The second-to-the-last new fall yarns arrived a few days ago, and they're the artsy-fartsy ones! Which we immediately fell upon and knit up into a couple of trendy, practical and easy cowls!
|Cute cowl but who's ugly neck is that?|
They're both from an Italian yarn maker, Lana Gatto, imported by Plymouth Yarns. They're construction is super-interesting. In fact, I really wonder what kind of machinery is used to manufacture these two!
Here's Opale, which looks like it was made on a teensy hairpin lace tool. One continuous strand snaking between to edges.
|Opale, an interesting ladder construction|
I made the cowl on size US 15 needles using a simple drop stitch and one ball. At eight bucks a ball, this is an awesome last-minute gift idea!
And then Koryn made this cute cowl from 2 balls of Ambra, which is like a skinny little net with yarn inside, and then a lump like a small cocoon every once in a while. Sounds icky but it works as an art yarn!
|Ambra, and this cowl has a twist, so cool|
Both of these yarns are neutral color only (so European dontcha think) but they'd also make great collars, cuffs, or edges on legwarmers or fingerless gloves!
Come check 'em out!
And today, Al Wolterbeek showed up! With his wife Teddy! We love seeing them each year, but we love seeing their shetland/icelandic sheep fleeces even more!
|Just a few of Al's fleeces|
And this year, Al brought a bunch of fleeces from lambs! Oh so soft! And you cannot get a better deal! Each whole fleece was under $25!
|OK so we bought a bunch of them. Couldn't help ourselves.|
I'll keep you informed about how these are washing up (and combing and carding) as I do them. Updates coming soon! I'm so excited!
P.S. Our Feed your Creativity gal, Erica from Kollage, will be coming on Nov. 1 for a really fun evening event! Anyone have an idea for a fun theme? We're still in the planning stages, but there isn't much time left!