If George Constanza was a knitter, he’d be very excited about the new base from Cedar Hill Farm Company. As the name implies, Velvet is a 20% alpaca/60% Merino/20% nylon 4-ply fingering weight yarn that is so incredibly soft, you will want to knit it into drapey shawls.
Toby Roxane Barna popped up on my radar a few years ago, when the first of her London Underground-themed shawls came out. I’m sure you’ll also be smitten with Toby’s latest design, the Odalie shawl, pictured above, which is inspired by the 1920s flapper era. All of Toby’s designs, including several sweaters, are perfect for hand-dyed yarns.
June Pryce Fiber Arts has also introduced a new base: Seaside Singles is a single-ply 100% superwash Merino that feels silky soft, and is machine washable. They are also now carrying carrying a double strand sock blank, if you’re into the whole wearing identical socks thing. They’re available in the super summery, color-changing Watermelon colorway.
Greenwich Steps, the latest design from Laura of Fiber Dreams, is inspired by one of the staircases to Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. The Greenwich Steps wind through a tiny neighborhood of cottages with glorious gardens. This rectangular shawl features diamonds and flowers accented with little nupps.
If you’ve been searching for the perfect patterns for those amazing speckle dyed skeins, look no further than the new Oh Bother cowl and hat from Barbara Benson. Barbara combined slipped stitches with a honeycomb style stitch pattern to create a deeply textured fabric that works with the bursts of color. Each takes about a skein of DK, or you can use sock yarn held double.
The Inverness Shrug by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter is inspired by the detachable sleeves worn by Claire on Outlander. It’s the fifth of six Outlander-inspired project kits from Bijou Basin Ranch and includes their Himalayan Trail, a yak and Merino blend that lets the Celtic-style cables shine.
It’s a spring awakening with Kim’s newest colorway. Awakening is an earthy yet bright blend of brown, sage green, purples and bright sky blue. There are some skeins in stock in Kim’s Etsy shop and she is also taking custom orders.