Happy Holidays, everyone! To celebrate, Little Knits is featuring 12 days of little sales every day until Christmas! To kick it off, today we have Mirasol Samp’a, Akapana, and Hapi; and Crystal Palace Taos and Merino Stripes on sale! Check out the links for colors and sale prices.
I’m loving the Hapi, a thick and thin, super soft, worsted cotton. It knits or crochets wonderfully for soft accessories or lighter-weight garments. (Sometimes, we’re too warm for wool!) It drapes nicely and comes in some great colors. I love the Spring Green, and the Sky is a perfectly bright, rich blue color. See the full line here: Mirasol Hapi. Here are a few projects I’m planning with the hapi:
I’ve had my eye on the Schwaan pullover by Norah Gaughan for a while, and the Hapi would be perfect for it. Who says it has to be a summer pullover? Knit it out of the Beige , Forest Green, or Cinnabar and it would be a great all-season layer. If you want to stick to Norah’s color pallate, the Sky Blue or Light Blue would be lovely. The pattern is in Norah Gaughan 8 available from Little Knits!
I am utterly in love with this adorable hat by Adela Illichmanova. It is available via a Ravelry Download here. I’m planning on making it with a couple different colors of blue. Maybe the navy and a light blue? The hat will take just two, and an evening. There’s still time to make a few for Christmas!
Another great Christmas idea I love is these adorable Bunny Sachets. You could make at least two per skein of Hapi, stuff them with some lavender and or catnip and you have a great last minute gift! Pattern is available here on Ravelry. If you’re making a pet present, be sure to use stitching and not buttons for the face!
Hapi would make wonderful children’s clothing. It’s super soft and comes in some good kid colors. This is one my all time favorite baby sweaters. It’s simple, but has great details. it’s a simple knits, but the combination of garter and stockinette keeps you knitting. It comes in sizes 3 months – 4 years, and the pattern is in Interweave Knits Winter 2011, which is available at Little Knits!
Hope you all have a great start on your Holiday Knitting and Crochet! Check back for more of our 12 Days of Christmas Sales!
As a yarn buyer I have to be careful not to allow my likes and dislikes get in the way of our process of yarn selection so that we can have a wide range of fiber and yarns. This becomes difficult when I am shown ribbon like yarns or yarns with a paper/linen like texture. And that was my first reaction to Habu’s Root Sizing Silk, a 100% silk made of multiple strands of silk put together flat/parallel with a vegetable root coating to protect the fiber while being worked. My reaction quickly disappeared when Takako (owner of Habu), showed me a scarf knitted with this yarn, which after its first wash turned into a beautiful silk scarf – exactly like you would expect from silk fiber – with a soft and smooth feel next to skin and a lovely drape.
The coating is Konnyaku, a vegetable root, which holds the fibers together and protects the silk fiber giving it a ribbon like look. When we worked with Root Sizing Silk it felt something like working with a paper-linen-ribbon yarn that is somewhat stiff and may be a little crunchy-like. But the real surprise for this yarn comes after it has been – gently – washed in warm water with mild soap. This is when the sizing washes out and the yarn becomes soft, feels great next to skin, and drapes beautifully.
Root Sizing Silk has a beautiful sheen, comes in rich colors with depth, and once washed it morphs into something different and even more so unique and lovely. This silk also works perfectly as a warp yarn. We wanted to share Root Sizing Silk with you as part of a series of new yarns we will be listing from Habu within the next week.
Hope you are all well and working with your yarn with a smile.
Thank you all very much for your comments and your feedback. It is greatly appreciated.
We had a program select a random name from all the posts and Leilasgranny (Ravelry ID), won a beautiful hank of Peek a Boo Fly, a 65% superwash merino and 35% rayonized bamboo. We like this yarn because it has a subtle silky sheen, a silky drape and it has a smooth beautiful hand. It comes in 8 ounce hanks with 1120 yards, which is enough for an average size garment, a large shawl or several accessories. Our first shipment of Peek a Boo Fly vanished quickly and we hope to get new colors in July.
Leilasgranny is receiving the Cornflower color line, one of my favorite colors in this yarn line. In addition, the first poster gets a $10 gift certificate to Little Knits – you know who you are. We figured being the 1st must count for something, right?
