Springtime Yarn

It’s sunny here today and even tho its still cold oputside that makes me think of springtime…and what yarns I have in my stash to knit with this Easter. So I thought I would flash some stash spring themed yarns today…

So first up I have a local hand dyer – Dye Candy – Lindsay AKA Hutch is a magician when it comes to colour combos and looking at this skein makes my heart melt. I love the greens, yellow and pinks that she has incorporated on this…so much so that I bought two different sock bases and a DK base in the same colourways lol!!

Dye Candy SW Merino Cashmere/Nylon Sock in colourway Prairie

IMG_0850Next up we have some yarn from one of my favourite yarn brands – Malabrigo! Two skeins of pink… one in Rios English Rose (left) and the other in Baby Silkpaca Lace in Fuchsia (right).

Malabrigo Yarns are a firm favourite of mine. You get really good quality for reasonable price per skein. I always recommend these yarns to new knitters as a good way to try natural fibres and move away from acrylic. I’m not a fan of acrylic myself but there is a place for it and I did start out using it as a new knitter so I can’t complain. But these days my view is everyone’s time is precious so why spend it with acrylic on the needles and not some fabulous Merino, Cashmere, Alpaca… or other natural fibre.

Now when you think of springtime the colour you will think of first is probably yellow… and probably because spring is represented by daffodils. The next yarn I’m going to flash is some fabulous lace weight from Eden Cottage Yarns. Victoria is passionate about hand dyeing and her colour palate comes from the landscapes around her. This skein is Pegasus Lace which is a beautiful baby alpaca and silk in a very bright yellow colourway called Dandelion.

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Now living in Northern Ireland when you think of springtime you also think of the green fields in the meadow. Jenny from Townhouse Yarns has expertly hand dyed this next Skein on her Chatham Lace base of Merino and silk which has sadly been discontinued so I suppose this yarn is now vintage stash!IMG_0846

Another favourite of mine is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. This yarn is soft and has a lovely stitch definition. This colourway is a limited colourway from the Loop called London Cosmopolitan, and a gorgeous shade of warm orange with subtle hints of pink.


Finally another Irish hand-dyer. This skein has been in my stash for a few years now and I still haven’t decided what it will become (suggestions please!) but it is so pretty to look at and whats not to love about Alpaca, Silk & Cashmere right? Coolree Yarns are based in Wexford and you definitely want to get your hands on a skein or two! This skein has been dyed in a lovely spring blue colourway called ‘Cornflower’.

So what yarns are you lusting over this spring? Please leave me a comment and let me know…

 

Friday FO: Tryghed Hat

I love hats. I mean I really LOVE hats! They make the best projects when you are looking for something portable that will knit up relatively quickly.  I have knit a lot of hats too. Some for gifts and some for myself. In the winter time I think its essential to always have a hat to hand. If your head is warm then your heart is warm!

Once of my favourite hats at the moment is my Tryghed.

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Designed by Karie Westermann this hat is stunning! The word Tryghed is Danish for “feeling safe, secure and comfortable”, and this hat certainly makes you feel comfortable. The hat is made with one skein so its a great project for stash busting.

Karie’s pattern version was made using a rustic worsted weight yarn and after a stash dive I opted to use Malabrigo Rios in ‘Ivy’.  I made mine into a beanie style with a brown pompom on top but Karie says you can choose to block it out as a semi-beret too (as shown in the pattern image). To finish mine off I added a pompom to top.

I absolutely love the simplicity of the design using a rib pattern that converges at the crown, making it a pretty cosy fit and definitely great for this time of year with all the cold and wet winter days.

If you’d like to make your own Tryghed you can buy on ravelry here

What handmade knits are you wearing this winter?

Friday FO: Hats

I have been on a real hat kick at the moment. The weather had been dreadfully cold and a hat is definitely an essential piece of clothing if you’re stepping outdoors. This is a quick post to share a couple of the hats I have finished in the last few weeks…

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First up is ‘Epistropheid‘ by Kate Davies. Those of you who know me well will know that I’m a big fan of Kate’s designs. The colourwork for this hat has been created from the Epistrophy cardigan in her new Yokes book and it’s stunning! The way that she has hidden the decreases as you progress to the crown is just genius.

Kate did her pattern version in two shades of grey yarn…a silver and a darker grey. I love those colours but didn’t have them in my stash (I’m stash busting at the moment but more about that in another post soon) so for my hat I decided to go bright and use sublime cashmere merino silk in green (caterpillar) and grey (tittlemouse). I ended up using a ball of each for the hat and then I had to use a second for the pompom but it was worth it as the pompom really does finish it well.

imageNext up we have Dustland by Westknits. Stephen West is a genius when it comes to colour combinations that are outside the norm. This hat design is one of his more reserved patterns but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! The design lends itself to being a relatively quick knit with enough variety of stitches to keep your brain busy. It would also be pretty easy to adapt the size to suit children (I’m actually working on that for my friends kids at the moment) by doing less repeats of the blocks of textured stitches. I used RICO DK merino from my stash for mine and used two 50g balls in grey (I think grey is one of my favourite colours at the moment lol)

imageI also just got around to grafting the ends of a cowl this evening. The yarn was bought at the This Is Knit stand at the Knit & Stitch show at the RDS in Dublin back in November (2014). But it’s been in the wip bucket for a while. The yarn is Malabrigo Finito – this one of my all time favourite yarns. It’s just super soft and a real pleasure to knit with but it can be hard to get your hands on as it’s limited once a year stock. I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to know I have *coughs* some in my stash.

I seem to be doing okay with my knitting mojo so far this year. I’ve lots of projects in the pipeline and lots of wips to dig out of hibernation.

What are you working on? Have you been making hats too?