Vibrant Yarns for a Fun, Feisty Spring
Color is incredibly evocative: it can stir memories of a particular time or place, create a mood, or inspire a fresh perspective. Whether you’re wearing it or working with it on your needles, color will move you emotionally–so choose carefully for the most satisfying experience! Luckily, playing with color options is great fun and we’re happy to play along if you need help. This spring, the color buzz in fiber is all about gradient and self-striping yarns, and many of us at Uncommon Threads are fairly fizzing with excitement to work with the new beauties on our shelves.
Easy Does It
I’ll be honest: I absolutely adore the graceful subtlety of gradient yarns. The gentle progression from one color to the next in exquisite fibers like Freia’s Merino Silk Sport and Super Bulky is both soothing and stirring–think Ravel’s Bolero in yarn! Freia’s yarns are thoughtfully prepared so that you can continue your color progression without interruption, and they’ll turn just about any basic pattern into something spectacular. I’ve been coveting Sweaterbabe’s #123 Sophisticated Boho Lace Eternity Scarf, and Laura is planning to knit Elfe by Astrid Schramm by working from opposite ends of the color range.
Spincycle’s Dyed in the Wool is an intriguing hybrid of gradient and self-striping color, with handspun texture thrown in for good measure. I scooped up some new colors at the close of Stitches West, and they are delicious worked alone or with a complementary solid or tonal color. Clementine is already making good progress on Nightshade by Simone Barry and Esther has her eye on Jonesy, also by Simone Barry. By the way, summer tees make for fun and easy warm-weather knitting, and are a great choice for a first sweater project. Join me for our Top Down Tee Knit-a-Long starting March 29 and give one a try!
Noro and stripes go together like springtime and flowers. Our new colors of Taiyo Sock will bring sunshine to your knitting bag…and your crochet basket! If you’re looking for a new twist on self-striping yarns, try granny squares: their in-the-round construction creates a delightfully random look. Lyle will explore many variations of modern “grannies” in April with Not Your Mother’s Granny Square, and Rowan has launched a new Mystery Crochet-a-Long designed by Lisa Richardson. Friends, warm up your hooks!
Shaken, Not Striped
Exuberant color is an instant mood-lifter; variegated yarn is a party in a skein! New this spring is Eco-Baby Prints from Debbie Bliss, a sweet multicolor cotton that is also interchangeable with her Baby Cashmerino–try the breezy Fisherman’s Rib Sweater below or make a summer version of your favorite baby sweater.
Dragonfly Fibers and Phydeaux have quickly become house favorites for dramatic color that catches your eye, then ensnares your heart. I recently added Traveller (DK weight merino) to our stock of Dragonfly yarns, which includes Pixie (fingering weight) and Damsel (sport). Phydeaux Beurre DK has a baroque sensibility, mixing eye-popping color with a refined structure. Shellye’s Next Steps: Shawls class on March 25 is the perfect opportunity to play with these yarns while building your knitting skills–try The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower Yarn for a simple and elegant accessory.
Looms Love Color, Too
Weaving is still a relatively new addition to Uncommon Threads, and we’re happily taking advantage of Laura’s many skills to share these techniques with you. Color artistry is in your hands with her upcoming classes on Pattern & Texture, as well as Color & Weave Effects. She offers an optional Warping Class just before both of these sessions so you can be sure to set up correctly.
It’s becoming a spring tradition: I’m pleased to offer another Uncommon Threads coupon through Living Social. Through March 24, you can purchase a coupon for $30 worth of merchandise for only $15–just follow this link.
Please note that Uncommon Threads will be closed on Sunday, April 5 for the Easter holiday.