It has been many years since we’ve seen any Vicuña yarn at TNNA. The vicuña is one of two wild camelids in South America, related to the alpaca. It is said that Vicuña fiber is the softest and silkiest in the world, and I cannot disagree. It is also very warm, which is of course how the Vicuñas survive in the Andes.
Read more about these amazing animals here.
The fiber itself is very rare– there are not many animals, they are wild and have to be gently caught to be sheared. The fiber itself has to be manually picked over to remove the guard hairs, which is very labor intensive.
Naturally, this means that Vicuña yarn is quite expensive, and we were quite surprised to see some available.
Courtesy of Westminster Fibers, we have this snazzy tank top in Butterfly Super 10 Cotton!
Nautica Super 10
Make a gigantic impact with Color
|Fassett’s Patchwork Designs
It’s easier than ever before with Regia’s Design Line by Kaffe Fassett
Rowan’s Master Colorist, Kaffe Fassett, has created beautiful combinations for Regia Yarns. Those of us familiar with his work can spot a Fassett design a mile away, and love them all. But of course the knitting patterns were so daunting–combinations of fair isle and intarsia, with complex color changes using often dozens of colors and yarns in one project!
Now Fassett revisits some of his favorite shapes and patterns using combinations of these variegated yarns with each other and solids. Get fabulous results with simplified technique!
The great color combinations
of Regia Design Line
|Kaffe Fassett’s colorways
|Vogue Knitting’s Cover Sweater featuring Cortina Nuvole
Astrakan by Lang
Yes, all the fashion magazines, the knitting and the crochet magazines, and the TV/internet style shows are showing big, Big, BIGGER knits! And they’re so gorgeous, and they’re fast to knit, but… but…. but….
“Super-bulky knits look great on a 5′ 10″, 90 lb model, but not me! They’re so pricey with so little yardage! And they’re so heavy–who could wear all that?! Even if you’re skinny, it weighs a ton!”
The answer is Yes, you can wear these yarns, if you choose wisely. Here are some tips:
- Accessories–scarves, hats, muffs–give the fashion look without being overwhelming
- Look at the cost of the garment, not the price of the skein. Most of these yarns are cost-effective.
- Remember to keep the fabric and the fit loose–unless it’s an outerwear coat or jacket, these yarns shouldn’t be firmly knit. They also not meant to be knit into sweaters that are close-fitting; instead choose patterns for layering garments.
- Natural fibers are heavier than synthetics. In these super big yarns, a synthetic portion or blend is a big plus in keeping them light enough to wear.
- “Cable knit” yarns, where the strand is really a knitted tube, are much lighter to wear, and warm too.
A Quick Link to all our Big Yarns!
Thought I’d start a new thread with what’s on my needles right now. Please dive in and add what you’re working on too!
Socks for Son #1, in a discontinued Socka Mexico Color
Sample of a new Super10 Kids sweater–didn’t like the colors in the pattern picture so I’m working it up in brights
Swatches (there are always swatches!) of Marble Chunky, a new bamboo yarn we are thinking of importing
Scarf in Big Print….but I think this one is going to get frogged. Just not happy with it.
Still working on the Faina Scarf in Elysium…been on hiatus for a while. Ought to finish that up.