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Yarn Geeks Newsletter:
August 2016

A Kind of Magic

New knitter

This month we have a special guest post written by the lovely Anna Feldman, owner of Wild and Woolly in East London.

As well as running her shop, Anna also teaches beginner knitting classes. Her article tells the story of one of those classes. I love the way she describes the transformation that occurs in her students. I hope you enjoy it too!

Read Anna's story >


Discover Wild and Woolly

Wool Kitchen Ground Control

If you know someone near to London who would like to learn to knit, beginner's courses run at Wild & Woolly once a month. The next one is coming up on the 4th September.

East London is home to some talented hand-dyers who have their yarn stocked at Wild and Woolly —The Wool Kitchen's 4-ply Sock yarn in the Ground Control colorway shown here is one of my current favorites. My skein is already safely stashed!


New and Discontinued Yarns

New yarn: Ava by Anzula

(Affiliate link) New yarn : Spuntaneous by Cascade Yarns - Image © LoveKnitting

New

Austermann
Almeria – Aran – 50% Merino Wool, 30% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Silk – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors
Fey – Super Bulky – 70% Wool, 30% Alpaca – 2 plies – Solid colors, Marls
Merino Lace EXP – Lace – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – 2 plies – Solid colors
Tender Kid – Lace – 40% Baby Alpaca, 25% Nylon, 20% Superkid Mohair, 15% Wool – Brushed bouclé – Self-striping (gradient)

Bendigo Woollen Mills
Multicoloured Sock Yarn – Fingering – 70% Merino Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon – Plied – Self-striping (gradient)

Borgo de'Pazzi Firenze
Elisa – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – 2 plies – Solid colors, Marls
Grosso – Jumbo – 100% Wool – Single wrapped with thread – Solid colors
Lace – Lace – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Paco – Super Bulky – 70% Wool, 30% Alpaca – Chained – Solid colors
Stout – Bulky – 100% Wool – Tweedy – Marled colors

Brooks Farm Yarn
Lumine – Worsted – 60% Wool, 40% Silk – 2 plies – Solid colors, Multi-colored, Tonal colors

Cascade Yarns
Cascade 220 Superwash Merino – Worsted – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Melilla – Aran – 45% Silk, 35% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon – Tweedy – Self-striping (gradient)
Mondo – Jumbo – 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Spuntaneous – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Solid colors

Classic Elite Yarns
Arietta – DK – 80% Merino Wool, 20% Yak – S on S plied – Solid colors

Cloudborn (by Craftsy)
Superwash Merino Fingering – Fingering – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Single ply – Solid colors, Heathers, Spotted

Conway + Bliss
Odin – Super Bulky – 75% Wool, 25% Acrylic – Single ply – Solid colors

Debbie Bliss
Pure Bliss Collection Falkland Aran – Aran – 100% Falklands Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Pure Bliss Collection Lhasa – Heavy Worsted – 50% Cashmere, 50% Yak – Chained – Solid colors

Hayfield
Baby Blossom Chunky – Bulky – 70% Acrylic, 30% Nylon – Plied – Self-striping (gradient)
Illusion DK – DK – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping marls

