YarnSub Newsletter

August 2019

Newly-published books

[Book: 'Traditional Danish Sweaters' by Vivian Høxbro] [Book: 'Knitting with Beads' by Fiona Morris] [Book: 'Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits' by Barbara Benson]

Alongside a history of 19th Century knitting in Denmark, Vivian Høxbro also includes hundreds of example motifs and patterns for Traditional Danish Sweaters, with instructions that modern knitters can follow. The sweaters are usually made in one color, with texture and pattern provided by knit and purl stitches. I like them a lot.

Knitting with Beads reminds me how beautiful beaded knitting can be. However, the last time I knitted with beads, I got frustrated with threading all the beads onto the yarn up-front and having to shift them along the yarn as I worked. Fiona Morris describes ways to add beads as you're knitting, in the spot where you need them—much easier!

In Big Yarn, Beautiful Lace Knits, Barbara Benson combines 'lace' knitting with bulky yarns and comes up with attractive designs that will grow quickly. I found it interesting that she suggests acrylic yarns for some of the patterns. I've never had much luck blocking acrylic—blocking being essential if you want lace knitting to look its best* —but Barbara suggests that steam blocking works well. I'll give that a try next time.

With all the options and patterns she provides, maybe this is a book for those wanting to get a head start on (whisper it) Christmas gift knitting?

See all newly published books >


* When Mr YarnSub looked over what I'd written for this newsletter, he said, "You're always going on about blocking, but is it really that important?" I dug out these before-and-after photos to show him some example lace knitting projects. He suggested I include the pictures here! By the way, the second picture is the finished scarf I made for the article Capturing the colors of a skein.

A white shawl and a multicolored scarf before and after blocking and showing how much more clearly the lace pattern can be seen after blocking


New and discontinued yarns

New yarn: Berroco Nomad

New yarn: Berroco Nomad – Image © LoveCraft

New

Araucania
Huasco Aran – Aran – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – S on S plied – Multicolored

Bergère de France
Florence – Bulky – 40% Wool, 35% Acrylic, 25% Alpaca – S on S plied – Solid colors

Berroco
Arno – DK – 57% Cotton, 43% Merino Wool – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors
Coco – Super Bulky – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Single wrapped with thread – Multicolored
Nomad – Super Bulky – 72% Merino Wool, 28% Camel – Bouclé – Solid colors
Pirouette – Heavy Worsted – 41% Bamboo Viscose, 41% Merino Wool, 18% Nylon – Bouclé – Solid colors
Providence – DK – 65% Merino Wool, 20% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Sesame – Worsted – 43% Superwash Wool, 39% Acrylic, 9% Cotton, 9% Nylon – Tweedy – Multicolored marls

Cascade Yarns
Aegean Tweed – Sport – 100% Wool – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Aereo – Heavy Worsted – 47% Merino Wool, 31% Alpaca, 22% Nylon – Fiber-filled net – Heathered colors, Self-striping
Eco + Hemp – DK – 80% Highland Wool, 20% Hemp – Plied – Semi-solid colors
Friday Harbor – Worsted – 80% Merino Wool, 20% Silk – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Furliscious – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Faux fur – Tonal colors, Multicolored

Hayfield
Bonanza – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Multicolored marls

HiKoo
Simplicity Spray – Worsted – 55% Merino Superwash Wool, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon – Plied – Self-striping (long transition), Dappled colors
Simpliworsted Spray – Heavy Worsted – 55% Merino Superwash Wool, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon – S on S plied – Self-striping (long transition), Dappled colors

Juniper Moon Farm
Santa Cruz Organic Merino – Aran – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Heathered colors

King Cole
Big Value Baby 2-ply – Lace – 100% Acrylic – 2 plies – Solid colors
Big Value Big – Jumbo – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors
Subtle Drifter DK – DK – 69% Acrylic, 25% Cotton, 6% Wool – Tweedy – Semi-solid colors

Knit Picks
Twill – Heavy Worsted – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Lang Yarns
Duke – Super Bulky – 65% Merino Wool, 20% Alpaca, 15% Silk – Tweedy – Tweeds

Lion Brand
Crayola™ Cake – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping
Dotted Line – Sport – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Speckled colors
Faye – Fingering – 100% Cotton – Plied – Gradient
LB Collection Mako Cotton – Worsted – 94% Cotton, 6% Nylon – Fuzzy chain – Solid colors

Madelinetosh
Tosh Tweed – Fingering – 90% Merino Superwash Wool, 8% Viscose, 2% Nylon – Tweedy – Tonal colors, Multicolored

Malabrigo Yarn
Verano – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Speckles

Mirasol Yarn
Huñi – Aran – 100% Highland Wool – Plied – Heathered colors

Peter Pan
Binky DK – DK – 100% Polyester – Fleece style – Solid colors

Purl Soho
Cotton Pure Organic – DK – 100% Organic Cotton – Plied – Solid colors

Queensland Collection
Drover – DK – 50% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 25% Silk – Tweedy – Tweedy colors

Rowan
Cashmere Haze – Lace – 40% Alpaca, 30% Cashmere, 30% Mulberry Silk – Brushed bouclé – Semi-solid colors
Island Blend – DK – 70% Falklands Wool, 15% Alpaca, 15% Mulberry Silk – 2 plies – Solid colors
Selects Sultano Fine – DK – 54% Silk, 28% Mohair, 18% Cashmere – Tape – Solid colors

Sirdar
Country Classic – DK – 50% Acrylic, 50% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Girlfriend – Bulky – 48% Acrylic, 34% Superwash Wool, 18% Nylon – Fuzzy chain – Solid colors
Mystical – Super Bulky – 98% Acrylic, 2% Metallic – Fuzzy – Multicolored with metallic
Snuggly Bunny – Heavy Worsted – 100% Nylon – Fleece style – Solid colors
Snuggly Heirloom – Sport – 90% Wool, 10% Nylon – Chained – Solid colors, Heathers
Snuggly Soothing – DK – 100% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors
Soirée – Aran – 36% Acrylic, 30% Nylon, 30% Superwash Wool, 4% Metallic – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors with metallic

Stylecraft
Starlight Aran – Aran – 60% Cotton, 39% Acrylic, 1% Metallic – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors with metallic thread

Wendy
Pure Wool Aran – Aran – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Zitron
La Vie – Sport – 40% Tencel / Lyocell, 30% Merino Superwash Wool, 30% Silk – S on S plied – Multicolored
Singolo – Fingering – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Multicolored

Discontinued

GGH
Cumba – Aran – 42% Wool, 30% Acrylic, 28% Alpaca – 2 plies – Solid colors

JL Yarn
Vinca – Fingering – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied

Lana Grossa
Doppio – DK – 60% Cotton, 40% Nylon – Chained – Multicolored

Lang Yarns
Elena – Super Bulky – 50% Acrylic, 50% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Multicolored
Stellina Luxe – Fingering – 50% Silk, 41% Cotton, 5% Polyester, 4% Nylon – Chained – Solid colors with metallic

Plymouth Yarn
Cannoli – Super Bulky – 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping marls

Queensland Collection
Great Barrier Reef – Sport – 100% Cotton – Plied – Self-striping

Sandnes Garn
Lun Ull – Aran – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Single ply – Solid colors

Schoppel-Wolle
Leinen Los – Worsted – 70% Merino Wool, 30% Linen – Single ply – Undyed, Heathers

Viking of Norway
Cream – Heavy Worsted – 78% Milk Protein, 22% Nylon – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors

Wendy
Harris Super Chunky – Super Bulky – 70% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool, 10% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors


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See you in September!

Wendy


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