Archive for April, 2008

Fresh Ideas For Spring



Boy, we have lots of new yarns in down here at Cowgirl Yarns right now. Right at the top of my list is Happy Feet, by Plymouth Yarns.

This is a really nice sock yarn, 90% wool and 10% nylon, and it’s superwash. It is slightly heavier weight, more of a sport than a fingering yarn; I knitted it up at seven or eight stitches to the inch instead of my usual nine. However, it is soft and makes a nice firm fabric for your socks. It isn’t at all splitty either. It comes in 50 gram skeins, so it will take two for the average pair of adult socks. We have it in some fun variegated colors!



Also on the new-to-us list is a fun yarn called Jeans, by Tahki. It is 100% organic cotton, but it is not made like a standard cotton yarn. This one is actually a tube knitted with a very fine cotton thread. The overall weight is probably about that of worsted. It looks like a lot of fun to knit, and comes in three jeans-type colorways – a dark denim, a grey denim and a khaki color.




With warmer weather on the way (we all hope), it’s time to start thinking about some lighter, brighter summery yarns. Cathay by Debbie Bliss fits this idea perfectly. This smooth yarn, a blend of 80% cotton, 35% viscose microfiber, and 15% silk, comes in paintbox colors bright enough to make a snowy Wyoming spring day light up. Cathay is also on sale right now.  Pair it up with a pattern for a short sleeve top and you’ll be in business!




Want some smaller projects to work on while it’s warm? If you’re not into socks (says your resident sock addict), try making a few baby things – they are quick, don’t overheat your lap, and can be stored away for future gifts. Baby Cashmerino by Debbie Bliss is a wonderfully soft yarn, perfect for those little projects. This yarn is a blend of merino wool, microfiber and cashmere.  





If you want something a little bit different, try the Baby Bamboo by Sirdar. This yarn is 80% bamboo and 20% wool. It comes in a number of luscious colors. If you’re not sure what to knit with these lovely yarns, we have many pattern books and loads of individual patterns to choose from.





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