Wednesday, 15 January 2014

New Yarns (and Patterns) for 2014!

Knitwits Yarns

Slightly to our amazement we had a couple of deliveries over the festive period - one from Italy {we always get excited when Adriafil boxes arrive} and one from Yorkshire {OK - not quite the same frisson of excitement but it contained new colours in Opium so we were very excited after we'd opened it!}.

So - to Italy - and Adriafil's new Stella Jacq - their Aran version of the phenomenally successful (because it's so lovely) DK yarn, Knitcol.  Like Knitcol, a wonderful range of colours:

so now we can have fantastic, brightly coloured jumpers in Aran weight too!

Also in the box were new patterns for Knitcol.  Many European knitters don't follow patterns but learn at their mothers' (and grandmothers') knees and make up their garments as they go, so it's testament to the popularity of Knitcol in the UK that Adriafil has produced a whole range of new patterns for this wool.  Here is a small sample but scroll down the Knitcol page to see all the patterns down the left hand side.  I've got my eye on this sweater:

but I also like this one:

and, indeed, this gilet:

So, the second box to arrive contained new colours in the wonderful "Opium" from King Cole.  This thick and thin yarn was so successful last summer that King Cole have introduced 8 new colours and new patterns to go with them:

I have my eye on this sweater, which I think will be really useful for putting over a strappy top when summer evenings start to cool:

and this little top for summer days:

I have just signed up for Team GB in the 2014 Ravellenic Games on Ravelry - any suggestions as to what I should knit?!  I've just looked up the dates - 6th - 23rd Feb so only 17 days (much shorter than the 2012 Olympics - yikes!).

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