As we're putting this newsletter together, it's a blustery, gray, 38-degree day. That is why I have a weather app open on my phone right next to this laptop so I can occasionally look over at the very promising upward trend over the next few days: 54° > 62° > 64° > 65° (with lots of sunshine)! Okay, hopes are officially raised! To help our moods match the weather, this week we've got new ranch-specific yarn from Brooklyn Tweed, new season-spanning Projects of the Week, pretty new sock yarn and minis, tulip-themed project bags, and more.
New this week!
Brooklyn Tweed Ranch 03: Campbell-Hansmire Merino
Please welcome Brooklyn Tweed’s third ranch-specific single-batch yarn to Spun! Campbell-Hansmire features fan-favorite fiber Merino, but with a few differences. This Merino is flock-specific, rancher Julie Hansmire having lovingly tended her sheep in the mountain meadows of Colorado for nearly 30 years, moving them with the seasons to foster environmental sustainability. The tenderness of the sheep’s care is reflected in the resulting soft and downy wool, here worked into a beautifully round 5-ply that is springy and strong, with outstanding stitch definition that will make your cables, colorwork, and stockinette sing.
Brooklyn Tweed has also released three new patterns--Jared Flood's Spero sweater and Hansmire hat and Lis Smith's Dalleray cowl. Get a free download code for the Hansmire pattern when you purchase the yarn, and scroll down and inch or so to see Carol's Hansmire sample and one of our very favorite teenage heads.
US 3-4/D-E (3.25-3.5 mm) • 6-7 stitches/inch • 170 yards • Sport
100 percent 20.7-micron Merino
Hansmire Designed by Jared Flood and knit by Carol in Brooklyn Tweed Ranch 03
Jared Flood’s Hansmire comfortably hugs your head in an elastic 1x1 rib, finishing with a crown that’s both playful and polished. It is knitted up in Brooklyn Tweed’s newest ranch-specific yarn, Ranch 03: Campbell: Hansmire, a 5-ply super-fine merino that has excellent stitch definition and palette of prismatic colors. (That yellow!) This cozy hat is available in three sizes that range from baby to adult and can be worn as a slouchy beanie or as a watchcap. Each kit includes 1 or 2 skeins of Ranch 03: Campbell: Hansmire (100% merino), in your choice of color, and the pattern for Jared Flood’s Hansmire. If you buy a kit, you will automatically receive both a printed copy of the pattern and a code to download the PDF through either Ravelry or the Brooklyn Tweed website.
Spun Projects of the Week (Buy either season-spanning kit, and the pattern is on us!) - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Low-Key Designed by Elizabeth Smith and knit by Kate in
Juniper Moon Santa Cruz Organic Merino
Elizabeth Smith’s Low-Key is a worsted-weight seamless vest featuring a simple garter ridge stitch pattern and a hi/lo split hem. Just as the name suggests, it’s an easy-going, slightly cropped piece that has simple details with a modern style. We’ve kitted it up in plush, heathered Santa Cruz Organic Merino, a GOTS-certified yarn that has exceptional stitch definition.
Boho Shell Designed by Annie Lupton and knit by Carol in Fibre Co. Lore
Annie Lupton’s Boho Shell is a simple and sweet little top that is perfect for layering year round. This slightly cropped sleeveless shell features a ribbed split hemline, A-line shaping and a ribbed boatneck neckline. This ideal great beginner garment knits up quickly in rustic, heathery Lore (100% lambswool), for nearly instant gratification.
Emma's Yarn Practically Perfect Sock and Practically Perfect Smalls
The eponymous Emma was fifteen years old when a math assignment on ratios led her to investigate hand-dyeing. Years later, joined by her sister Aspen, she creates fun and vibrant, color-soaked yarn for all of us to enjoy. This 2-ply pretty is perfectly stretchy and sturdy, available in full-sized and mini skeins, and suitable for socks but also for other garments and accessories.
Spun Super Sock Library! Whether you're a veteran sock knitter or just starting out, there's something here for everyone!
Operation Sock Drawer: The Guide to Building Your Stash of Handmade Socks
Inspired by the gorgeous sock drawers of Susan B. Anderson, Jasmine and Gigi of The Knitmore Girls podcast started the hashtag #operationsockdrawer in an effort to knit a collection of socks just as photo worthy. The result is 20 original designer sock patterns—more than enough to fill your first drawer, along with great how-to information on how to work a variety of toe shapes, heel styles, comfortable ankles, and more!
Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet
Whether you knit your socks toe-up or top-down, getting just the right fit can be a challenge! Kate Atherley sets out to teach knitters of all levels the skills they need to understand sock fit, and to knit a pair of socks that fit properly. Treat yourself to these 15 original sock patterns that are easily customizable and work with any needle configuration. Your feet will thank you!