Imperial Yarn
McKenzie – Fingering – 100% Columbia Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Katia
Andes Socks – Fingering – 60% Superwash Wool, 20% Alpaca, 20% Nylon – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Heathers
Baby Azteca – Sport – 51% Superwash Wool, 49% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)
Cashlana – Aran – 45% Merino Wool, 30% Viscose, 15% Nylon, 10% Cashmere – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers
Concept Aire – Aran – 35% Baby Alpaca, 35% Superkid Mohair, 30% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Concept Cashmere 30 – DK – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Cashmere – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Heathers
Concept Catena Merino Fine – DK – 70% Merino Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Concept Puno – Super Bulky – 75% Baby Alpaca, 25% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Concept Silky Lace – Fingering – 80% Merino Superwash Wool, 20% Silk – Single ply – Solid colors
Crepusculo – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors
Darling 4 – Light Fingering – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)
Estepa – Super Bulky – 90% Nylon, 10% Polyester – Faux fur – Solid colors
Galia – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – S on S plied – Marled colors
Gamma – Bulky – 52% Merino Wool, 48% Nylon – Chained – Self-striping (gradient)
Geisha – Sport – 100% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Gravity – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Multicolored
Kyoto – Super Bulky – 50% Superwash Wool, 44% Acrylic, 6% Nylon – Fuzzy – Multicolored
Mama – Super Bulky – 100% Superfine Alpaca – Thick and thin – Marled colors
Marathon 3.5 – DK – 75% Acrylic, 25% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Matiz – Bulky – 70% Viscose, 26% Superfine Alpaca, 4% Merino Wool – Fiber-filled net – Semi-solid colors
Merino Fine – Sport – 52% Merino Superwash Wool, 48% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors
Merino Tweed Socks – Sport – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Mirage – Bulky – 72% Superkid Mohair, 18% Merino Wool, 10% Cotton – Fuzzy – Self-striping (gradient)
Nomada – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Solid colors, Heathers
Pacha – Jumbo – 100% Superfine Alpaca – Single ply – Heathered colors
Polaris – Worsted – 100% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)

King Cole
Corona Chunky – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Self-striping marls
Embrace DK – DK – 60% Nylon, 40% Acrylic – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Party Glitz 4-ply – Fingering – 88% Acrylic, 7% Polyester, 5% Metallic – S on S plied – Self-striping with metallic thread

Knit Picks
Mighty Stitch Bulky – Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Mighty Stitch Super Bulky – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Lana Grossa
100% Cashmere Fine – Worsted – 100% Cashmere – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors
Alpaca 400 – Lace – 35% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 35% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Cammelo – Aran – 70% Wool, 30% Camel – Plied – Solid colors
Cashmere 16 Fine – DK – 80% Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon – Chained – Solid colors, Self-striping (gradient)
Cloud – Super Bulky – 80% Alpaca, 14% Wool, 6% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Colmo – Bulky – 55% Wool, 25% Alpaca, 20% Mohair – Knitted tube – Solid colors
Colupo – Super Bulky – 53% Wool, 47% Nylon – Faux fur – Multicolored
Emozione – DK – 43% Wool, 22% Mohair, 22% Silk, 13% Yak – Fuzzy – Solid colors, Self-striping
Lala Berlin Cosy – Bulky – 54% Alpaca, 36% Wool, 10% Nylon – Single ply – Solid colors, Heathers
Melodia – Heavy Worsted – 41% Wool, 32% Polyester, 13% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca, 4% Metallic – Single wrapped with thread – Multicolored
Mohairlana – Lace – 42% Mohair, 33% Wool, 25% Nylon – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors
Super Color – Bulky – 64% Wool, 30% Alpaca, 6% Nylon – Chained – Self-striping (gradient)
Tendenza – Bulky – 40% Alpaca, 30% Wool, 20% Mohair, 10% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Tinto – DK – 45% Baby Alpaca, 40% Wool, 15% Nylon – Chained – Self-striping (gradient)
Tipico – Bulky – 53% Superwash Wool, 47% Acrylic – 2 plies – Self-striping marls

Lotus Yarns
Bandiera – Super Bulky – 100% Synthetic – Tape – Solid colors

Louisa Harding
Pitturissimo – Aran – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Viscose – Single ply – Multicolored

MillaMia
Naturally Soft Cotton – Sport – 100% Cotton – Tightly plied – Solid colors

Novita
Kajo – Heavy Worsted – 70% Acrylic, 30% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Gradient
Nordic Wool Flow – DK – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Marls
Venla – Fingering – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors

Phildar
Phil Charme – Worsted – 50% Mohair, 50% Acrylic – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Phil Flocon – Super Bulky – 42% Acrylic, 26% Wool, 14% Nylon, 18% Alpaca – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Phil Mikado – Aran – 70% Acrylic, 30% Angora – Single ply – Self-striping marls
Phil Nuage (new 2016) – Aran – 72% Merino Wool, 28% Nylon – Fiber-filled net – Semi-solid colors

Pickles
Big Balls Ørken – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Solid colors, Heathers

Purl Soho
Cotton Pure – DK – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers

