YarnSub Newsletter

September 2021

Newly-published books

[Book: 'French Knitting' by Karine Thiboult-Demessence]

I gave up on the French knitting technique pretty quickly when I was a kid, because I didn't know what to do with the knitted cord that I was creating. I might have continued with it for much longer if I'd had a copy of French Knitting because it's full of project ideas such as decorating bags, or threading wire through the cord and making pretty hanging ornaments.

Something else I'd not seen before is that you can make the knitted cord with a knitting mill instead of the traditional knitting doll. You just have to set it up, turn the handle and the mill does all the work for you—faster than knitting dolls and faster than using double-pointed needles. Sometimes I need long lengths of cord to use for bag handles, so it's great to know that the knitting mill is an option.

White bag decorated with a fox face, a lollipop shaped magnet (both made using knitted cord), and a knitting mill

Fox bag, lollipop magnet and a knitting mill, from French Knitting, by Karine Thiboult-Demessence

[Book: 'Big Book of Baby Knits' by Marie Claire magazine]

Big Book of Baby Knits contains a set of, what I would call, unextraordinary patterns. I don't mean that as a bad thing, as "unextraordinary" is exactly what I'm after when I'm knitting for a baby. Babies grow fast and I don't want to spend a long time knitting something super-fancy when I know it's only going to be used for a few weeks. With my own babies, all I wanted was clothes that were comfortable for them and easy for me. I wanted sweaters that opened wide at the neck so they could be pulled over the baby's head. And buttons at the front or on the shoulder so the baby wasn't uncomfortably lying on them. I wanted everything to be machine-washable and robust enough to cope with mashed carrot and sticky hands.

This book is full of patterns that meet these kinds of needs—patterns that are practical, safe bets that do the job and do it well. They might not become family heirlooms, but they're still lovely. Take a look at the booties with a teddy on each sole. Pretty cute!

Booties, a baby in a white jacket and a baby cardigan and mouse toy

from Big Book of Baby Knits, by Marie Claire magazine

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I'm going to the Sweater Weather yarn festival

Sweater with Sweater Weather written on the front

I'm on the panel for Knitters' Question Time at the Sweater Weather yarn festival in Surrey, UK, this coming Saturday, 11th September. The other panel members are designer and pattern afficionado Brontë Swannick, master yarn-dyer Helen Reed of The Wool Kitchen and Sylvia Watts-Cherry, designer of the beautiful Nubian Queen sweater.

Please come and say hi if you see me there!

New and discontinued yarns

New yarn: Lana Grossa Puno Due

New yarn: Lana Grossa Puno Due – Image © LoveCrafts

New

Bergère de France
100% Coton Bio – Sport – 100% Organic Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors
Frimousse – Aran – 100% Nylon – Faux fur – Solid colors
Image – Aran – 50% Acrylic, 50% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Polette – Bulky – 65% Merino Superwash Wool, 22% Nylon, 13% Polyester – Fuzzy – Solid colors

Bernat
Blanket O'Go – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Self-striping

Big Twist Yarns
Glisten – DK – 78% Acrylic, 15% Mohair, 7% Metallic – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors with metallic
Serene – Super Bulky – 62% Polyester, 38% Nylon – Fleece style – Solid colors
Velour Sparkle – Super Bulky – 92% Polyester, 8% Metallic – Chenille – Solid colors with metallic

Borgo de'Pazzi
Alpalan – Heavy Worsted – 65% Wool, 35% Alpaca – Plied with a soft haze – Undyed
Amore Mix 75 – Bulky – 50% Acrylic, 50% Superwash Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors
Country Untreated Merino – DK – 100% Merino Wool – S on S plied – Solid colors, Heathers
Kid – Lace – 80% Kid Mohair, 20% Nylon – Brushed bouclé – Self-striping
Nalya – Heavy Worsted – 50% Acrylic, 50% Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping

Brooklyn Tweed
Tones – Worsted – 100% Columbia Wool – Plied (woolen-spun) – Solid colors, Heathers

Caron
Big Donut O'Go – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping
Colorama O'Go – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors, Self-striping

Cygnet
Kiddies Collection DK – DK – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping

Deramores
Studio Essentials – DK – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers

