Woot! The new yarns went up last night and I’m so excited about them! Go check them out. Lots of colors of Cider Moon. I LOVE this line. The yarn is unbelievable soft and I am so ready to knit some sportweight socks for a bit. (Gee – wouldn’t it be nice if I started in on some Christmas gifts this early?) There are so many colors in this batch that are “keepers” for me. June Carter, Bison, Silver Pine, Avocado, Casual Friday, and Victoria, to name just a few. (Have you ever known me to give a whole list of favorites like that? I really did try to narrow it down.) The colors are very deep. I’m hoping to have their fingering weight (Icicle) in in a few weeks, and I’ve already ordered more Glacier. You know, it reminds me a lot of Sweet Georgia’s Speed Demon.
Seacoast Handpainted Yarns came in as well, in the bamboo/merino/nylon blend. You need to check out the photos of this line. The color combinations are very unique and just gorgeous. My favorites in that line are Butte, Chocolate & Caramel, Cherry Fizz and Spring Storm. And it’s an interesting yarn base – I’m looking forward to working with it. I think the combination of bamboo, merino and nylon will be very comfortable. Nice mix for a summer sock. Who is going to be the first one to finish socks with it and get them up in our photo galleries?
New colors in All Things Heather went up last night, too. Four new merino/tencel blends (I like JellyBean) and twelve of the regular sock blend. I like Biker Chick, Frankie, and Oceania in the new ones. Sunrise and Sunset remind me of my Frank socks a little bit! I think Heather is the queen of fun sock yarn names. Biker Chick was pink and black – perfect. (I say “was”, because it’s gone already.) She’s one of the dyers for our sock club, and wait till you see what she’s calling the yarn she is doing for us! Heather is busy dyeing up some solids in her sock line and her Merino/Tencel line, and we’ll get that in a couple of weeks. I have always really liked the way her solids dye up.
Speaking of solids, the Louet yarns went up last night as well. We have 19 in the fingering weight and 20 in the sport weight. (There are 17 fingering weight colors on backorder. We will eventually have every color – hopefully soon.) These are perfect for all of the patterns in the Favorite Socks book that we all seem to have purchased! My current sock-in-progress is from that book. I’m using the Grape colorway and making the cover socks. I can see that knitting with solids in really fun patterns is going to be a bit addictive. Has anyone else found that? Especially when I see all of the gorgeous solids that Louet has. These are true solids – the color is the same throughout. (Compared to a semi-solid, where the intensity shifts throughout. I like those, too.) Who else is working on socks from this book?
How are your Frank/Martha socks coming along? Remember, our Loopy Q1 Challenge is to knit a colorway that is different from what you usually choose. Not sure what I mean? Check out this blog entry that tells all about it. We have the Quarterly Challenge gallery up, and many of you have already posted. But even more of you have emailed to say, “I’m working on them!” (ahem. Myself included.) You have until the last day in March to post your entry on the gallery. I’m giving away two $25 Loopy Gift Certificates – one will be drawn randomly from all pictures posted, and the second will be awarded as the Reader’s Choice Award. We’ll have voting the first week in April, and the socks with the most votes will earn that person a $25 Loopy Gift Certificate. (Can the same person win the random drawing AND the Reader’s Choice? Sure – why not? I’ll announce both at the same time, so as not to sway anyone!)
A new Zen String order arrived this afternoon. The new colors are gorgeous!! We’ll put those up sometime next week, because we’ve had enough for this week, don’t you think? There are other yarns scheduled to arrive soon, too. The fun never ends around here.