YarnSub Newsletter

March 2020

Newly-published books

[Book: 'Portuguese Knitting' by Rosa Pomar] [Book: 'Knitting Stashbusters' by Fiona Goble] [Book: 'Modern Baby Nursery' by Kristi Simpson]

If your heart sinks at the thought of purl rows, then Portuguese Knitting might be the book for you. Most Portuguese knitters hold the yarn in a way that makes purling easy—so easy that they prefer it to the knit stitch.

I was so intrigued by this that I took a class with the author herself, Rosa Pomar, when she was in London recently. For this technique, the yarn runs around the back of the neck, or through a special hook pinned to clothing at shoulder height. With the yarn held at this angle, and the right hand providing tension, the left thumb can flick the yarn over the right needle which then scoops up the new stitch. Who knew that purling could be so easy? I mean, other than the entire knitting population of Portugal, of course.

There's more to the book than just the technique—Rosa Pomar travelled all over her homeland collecting stories from knitters. She also makes yarn from Portugese sheep, under the Retrosaria brand. If you're interested in hearing how she did it, Rosa is the guest speaker on episode 2 of Wild and Woolly's Knit 15 podcast.

I could use some ideas from Knitting Stashbusters I think. It is possible that I'm hoping that owning the book will automatically reduce the size of my stash, so perhaps I'd be better off with last month's Harry Potter Knitting Magic book instead!

Modern Baby Nursery has some cute and useful crochet designs that already make me warm to this book—but add in the lamb curtain tie (shown below) and any hope of resistance is lost. I love it.

Three pictures - a crocheted owl mobile, container and lamb with front legs wrapped around curtains

Crocheted owl mobile, basket and curtain-tie lamb toy from Modern Baby Nursery


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New and discontinued yarns

New yarn: Coeur d

New yarn: Coeur d'Alene Sasquatch – Image © Alpaca Direct

New

Austermann
Fantasy Colours – Sport – 100% Organic Cotton – Plied – Self-striping (long transition)

Bergère de France
Julienne – Sport – 100% Cotton – S on S plied – Self-striping
Pur Coton – Aran – 100% Cotton – Crepe – Solid colors

Cascade Yarns
Andean Dream – Aran – 40% Llama, 40% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon – Plied with a soft haze – Heathered colors
Cascade 220 Merino – Worsted – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Llama Lace – Light Fingering – 100% Llama – 2 ply – Solid colors
Paradigm Shift Lite – Sport – 100% Cotton – Plied – Gradient
Rebound – Aran – 70% Polyester, 30% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers
Reverb – Sport – 70% Polyester, 30% Cotton – Plied – Heathered colors

Cleckheaton
Nourish – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Chained – Solid colors

Cloudborn Fibers
Alpaca DK – DK – 100% Alpaca – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Heathers
Alpaca Fingering – Fingering – 100% Alpaca – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Heathers

Coeur d'Alene
Sasquatch – Fingering – 80% Merino Superwash Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon – Plied – Tonal colors, Multicolored

Cygnet
Seriously Chunky with Wool – Jumbo – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – 2 ply – Multicolored marls

Ella Rae
Marmel – DK – 58% Cotton, 42% Acrylic – Tweedy – Multicolored

Imperial Yarn
Klamath – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – Single ply – Heathered colors

Jody Long
Coastline – Heavy Worsted – 33% Cotton, 28% Viscose, 27% Nylon, 12% Linen Viscose – Knitted tube – Tonal colors
My Little Sunshine – Sport – 60% Organic Cotton, 40% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors

Knit Picks
Upcycle Reserve 100% Wool Bulky – Bulky – 100% Wool – 2 ply – Heathered colors
Upcycle Reserve 100% Wool Worsted – Worsted – 100% Wool – 2 ply – Heathered colors
Upcycle Reserve Alpaca Blend – DK – 50% Alpaca, 30% Mulberry Silk, 20% Tencel / Lyocell – Plied – Solid colors

Lang Yarns
Camille – Sport – 50% Cotton, 30% Acrylic, 20% Viscose – Tape – Multicolored
Copenhagen – Aran – 100% Organic Cotton – Knitted tube – Solid colors
Divina – Aran – 50% Modal Rayon, 40% Cotton, 10% Silk – Tape – Solid colors
Kylie – Worsted – 56% Cotton, 25% Silk, 13% Superwash Wool, 6% Viscose – Bouclé – Tweed colors
Wool Addicts Liberty – Super Bulky – 100% Cotton – Single wrapped with thread – Solid colors

Lion Brand
Summer Kiss – Worsted – 80% Cotton, 20% Polyester – Chained – Color dashes
Truboo – DK – 100% Bamboo Viscose – S on S plied – Solid colors

Loops & Threads
Cotton Colors – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Plied – Self-striping
Crème Cotton – Heavy Worsted – 87% Cotton, 13% Nylon – Fuzzy chain – Solid colors

Moda Vera
Faux Mo – Worsted – 78% Polyester, 22% Acrylic – Fuzzy – Solid colors

Panda
Magnum Tweed – DK – 100% Acrylic – Tweedy – Tweed colors

Patons (Australia)
Ethereal – Aran – 48% Alpaca, 30% Nylon, 15% Acrylic, 7% Viscose – Chained – Tonal colors

