Thursday, March 28, 2013

Summer Fiber

Flax Plant

Let's try something new shall we? Now when we think of summer knitting we usually think of cotton but another fiber to keep in mind is Linen.

Linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant (pictured above). It is cool to the touch like cotton and is hygroscopic, meaning it can absorb perspiration. Then, due to its molecular structure, it will quickly evaporate. In fact, linen can absorb 20% of its dry weight before ever feeling damp or muggy. Because of these fabulous features, it is a wonderful choice for summer fiber crafting.

A few additional bonus features are: it is extremely durable, it becomes softer the more it is used and washed, it's moth and carpet beetle proof, and it doesn't pill. Not to mention it's been around since about 8000BC. The Egyptians had to know a little something about fibers for hot weather right?

I've got to tell you that I love not having to be so careful with my linen sweater because the more abuse it gets, the softer it becomes. Anyway, if you still aren't convinced that it's a great choice for summer you'll have plenty of chances to try it out. We have ordered lots of linen blends for Spring and Summer. Cascade, Classic Elite and Berroco to mention a few. Come check it out!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Lovely Colors, Lovely Yardage

Ever hear of Koigu? You know, those beautifully colored yarns with tiny yardage? Well, someone who used to dye for them has gone and started his own yarn company. The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze are just as boldly colored but with more yardage for almost the same price.

We now carry his yarns at the shop. Peppino is pictured above and it's a fingering weight yarn, 100% merino with 225 yds. Now you can make a brilliant pair of socks or a lovely shawl without breaking the bank. We have lots of colors to choose from and look forward to a wonderful relationship with Rhichard Devrieze. Come check it out!