April 21, 2021

Pamper Yourself in Bluefaced Leicester Lux Fingering Yarn

  • Skeins of yarn in shades of blue and purple.

It is time to get pampered in softness and elegance with the newest Megs & Co yarn, BFL Lux Fingering.

Over the past year I have been endlessly testing new yarns searching for the perfect luxury yarn to add to the Megs & Co collection. The yarn had to be more than just a blend of luxury quality fibers. It had to be a functional choice for both garments and accessories as well as appropriate for both knit and crochet projects. I did not want something that was just going to languish away in people’s stashes, but rather one that could easily be substituted in a multitude of patterns that call for fingering weight yarn. Bluefaced Leicester Lux Fingering, or BFL Lux for short, fits all that criteria and so much more with a blend of 70% Certified English Bluefaced Leicester Superwash wool, 20% silk, and 10% Cashmere.

What exactly makes BFL Lux so special?

First breed in the late 1800s, the Bluefaced Leicester sheep are the English answer to the highly desired Spanish Merinos, and having undergone years of selective breeding they now boast to not only have the finest fleeces of all the Leicester breeds, but the softest fleece of all the longwool breeds. The long and relatively straight staple length of the fiber creates a yarn with plenty of drape and a silk like lustrous sheen paired with incredible strength and next to skin softness. The addition of silk brings even more shine, strength and drape to the yarn and the cashmere lends unparalleled softness and warmth with a slight halo.

I am currently working on the Ranunculus sweater, a knit design by Midori using BFL Lux in the colorway Beach Water. The yarn and the design work perfectly together to create a very wearable garment with elegant drape thanks to the silk and surprising warmth from the cashmere. Since we are heading into warm weather season here in Western NY, I chose to knit the short sleeve version and even though I am not quite finished, I am confident that I am only going to need 2 skeins of BFL Lux to make the entire garment. Yes, just 2 skeins to knit an entire sweater thanks to the lace yoke design and flowy nature of the fabric from using larger size needles. I plan on making this short-sleeved jumper a staple in my summer wardrobe as it is perfect for throwing over a tank top on cooler evenings or when passing through air-conditioned indoor spaces. The pattern is fast and very enjoyable to knit. So much so that I have already set aside yarn to make a second!

April 8, 2021

New Minis Have Landed!

  • A rainbow of mini skeins.

When I first began dying yarn and fiber it was the need to play with color that immediately drew me in. That desire to explore new palettes and color combinations continues to drive my design process from beyond the dye pans and onto the needles. That is why mini skeins hold a special place in my heart as they are the perfect way to add a splash of color and whimsey to just about any project.

There are currently a few options available. The Hope & A Future mini skein set was originally inspired by a collaboration with Isabella Tonski of Fiber & Fox and features a bold rainbow of bright jewel toned colors that she picked out herself to design her Hope & A Future crochet shawl (available now!). The Home is Where the Heart is mini skein set features bold speckles on soft muted backgrounds creating the perfect spring fade. This set also includes many of the fan favorites from the Roc Love color collection I started last year as an ode of sorts to my home city of Rochester, NY.

February 24, 2021

Hope & a Future

  • A woman drapes a rainbow and gray wrap with tassels around her head.

I was contacted by my Instagram friend Isabella Tonski, better known as Bellas Custom Crochets, to curate a collection of rainbow-themed colorways for a project that she had been dreaming up and was eager to design. I never could have imagined not only the stunning design that would flow off her hook, but the uplifting and deeply important message she has embedded into the construction of this elegant wrap.

The two main colors of gray and black represent the darkness and the hopelessness that the world has and continues to feel as we are living in this new way of self isolation. The pops of rainbow colors represent the promise of a Hope & a Future full of color and light even in the midst of so much darkness and shadow. The symbolism continues with the chevron stitching representing the highs and the lows and choosing to find value and purpose in the story that was being created in our lives.

Thinking of her message on hope resonated so strongly with me, and became a mantra of sorts with each stitch hooked. Working on this design brought a much needed sense of calm and comfort to my day and I love having a physical reminder of hope each time I wear this amazing garment.

Yarn kits for this uplifting wrap are available for preorder now and will ship in time for the pattern release on March 12th.

Follow Bella on Instagram @bellas_custom_crochets

December 30, 2020

Your New Project Is Here

  • A pink and red shawl.

If you’re like me, you are experiencing some intense brain drain as we close out this whirl wind of a year. I want nothing more than to put my feet up and knit all of the things, while at the same time find myself struggling with a complete lack of inspiration as to what to knit next and more importantly, which yarn to choose!

No need to stress any further — keep your feet up and let us here at Megs & Co do all the hard work as your next project is right here. The sample shawl pictured is the Slumber Shawl by Stephen West and was knitted in our Folk Song yarn base in the colors Gyarnbage Plate, Pumpkin Spice, Five Leaves Left and From the Morning.

Kits are available now in your choice of four color palettes designed to fade perfectly together. These curated kits take all the guesswork out of planning your next project!

December 10, 2020

A Song in my Head

  • Multicolored skeins of yarn and faux fur pom-poms.

Just like that song you can’t get out of your head, we can’t seem to keep hats off the needles right now. Not only are they a must have winter accessory for the relentless winter winds and days on end of lake effect snow that keeps us tucked-in for the season here at the Megs & Co headquarters in Western NY, hats are also the perfect quick project for holiday gift making.

We have curated a collection of hat kits full of cozy and warmth to inspire your next project.

Each kit contains one skein of Folk Song, our Aran weight Superwash Merino wool base, paired with one skein of Head in the Clouds, our new mohair and silk laceweight base, and comes with an accompanying hand-stuffed luxurious faux fur pom-pom. Plus check out the listing details on the Megs & Co website (megsandco.com) for pattern inspiration including a bunch of Meg’s favorite free designs!

Whether you still need to cast-on that last minute holiday make, are searching for the perfect gift for your favorite fiber loving friend, or simply want to craft your own cozy, these kits are a perfectly simple way to bring in a little cozy and luxury.

And speaking of our new base! We are excited to announce the release of “Head in the Clouds” to our collection of yarn bases. This luxurious blend of kid mohair and silk is the perfect compliment to any project that needs an extra serving of cozy and warmth.
To celebrate the release, we just had to create a brand-new colorway collection. The Raise Your Spirits Colorway Collection features eight vibrantly jewel toned colors inspired by some of our favorite celebratory cocktails to help bring a little spirit and shine to your next project. 2020 may be the year of firsts and worsts, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead and toast to a brighter future on the horizon.