Saturday, March 27, 2010

There's a Collage in my Yarn

Hi Knitters,
I have to share this little bundle of joy that arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I am so excited about it. It is handspun yarn with a flurry of fun bits and pieces thrown in. It is art yarn or collage yarn. Whatever the title, it is pure fun yarn. If I were a spinner this is the kind of stuff I would love to create. Maybe someday....
The yarn is embedded with tiny crocheted flowers, lace bits, ribbons, sequins, colored strands, and who knows what else. I will be knitting a scarf with the three skeins. Not sure exactly how yet. The label recommends US size 10 for 2.5 stitches per inch but I think I will use a US size 13 or 15.

Click here to see the Knit Collage website. It is inspiring.

The thing you can't see is how soft these little bundles are. Each skein is like a fluffy cloud. Can you see all of that stuff in there? Oh, it is wonderful.
The yarn is called, Knit Collage. It is handspun in Hong Kong. This particular colorway is called, Mermaid Cafe (love that). The yarn is 75% wool and 25% mohair.
I ordered my Knit Collage from Purl Soho. Oh my goodness, it looks like they have almost sold out. There were a lot more colors when I ordered. Hot stuff, I guess. The Purl Bee has a beautiful child's hat pattern for 1 skein of Knit Collage. That pattern is free and it is really sweet.

I was excited to see that Purl Soho included a gorgeous map by Lena Corwin to help people locate their brand new store. The map is like a piece of art in itself. Awesome. It is opening in April and I can't wait to visit someday soon. It is a bigger space and will include their fabric and yarn in one spot. I love to see an independent store moving up and getting bigger. That is excellent!

On a few different notes, here is a fun tutorial for imprinting eggs using an old silk tie. I'd love to try this technique any time of year. I am going to do this one for certain.

I have some silk Tilli Tomas Disco Lights sitting around and I am going to make this scarf with it. I have been waiting for something just right to pop up and I think this is it.

I am so happy to have cast on for the tea leaves cardigan with the Madeline Tosh DK yarn I purchased at Nina's in Chicago. It is gorgeous and fun. I am using a colorway called Burnished (which I didn't see on the tosh dk yarn page) and I am in love with the flecks of blue, brown and greens. It is rich. Love the ruching technique at the neckline of the cardigan, too. What a fun technique. It feels good to knit something different.

I love these wire bins. I want some of those to store yarn. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Did you all see my new free pattern on Spud says!? You still have time to knit a few of this tiny reversible toy in time for Easter or just for some fun spring knitting. Click here to get the free downloadable pattern. Click here for the Ravelry page for the Duck to Bunny project page.

Okay, have a fun weekend with your friends and family. I will be back sometime soon.
best, susie