyer based in semi rural Queensland (near the Lockyer Valley), Australia. She dyes yarn in small batches using professional grade dyes. I love this Autumn Leaves colourway.

Shorn Fibres Autumn Leaves

Here’s a different aspect of the colourway…..the wound ball of yarn. That reddish colour is actually more orange…must be a combination of the camera and photographer! The photo above reflects the true colours of the yarn.

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I plan to knit a hat and scarf with this yarn in a fairly plain pattern so show off the lovely autumn shades.

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Cascade 220 Superwash is a 10 ply worsted weight, machine washable, 100% pure wool yarn. It comes in 100 gram balls of 220 yards/201 metres. One ball is enough to make a hat. 1-2 for a childrens cardigan or sweater. Two for a scarf. 4-5 for a baby blanket.

This yarn is also great for making blankets and afghans which is what I am aiming to make…..a crocheted chevron blanket. I have used a bit of this yarn to knit two baby hats which I blogged about here and here. One is the mock cable baby hat and the other is the ribbed pumpkin hat.

I picked up these balls of yarn for $9 each as they’re the end of the dyelot. Another great buy from Yarn Glorious Yarn. I must have been logged onto my computer when the email first arrived advising of the sale as I managed to get all the colours I liked….they certainly didn’t last long!

Cascade 220 Superwash 841 Moss-tile

And now for something completely different to finish off….here’s a mosaic of all the socks I’ve knitted to date. You haven’t seen the last pair (bottom right hand corner) but I will be posting a blog about them very, very soon. There’ll be a photo in that blog that I guarantee will make your mouth water. That will keep you wondering now won’t it?

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That’s all for now. I’m off to get some dinner ready…..marinated salmon in sweet chilli and lime and some salad and then finish off another pair of socks I have on the go.

Have a great weekend. Until next time…

Melanie

Oaklet Shawl

I was so excited when I received my package from Yarn Glorious Yarn as I knew it contained my two skeins of the first offering in Zen Yarn Garden’s new ART WALK Series that 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. With the first skein I made this gorgeous shawl from the free Ravelry pattern called Oaklet Shawl. It is soooo easy to make and only took me a few days. It is predominantly just knitting and purling until the edge.

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The yarn is incredibly smooshy and soft and the colours are divine. I am really impressed with my first exposure to Zen Yarn Garden.

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There will be further colourways in the series as the year progresses. I reserved two skeins of the next two series with Sue at Yarn Glorious Yarn as I don’t want to miss out. Last week I received two skeins of the second series but you will have to wait to see it until I decide what creation I will knit. It is gorgeous!

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.

I featured this yarn in an earlier blog post which can be read here.

Here’s the painting that inspired the yarn colourway.

View of the Arles with Irises Van Gogh

I’m not sure what I will make with the other skein I have but I was thinking of the Falling Water scarf pattern that I found in Ravelry. Because the yarn is so soft it begs to be worn around your neck. Maybe someone can suggest another suitable Ravelry pattern for this yarn??

I have already started my next scarf in lovely variegated shades of green. Will blog about it in the not too distant future!

I am now inclined to make another Oaklet Shawl but a larger one….mmmmmm….what yarn from my stash should I use?

Just to finish off, here are some more photos of my Oaklet Shawl.

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Hope you are having a fantastic Easter weekend break. I’ve been busily knitting baby hats and bootees as I know of two little babies that will be born in winter this year. So much to do, so little time….

Talk soon..

Melanie

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?

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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.

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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.

Maxime

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…

Melanie