Cashmerino 20 | Shop Preview

 

I've put together a small preview of some of the colourways I have dyed for an upcoming shop update. For the last week or so I have been working with the wonderful Cashmerino 20, a fingering weight blend of merino, cashmere and nylon (70%/20%/10%). It is incredibly soft with an exquisite hand and I know you will love working with it as much as I do. It is the perfect choice for summer shawls, light weight sweaters, and baby garments. It also makes for luxurious socks, if you'd like to spoil your toes a little. 

For most of the year I have been filling dyed to orders, so it was nice to have the chance to play around with colour palettes and a few colourways I don't dye very often. Pink frost is a special colourway from this year's Coloured Greys club and is making its first outside appearance in this update. Tea rose, silver leaf, and sweet pea are also past club colourways that aren't often dyed on our Cashmerino 20. Smoky lilac fits right in there too, it's not a club colourway but a rare one that I don't dye often. I find myself drawn to these light coloured greys lately, they all look so pleasing together! Below I've included a few photographs of palettes and colour combinations I came up with while photographing the colourways for this coming update. You can also follow along on Instagram, where I share snapshots and stories of my work in between dye batches. 

This shop update will occur early this week. Advance notice of the date and time have been sent out to our mailing list subscribers. 

 see below

see below

 shipwreck, mystery, smoke, tea leaves, bruin

shipwreck, mystery, smoke, tea leaves, bruin

group picture above, top to bottom, column 1: sweet pea, smoky lilac, pink frost, paper birch, driftwood, smoke, bruin, column 2: tea leaves, sea glass, shipwreck, silver leaf, worn denim, denim, sapphire, column 3: early spring, rose gold, tea rose, spiced pumpkin, spanish coin, moss, temperate

 paper birch, pink frost, smoky lilac, worn denim, silver leaf, driftwood

paper birch, pink frost, smoky lilac, worn denim, silver leaf, driftwood

 spiced pumpkin, tea rose, moss

spiced pumpkin, tea rose, moss

 paper birch, smoke, sketchbook, charcoal

paper birch, smoke, sketchbook, charcoal

 early spring, rose gold, spiced pumpkin, spanish coin, moss, temperate, sea glass, sapphire

early spring, rose gold, spiced pumpkin, spanish coin, moss, temperate, sea glass, sapphire

 vintage lace, pink frost, tea rose

vintage lace, pink frost, tea rose

 spiced pumpkin, shipwreck, vintage lace

spiced pumpkin, shipwreck, vintage lace

 bruin, tea leaves, shipwreck

bruin, tea leaves, shipwreck

 temperate

temperate

 sapphire

sapphire

 mystery

mystery

 sweet pea, smoky lilac, paper birch

sweet pea, smoky lilac, paper birch

 shipwreck, silver leaf, paper birch

shipwreck, silver leaf, paper birch

 early spring, rose gold, spiced pumpkin, spanish coin

early spring, rose gold, spiced pumpkin, spanish coin

 denim, worn denim, paper birch

denim, worn denim, paper birch

An Heirloom Rainbow In the Making

 Alizarin + Rose Gold + Olive Branch + Tea Leaves

Alizarin + Rose Gold + Olive Branch + Tea Leaves

 An Heirloom Rainbow

An Heirloom Rainbow

 Shipwreck + Sea Glass + Spirit

Shipwreck + Sea Glass + Spirit

 West Coast Inspired

West Coast Inspired

 Coloured Greys

Coloured Greys

Heirloom is simply one of my favourite yarns to dye and to work with - if ever there were a yarn spun from gold, this is it. The shine and subtle halo bring my colourways to life in a truly magical way I have yet to experience with any other base. When I set out to create this palette, I wanted to do so with colour play in mind. I also wanted to be able to offer smaller skeins for projects that require more than one colour. Many of these colourways look absolutely stunning together, whether it be in a tonal gradation or blending from one to another. Below you'll find 20 carefully selected colourways, four of which are new and inspired by the idea of blending, Rose Gold, Olive Branch, Lagoon and Lady. These four new colourways sit somewhere between others on the list (Alizarin/Rose Gold/Ochre, Ochre/Olive Branch/Tea Leaves, Spirit/Lagoon/Sea Glass/Shipwreck, Luna/Lady/Nocturnelle) and help transition from one to the next. I hope you enjoy combining these 20 stunning colourways, the possibilities are truly endless and I cannot wait to see you create!