Socks from the Toe Up
Discover toe-up sock knitting with Wendy D. Johnson! Knitting a sock from the toe up saves yarn and always gives a perfect fit, without the kitchener stitch! Socks from the Toe Up provides all the how-tos, tips, and techniques you need, as well as the pros and cons behind all of the cast-on, toe, heel, and bind-off options, gleaned from Johnson's years of experience. With more than 20 patterns, Socks from the Toe Up has a sock for every foot!
The Knitter's Book of Socks
All too often, the root cause of a sock’s triumph or failure is the yarn itself. In The Knitter’s Book of Socks, Clara Parkes shows you how to knit socks from yarn up, following the sock-yarn life cycle from its foundations to its final moments on a proud foot. By understanding a sock’s basic needs—elasticity, strength, and moisture management—you’ll learn how to play with these tools like building blocks, confidently combining fiber, twist, ply, pattern, and clever stitch tricks to construct your perfect pair of socks. The Knitter’s Book of Socks also offers 20 fresh, original patterns running the gamut from simple knit-and-purl combinations suitable for beginners to innovative designs with lush colorwork, swirling cables, and delicate lace.
Getting Started Knitting Socks
From casting on to binding off, this handbook is a dependable go-to for beginning sock knitter, detailing the simple steps needed to turn all that pretty yarn into socks of all sizes. Helpful photographs and instructional drawings ensure that even inexperienced knitters will be able to produce high-quality socks and handle more complicated techniques, including the kitchener stitch. With instructions for five different sizes-–from child through adult large–-at five different gauges, Getting Started includes basic and more advanced patterns, plenty of tips, and a handy stitch dictionary.
Lino from BC Garn A new linen beauty for your warm-weather projects
BC Garn’s Lino is a little bit shiny and a little bit rustic (like Donny and Marie, but for linen yarn). It will make all your summer-weight knitting, crocheting, and weaving dreams come true! Remember that linen grows softer and more beautiful the more it is washed.
Asa Tulip Bucket Bags New from Brooklyn Haberdashery
Please say hello to a couple new limited-time tulip-happy fabrics for Asa, a truly reversible drawstring bag that's perfect for toting along your knitting or stitching project or for working at home: Turn down the top, and you have a stand-up bucket. Crafted of Japanese linen/cotton and cotton canvas, with a linen drawstring, Asa measures 9.5" wide x 9.5" high.
New Shibui Colors We've brought in four new perfect-for-spring colors in seven bases
Shibui welcomes warmer weatther with a new palette perfect for your spring knitting. Check out Pacific, Trellis, Majestic, and Canary in Cima, Pebble, Koan, Lunar, Silk Cloud, Tweed Silk Cloud, and Twig.
Making No. 11: Dawn Expected release date April 23 • Pre-orders available now
Making No. 11, Dawn, presents a fresh collection of projects and artwork by Charlotte Edey, Sanae Ishida, Arounna Khounnoraj, Kristine Vejar, Susan B Anderson, Carolanne Graham, Julia Grace, Molly George, Amy Bornman, Kayla Powers, Tamar Dovrat, Emily Clark, Anne-Michelle Phelan, Paula Pereira, Bernice Lim, Nataliya Sinelshchikova, Tayler Harris. Nataliya Guseva, Susanna Kaartinen, Ksenia Naidyon, and Ezgi Tandogan Onat. All knit and sewn garment patterns are sized to fit at least a 60" bust measurement. Issues include a link to download a digital version.
Spun Online Demos Grafting the toe of a hand-knit sock
Our YouTube channel features a series of videos to walk you through commonly asked-about techniques, as well as a few nifty product demos. This week: Annri demos the kitchener stitch--not hard to do but not always easy to remember. Bookmark this short refresher for the next time you need it!
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Beginning Knitting with Mary NEW STARTING DATE This five-week course now begins March 28 Sundays, March 28, April 11, 18 & 25, May 2, 1–2pm • $82
Ready to try learning to knit remotely? Beginning Knitting will use the pattern “Learn to Knit Hat” to teach basic knitting skills: casting on, knit and purl stitches, ribbing, simple decreases, seaming, and how to read a pattern. In five weeks, besides learning these essential knitting skills, you will have created a hat to show off your new skill! The class is a mix of information and practice with lots of opportunity for questions. You’ll also learn a bit about basic knitting supplies, types of needles, yarn selection, knitting abbreviations, and knitting etiquette. An excellent resource, though not required, is KNIT HOW: Simple Knits, Tool and Tips published by PomPom.
Mondays • 6pm Join Spun staff members Monday evenings from 6-7pm for drop-in stitching. Thursdays • 1pm Join Mary B. to stitch together for an hour or so. If you're interested in joining either drop-in, click here for information, including sign-up links.
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