Sweater weather, we do love you. I mean, summer is nice and all, but give a knitter sweater weather! To celebrate its return, our yarn of the week is Bio Lana, from the Italian company Mondial. It’s a 100% organic wool spun in Italy. We have it in a range of beautiful natural shades, as well as a few classic dyed colours such as blue, red, eggplant and green. The balls come in 50g, which combined with the colours makes them perfect for colourwork projects, but the stitch definition is also ideal for classic cabled sweaters. It is a slightly more rustic feel than a merino, but is still soft enough for most people to wear as a garment.
We think that Bio Lana would make a good substitute for Shelter, opening up a range of options with the beautiful pattern offerings from Brooklyn Tweed. They sure do know their way around a cabled sweater! We love Bray by Jared Flood from BT Fall 13. Gorgeous cables with classic styling that make it a sweater you could live in.
Mondial is one of the oldest yarn brands still operating in Europe, having opened their doors in 1946. Bio Lana is part of their new range of organically produced yarn that are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified.
Use the code BIOLANA15 online to get 15% off Bio Lana until Sunday September 25th, while supplies last. Mention the sale in-store to receive the same offer.
We have just had the Great London Yarn Crawl through our doors on the weekend, and what a success! It is always one of the most fun days of the year, and really feels like it kicks off the London knitting season. Last year we released the Spitalfields Shawl for the crawl, so this year we are celebrating its first birthday! To help the celebrations we are making the Hokkaido and Shikoku used for the shawl as our Yarn of the Week.
The yarns are by the Danish company Designette and are in fact the same base, however the Hokkaido is solid and the Shikoku is variegated. It is a 4ply raw silk with a nubbly texture that looks best in simple textures such as garter stitch and stocking stitch. The raw silk can be used for anything where drape is a consideration, and perfect for things such as shawls and summer tops.
Spitalfields uses 2 balls of the solid Hokkaido and 1 ball of the variegated Shikoku, but that could be reversed as well to have the main sections of the shawl variegated instead of solid.
Designette is a company that is focused on sustainability with their yarn production, and ensures that their yarns in countries with strict and enforced labour laws.
Use the code DESIGN15 online to get 15% off Designette yarns and the Spitalfields kit until Sunday September 18th, while supplies last. Mention the sale in-store to receive the same offer.
The kids are back at school this week, so that must mean that sweater weather is here soon! And with sweater weather comes hats and scarves as well. It’s the knitter’s time of year. This week’s yarn of the month is Du Store Alpakka’s Faerytale, a 100% brushed alpaca. It has a tightly spun core for strength, but the brushed nature of the fibre means that it feels mostly made of fluff! It is used to its best advantage when knit on a larger needle, as the fluff fills in the space for a piece that is as lightweight as it is warm. As we look towards cooler months, this yarn is wonderful for accessories as well as oversized jumpers. Think 80s mohair jumpers, but for the modern day!
While looking on Ravelry to find patterns that call for Faerytale, we found the Swallow’s Dance Hat, by Marianne J. Bjerkman. It is a free pattern for a cabled hat. The loose gauge works perfectly with the yarn and the cables to create a slouchy look.
Swallow’s Dance Hat, photo copyright to Marianne J. Bjerkman.
Du Store Alpakka is a Norwegian company that is an original supporter of the Mirasol project. This project is supported by a number of yarn and fibre companies that source their yarn in Peru. A percentage of profits from the yarn companies goes back to the communities of the workers in Peru to provide educational support for their families in the form of a school. Currently they are working towards raising money to open a secondary school and eventually higher education. You can read more about Du Store Alpakka and the Mirasol project on our website.
Use the code FAERY15 online to get 15% off Du Store Alpakka Faerytale until Sunday September 11th, while supplies last. Mention the sale in-store to receive the same offer.