Knitting and crochet offer us the opportunity to connect to productivity as well as tap into our creativity. A slow, consistent building of loops gives us a finished product that takes time to make. This puts us in a unique position to plan ahead for the seasons - for example, in order to be able to wear something for the inevitable cooler weather that the Fall will usher in as the year turns into September, we often have to start contemplating what we'll want to add to our wardrobes beginning in August.
With this need in mind, we officially launched into our first set of Fall-inspired shipments for our August yarn club. This month, we thought it would be a great treat to start the season with one of the most soft and versatile yarn bases we could find, and featured Zen Yarn Garden's fabulous Serenity 20 (fingering weight) and Serenity Worsted (worsted weight) yarns, which feature a blend of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon.
Representing our cool mood board, we have a group of one-of-a-kind colorways as well as a couple semi-solid options. Starting from the first photo, we have Waterseed, Coast Guard, Foliage, Cayman, and Frosted Kiwi.
Each fingering weight hank contained a generous 400 yards, while the sturdy worsted weight provided Fiberistas with 175 glorious yards of yarnie yumminess.
Representing our neutral board for September, we have - from top left rotating clockwise - Black Pearl, Black Mousse, Stardust, and Charcoal.
Finally, wrapping up our color selections and representing our warm mood board for August we have - startin with the top left photo and rotating clockwise - Ember, Cayenne Pepper, Sienna, and Burning Bush
We tested a new system of providing links and coupon codes within shipments this month, with patterns available to download directly from Ravelry. Our featured knitting patterns this month were the Mezquita Shawl and Howard's Tam:
August was the first month since our launch to also include crochet patterns, which members were quick to whip up! To compliment the Zen Yarn Garden's yarn, we selected Eternity Scarf by Kim Miller and Cirrus by Thread Softly:
In order to help promote feelings of calmness and peace before we enter into a new season (the holidays will be here before we know it!), our swag item this month featured a couple of bags of our very favorite tea - STASH - in a variety of herbal flavors.
We imagine Fiberistas sitting in their favorite comfortable chair, casting on their projects, with a lovely cup of tea sitting beside them, enjoying the calm afternoon or evening decompressing from an eventful day.
Check back in tomorrow - we'll come back with our Sock Club and inaugural Garment Club reveal.
Socks are a great knitting project year round. Whether you knit them using the magic loop method, or are a master of double pointed needles, they can easily travel with you anywhere you go, are perfect projects for the warmer weather during summer months, and are usually quick to finish. They also make great gifts - who doesn't love a pair of handknitted socks?!
This month our sock club feature was Glitter Sock from Zen Yarn Garden. A wonderful blend of superwash merino, cashmere, nylon, and just a pinch of sparkle makes for a luxurious and fun knit.
Sock Club members received one of the thirteen colors featured in our Yarn Club palette for August:
With the summer in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere (including some exceptionally hot weather courtesy of El Niño), our July Yarn Club shipments were inspired by refreshing, cool beverages meant to quench your seasonal thirst.
We collaborated with LYDIA yarn LLC, and lead dyer Angela - who works out of her studio in South Carolina - managed to create a beautiful collection of custom colors only available to our club members and through our Fiberista Club online store