A batch of ready to ship Heirloom half skeins go on sale tonight at 5:30pm pacific / 8:30pm eastern in the Sweet Fiber Online Shop!


Heirloom Colourways

70% Silk 30% Cashmere  -  230m / 251y per 50g  -  30-28 sts per 4" on 2.25-3.25m / 1-3 US

 Ina's red

Ina's red

 Alizarin

Alizarin

 Rose Gold *new*

Rose Gold *new*

 Sequoia

Sequoia

 Ochre

Ochre

 Woodsmoke

Woodsmoke

 Olive Branch *new*

Olive Branch *new*

 Tea Leaves

Tea Leaves

 Temperate

Temperate

 Spirit

Spirit

 Lagoon *new*

Lagoon *new*

 Sea Glass

Sea Glass

 Shipwreck

Shipwreck

 Ever Grey

Ever Grey

 Charcoal

Charcoal

 Smoke

Smoke

 Paper Birch

Paper Birch

 Luna

Luna

 Lady *new*

Lady *new*

 Nocturnelle

Nocturnelle

Coming Up: Knitter's Frolic 2013

We're really excited to be attending our first Knitter's Frolic this year! In a couple of days we'll flying to Toronto with our bags packed full of the yarn we've been busy dyeing this past month. I know winter may be lingering a tad longer than many would like in Toronto this year, so we're bringing along sock yarns and silk blends to get you started on your spring and summer knits! Speaking of spring, our friend Marilyn at 88 Stitches knit this beautiful Rae by Jane Richmond with one skein of our Cashmernio Sock in Moss. Simply constructed and cleverly shaped this scarf is one of those perfect accessories that can be worn all year long. We'll have it at the Frolic this year for you to see and try on.

 

15th Annual Knitter's Frolic - 2013

Market Place: Saturday April 27th 9am-4:30pm

Where: The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Address: 6 Garamond Court, Toronto

Find us: booth #21

Hope to see you there!

Stitches West 2013: Recap

A big thank you is in order to all of the wonderful knitters who took the time to visit the Sweet Fiber booth this year at Stitches West. It was great meeting many of our customers in person, as well as meeting and chatting with many new ones throughout the weekend. Below you will find the list of yarns, samples and books we had at the show, along with links to their Ravelry pages. We may not have taken as many pictures as we would have liked (it was just too darn busy!) but we did manage to sneak in a couple before opening night.

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Y A R N S 

Avery Sport - 50% Merino, 50% Silk (sport)

Cashmerino Skinny - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (lace/light fingering)

Cashmerino Sock - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (fingering)

Cashmerino Worsted - 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (worsted/aran)

Haven - 50% Merino, 50% Silk (aran)

Heirloom - 70% Silk, 30% Cashmere (fingering)

Merino Twist Worsted - 100% Superwash Merino (worsted)

Silk Cashmere Aran - 55% Silk, 45% Cashmere (aran)

Silk Cashmere Lace - 55% Silk, 45% Cashmere (lace/light fingering)

Sweet Merino Lite - 100% Superwash Merino (fingering)

S H O W   S A M P L E S

Annis by Susanna IC (free) - shown in Cashmerino Sock, Luna

Autumn Bloom by Melissa Thomson - shown in Silk Cashmere Aran, Spiced Pumpkin

Caramel Slouch by Alexa Ludeman - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spiced Pumpkin

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert (free) - shown in Avery Sport, Hippolyta

Courtyard by Melissa Thomson - shown in Merino Twist Worsted, Temperate & Smoke

Golden Pear by Melissa Thomson (free) - shown above in Cashmerino Worsted, various colours

Louise by Aurore (free) - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Envy

Magpie Cowl by Judy Marples - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Ina’s Red

Rathtrevor by Jane Richmond from Island - shown above in Cashmerino Worsted, Moss

Rivercat Sock by Brenda Patipa (free) - shown in Cashmerino Sock, Spanish Coin

Secret of Change by Veera Valimaki - shown in Heirloom, Envy

Thurlow by Melissa Thomson - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spanish Coin

Wellington by Jane Richmond - shown in Cashmerino Worsted, Spirit

Woodstack by Melissa Thomson - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Denim

Yorkshire Shawl by Judy Marples - shown in Sweet Merino Lite, Tea Leaves

B O O K S

9 months of knitting by Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel

ISLAND by Jane Richmond

Stitches West 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With little over two weeks left before market preview night we're getting very excited here at Sweet Fiber Yarns! We finished packing the last few boxes of yarn today and put together a little preview of what you will find at our booth.

