For a long time, I have hankered after a pretty, feminine yarn, with the barest hint of blush. Something that reminded me of the palest cherry blossom scattered over clean white sheets. I never was able to find that colourway, until Circus Tonic Handmade appeared on the scene.
When I saw Hannah’s Galah colourway, that beautifully muted pink and grey, I knew it had to be mine. And then I started knitting it, and the pattern I have had in my head for a long time (but wasn’t able to find the right colour yarn for it) sprang up and shouted “Me, me, me, me!!!”
After much swatching and ripping, I realised the pattern had to be toe-up, which threw me a bit as I dislike the backwards (to me) way of knitting heels. Then I remembered that I could always do an afterthought heel, and all was well with the world again!
This merino/nylon blend yarn (Revelry Sock) is the softest sock yarn I have ever laid my hands on. The merino wool used to make this yarn is of very high quality. It is so soft, I was scared that it would be weak, but it is not. It is very well spun, with a non-splitty, springy twist that is perfect for socks or anything else you want to knit it in. I like it very much.
I think there is definitely a place in the world for pretty, feminine colours. Ones that aren’t super saturated, but not washed out either. It’s my new favourite style of colourway!
I bet you want to see that design I spoke of?
This is a sneaky peek of Mary, Mary. All going well, I’ll be releasing the pattern towards the end of next week (dependent on testing time). Mary, Mary, was inspired by the nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells, and little maids all in a row.” It is a feminine design to match a feminine yarn, and I am very pleased with how it turned out in the end. (The sock hasn’t been blocked yet, which is why it’s still a bit wonky looking).
Can you see the silver bells and cockle shells? I took the bell reference to be flowers like the Lily of the Valley which have little bells, and the cockle shells are run up the sides, like little borders on the flower beds.
The pattern is not hard to knit. I will give you links to the Turkish cast on that I used (it is so simple, it is my favourite method for double-sided cast ons) and how to work out the length of the foot before commencing the heel. The heel will also have a surprise. I worked out how to knit a cushioned afterthought heel that fits well. I am very pleased with it and for me, it will help very much with the holes that always develop first on the bottom of my heels!
On a final note, speaking of pretty, I saw some truly amazing and exciting New Zealand produced yarn this weekend. Mary Furness-Weir of Maniototo Wool has produced a special new yarn this season – it is called Luxury Lambswool (from the wool of ram lambs). It is a worsted-spun, DK weight yarn. I have never felt anything so beautiful. It has drape, sheen, it is incredibly smooth (due to the worsted spin) and it is soft. Oh so soft (22 micron). It is quite tightly spun, which makes it even more different to the usual DK weight wool yarns. It makes my head burst. I want it ALL. I don’t have photos (Mary only had two skeins for her own use on her when she showed them to me and I stupidly forgot to take a photo… I was too busy coveting). I have regrammed one of her posts showing the yarn – have a look at the Instagram photo on my sidebar (visible if you are reading this post on a PC), and you’ll see the yarn. Or if you follow me on Instagram (Kiwiyarns), you’ll see it in my feed.
If you hurry, you’ll find some on the indie shelf at Holland Road Yarn Company this month. Mary will be in store at lunch time tomorrow (Monday), in case you are in Wellington and have time to meet her.
I had better get cracking and produce more patterns so I can afford to buy some before it is all gone!