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…

 

The Shetland Trader MKAL: Clue 1

So you’ll remember from a previous post that I signed up to do Gudrun Johnston’s first MKAL.

After days of trying to decide on yarn I came up with using three skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Sock yarn from my stash (see I am stash busting lol) in Bike Bell (neon yellow), Crystal (a pale grey tone) and Canal House (a kinda of charcoal navy).

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Last Monday the first clue was released and I decided to start with the Bike Bell (I love this colourway!!). The pattern is in three sizes – small, medium and large – and it took me right up to Sunday evening to finish the large size. I was actually worried if I was going to have enough yarn towards the last couple of pattern repeats but I got there in the end with a teeny bit left.

Now as its a MKAL I can’t publish any progress pictures (sorry!) but you can visit my ravelry project page here. Alternatively the image below is a shot of the yarn left with a sneak peak of the shawl in the background.

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Clue 2 is released today and I can’t wait…

Ravelry stats show that there are 287 other projects with 21 (including mine) using yellow. The most popular colours seem to be Blue, Grey and Pink. 164 projects are using fingering weight but others have opted for lace through to DK.

If your doing the MKAL to I’d love to hear how you’re getting on!