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Chevron T Launches 0
We dyed this exclusive base yarn, Iridium, for Unwind to go with the hot weather in Los Angeles. The blend is 50% tencel (wood pulp!) and 50% superwash merino in a fingering weight yarn with a subtle shimmer. It only takes two or three skeins to knit this!
Originally the Chevron T pattern was designed for the Passport to Unwind Yarn Club and the club members received the pattern for free. Now, the pattern is available on Ravelry.
Get the Secret Word for 10% off the yarn at Unwind
Chevron T is now on Ravelry. Print your pattern and write the secret word on the top right, bring it in to the shop to get 10% off materials at Unwind. Put two Unwind designs (one must be Chevron T) in your Ravelry cart, and you’re second pattern will be only $1 at checkout.
THE SECRET WORD IS “SHIMMER.”
The Chevron T is a wardrobe essential and can be worn with the V Neck in front or back. Or make two V Neck sides for a little extra allure.
- Finished measurements: 36 (40, 44)”. Chevron T is intended to be worn with up to 2” of positive ease.
- Gauge of 22 sts and 32 rows in 4” is a post blocked gauge. You should knit and steam block a swatch before determining size to make. The Chevron stitch knits up rather crumpled and will smooth out and change size of piece when steamed.
- SweetGeorgia Iridium is an Unwind Exclusive: 50% Superwash Merino; 50% Tencel, 410 yards per 100 gr skein, Fingering weight. 2 (3, 3) skeins required.
- Iridium can be purchased in a revolving selection of SweetGeorgia’s palette at Unwind. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for selection. Kits coming soon.
Tencel yarn is naturally breathable and has 50% greater moisture absorption than cotton. It’s smooth like silk and cool like linen, but is relatively resistant to wrinkling. All these properties make it well-suited to summer knits or hot weather garments.
What else are you doing to beat the heat while knitting?
Fibre Sampling Sessions: Silk 0
By Grace Verhagen, spinning nut and wool nerd
This blog post is the last of a three part series depicting my escapades sampling every fibre type of that SweetGeorgia Yarns has available. If you missed the previous entries, please check out my introduction and notes on BLF here, and my experiences sampling merino blends here.
Part Three: A Twist of Luxury
Besides the merino and BFL tops I have already described, SweetGeorgia also carries four other silk and cellulose blends. 100% Bombyx Silk and 100% Tussah Silk are available in portions of 50 grams each, but a little silk goes a long, long way! Polworth+Silk is a wonderful treat if you have never experienced this exquisite wool base before, and hard-wearing Panda has been one of my favourite blends ever since I started spinning.
Now we’re getting into some different territory. 100% silk can be tricky to work with, but the time and effort is well worth the results! I spun this fibre as fine as possible, using my smallest whorl and lacing the single across my flyer before it wound onto the bobbin.
As I was drafting, I found the silk wanted to stick to my clothing and spinning apron, so I placed my fibre supply on a large sheet of paper on my lap so it wouldn’t snag before I spun it. Silk has no crimp, but I found this fibre really wanted to grip together. It was quite compact before I spin it, but I found that a little pre-drafting helped alot.
This fibre took the longest for me to spin, but I think that is because I was able to spin it so fine that it gave me the most yardage per gram of all the fibre blends. The resulting yarn was also the shiniest of all my samples.
My apartment is very warm this time of year, and it does not help that my spinning wheel is located in front of a reptile’s heat lamp. Sweaty hands meant that the tussah silk stuck to them immediately, and I could not draft the fibre smoothly into my wheel. However, I did come up with a work-around: I wore a very thin slippery plastic glove on my fibre-supply hand (this is a trick I picked up from trying to twist fibre on warm days at the studio). I could draft with ease after that!
This fibre was more wispy and delicate compared to the bombyx silk. It had to be handled carefully to avoid individual silk fibres drifting away. The staple length of this fibre seemed shorter to me, and the final yarn did not catch as intense a highlight, but it has a beautiful soft sheen and lightness the bombyx silk did not have. Both silks gave different results, but both were a pleasure to work with.
I have worked with this fibre blend numerous times before, and it has never failed to make me smile behind my spinning wheel. There is no need to pre-draft this top, it seems to melt from your hand onto the wheel. The colours are rich and deep, and though I cannot see the silk within the fibre, I can feel that it’s there. I spun this fibre a little thinner than the other DK weight yarns, as I know from past experience that it will plump up dramatically once it has been washed and dried.