Fiddlesticks
Peppin 4 – Fingering – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

GGH
Cottina – DK – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors

Gründl
Happy Tube – Super Bulky – 70% Cotton, 30% Nylon – Knitted tube – Solid colors

Hand Maiden Fine Yarn
Prosecco – Fingering – 50% Merino Wool, 30% Mohair, 20% Silk – Tightly plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Isager Strik
Eco Baby – DK – 68% Baby Alpaca, 32% Organic Cotton – Chained – Undyed
Eco Soft – Bulky – 56% Baby Alpaca, 44% Organic Cotton – Fiber-filled net – Semi-solid colors, Undyed

Järbo Garn
Fin Mohair Silke – Lace – 72% Mohair, 28% Silk – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors

K&C (from Joann)
Nordic – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – 2 ply – Solid colors
Pixel – Super Bulky – 100% Wool – Single ply – Multicolored

King Cole
Christmas Super Chunky – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – 2 ply – Multicolored marl
Harvest DK – DK – 90% Acrylic, 10% Alpaca – Plied with a soft haze – Self-striping
Homespun DK – DK – 23% Acrylic, 23% Nylon, 22% Alpaca, 22% Merino Superwash Wool, 10% Viscose – Tweedy – Tweed colors

Koigu
Jasmine – DK – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied – Tonal colors, Multicolored

Lana Grossa
Alpaca Moda – Bulky – 74% Baby Alpaca, 13% Merino Wool, 13% Nylon – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors, Semi-solid colors
Cool Merino – Aran – 90% Merino Wool, 10% Nylon – Chained – Solid colors, Heathers
Ecopuno Tweed – DK – 61% Cotton, 15% Polyester, 14% Baby Alpaca, 10% Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Tweed colors
Gomitolo Maya – Sport – 56% Wool, 44% Acrylic – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient transition)
Inizio – Super Bulky – 54% Merino Superwash Wool, 18% Modal Rayon, 16% Nylon, 12% Cotton – Fuzzy chain – Multicolored
Inizio Pelo – Aran – 40% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, 15% Nylon, 9% Modal Rayon, 6% Cotton – Bouclé – Tonal colors, Multicolored
Lala Berlin Brushy – Bulky – 42% Superkid Mohair, 38% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon – Fuzzy – Solid colors, Multicolored
Lala Berlin Stripy – Bulky – 56% Merino Superwash Wool, 29% Acrylic, 14% Baby Alpaca, 1% Elastic – Single wrapped with thread – Self-striping
Puno Due – DK – 63% Cotton, 37% Alpaca – Fiber-filled net – Semi-solid colors
Setasuri – Lace – 69% Suri Alpaca, 31% Silk – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors
Twin – Super Bulky – 64% Merino Wool, 27% Baby Alpaca, 9% Nylon – Fuzzy – Multicolored

Lion Brand
Bouclé All The Way – Super Bulky – 100% Microfiber – Bouclé – Solid colors

Loops & Threads
Sweet Snuggles Lite – Super Bulky – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors

Manos del Uruguay
Cardo – Super Bulky – 100% Corriedale Wool – Plied – Tonal colors

Mondial
Alpina – Super Bulky – 70% Microfiber, 20% Alpaca, 10% Merino Superwash Wool – 2 ply – Solid colors
Alveare – Aran – 65% Microfiber, 35% Mohair – Fuzzy – Solid colors, Semi-solid colors
Dipinto – Worsted – 100% Superwash Wool – Plied – Multicolored, Speckles
Dolomiti – DK – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Microfiber – Single ply – Self-striping (marl transition)
Molto Bene – Super Bulky – 80% Merino Wool, 20% Microfiber – Single ply – Solid colors
Respiro – Bulky – 75% Baby Alpaca, 15% Merino Wool, 10% Microfiber – Fuzzy – Solid colors

Northern Yarn
Mamó – DK – 50% Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 50% Poll Dorset Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Premier Yarns
Parfait XL – Jumbo – 100% Polyester – Chenille – Solid colors, Semi-solid colors

Red Heart
Super Saver O'Go – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors, Self-striping

