Friday, July 29, 2011

What's New at HCW? Solstice and Zen!


Solstice

One way to keep cool is to sit very, very still in an air conditioned room, preferably with a fan pointed right at you, and possibly with your feet in a bucket of ice water. Something else you can add to that mix? How about sitting still while working a nice pair of socks while you bask in the oscillating breeze? After all, socks are super portable and won't heat up your lap-- perfect summer knitting. Toward that end, we have great news:


This week, we got in a couple of great shipments of sock weight yarn from Zen Yarn Garden and Solstice.


ZEN


ABOUT THE ZEN

Zen Yarn Garden is a small dyer out of Canada. You can choose from Serenity 20 (an 80/10/10 blend of merino, cashmere & nylon) or Serenity Silk 3 (an 80/10/10 Merino, cashmere & silk.) Both are sock weight yarns with a similar feel-- but the Serenity Silk 3 has a little bit more of a sheen and feels a bit crisper.


Solstice


ABOUT THE SOLSTICE


Solstice is a new company HCW just started working with. In addition to the SW listed below, we're carrying their DK weight E'toile Silken Camel blend. It has great yardage - 375 yards per 115g skein.

Now, about the Solstice Sock Yarn:

Starlight Cashmere Silk is a 50/50 silk & cashmere blend that is supper soft!

Lumiere Lace is a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend, a little bit on the heavier side of lace but each skein is about enough for a small shawl or shoulderette.

Luna Sock is a SUPER soft 80/10/10 Merino Cashmere & Nylon blend.


Solstice


Besides socks, there's lots you can do with this yarn. Kennedy is using the e'toile in two colors for her Morrison Cardigan and Pam is knitting a long lace scarf out of one skein. Kennedy's also contemplating a Ptarmigan Cowl by Brooklyn Tweed the Starlight and a Swallowtail shawl in the Lumiere lace.Or consider a lace shoulderette or maybe Stephen West's new Creekbed scarf.



Ptarmigan Cowl by Brooklyn Tweed. Buy the pattern at the HCW online shop!

On the other hand, if you want to stick with socks, most of these yarns are dyed in really rich semi-solids so they would be great in a complicated sock like one of Cookie A's patterns.

1 comment:

Z of ZKNITZ said...

These yarns are just so nice to look at it.

I really enjoy the look and the feel of yarn.

I guess once you become a hardcore crocheter/knitter..you just can't pass up a bunch of yarn.

Thanks for the pics!