Red Heart
With Love Metallic – Heavy Worsted – 98% Acrylic, 2% Metallic – Plied – Solid colors with metallic thread, Multicolored with metallic thread

Schachenmayr Original
Cordelo – Bulky – 68% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 9% Alpaca, 5% Nylon – Chained – Heathered colors
Fashion Kid Light – Lace – 38% Nylon, 32% Acrylic, 30% Mohair – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors
Merino Extrafine 285 Lace – Lace – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – S on S plied – Self-striping (gradient)
Nordic Dream – Bulky – 57% Viscose, 35% Wool, 8% Nylon – Fuzzy – Heathered colors
Tweed Style – Bulky – 50% Acrylic, 50% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Self-striping marls

Schoeller + Stahl
Bellissima – Bulky – 48% Polyester, 26% Wool, 13% Mohair, 8% Acrylic, 5% Nylon – Fiber-filled net – Multicolored
Cosy – Super Bulky – 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic – Fiber-filled net – Semi-solid colors
Timeless Merino Cotton – Aran – 53% Merino Wool, 47% Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors

Sirdar
Harrap Tweed Chunky – Bulky – 40% Nylon, 30% Superwash Wool, 24% Acrylic, 6% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Moonstone – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Beaded – Solid colors with glass beads
Plushtweed – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Multicolored
Smudge – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors

Stylecraft
Batik DK – DK – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Semi-solid colors

Sublime Yarns
Lola – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Tahki Stacy Charles
Glacier – Jumbo – 100% Alpaca – Faux fur – Semi-solid colors
Vermont – Aran – 50% Merino Wool, 50% Alpaca – S on S plied – Marled

Universal Yarn
Major – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Self-striping marls

Valley Yarns
Taconic – Bulky – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Cashmere – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Wachusett – Worsted – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Cashmere – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers

Discontinued

Cascade Yarns
Luna – Aran – 100% Cotton – Single wrapped with thread – Solid colors

Classic Elite Yarns
Tiverton Tweed – Aran – 90% Superfine Alpaca, 5% Wool, 5% Viscose – Tweedy – Marled Tweed colors
Wynter – Super Bulky – 50% Superfine Alpaca, 50% Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors

Hayfield
Aran With Wool – Aran – 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Marled
Colour Rich Chunky – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Self-striping marls
Ripple – Super Bulky – 97% Acrylic, 3% Polyester – Single wrapped with thread – Multicolored

Katia
Art Wool – Super Bulky – 100% Superwash Wool – Single ply
Cheviot – Bulky – 50% Superwash Wool, 40% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca – Thick and thin

Lana Grossa
California – Aran – 80% Cotton, 20% Silk – Tape – Solid colors
Cotofine – Bulky – 70% Cotton, 30% Nylon – Knitted tube – Solid colors
Lido – Heavy Worsted – 75% Cotton, 15% Nylon, 10% Polyester – Tape – Solid colors with metallic
Puntino – Sport – 100% Mercerized Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors
Trecolori – Aran – 100% Cotton – Chained – Self-striping

Miss Babs
Isadora – Lace – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Tussah Silk – Single ply – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored
Northumbria DK – DK – 100% Blue Faced Leicester Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored
Shiruku – Fingering – 70% Merino Superwash Wool, 30% Silk – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Sirdar
Big Softie – Super Bulky – 51% Superwash Wool, 49% Acrylic – Single ply
Click Chunky – Bulky – 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool – Plied
Click DK – DK – 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool – Plied
Divine – Aran – 72% Polyester, 28% Acrylic – Brushed bouclé
Freya – Bulky – 55% Cotton, 31% Acrylic, 14% Polyester – Fuzzy
Husky – Super Bulky – 87% Acrylic, 13% Nylon – Single ply
Snuggly Baby Snowball – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Pompom
Snuggly Bubbly – DK – 100% Nylon – Pompom – Solid colors
Snuggly Tiny Tots – DK – 90% Acrylic, 10% Polyester – Tweedy
Wool Rich Aran – Aran – 60% Superwash Wool, 40% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers

Trendsetter Yarns
Frontier – Heavy Worsted – 52% Wool, 48% Acrylic – Thick and thin – Self-striping


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