Monthly Archives: July 2010

Blog Giveaway – Madeline Tosh Sport

It has been a busy few weeks, which meant that I had to take a short blog break.  I had wanted to blog about the beautiful Fleece Artist Saldanha, a 100% fine merino lace weight yarn with generous yardage and hand-dyed color lines but it was not to be so.  So I thought I would mention it now. :)

Fleece Artist Saldanha at Little Knits       Fleece Artist Saldanha at Little Knits      Fleece Artist Saldanha at Little Knits

On to the blog give away.   Many thanks to Madeline Tosh for sponsoring this blog give away!  They gave us two hanks of their new prototype yarn, Tosh Sport.  I am holding a hank right now and I can tell you that Tosh Sport is soft, smooth and lofty.  It would make beautiful accessories, garments and yes, socks.  Tosh Sport is a 100% superwash merino that comes with 280 yards of yarn on each hank.  The hanks seem to be around 70+ grams each.  This is a guess as the labels are not marked and I don’t have a scale here.  The color line is Well Water.

Madeline Tosh Sport

If you would like to have these two hanks please tell us what you would like to see - more of - from Madeline Tosh.  A new yarn, a new color, new fiber combinations, new yarn weights, anything you heart may desire.  What would you like to see under the Madeline Tosh label?  Please post a comment with your suggestion(s) and we will add your name to the pool from which we will select a name randomly.  If your name is selected the yarn is yours.  You have until Sunday August 1st, midnight to post a comment.  Hope to see you here!

Thursday Blog Giveaway

Today’s blog giveaway is sponsored by Skacel and comes with a box full of great stuff.   Thank you Skacel!!!

As you may already know Skacel is the U.S. distributor of Addi needles and crochet hooks as well as Trekking, STEP, Fortissima, and Zauberball.  Please let us know what specifically you like about Skacel products and more importantly, what other products or product improvements you would like to see from Skacel.  Please don’t be shy and let us know all your thoughts.

We will enter the names of all respondents into a pool from which we will select a name.  We will then randomly select a winner and annouce his/her name here and at Little Knits’ Ravelry group.  You have till Saturday (July 10th), midnight to get us your responses.

The winner will get the following goodies:

Live Stitch Blog Giveaway

  1. Addi Turbo 20” U.S. size 7 stitch holder
  2. Cable stitch holders (set of two)
  3. Two large safety pins (used as stitch holders)
  4. “Rotally” row counters (set of two)
  5. Turbo needle gauge
  6. Small yarn scissors
  7. One hank of Fortissima Socka Cotton (enough for a pair of socks)
  8. “What is your addiction” Addi T-Shirt
  9. A collectors eddition Addi Turbo/Lace circular needles.  These are 32” U.S. size 6 needles with an Addi Turbo tip at one end and Lace tip on the other end.

Hope to see you here!

A July 4th Yarn Review

Happy July 4th everyone!  I hope you are all well and celebrating this beautiful day with a smile.

For those of you who are in the Seattle area and wanted to know, yes, we are open on Monday the 5th and hope to see you at the store.  We hope it will be a sunny day.  We will have some new things for you at our West Seattle location.

I thought this may be a good day for a quick yarn review.  I am a big fan of Fly Designs and Pat Fly’s fiber-magic.  I am always amazed when she manages to get deep, intense, jewel tones on most unlikely fiber combinations.  This is especially true for Flutterby, a 70% angora and 30% Polyamide blend with a soft hand and a great feel next to skin.   

When dyed, angora usually dilutes colors and in hand-dyed yarns this usually results in a pastel color range.  Not so for Flutterby.  Unless intentionally left as pastels Fly Designs’ color lines are rich and saturated, which results in beautiful finished garments whether knitted

or crocheted.  Flutterby in Green     Flutterby in Violets     In addition, Flutterby has an incredibly reasonable price point for a 70% angora yarn that come in comes in 4 ounce hanks with 900 yards of sport weight yarn. 

While working with Flutterby we have found that it has a soft hand and feels wonderful next to skin.  Here is what HelloKnitty of Ravelry had to say about her experience with Flutterby:

I worked with the Roses color line of Flutterby, which I thought to be a beautiful combination of light to dark pinks.  I like variegated yarns but sometimes have a hard time finding the right pattern to complement the colors.  With that in mind I set out to find the perfect stitch pattern for my Flutterby.  After a few tries I decided that the woven look of linen stitch worked well with this color. 

I started my wrap over three times and I can tell you from experience it is easy to frog (given the high angora content I was surprised).  I would recommend tugging gently as the yarn can snap when pulled hard.  The polyamide component of Flutterby provides strength that you will not find in 100% angora.

In my multiple attempts to come up with the right gauge I saw that linen stitch made a very firm fabric so I finally settled on U.S. size 9 needles, which gave me a soft, flexible, and almost a gauzy fabric.  I knit the wrap length-wise with 603 stitches.

Flutterby being knitted      Flutterby being knitted

The finished size for my scarf/stole ended up being about 110 inches long and 9 inches wide.  I think half as long and twice as wide would also be very functional depending on how you like to wear your scarves.  I can easily wrap this scarf/stole around my neck 3 times making a nice cocoon for myself.  

Flutterby being knitted

A quick note, I did wash and block a swatch while testing needle sizes but I did not block the finished wrap (I am too busy wearing it).  I was surprised to see my swatch was colorfast as in my experience intense reds and pinks – especially in hand-dyed yarns – have a tendency to bleed.

Overall, I enjoyed working with Flutterby.  While Flutterby is 70% angora and has a nice halo somehow this has been achieved without yarn being too fluffy.  This is a very soft and non-prickly yarn that is lightweight and warm at the same time.  Flutterby comes in beautiful colorways and has a wide color palette that can please everyone.