Browse the Shelves - Cumbria Worsted
I'm taking a look back over some of our much loved yarns with this series 'Browse the Shelves'. Let us guide your hands and spark some inspiration for your next project.
First up we have The Fibre Co Cumbria. This blend of 60% merino wool, 30% brown masham wool and 10% mohair has a plump sturdiness to it without compromising on softness. It is a beautiful blend of fibres that all have their own characteristics. This is something that The Fibre Co are really good at doing. Bringing together sumptuous fibres into a cohesive and well rounded yarn. In Cumbria you have Merino which adds softness, English Masham sheep which gives a heathered depth to the colour and Argentinian Mohair which adds strength and lustre. The colours are inspired by England's stunning northwest region with its deep blue lakes and sheep-grazed fells and valleys. They are all named after places or landmarks in the English county of Cumbria. Like Scafell Pike the highest mountain in England or Buttermere a lake in the Lake District.
The Fibre Co Cumbria is one of those yarns that is good for almost anything. A worsted weight that is perfect for jumpers and cardigans. Stands up well with cabled designs and colourwork. It knits up into cosy squishy scarves and warm hats. I have used it in the past to knit a beret which you can read about in the blog post What George Knits - Best Beret and I thoroughly enjoyed working with it. As I write this I'm like 'I NEED to knit with this again!'
This is the perfect time for some project inspiration, so take a look below for some great designs that use The Fibre Co Cumbria.
Soft Autumn (link to designers website) by Janina Kallio. This shawl is simple but with impact. Worked in a crescent shape from the centre top towards the bottom edge that is finished with an i-cord. I love the graphic movement of the chevrons. Knit with 3 skeins of The Fibre Co Cumbria shown in St. Bees Beach.
Wiwo Hat (link to ravelry) by Imke von nathusius. This hat showcases perfectly how this yarn stands to textured, raised stitches. This wickerwork inspired design has a great play of light and shadow. Using just one skein of The Fibre Co Cumbria.
Yarrow (link to ravelry) by Marie Amelie Designs. This yoked jumper has a pleasing repeated pattern. I particularly like the way that the neck band ribbing flows into the design. Knit in The Fibre Co Cumbria in the colours Catbells, Whiteheather and St. Bees Beach.
Elfriede (link to designers website) by Shannon Cook. This triangular shawl has a repeating all over lace repeat reminiscent of trees. It's edged with a wide border of slip stitch ridges. Knit from four skeins of The Fibre Co Cumbria shown in Catbells.