About nine months ago, I began to explore possibilities for a cellulose based yarn here at Nutmeg Fiber Arts. From talking with shop owners, knitters, mills and more, I began to go through samples of possible combinations for the perfect addition to our Nutmeg Fibers family of yarn bases. Playing with dye on cellulose fibers for the first time was a big learning curve, and I wanted the final product to be soft and smooth, but not that roughness that 100% cotton can bring. Something that had a little more of something special in it to give a smoothness and lovely drape to the yarn. That’s where the linen came in. After lots of test knitting from myself and my amazing helper Young Mi Park, I settled on these two new beautiful bases: Meadow and Meadow Jr.
Both have a fiber content of 75% U.S. cotton (grown in Virginia on family farms with ethical practices) plus 25% French linen, of the finest quality. Meadow is a larger, 3-ply DK weight, while Meadow Jr. is a bit smaller, 2-ply and sock or sport weight.
I can’t wait to see some beautiful pieces being knit up in these! I’m thinking shawl, I’m thinking held double with our Retreat base… lots of ideas!!! Can’t wait!
And, as a special incentive to those of you on our Nutmeg Fiber Arts mailing list and in our Instagram community, we’re offering a preorder period from tonight at 6 p.m. CST until September 25 at midnight. Preordered skeins will be shipped 2-3 weeks after our order window closes, before the skeins are available to the general public!
We hope that you give a lot of love to this new base! Available in seven stunning colorways.