Even though the summer is just beginning to heat up, our fall yarns have begun to arrive. If you’ve been to the store, you’ve probably noticed swatches of most of the yarns on offer, Store staff knit these to provide you with an example of how the yarn looks, not only in stockinette stitch, but also in a stitch pattern. The swatches are labeled with all pertinent yarn information in addition to suggestions for use. Knitting swatches also gives staff an opportunity to get to know new yarns so we can help you even knowledgeably.
The newest from Valley Yarns, Pocomtuck, is a dk weight cashmere. Karen knit a decorative swatch to show this yarn to its best advantage. She found it to be a luxurious knit, and states that “it lends itself to a wide variety of garments and accessories.”
Marthe’s swatch of Plymouth’s Tuscan Aire shows this bulky yarn’s adaptability to stockinette and textured stitches. Comprised of 90% merino wool and 10% nylon, “this light and lofty fiber is just perfect for lightweight yet warm ponchos, cowls and scarves.”
Mary M. chose another new Plymouth yarn, Cannoli, to try out. She thought it was an exciting, fast knit and would use it for accessories and gifts. The construction (it’s a single) makes it bouncy and the colorways are very tempting.
Berroco Cotolano has become a new staff favorite and Maryanne knit the swatch. This wool, cotton and nylon blend is remarkably soft and would make a fine three season garment. Cables and other textures are really enhanced in this yarn.
This is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more as fall yarns continue to roll in. Happy knitting!