August Cashmere Club

The August cashmere club parcels went out yesterday, so they should be with you very soon. I wish I could tell you all more about the inspiration for the colourway, but I know that lots of you like the yarn to be a surprise, so I’ll just tell you that the name of the colourway is Midsummer Night’s Dream, and you can read more about it (if you want to) here. The yarn is Sophia 2ply, so most of the following pattern suggestions are lace, but I have included one for a pair of socks, you can just hold the yarn double.

As always, the skeins were dyed in pairs, so that you get as well matched a pair as possible, but due to the dyeing method we used, there may be a little bit more variation than you are accustomed to, so I would strongly advise everyone to alternate skeins throughout their project. So here are some pattern suggestions:

I hope you like this month’s yarn!!

Shop Update 01.08.10 – Part II

Elinor Glee

Esme Hothouse Flowers

Esme Ships That Pass In The Night

Esme TGIF

Miranda 4ply Daddy’s Home!

Miranda 4ply Fortune Favours The Bold

Miranda 4ply The Good Life (this week’s cover shot)

Martha DK One More Chance

Martha DK Bet Your Bottom Dollar

The shop preview is now up, see you on Sunday!

Shop Update 01.08.10 – Part I

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little bit pouty that I can’t get to Knit Nation this weekend. So I thought I’d put together a consolatory sale, one of the biggest, baddest, brightest shop updates that I think we’ve ever had!!! It’s hard to narrow my choices down this week, but here’s some of them:

Miranda 2ply Here’s Looking At You

Miranda 2ply Pink Elephants

Daisy 2ply Emerald City

Sylvia 2ply Don’t Stop Believing

Diana 2ply Chasing Butterflies

Martha Heart Of Gold

Martha Eleven O’Clockish

Elinor I Want To Be An Actress

More picks tomorrow!

Hot Or Not

HOT

  • This cast on for toe up socks. Yes, I caved, and cast on a new pair of socks from the handspun.
  • Following on from that, I have discovered how much easier it is knitting socks on 2 circs rather than on dpns. Exciting stuff!!!
  • The Knitter’s Mencap Hat Design competition. Give it a go!!
  • These gingersnap cookies. I make them for Tony, and the house smells wonderful all day after.
  • 7 For All Mankind jeans. I just got my first pair (a bargain from eBay!) and they are fabulous.
  • Bubble & squeak. We have a cabbage/potato glut, so its just as well that I could happily eat this every day!
  • Miss Buncle’s Book on audiobook. I’m listening to this today while I photograph this week’s yarn.

NOT

  • Back ache. I overdid it on my treadmill on Monday, and have had a sore back ever since. Not good.
  • Quinoa porridge. In a word - blech.

Wow, not many nots – must be a good week!!! 

Spin-ster

Here are my latest handspun efforts.

A cheerful 2ply fractal spun yarn, that I intend to make socks from. I had high hopes that this would be a sock weight, but after finishing the yarn, it plumped right up, and became a dk weight. ah well, the socks will knit up faster. The fibre is Corriedale, and was lovely to spin. I purchased it from Spindlefrog on Etsy. I’m dying to cast on some socks in this, to see how it stripes up when knitted. i got 450 yards from 160g of fibre.

And this is an aran weight single, that I deliberately spun quite rustic and slubby, which I intend to make a winter scarf from. This is spun from a batt, and I must confess, I don’t like spinning from batts. I bought it from FeltStudioUK on Etsy. I got 600 yards out of 325g of fibre.

I found it quite difficult to spin such a chunky low twist single, after getting used to spinning high twist fine yarns for plying. But the resulting yarn is soft and smooshy, which is what I wanted. I need to find the right pattern for it now. I have a lovely vintage brown tweed winter coat that will look just right with a scarf from this yarn.