Since you’re a yarn club member, I hope that means you like the colors that I do….because this month I simply picked out colors I was attracted to and applied them all to the same skein. Wah lah! This month’s variegated skein was born. Then I selected another color from the rainbow, applied my wizard-like dye mixing skills, added an overlay and we now have a semi-solid, too! I think they capture the allure of early summer, and I’m planning on taking a skein of Stargazer with me on an upcoming trip. It’s just that pretty.
SeaCell /Merino blend fingering weight: 30% SeaCell/70% superwash merino, 378 yds / 345 m per 4 oz / 115 g skein. Hand wash, lay flat to dry. Additional skeins $24 apiece, plus shipping.
Have you ever knit with SeaCell? Well, here’s your chance! Seacell is a man-made fiber (made with a similar process to the bamboo derived rayon on our Elizabeth Bennet and Scarlett O’Hara yarns) derived from plant and seaweed materials. Apparently, seaweed is very healthy & promotes lots of good things, but mostly, it’s just pretty in yarn. In addition from being pretty, it definitely improves durability and helps the yarn spin up sleekly. (Cellulose fibers tend to compact & lay flat when spun.) You can read more about SeaCell here at Paradise Fibers.
I have a slight love affair with flowers. I can’t help myself, they’re pretty and cheery and smell good. What’s not to love? Here in Iowa we have ditches full of lilies – often referred to as “ditch lilies”. (Original, no?) They’re prolific and often get their start from gardeners throwing the thinned plants into the ditch to dispose of them, where they promptly take root and proliferate. They grow wild, often in huge swathes of color – it’s lovely to behold.
I’ve seen iris (ok, those are not lilies, but I’ve still seen them!), stargazers, tiger lilies, stella de oro and more. You’ll see the range of lily colors present in Stargazer. This colorway is comprised of 7 applied colors which mix in the kettle to create even more hues. I love the result & it’s so entertaining to see how differently each skein comes out of the pot.
Of course, I couldn’t include absolutely all the colors that I loved because there are no bad colors and I love them all. I did add 7 colors which I though coordinated well and are currently entertaining my fancy.
It’s time to heat things up. This is a true red – leaning neither toward orange or blue – with just a touch of black. It’s a sophisticated jewel tone, equally suitable for men & women. This semi-solid is more solid, and a little simpler than last month’s Robin’s Egg Blue. Beguile is nearly solid, with only the slightest touch of variation to keep things fresh. If you’ve been waiting for a true red, your ship has just come in!