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Yarn Geeks Newsletter: May 2016

Knitting can change size after washing

Why you should wet‑block gauge swatches

Knitting often expands when it's first washed. If you don't take this into account when you get gauge, you may end up disappointed later on.

Luckily there is a way to find out how your knitting will change size when it's washed.

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New and Discontinued Yarns

New yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Valkyrie

New yarn : Dragonfly Fibers Valkyrie © Dragonfly Fibers

New

Adriafil
WoCa – DK – 70% Wool, 30% Hemp – Single ply – Semi-solid colors
WoLi – Aran – 70% Wool, 30% Linen – Plied – Heathered colors

Bendigo Woollen Mills
Mystery – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)

Bernat
Dazzle – Super Bulky – 76% Acrylic, 15% Metallic, 9% Wool – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors with metallic

Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Featherlight – Fingering – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Solid colors, Semi-solid, Multicolored

Brooks Farm Yarn
Tenino DK – DK – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Tencel – Plied – Solid colors, Multi-colored, Tonal colors

Cygnet
Boho Spirit – DK – 100% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)
Fairy Isle DK – DK – 50% Acrylic, 50% Nylon – Plied – Self-striping (fair-isle effect)

Dale of Norway / Dalegarn
Natural Lanolin Wool – DK – 100% Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Pure Eco Baby Wool – Fingering – 100% Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Dragonfly Fibers
Valkyrie – Aran – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Fibra Natura
Hemp – Worsted – 100% Hemp – 2 plies – Solid colors

Fiesta Yarns
Linette – Sport – 70% Linen, 30% Cotton – Chained – Solid colors, Multi-colored

Fleece Artist
Wool Slub – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – Thick and thin – Solid colors, Semi-solids, Multicolored

Lang Yarns
Fine Degradè – Sport – 45% Viscose, 40% Nylon, 15% Silk – Chained – Solid colors

Nako
Arya Ebruli – Sport – 80% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 10% Alpaca – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)
Arya Ebruli Sim – Sport – 76% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 10% Alpaca, 4% Metallic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient) with metallic

Plymouth Yarn
Arequipa Aventura – Super Bulky – 50% Baby Alpaca, 50% Merino Wool – Bouclé – Solid colors
Cannoli – Super Bulky – 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping marls
Merino Textura – Aran – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Thick and thin – Semi-solid colors
Tuscan Aire – Bulky – 90% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon – Fuzzy – Heathered colors

Quince and Co
Phoebe – DK – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Tonal colors

Red Heart
Boutique Unforgettable Waves – Heavy Worsted – 100% Acrylic – Thick and thin – Self-striping
Chunky Soft – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors

Sesia
Bio Bimbo – Fingering – 100% Organic Cotton – Plied – Self-striping (gradient)

SunBray Yarns
Dear Watson DK – DK – 100% Wool – Plied – Tonal colors

SweetGeorgia Yarns
Bulletproof Sock – Light Fingering – 50% Merino Superwash Wool, 15% Silk, 15% Mohair, 20% Nylon – Tightly plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Universal Yarn
Deluxe DK Tweed Superwash – DK – 90% Superwash Wool, 7% Acrylic, 3% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash – Worsted – 90% Superwash Wool, 7% Acrylic, 3% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors

Valley Yarns
Southampton – Lace – 72% Kid Mohair, 28% Mulberry Silk – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors

Viking of Norway
Bambino – Fingering – 50% Bamboo Viscose, 50% Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors
Bamboo – DK – 50% Bamboo Viscose, 50% Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors

Wisdom Yarns
Allegro – Fingering – 93% Acrylic, 7% Polyester – Plied – Self-striping

Zitron
Hanf Natur – Sport – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Hemp – Plied – Solid colors

Discontinued

Cascade Yarns
Glitteratzi – Aran – 62% Acrylic, 15% Polyester, 13% Nylon, 10% Wool – Fuzzy – Tweed colors