At Stitches West 2013 we will be debuting a new (favourite) colourway of ours, Temperate! Temperate captures the luscious greens and subtle browns of the rainforest coast we call home. We'll have a limited amount available at the show on many of our favourite bases.

Also at the show you can expect to find a great selection of our Yarn Candy stitch markers in both big and small sizes. Each sets comes with a tiny glass bottle to store them in as pictured above.

Check back next week when we'll announce the release of several new designs (by some of our favourite local designers) that will be available exclusively at our Stitches West booth (#1041 & 1043)! The market floor map can be found here.

Silky Sock - n e w !

Introducing our new Silky Sock. Perfect for socks or one skein luxury projects!

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Silky Sock

70% Superwash Merino 30% Silk

115g/4oz

340 meters / 372 yards

fingering weight

Machine washable, hand wash recommended, lay flat to dry.

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From the left: Paper Birch, Aventurine, Stone & Snow Drift

The above colours are currently available here.

Silk Cashmere Worsted - new !

In preparation for the coming fall we'll be dyeing our popular Silk Cashmere blend in a new worsted weight. A few skeins are currently available in the Sweet Fiber Shop and more are on the way shortly.

Also in the works are several new designs that feature this luscious yarn (due out by late Octoberish). For now, here's a beauty shot of our Silk Cashmere Worsted in the new and perfectly winter colourway, Snow Drift.

Perfect for hats, cowls, mitts and other small luxuries.

55 % Silk 45 % Cashmere

50 grams/ 1.75 oz

123 meters / 135 yards

20sts/4" 4mm/6us

 

 

Lolli Socks

Lolli Socks are a blend of candy inspired colours that create organic stripes and swirls when knit up as socks. Reminiscent of neon slouch socks and mouth watering hard candies these bright socks are sure to knock your shoes off!

While creating Lolli Socks we wanted something fun and stripey without losing the qualities that make hand dyed yarns so great. Each stripe is a little different as one colour transitions into the next and the results are stunning. Here at the Sweet Fiber Studio we've found a 64 stitch sock circumference (at a gauge of approx. 28sts/4") to work beautifully. But please feel free to experiment, there's so many possibilities!

Lolli Socks will be available in two of our favourite sock yarns:

Lolli Socks SSS (aka Super Sweet Sock) 379m/415y per 155 gram skein Lolli Socks MCN (aka Cashmerino Sock) 340m/372y per 115 gram skein

Lolli Socks are available online at the Sweet Fiber Shop.

 

From left to right: Wicked Sour, Lemon Lime, Pink Lemonade, Sour Watermelon & Hard Candy

Coming Spring 2011: Sweet Merino Lite

shown in aegean

100% Superwash Merino

434 meters / 475 yards

115g / 4oz

fingering weight (28-32sts/4inches)

2-2.5mm / 0-1 1/2us

single ply

This new yarn is sure to be a new Sweet Fiber favourite. Light, squishy, and smooth, Sweet Merino Lite is great for fingering weight shawls, scarfs, cowls and fingerless gloves. There is something exquisite about the way it dyes, resulting in beautiful colours that are layered, mixed and marbled to perfection. Coming Spring 2011.

Coming Spring 2011: Silk Merino Lace

shown in shipwreck

50% Silk 50% Merino

700 meters / 766 yards

100g / 3.5oz

2 ply lace weight

The new Silk Merino Lace is a gorgeous blend of silk and merino with a generous 700 meters per 100 gram skein. Soft, supple and full of sheen it is the perfect start for a new springtime shawl. Coming spring 2011.