Purl Soho
Linen Quill Worsted – Worsted – 50% Highland Wool, 35% Alpaca, 15% Linen – Plied – Solid colors, Semi-solid colors

Queensland Collection
Brighton Beach – Sport – 45% Linen, 35% Cotton, 20% Acrylic – Tweedy – Self-striping (gradient marl)
Dungarees Tweed – Fingering – 95% Cotton, 5% Synthetic – Loosely plied – Semi-solid colors

Rauma
Tjukk Mohair – Super Bulky – 88% Mohair, 7% Wool, 5% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors

Rico Design
Bändchen – Heavy Worsted – 100% Viscose – Plied – Solid colors
Creative Fluffily DK – DK – 40% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 20% Acrylic, 10% Superwash Wool – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors with metallic

Sandnes Garn
Sunday – Fingering – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Schachenmayr Original
Catania Trend – Sport – 100% Mercerized Cotton – Plied – Solid colors

Schoppel-Wolle
Cashmere Zauber – Worsted – 80% Merino Wool, 20% Cashmere – Single ply – Gradient

Stylecraft
Naturals Bamboo & Cotton – DK – 60% Bamboo Viscose, 40% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors

Tahki Yarns
Coronado – Worsted – 90% Cotton, 10% Silk – Plied – Solid colors
Tiburon – DK – 50% Organic Cotton, 50% Tencel / Lyocell – S on S plied – Solid colors

Valley Yarns
Leverett – Worsted – 70% Cotton, 30% Linen – Plied – Solid colors

West Yorkshire Spinners
Bo Peep Pure – DK – 100% Falklands Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Exquisite 4-ply – Fingering – 80% Falklands Wool, 20% Mulberry Silk – 2 ply – Solid colors

Wool and the Gang
Alpachino Merino – Super Bulky – 60% Merino Wool, 40% Baby Alpaca – 2 ply – Solid colors

Zitron
Balance – Fingering – 60% Merino Superwash Wool, 40% Tencel / Lyocell – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers

Discontinued

Americo Original
Cotton Flamme – Sport – 100% Cotton – Loosely plied – Solid colors
Cotton Matizada – Aran – 100% Organic Cotton – Crepe – Solid colors, Heathers
Organic Cotton – Heavy Worsted – 100% Organic Cotton – Thick and thin – Solid colors, Marled
Organic Cotton Merino – DK – 50% Merino Wool, 50% Organic Cotton – Plied – Solid colors
Pima Cotton – DK – 100% Cotton – Plied

Berroco
Mykonos – DK – 66% Linen, 26% Nylon, 8% Cotton – Fiber core wrapped – Solid colors, Semi-solid colors
Mykonos Stonewash – DK – 66% Linen, 28% Rayon, 6% Cotton – Fiber core wrapped – Semi-solid colors

DMC
Neo Vintage Goa – Bulky – 60% Superwash Wool, 40% Polyester – Single ply – Semi-solid colors
Nordic Spirit Aurora – Super Bulky – 50% Acrylic, 50% Wool – Single wrapped with thread – Multicolored
Nordic Spirit Victoria – Bulky – 100% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Undyed

GGH
Contino – Heavy Worsted – 55% Merino Wool, 30% Acrylic, 15% Alpaca – S on S plied – Solid colors, Marls, Heathers

James C. Brett
Cotton On – DK – 50% Acrylic, 50% Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors
Landscape DK – DK – 85% Acrylic, 15% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient marls)
Tuscany Chunky – Bulky – 56% Acrylic, 24% Superwash Wool, 20% Cotton – Single wrapped with thread – Multicolored

Katia
Baby Azteca – Sport – 51% Superwash Wool, 49% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient transition)
Concept All Seasons Cotton – Worsted – 100% Mercerized Cotton – Chained – Solid colors

Peter Pan
Moondust 4-ply – Fingering – 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic – Plied

Premier Yarns
Gelato – Bulky – 70% Polyester, 30% Nylon – Chenille – Multicolored

Schachenmayr Original
Alpaca Wool Mix – Heavy Worsted – 60% Acrylic, 22% Superwash Wool, 10% Nylon, 8% Alpaca – Single ply – Solid colors
Bravo Mezzo – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors
Denim Fantasy – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Chained – Semi-solid colors
Fashion Mouliné Art – Super Bulky – 55% Acrylic, 45% Wool – 2 ply – Multi-color marls
Lumio Fine – Bulky – 89% Acrylic, 11% Reflective Polyester – Plied – Solid colors with reflective thread
Merino Extrafine Cotton 120 – DK – 50% Cotton, 50% Merino Superwash Wool – S on S plied – Solid colors
Micro – Sport – 100% Microfiber – S on S plied – Solid colors
Micro Grande – Worsted – 100% Microfiber – S on S plied – Solid colors
Multicolor – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Loosely plied – Multicolor marls

Shibui Knits
Staccato – Fingering – 70% Merino Superwash Wool, 30% Silk – 2 ply – Solid colors

Sublime Yarns
Elodie – DK – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – S on S plied – Multicolored (dappled)
Willow – Bulky – 94% Merino Superwash Wool, 6% Nylon – Fuzzy chain – Semi-solid colors


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See you in April!

Wendy


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