This month we featured the fabulous yarns and dyed roving of Lisa Mutch operating under her fabulous brand - Northbound Knitting.
NBK operates out of Onatrio, Canada, and Lisa’s ability to strike an impressive middle ground in her dye process - subtle, yet intensive and purposeful color - is some of the best we have ever seen (which is surprising, given her love affair for gray)!
We selected NBK's merino/cashmere/nylon (MCN) base for a little luxury spring knitting. Two yarn weights were featured and, depending on Fiberista preferences, each member received two skeins of either a DK weight (240 yards/100 grams per skein) or worsted weight (181 yards/100 grams per skein).
Overall, there were 15 glorious colors this month expertly dyed by Lisa's capable hands:
We also featured Finnish top dyed by NBK in all fifteen colors above. It was paired with a natural merino/cashmere blend, and we'll be posting a tutorial on project ideas on the blog tomorrow.
There was such a great response to the circular knitting needles we featured by Indian Lake Artisans last month, we decided to continue the fun by included 30 pairs of their straight, copper-topped knitting needles randomly in our shipments this month.
Measuring a garment while you're working on it, or taking your measurements to identify your sizing options for a particular pattern is something we all do. To help, we included these super "Knit Happy" tape measures in every Fiberista package this month.
For our intermediate/advanced knitters, we have an exclusively designed pattern featuring an asymmetrical shawl and/or scarf featuring a textured diagonal rib stitch.
Also included within the pattern are instructions for completing a beginner's scarf utilizing this month's yarn featuring the diagonal rib stitch.
We hope all of our Fiberistas are thoroughly enjoying this month's boxes. June's boxes will ship between June 1st and 4th.
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:
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.