Hey Everyone – as we’ve been promising fall yarns are starting to stream in! We’ve just received our entire shipment of new yarns from Berroco! Let me just say that Norah, Cirilia and the entire Berroco team have hit a major homerun with this collection. I’m going to give you all a quick run through of the yarns. Pattern books will be following shortly and I’ll do another post about them when they arrive. You can certainly pre-order the pattern books.
Berroco’s Fall 2009 Collection features 4 brand new yarns, two line extensions to existing yarns and lots of great new colors in their continuing lines.
The Tencel provides a nice sheen to the finished yarn. Lustra knits at 4.5 sts/in on a #7 needle and each 100gm hank has 197 yards. That is not a typo – 197 yards per hank. It’s available in 16 colors and a great value at $9.00/hank considering the amazing yardage. Lustra will have a dedicated pattern book.
Sundae is a big, thick, loosely spun yarn with gorgeous colors.
It’s 50% Wool/50% Acrylic and the plies are different colors and spun together very loosely. The fiber content and roving-like finish means this chunky yarn will be light and lofty. Sundae knits at 2.5 sts/in on a #15 needle. We’re talking fast projects – great for accessories but Norah and Cirilia have also designed some great garments as well. Sundae comes in a 100gm hank which has 62 yards. Hey – that’s the life of a chunky yarn – shorter yardage. There are ten gorgeous colors and cost is $9.00/hank.
Next is Blackstone Tweed. I know, I know, you’re thinking “great, another tweed”. Just hang on a second. This is a tweed you definitely want to check out. First, the fiber content is very cool – 65% Wool/25% Super Kid Mohair/10% Angora. It’s not shed-y nor will it’s fibers get up in your face and make you all sneeze-y. The blend is soft – unlike many tweeds which are traditionally crunchy and rough. You can wear Blackstone Tweed next to your skin.
It knits at 4.5 stitches/in on a #7 and has 130 yards on a 50gm ball. There are 12 colors, a dedicated book that you will want to own and it retails for $9.50.
The fourth new yarn is Vintage Wool. Folks – just hang on while I tell you about this yarn. Trust me when I say it is going to become your go-to, workhorse, worsted weight yarn. Vintage Wool is 50% Acrylic/40% Wool and 10% Nylon. I’m sure many of you just thought to yourself “yuck” or “ick”. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Remember Comfort? Remember poo-pooing it because of it’s fiber content and now how much you love it? Vintage Wool feels like a fancy Extra Fine Merino. Vintage Wool is like scoring a great cashmere sweater at Marshall’s for a steal.
It knits at either 5 sts/in on a #7 or 4.5 sts/in on a #8. It comes in 100gm hanks. Are you ready for the yardage? 2-1-7. Yup – 217 yards per hank. Colors? Thirty two beautiful colors. Price? Go ahead – guess.
Nope, not $9.00.
$7.00 – still too high.
Vintage Wool is $6.00 per hank. SIX DOLLARS PER HANK. SIX tiny little DOLLARS for 217 yards of gorgeous yarn.
Did I mention it’s machine washable??? AND there’s a dedicated book.
Last but not least – Pure Merino is now available in 8 lovely Chine colors (pronounced shin-ay).
The Comfort line now has 12 yummy heathers as well.
All of this and we haven’t even talked about NGV5 or NG Men’s. You can check those out at berroco.com and pre-order any of the patterns here. The pattern books will be available in about 2 weeks – so say the fine folks at Berroco.
As if all of this wasn’t faboo enough, there’s one more thing. We’re having a contest. Here’s how it will work – very easy and straightforward.
1. Leave a comment here on my WEBS blog, on this post, about which yarn or design you are loving from the Berroco Fall 2009 Collection.
2. Go to the Berroco Design Studio Blog and leave a comment for Norah and Cirilia with the same info.
3. Next Friday we will select a winner at random from everyone who comments on BOTH blogs.
4. The winner will receive the a complete kit to create Nuss:
Nuss is made with Blackstone Tweed and is one of my favorites of the collection. The winner will get enough yarn to make their size, they can choose their color, the entire Blackstone Pattern booklet will be included and I’ll toss in the appropriate needles and any other tools the pattern calls for. Heck – we get enough blog love I might even throw in a WEBS gift card to boot!
I hope you love the line as much as I do!
P.S. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know I’m here at TNNA and sporting a very special, yet to be seen by anyone else, bag. I’ve been told I’ll be able to blog about this lovely bag very, very soon, so stayed tune!