King Cole
Country Tweed DK – DK – 73% Acrylic, 24% Wool, 3% Viscose – Tweedy

Lang Yarns
Seraina – Worsted – 60% Viscose, 40% Nylon – Knitted tube – Multicolored

Misti Alpaca
Best of Nature Chunky – Bulky – 100% Baby Alpaca – Plied – Semi-solid colors
Maki – Worsted – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Alpaca – Plied – Solid colors
Qolla Worsted – Worsted – 80% Wool, 20% Alpaca – Plied
Worsted – Worsted – 100% Alpaca – Plied

Robin
Jukebox Mega Chunky – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors

Rowan
Rowan have decided to reduce their number of yarn lines substantially. Most of these yarns will be available in yarn shops for a little while yet though. Rowan have put out a statement about their decision and Ravelers have been having some interesting conversations on the topic.

All Seasons Cotton – Aran – 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors, Multicolored
Alpaca Chunky – Super Bulky – 98% Alpaca, 2% Nylon – Chained
Alpaca Colour – DK – 100% Alpaca – Single ply
Big Wool Colour – Super Bulky – 96% Wool, 4% Polyester – Single wrapped with thread
Big Wool Silk – Super Bulky – 70% Wool, 30% Silk – Plied – Solid colors
British Sheep Breeds Bouclé – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – Bouclé – Undyed
British Sheep Breeds Chunky Undyed – Bulky – 100% Wool – Plied – Undyed
Chenille – DK – 100% Cotton – Chenille – Solid colors
Colourspun – DK – 72% Wool, 14% Nylon, 14% Mohair – Single wrapped with thread
Cotton Lustre – Aran – 10% Linen, 55% Cotton, 35% Modal – Tape – Solid colors
Creative Focus Worsted – Worsted – 75% Wool, 25% Alpaca – Single ply
Fazed Tweed – Bulky – 72% Wool, 22% Alpaca, 6% Nylon – Fuzzy
Fine Art – Light Fingering – 45% Wool, 25% Nylon, 20% Mohair, 10% Silk – Plied
Fine Art Aran – Aran – 50% Merino Wool, 20% Kid Mohair, 25% Alpaca, 5% Mulberry Silk – 2 plies
Finest – Fingering – 20% Cashmere, 50% Merino Superwash Wool, 30% Alpaca – Plied with a soft haze
Fur – Super Bulky – 97% Wool, 3% Nylon – Faux fur – Solid colors
Kidsilk Haze Shine – Worsted – 45% Mohair, 28% Wool, 20% Silk, 7% Cotton – Beaded – Solid colors with crystals
Lima – Worsted – 84% Alpaca, 8% Merino Wool, 8% Nylon – Chained – Solid colors, Self-striping (gradient)
Mohair Haze – Fingering – 30% Wool, 70% Mohair – Fuzzy
Panama – Fingering – 55% Rayon, 33% Cotton, 12% Linen – Chained – Solid colors
Pure Linen – Aran – 100% Linen – Single ply – Solid colors
Pure Wool 4-ply – Fingering – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Purelife Revive – DK – 36% Silk, 36% Cotton, 28% Rayon – Tweedy
Silkystones – Worsted – 48% Linen, 52% Tussah Silk – Single wrapped with thread
Softknit Cotton – Worsted – 92% Cotton, 8% Nylon – Chained – Solid colors
Super Fine Merino Aran – Aran – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – S on S plied – Solid colors
Super Fine Merino DK – DK – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – S on S plied – Solid colors
Tetra Cotton – DK – 100% Cotton – Chained – Multi-color
Thick n Thin – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – Thick and thin
Truesilk – DK – 100% Mulberry Silk – Chained – Solid colors
Tweed – DK – 100% Wool – Tweedy – Tweeds
Wool Cotton – DK – 50% Merino Superwash Wool, 50% Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors
Wool Cotton 4-ply – Fingering – 50% Cotton, 50% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

SunBray Yarns
Dear Watson DK – DK – 100% Wool – Plied – Tonal colors

Twilleys of Stamford
Freedom Alfresco Aran – Aran – 80% Superwash Wool, 20% Alpaca – Plied


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