I love the depth of shade and the softness of this fibre. It drafts extremely easily, and the resulting yarn has bounce and character. I find it very easy to spin thick, which is a task I normally find tricky to do. Another great fact about this fibre is how hardwearing and soft the final yarn is, thanks to the superwash wool and the small amount of nylon. This is a fibre base I could easily spin for socks with, or maybe even special baby clothes.
Silk is a pleasure to work with. It adds luxury and softness to any fibre you blend it with, and it can create dramatic results in the colour and texture of your yarn. Take a look at the final four swatches below; each of these yarns has its own unique character.
Well, that exercise was sure a treat for my fingers! Now I better get back to spinning for that sweater I want to have ready for the fall…
How have you found working with the SweetGeorgia Yarns collection of fibres? Have you noticed a dramatic difference in the texture and colour of your final yarns? Do you have a favorite style of spinning or special preparation you prefer? What type of yarns do to create with our different fibre types? Please share your experiences and stories with us! Thanks!
Resonance Cardi by Amanda Bell 0
New pattern alert! Need a light and delicate cardi in anticipation of the cooling off of summer?! This new cardigan pattern, Resonance Cardi, designed by Amanda Bell takes the familiar striped sweater and turns it on its side — flattering vertical stripes are easily achieved by working pieces sideways rather than vertically. A lace pattern that bends the stripes into pretty waves edges the wider of two asymmetrical fronts.
The Resonance Cardi is knit in three pieces, worked side-to-side: a back and two asymmetrical fronts. The body gets its A-line silhouette from short row shaping that starts at the hem edge. After blocking and seaming the three main pieces together, the short, set-in sleeves are picked up from the armholes and shaped using short rows. For a clean finish, loosely carry unused color along wrong side of hem edge of work and slip first stitch of wrong side rows.
For the sample, Amanda chose to use Glacier and Pistachio for the two colours in CashSilk Lace which makes for a delicate, soft look. You could also choose two higher contrasting colours for more “vibration” or resonance. What two colours would you want to see together?
Fibre Sampling Sessions: Merino 0
By Grace Verhagen, yarn enthusiast and baker of cookies
Last week, I sampled the three different bluefaced leicester blends that SweetGeorgia dyes to order at the studio. If you would like to learn more background information about my sampling project and check out my previous results, please follow the link here.
Part Two: Merino Mania
Merino is the fibre that comes to mind when most people think of ‘fine wool’. This ultra-soft sheep wool has a short sample length that can be tricky for beginners to spin, but makes it popular in everything from long underwear to shawls. SweetGeorgia offers four different blends that feature this popular and versatile fibre; Merino, Superwash Merino, Merino + Silk, and Merino Bamboo Silk.
The appearance of this top is quite different from BFL. At first glance, I can see that it does not have the same long wavy crimp. Some gentle pre-drafting shows me how short the staple length is. This big and bushy top is comfortable and satisfying to spin with, though it does not draft quite as smoothly as a silk blend. The yarn this fibre creates is so shiny and smooth, even without the addition of silk!
Wow — the superwash treatment of this top has really ‘poofed’ up this merino! This roving was the plumpest of all to work with. This fiber is extremely soft and drafts exceptionally well. The colours also appear to be much more brilliant and bright on this fibre than on the natural merino wool; they almost look like a ‘cartoon’ version of this colourway!
This fibre just glistened in my hand when I picked it up. The silk adds depth to the colourway and a beautiful shimmer to the top. At first, I found this delicate blend a little trickier to draft, but after I pre-drafted slightly, the fibre just slipped through my fingers. You can see the silk shimmer in your drafting zone before the twist enters — it makes you feel like you are spinning fireworks.
A stunning combination. White streaks of bamboo highlight this roving, and give the resulting yarn a slight tweedy feel. This fibre drafts like a dream, and the finished yarn is really bouncy and soft. The ‘Tapestry’ colourway appears totally different in this fibre than the other merino blends, much more mature and subdued, but I love it! Note to self — this would make great sweater yarn!
Check out the differences in the three swatches pictured below — what a range of colours! I find it fascinating that the type of fibre you choose can so radically affect the overall colour of your yarn, as well as the the strength, bounce, and softness.
Next week, I am going to dive into the rest of the SweetGeorgia fibre repertoire — all the luxury silk and cellulose blends I know you can’t wait to hear about. I think I need a break first though — too much spinning can lead to spinning silliness.
Cheers, and happy spinning!
Cast-on Cottage in Georgia 0
Cast-on Cottage in Roswell, Georgia, is one of the newest shops to carry SweetGeorgia and they just received ALL 81 colourways of Tough Love Sock in their shop. Check out their blog and all their suggestions on what to make with Tough Love »