From time to time, I want to keep you in the loop on the goings on behind the scenes in space. Now entering our third spring and summer season, we have learned a few things about the industry and what you all want. Instead of dropping lots of our favorite heavier winter yarns and replacing them with lots of spring and summer selections, we are doing a second fall/winter season. Some of the yarns that we brought to you in July and August will be going away to make room for our newest winter lines. We hope that this will keep you excited about knitting in January and onward. For those of you that really do have to knit with light fabrics and cotton blends for spring, no worries. We have ordered a select few and particularly interesting yarns to get you through the spring season.
The first of our winter yarns have arrived just in time for the holidays, and we’re celebrating the season with gifts from across the pond, fabulous Rowan yarns and Kim Hargreaves patterns! We’re thrilled that our first shipment arrived just in time for last minute gift knitting…. And for you Rowan lovers out there, a true holiday treat.
Look no further than fibre space™ for an amazing inventory of Kim Hargreaves books. We carry: Heartfelt, Nectar, Winter Blooms, Misty, Touching Elegance, Cherish and Shadows. These stunning books feature Hargreaves timeless designs of understated, simple, elegance. We want to knit all of them but Ella from Touching Elegance is high in my queue. We won’t have Kid Silk Haze for a few weeks but this would be stunning in Neighborhood Fiber Co Loft. Kim’s latest book should be arriving in the next few weeks.
*A note about these books: While I LOVE the Kim Hargreaves collection, it is definitely written in a very distinct way that will be quite challenging for new sweater knitters. I would recommend these books or accessories and small projects only if you haven’t been knitting sweaters for long.
Our next arrival from Rowan is Kidsilk Creation (70% mohair / 30% silk). This is a limited edition yarn from them. They used their best selling colors of Rowan Kid Silk Haze. We have all except the cream color (which is on order but hasn’t arrived yet). One skein of this wispy mohair and silk yarn is all you need to create a voluminous, festive accessory. The pattern is a free download from Rowan. It’s written for both knitting and crochet. I am thinking quick holiday gifts for friends and co workers!
Alpaca Chunky (98% alpaca / 2% polyester) is light and airy, created by a braided or chain construction. It comes in four natural alpaca colors. This one is ideal for last minute Christmas gifts, particularly for those who want a luxuriously soft fabric (and won’t know how fast you made it!) Cinder by Jared Flood (available at the shop) would look stunning knit up in this yarn. Or try the Bandana Cowlfrom Purl Soho. For more pattern inspiration, check back next week for a wonderful accessory book (Winter Warmers), which is scheduled to arrive!
This last arrival is giving me fits. I have to knit with it right away! Lima (84% alpaca / 8% Merino / 8% nylon) is buttery soft alpaca blended with Merino and nylon for structure and strength. The ball band calls for a US#9, but it would also be happy on an #8 or #10. For pattern inspiration, dive into Kim Hargreaves pattern books such as, Winter Warmers (coming soon) and Shadows. I spent entirely too much time in a Ravelry black hole today finding an excuse to knit with this yarn. Here is what I came up with: Eleanor by Kim Hargreaves in the Touching Elegance book. It was originally designed in another aran weight yarn, but I might have to whip it up in Lima. Something about a giant snuggly pullover that seems right for this yarn.
So, come on down to the shop and check out this wonderful new addition to our universe.