July 18, 2011
One of the yarns I get asked about a lot is Kauni. I have ordered samples two different times (the first time being when we were still small and in the basement of our house) and each time, I put it on hold. Why? Because the multi-colors come in multiple misc. weights and it’s hard to sell it that way. Fortunately, the amazing colors and projects won out, and we’ve gotten the line here at The Loopy Ewe. We’ve categorized them in weight ranges, so if you need a bit less or a bit more, you can pick accordingly. This is not a soft yarn – it’s a very Shetland wool-y feeling ball. But it will soften up a bit in the wash, and you will have a lot of fun working with the colors, mixing multi’s and solids, and seeing the knitted fabric come off of your needles. I have one of their scarf patterns set aside with two skeins, ready to jump in. You alternate colors as you go. With the long color changes, it’s going to be a fun knit. How about trying it with LazyKaty? Or look how beautiful it is when done up in the Citron pattern. And another Citron. Ok, I think I just talked myself into a new Citron ….
We also added in Dream in Color Baby in the new Fire-Scorched semi-solids and it’s beautiful on this yarn base. Baby is a light fingering weight/lace weight and can be used for shawls, vests, socks, mitts and scarves. (Or maybe two colors for your next two-color shawl?)
Lorna’s Laces sent us their newest colorways (introduced at market in June), as well as a start to our Solemate order with them. Solemate is a new yarn base that has 55% Merino, 30% Outlast, and 15% Nylon. Outlast is a viscose fiber that interacts with your body temperature to moderate your temperature from being too hot or too cold. I tried a demonstration at the Lorna’s Laces booth at market (which involved wearing mitts – one with Outlast, one without) and it really works! This yarn will be great for socks, as well as mitts, scarves, cowls and hats. (Is it too much to ask for PJ’s and sheets out of this stuff??) We have quite a few colors, but more in the works already.
For all of you Camp Loopy campers, the t-shirts are in! We took the Camp Loopy logo and had it printed on white t-shirts to show off the bright colors the best. While the kids around you are attending camp and getting t-shirts, don’t you think you ought to be showing people that you attended camp this summer, too? The t-shirts are a nice weight and run a little large. Perfect for summer wear, exercising, lounging, and sleepwear.
As I mentioned on Friday, I’m up to my ears in boxes and moving at the moment. You can think about me tomorrow, as we trek 14 hours across Missouri, Kansas (wind turbines – ugh) and Colorado with the two cats. I will be glad to get to the new house tomorrow night! No blog on Wednesday or Friday (the movers will be unloading and the internet company will be there at some point to hook up our service), but I will be back next Monday with Update news. And I’ll have to let you know how the 14 hour car ride (with two cats) went…. The one good thing about that long car ride tomorrow? Knitting time!
Pop on over and check out all of the new things we put up tonight. The Elves will be busy pulling and packing your orders tomorrow!