Rico Design
Essentials Super Aran – Aran – 50% Acrylic, 50% Wool – Single ply – Solid colors
Fashion Skinny Alpaca Aran – Aran – 48% Alpaca, 25% Wool, 20% Nylon, 7% Viscose – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors
Luxury Crazy Composition – Aran – 63% Alpaca, 23% Mohair, 7% Merino Wool, 7% Silk – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors
Luxury OMG – Worsted – 35% Alpaca, 35% Mohair, 25% Wool, 5% Polyester – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors

Rowan
Pebble Island – Worsted – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Schachenmayr Original
Cosy Wool – Heavy Worsted – 64% Viscose, 25% Acrylic, 11% Wool – Fiber-filled net – Tonal colors

Schulana
Diamante – Bulky – 41% Alpaca, 40% Cotton, 14% Merino Wool, 5% Nylon – Fuzzy chain – Self-striping (gradient transition)

String Yarns
Venezia – Worsted – 53% Cashmere, 27% Wool, 20% Silk – Bouclé – Heathered colors

Stylecraft
Charm – Sport – 85% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 5% Mohair – Fuzzy – Self-striping marls
Highland Heathers Aran – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Heathered colors

SweetGeorgia Yarns
BFL + Silk Fine – Sport – 75% Blue Faced Leicester Wool, 25% Silk – Plied – Semi-solid colors

Trendsetter Yarns
Candyland – Bulky – 80% Wool, 20% Nylon – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient transition)
Lucky – Heavy Worsted – 90% Wool, 10% Nylon – Chained – Self-striping
Poet Mohair – Lace – 75% Superkid Mohair, 25% Silk – Brushed bouclé – Gradient
Silkhair Lux – Lace – 78% Superkid Mohair, 14% Silk, 8% Metallic – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors with metallic
Soffio Cashmere – Heavy Worsted – 65% Wool, 30% Cashmere, 5% Nylon – Fuzzy chain – Solid colors

West Yorkshire Spinners
Fleece 100% Bluefaced Leicester DK (Dyed) – DK – 100% Blue Faced Leicester Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Discontinued

Big Twist Yarns
Renewal – DK – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors

Cestari
Ash Lawn Sock – Sport – 75% Cotton, 25% Targhee-Columbia Wool – Plied – Heathered colors
Monticello Fingering – Fingering – 75% Cotton, 25% Linen – 2 ply – Solid colors, Tonal colors
Mt Vernon Fingering – Fingering – 100% Merino Wool – Plied (woolen-spun) – Solid colors, Tonal colors
Old Dominion Fingering – Fingering – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors, Tonal colors
Rainbow Fingering – Fingering – 50% Cotton, 50% Merino Wool – 2 ply – Semi-solid colors

Imperial Yarn
Anna – Worsted – 70% Columbia Wool, 30% Cotton – Plied – Marled colors

K&C (from Joann)
Raffia – Bulky – 100% Rayon – Raffia – Solid colors
Willow – Worsted – 100% Acrylic – Thick and thin – Solid colors

Lang Yarns
Lily – Aran – 50% Cotton, 28% Acrylic, 22% Nylon – Stranded ribbon – Multicolored

Lion Brand
Baby Soft Boucle – Bulky – 100% Polyester – Bouclé – Solid colors

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

Rowan
Baby Merino Silk DK – DK – 66% Merino Superwash Wool, 34% Silk – Plied – Semi-solid colors
Cashmere Tweed – DK – 80% Wool, 20% Cashmere – Tweedy – Tweed colors
Selects Denim Lace – Lace – 100% Cotton – Tweedy – Semi-solid colors, Tweed colors
Selects Sultano – Heavy Worsted – 38% Mohair, 38% Silk, 24% Cashmere – Tape – Solid colors

Shibui Knits
Echo – DK – 52% Silk, 48% Merino Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Semi-solid colors

Wisdom Yarns
Angora Lace – Sport – 60% Merino Superwash Wool, 30% Nylon, 10% Angora – Plied – Solid colors, Self-striping (fair-isle effect)

YarnArt
Angora De Luxe – Lace – 70% Mohair, 30% Acrylic – Fuzzy – Solid colors
Magic – Heavy Worsted – 100% Wool – Single ply – Self-striping (long, gradient)


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See you in October!

Wendy


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