Ysolda has introduced a yarn, Blend #1 under her own label. As soon as I heard it was for sale, I plunged in. Often enough, breed specific, small batch designer yarns are only available for a short time. When I've given myself time to think about whether or not I actually need it (as if) and then go back later to buy it, poof, it's gone, sold out. I've missed out on every one of Clara Parke's offerings by dilly-dallying. I was determined not to miss out on this so I'm glad I splurged without thinking!
The squishy soft skein holds the promise of being sublimely silky against the skin. Knitting my swatch was bliss--this is a yarn that glides over the needles with ease; very lady-like and well-behaved. The stitches laid flat even before blocking. From Ysolda: An undyed blend of Merino (50%), Polwarth(40%) & Zwartbles (10%). Worsted spun with 3 plies, Blend no.1 has a smooth, rounded structure that creates squishy, 3-dimensional cables and textured stitches. The subtle tonal variation and halo make minimalist garments equally beautiful. After knitting and fondling my lovely swatch, I decided to take Ysolda's latter advice and knit something minimalist to showcase the simple beauty of the fabric of this absolutely gorgeous yarn. However, then I started thinking cables: tiny, dainty cables. I'm toying with making Amalia by Pam Allen below, (I'll be adding sleeves), or Friday Anew (the long-sleeved pullover below) by Ankestrick. I'll make either one of them no matter, just deciding what yarn to use. Both would be pretty in Kidsilk Haze too. I will pattern shop a bit longer and hope to find a pullover with some smallish cables. Oh, the possibilities! The color is a pale silver gray. You can see in the pictures below that the subtle color variations gives a hint of color movement to each stitch.
|With US 4 needles my gauge was 25 sts. to 4 in. With US 5 my gauge was 22 st. to 4 in.|
|I've met Ysolda a few times at knitting shows. She is completely and utterly adorable.|
More from Ysolda: White Merino and Polwarth are organically farmed in the Falkland Islands where mulesing is not an issue. Zwartbles is a Dutch breed with unusually dark fibre, long legs and a distinctive white blaze, ours is grown close to the John Arbon mill in Exmoor. Blend no.1 blooms when wet into a cohesive fabric with a slight halo. The white and dark fibres blend into a subtly uneven grey with an appearance that's closer to a marled sweatshirt fabric than a traditional heathered yarn.
Purchase Blend No. 1 here. (Edited 3/21: Sorry, sold out already!)
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