This November Puddles and I celebrate 10 years of publishing!!! God has been so faithful to provide many designs and such wonderful collaborations and community through the medium of knitting and the Internet. As we wrap up July, which turned into our celebration month, we have a few more treats to share, including a very special yarn discount.
Featured as the November 2020 Malabrigo Quickies program release, Snow Showers knits up a double knit cozy cowl in 2 skeins of Verano. In a new facet of the Quickies program, I was honored to be interviewed by Jessica! Grab your favorite hot drink and pop over to November Quickies: Snow Showers to read our chat. As a bonus, find out what I’m sipping on right now ;-).
If design were to be contrived as a recipe, this unusual combination would be the making of this week’s release, Snow Showers. “Ingredients” – inputted by God throughout the past 25 years! 1 part Christmas gift box – Christmas 2019 (reused from 2018, 2017, 2016, 😉 you get the idea) 1 part choir music from elementary school – yep that’s the 25 years ago reference. In elementary school choir we sang “Solitary Snowflake” by Jerry Estes. Now I don’t have any recordings from my school, but this gives you the feel… and fashion of the day! https://hallmanmusic.weebly.com/solitary-snow-flake.html 2 parts yarn… plus 2 more parts yarn – originally selected by Malabrigo Quickies program, I admit to having a designer brain miscalculation …
Collaborations and networking are such an integral part of discovering new-to-me and, hopefully, new-to-you eco dyers. My teacher, Jill Wolcott, first introduced Five Wise Owls to me last summer as she knew I was always on the lookout for eco options. Five Wise Owls features animal-fiber free eco yarns in her Etsy shop. Juliah, dyer extraordinary from Five Wise Owls, kindly sent me a skein for this review. I loved it so much, it ended up being featured in this year’s Pattern Club! Formerly known as “Worth”, Juliah’s organic cotton fingering is now known as Five Wise Owl’s Fingering. Let’s look more closely at this fingering weight organic cotton yarn from one superb indie eco dyer from Texas. Gauge Summary:Less …
Have you ever noticed how different colors take on different yarn bases? Both of these yarns from “The Unique Sheep” were dyed in their Spring Grass colorway. One of them is 100% organic cotton DK and the other is 50% organic cotton and 50% bamboo. Not just the sheen is different, but I was surprised to see a slight difference in some of the colors too.
Fiber Focus: The Good, The Bad, & The Eco… Bamboo
With the shine and shimmer of silk, but with a different touch, Bamboo is the new kid in fiber. First developed as a yarn (mixed with wool) patented in 1881 (1), bamboo stayed quiet in the fiber industry until it was “rediscovered” at Beijing University in the early 2000s (2). Since then, bamboo yarns began to pop up in indie dyers and commercial ventures alike. A recent trend towards the name Bamboo Viscose (or Viscose from Bamboo) reveals much about this fiber. Let’s dig deeper into bamboo to discover the good, the bad, and the eco!
Foreword: Are silk worms animals? If you answer “yes,” best skip this blog and avoid silk yarn.
A Tale of Two Princesses
Legend holds that a princess was enjoying a cup of tea in the garden when a silk cocoon dropped into her cup. The warm tea loosened the cocoon “glue” and as she pulled it out, she was first to see the lustrous and strong fiber that comprised it.
Fiber Focus, this year we’re breaking from tradition by looking in depth at different eco fibers. First up Organic Cotton yarn! In a nutshell, organic cotton is cotton yarn grown and produced without pesticides and chemical fertilizers. But that’s just the beginning…
When God sends you a kiss under the moon light, the only thing to do is repay the blessing by turning it into a design! Originally crafted with Malabrigo Yarn’s Mora in mind, Moonlit Kiss’ objective was “a design as luxurious as the fiber with which it’s knit.” To me that spoke of evening elegance.
But how does that translate into stitches?
Bursting on the indie hand dyed yarn scene, a new sport weight organic cotton from Quiet Nova Studios. Like her name implies, Quiet Nova brings the subtle eco values of 100% organic cotton in all the vibrant, almost neon, colors of the sun!