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Friday, February 24, 2017

Rainbows

I had my post almost finished when this picture came from Lynda. It needs to be the lead story tonight.
This is coming along quite nicely.  My plan is to finish second sleeve over the weekend and pick up and knit the front border and shawl color next week.
Rainbows in the Gorge in the Enchanted Woodland colourway.

I 'borrowed' this picture from Wannietta's blog.
I took a bit to get going on this piece. I was ultra aware of the gauge - I am normally quite tight in my rows, which would be problematic with this construction as the rows are counted and accuracy is crucial. Julie specifically said to go up a needle size, so I was worried about being too loose.
It is almost spot on, the stitch gauge is a twitchy bit loose, but the length is on target, so I'm not displeased.

We are still unpacking. Today it's a box from Classic Elite and there are two new yarns. The first is called Yuri.

A central leaf lace panel is flanked with stockinette stitch and bordered with more leaf lace to form a sculptural wavy edge.
Generously sized, this rectangular wrap is worked end to end in one piece.
The pattern for Ayame can be purchased on Ravelry...

See all the patterns for Yuri on Ravelry...

A year round yarn in a sock weight that does so much more than socks, Yuri is made from incredibly soft merino (21 micron) and comes in ten tonally dyed shades. The merino is spun and dyed in Peru and grown in Uruguay, where it is certified to be from woolgrowers that do not practice museling on their sheep. The tone-on-tone dye effect adds a subtle depth to the floral inspired colors.
 Hanako is another new yarn.
Cotton and linen combine for a classic summery yarn in a popular worsted weight. The long wearing linen fiber has a subtle sheen and adds body; Cotton adds stitch definition and softness. This yarn gets even softer the more it's worn and the light and vibrant palette is perfect for warm weather wear. The generous yardage per hank makes Hanako a good value.
50% cotton
50% linen
20 stitches = 4" on 4.5mm needles
200m (220 yards) on a skein

There are seven designs for Hanako - see them on Ravelry

Hanako is a true worsted weight yarn. Take a look at the sweaters in the search I did on Ravelry...  There are some great designs - choosing could be hard.

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