Watch for the next blog give-away, which we hope will be a continuous event at Live Stitch.
I know, it has been a long while. I was simply not able to do it all between Ravelry, Twitter and Facebook. What to do first and how much and when. There has been offers of help and to those who offered many thanks! Let me try my hand at this one more time and hopefully this time I will be more consistent. And, if I know that you are reading I promise I will write often.
I will start with a bit of quick news: did you know that we have started Ravelry Coupon Mondays? Just join Little Knits’ group at Ravelry and watch for coupon announcements. Every Monday it will be something new. When you join us on Ravelry please share your projects with us and let me know what you would like to see at Little Knits next.
For tomorrow we have a new yarn that will be posted on the site that was requested by our Ravelry members, Berrroco’s Blackstone Tweed. And even better the colors listed will be on sale at 45-50% off. This is a surprisingly soft tweed by Berroco with a wool, superkid mohair and angora fiber blend. Here are the two colors we have in stock that will be on sale:
And a personal find on etsy, Grey Drizzle Fibers. This is a fairly new dyer with a great feel for subtle color combinations and color-on-color variation. I do know the dyer but we have no financial affiliation, meaning there is no profit motive for this post and I will not benefit from it. Simply put I love the colors created by this small indie dyer. I got two hanks of her 4-ply DK weight merino just to play in colors that are not really characteristic of my favorites including a beautiful green called Leaf and in a warm honey amber called Doubloon. The merino is soft and smooth with a tight-but-not-too-tight ply but what makes this yarn so special is the dyers’ colors with their subtle color-on-color variations and rich hue saturation.
I also asked Ms. Grey Drizzle to do a special project for me and she was kind enough to agree. We have been testing a super fine single ply merino from Italy at Little Knits. So I asked her to dye the lace weight of this lovely merino in a deep deep blue-red for me and she did! I call this red Drop-dead Red and it is goooorgeous! I have about 2700 yards of this super soft merino in Drop-dead Red and I cannot decide on a project…I do need help so your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
That is it for this post. I am off to bed so that I can get up early tomorrow and start photographing some new yarn.
I have been knitting. Yes, I have been knitting and doing so somewhat obsessively.
The lovely people at Malabrigo Yarn was nice enough to send me a hank of their new yarn, Twist, a super soft baby merino that is loosely plied. I tried to get a closeup of the ply to show you the difference in the thicknesses of the baby merino
that is plied together, which makes the yarn feel more organic/natural. Twist is a pleasure to work with and makes a rather solid knitted fiber and I know I said it before but it is very soft and feels wonderful next to skin.
I looked for a project for my single skein and found Prismatic Scraf on Ravelry, a free pattern that works
beautifully with this hand-dyed yarn. I am using my favorite needles (HiyaHiya circulars), in U.S. size 9 for this pattern but I think I could have gone up to size 10 as the yarn makes for a pretty substantial knitted fiber. I think I will be able to soften the drape of the scarf if I block it with some vigor. We have ordered all the colors Malabrigo had ready for shipment for the Twist and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
As to the pattern, Prismatic Scarf is a great (free!) pattern for hand-dyed yarns as it shows their beauty by allowing the colors distribute evenly on the knitted fiber.
I know that I will be knitting a few as gifts – it is a quick and easy knit and it is addictive like your favorite snack that you cannot put down.
We also got a new yarn in from Fleece Artist. Nyoni is a merino, mohair and silk blend yarn that can be used for sock and lace projects and has a subtle sheen. Nyoni is very similar to Fleece Artist’s Somoko with a slight difference in gauge and comes in 125 gram hanks at a great price point. One hank is sufficient for a pair of socks for most sizes, two hanks is sufficient for a mid-sized shawl, and three hanks would make a large shawl or stole. Another great project idea for this yarn is Tempest by Weaver Designs, which you can find on Knitty as a free pattern. And here are a few of my favorite colors:
I am looking for a shawl pattern for Nyoni as I have put away a few skeins for self. This shawl will be knitted for myself. I say I am allowed to give myself a Christmas gift and so should you!
Hope you are all well and knitting and crocheting with a smile.