Thursday, February 26, 2009

Organic cotton, self striping wool, and a special on silk!

Are you thinking spring yet? It's February vacation week here in Vermont, and the week started out with some good amounts of snow falling in our area. That made the ski resorts happy! My kids are in Maine and they were treated to a huge dump of over 26" of snow.

Here at the shop we've been quite busy. We had a number of new yarns that arrived this past week. Classic Elite Sprout is an organic cotton that knits at 3.5 stitches to the inch on US 10 needles. It comes in several lovely shades and has a nice nubby texture. (Reminds me of 1824 Cotton, but softer IMO!)

We also received Plymouth Mushishi. This is a fun yarn! One skein has 250 grams and a whopping 491 yards. It's 95% wool and 5% silk, and is very soft! It is a tweedy self striping yarn (think Noro folks) and the label includes a pattern for a crochet hat and scarf set, AND a knit hat and scarf set. Choose one of these sets, and your one skein is enough to complete the project. Not bad!

I've been plugging away on an afghan square for our charity knitting project. I choose Plymouth Encore color #6002, which is one of my favorite neutrals, and a stitch pattern from the Harmony Guide: Knit & Purl. It's SO simple mostly knit and purl with a slip stitch thrown in for fun. I like it! Keep in mind you can NOT see the stitch pattern in this shot. Take my word - it's way more obvious in person!

And check this out!

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