Gorgeous shades of grey are everywhere in the media at the moment, mostly of the 50 shades variety! I prefer the greys that get tied into knots of knitting or crochet rather than any other kind of tying up! These 6 lovelies are all from Kettle Yarns, hand dyed by the talented Linda Lenkovic, in Wimbledon (merino) Fog and Black Country; Islington (BFL and silk) Blighty, Old Smoke and Light Squirrelly; and Twist (BFL) in Icicle. The quality of Kettle yarns is outstanding, the colours blend beautifully together across the range, and they make up into garments that are a pleasure to wear, with little or no bobbling. I am going to make a knitted polo shirt in Islington soon, maybe in “blighty” as I love the silvery sheen of it; and I have started a crochet poncho/capelet in Wimbledon “Melon Balls” recently using a pattern from Inside Crochet . (More about that project in a coming article for Inside Crochet.)
More news about the Cottons…. I am waiting for a parcel of sample yarns to arrive, I’m very hopeful that these will be as beautiful as they look on the dyer’s website and if they perform well then I have made my decision! I will also be stocking Susan Crawford’s Coquette vintage cotton in 4ply and DK which comes in a range of lovely colours and is ideal for summer garments, lacy crochet and knitted patterns, and I will be designing a lacy vest style top made with this range. I expect to have them ready for you by next month, and I will let you know when they are launched. I know, its been a long wait, but it will be worth it!
The Como shawl/shrug is coming along well, I will have the pattern finished by this time next week for when the newsletter comes out and you will be able to see pictures of the finished project, and choose the colour yarn you would like to knit it in. I am delighted with how the Eden Cottage yarn is knitting up, it’s warm and smooth and the colour is stunning. I am expecting another selection of colours from Eden Cottage to arrive at Gorgeous HQ any day, I have chosen some beautiful blues and turquoise shades to add to our current range of colours. Although these yarns are 100% wool, they are light enough to make spring garments to keep you warm and look lovely, whatever the weather.
My crochet skills are slowly improving, I’m enjoying the shapes and twists of the stitches, and I have just finished a cowl. This pattern taught me 2 new stitches and it is made in Perran Yarns merino and Tussah silk DK. The colours of the yarn from blue to soft purple (Moonscape) look lovely with the basket-weave effect of the stitch and it feels lovely when I wear it. Vintage buttons from a friend finish it off nicely!
Well, that’s about all our news for today,
Bye for now, Caroline