Show & Tell: Two Seasons in Yarn

My favourite 'bricks and mortar' yarn shop closed down recently (cause: retirement). The shop wasn't very local to me, requiring a two hour round trip and the rigours of town-centre parking, so I accidentally happened upon the last trading day, which felt a little sad and brought back some fond memories - it was the place that I first fell in love with Noro *sigh*.

Something old: Rowan Kidsilk Haze Trio
Under normal circumstances, I try not to 'stash' yarn, but I really couldn't resist picking up the last of this gorgeous Rowan Kidsilk Haze Trio in Loganberry 70% mohair / 30% silk - I believe that this colourway is now discontinued, but can still be picked up for a reduced price of £10 a ball online. With it being the last few hours of trading, I managed to get the last 300g (almost 900m) for an absolute song - I almost felt bad about it.

It's a 'new' yarn, that feels kind of 'old'. Even the colourway is reminiscent of Autumn, the beginning of the end. I'm not sure when I'll get around to knitting it up but would like to turn it into something special - something to mark the end of an era - a discontinued colour and a discontinued way of shopping.

In complete contrast, the weather today is decidedly spring-like and optimistic. The sun is shining, and indoors at least, it doesn't feel very cold. This brings me on to the other yarn I got last week and which I have more immediate plans for...
New yarn!  Soft Fun Denim - more cotton/acrylic scrumptiousness from Scheepjes in 11 semi-solid colours!
This is part of the new Spring range from Scheepjes (which despite looking like it might be something to do with 'sheep' is actually 'little ships') called Soft Fun Denim. Regular Soft Fun has been around for a while and is available in 36 different solid shades, but this Denim version feels like a 'new' new yarn - the 11 colours are fresh and bright with a semi-solid variation, reminiscent of some of my favourite hand dyed yarns.

It's 60% cotton / 40% acrylic with 140m per 50g and I predict it will be popping up all over the blogiverse in crochet blankets and children's clothing as it's very soft and machine washable, as well as being pretty. It's already available in The Netherlands & Belgium for around €3.50 a ball, and I'm told it'll be available via UK stockist Deramores imminently (regular Soft Fun is around £3.10 per ball in Sterling - good value for a lovely yarn).

Before My Boy shared his latest sick bug with me at the weekend (thanks Son), I'd started swatching for a Spring project using this yarn - possibly something with stripes. I also managed to finish my crochet wrap - I hope to see you on Friday for the Ta-dah. 

2 comments

  1. Oh my, I need to crochet again seeing all these wonderful colors. Can't wait to see what you will make using the Scheepjes.

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  2. The kidsilk is rich in color like what a titled young lady would wear to the theatre or maybe what a sassy ballroom dancer would wear in an Argentine tango. I really like the looks of that denim yarn.

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