Peggie of ColorPurl has two words for you: Lace gradient. Can you think of a better combination for summer (aside from gin and tonic)? Her Silver Angel Lace is 875 yards of baby alpaca, silk, Cashmere and sparkle. She’s also dyed up single-skein gradients on Cushy, a fingering-weight blend of superwash Merino/nylon.
In advance of the Swiss Wulle Festival, which will be taking place on the first weekend in October in Zug, Swiss knitwear designer Nadia Crétin-Léchenne has collaborated with silk yarn dyer Siidegarte on a shawl kit. Under the Same Sky is a crescent-shaped shawl that combines lace and garter stitch and features a beautiful knitted-on wave edging. The kits include two skeins of Siidegarte’s Siide-Fideel, a 50/50 silk/Merino fingering-weight blend available in three color combinations, a printed copy of the shawl pattern in English, French or German and a Swiss Wulle Festival project bag. They are available to preorder on the Swiss Wulle site and will ship in mid-July. A KAL begins on Aug. 1, which is Swiss National Day, and There Will Be Prizes.
If spinning is your favorite summer activity, then why not treat yourself to a new spindle? Called Glasspins, these 11-inch spindles are crafted out of lathe-turned wood and hand-blown glass by a husband and wife team who work out of a geodesic dome in California, and who have a long and colorful history as crafters and artists.