I got some yarn in the post again. I know, I know, I’ve been promising myself a strict yarn diet but this came from a lovely Sheila at Urban Girl Yarns who popped these in the post for me after we chatted online and talked about hand dyed yarn, patterns, designing and other knitting related things. I got the package in the post and I fell in love. It’s a merino/ nylon sock yarn, light fingering weight, 8 stitches per inch according to the label, soft like a cloud, rather loosely plied and hand dyed, of course. The composition is 90% superwash merino and 10% nylon. The skeins are generous – they are 125g rather than usual 100g and 480 yards, this little bit of extra length making both of them incredibly appealing for shawls.
I got two skeins and it’s hard for me to decide which is my favourite. The first one is Contadina, a semi-solid in rustic shades of red earth or terracotta, or perhaps a ripe Italian tomoatoe, rich and saturated but not too bright. It is exactly the sort of the shade I’m drawn to again and again, a colour perfect for long autumn or winter evenings, knitting with the Irish wind and rain outside.
The second skein is variegated, in an unusual but striking combination of colours – a range of shades somewhere between mustard and olive and blush pinks. I probably wouldn’t have chosen this combination of colours buying yarn online but it’s not only unexpected, it’s striking, works really well and has me thinking about pattern options for a shawl to dress up a pair of jeans and a white cotton shirt. I do hope my photos give this unique combination justice; it is difficult to photograph so you’ll have to take my word for it – it is really pretty and feminine.
I’m working hard trying to finish several patterns I have already started: some socks, two shawls and a light vest but I doubt I’ll be able to stop myself from casting on and testing how this lovely yarn knits up. There are two patterns cooking here for this You’ll read more about it here soon!
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