You’ve been reading about some of our new Spring yarns in previous blog posts and our staff has been busily swatching them to find out what they’re like. We make a determined effort to provide you with knitted and crocheted examples of all of our yarns, either through samples or swatches. Often a yarn knits or crochets much differently than you’d imagine from its appearance in the skein. And all of our swatches are washed (which can change the yarn’s appearance even more) to provide an idea of how your garment or accessory will hold up according to its care instructions.
This season, we present an array of weights and fibers! You’re bound to find a summer yarn that pleases you, even if you’re partial to animal fibers. The prize for most unusual fiber combination goes to Rowan’s Softyak DK, a blend of cotton, yak and nylon. Mary M. loved the chainette construction, and said the yarn has “excellent stitch definition,” making it “perfect for lace, cables or any other texture work. The yak transforms this summery yarn into a three season favorite.” Mary is thinking of using Softyak DK for one of the season’s popular t-shirts, tank tops or lightweight cardis.
Ashley F. chose to swatch Plymouth’s Cashmere de Cotone and she describes it as “soft cotton and dreamy cashmere coming together in a cable-plied construction that offers durability and amazing stitch definition.” Ashley declares that the yarn “was pure pleasure, and after blocking, the sample draped beautifully.” She would suggest using Cashmere de Cotone for a “year-round top or a sumptuous wrap, ideal for the changing seasons.”
Marthe Y. experimented with two very different yarns. Pima Splash from Mirasol is a “terrific choice for summer garments such t-shirts, tanks and beach cover-ups.” A colorful, worsted weight cotton, the chainette construction creates a lighter, more flexible fabric than other cottons in its weight class. Marthe’s swatch is 4.5 stitches to the inch on a US 8 needles and she suggests working the yarn on a slighter bigger needle for loose, springy fabric.
Marthe’s second swatch was knit in Euro Baby Maypole DK, a machine washable, 100% polyester yarn with a “self-striping effect, suitable for babies and children, due to its hypo-allergenic quality.” At 262 yards per skein, it wouldn’t take many balls to knit or crochet a baby blanket or child’s garment.
Beth D. opted for Juniper Moon Farm’s spring offering, Cumulus. She states, “Cumulus is everything its name implies – soft and fluffy like a puffy, white cloud on a summer day! This 100% cotton yarn is perfect for a cool, lightweight tank or tee, and because it is a heavy worsted weight, it’ll knit up in no time.” The vibrant color palette provides lots of options for the perfect warm weather project.
Although not a spring yarn, Malabrigo Rueca is a handspun dream. Beth says that “Rueca is a delight to knit with. In spite of the variations in yardage and gauge from skein to skein, its softness and stitch definition make this yarn a treat to use for a special gift or a little pick-me-up. And…it is dyed in some of Malabrigo’s most luscious colorways. Rueca is only available in the store so you must come visit to experience it!
As always, I invite you to spend a little time with us in Northampton this season. In addition to new seasonal yarns, we have an ever-changing variety of accessories, tools, buttons, patterns and sample garments to tempt you. Let WEBS be your LYS, wherever you call home. Thank you for your continued support of, and loyalty to, our store. We wouldn’t be here without you!