Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Knittingbag’s summer yarns

We see a trend to using natural yarns again - with a desire for comfort and breathability. For summer, cotton and linen yarns are at the top of our list. Our favorites, Classic Elite's Provence Egyptian cotton, GGH/Muench Java cotton, Rowan’s Denim and Calmer, and Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton. Silk and linens are very strong. We use rayon and viscose as well as silk. Our favorite rayon is GGH/Muench's Mystik and for silks, Jade Sapphire’s new 100% silk and beaded silk and Great Adirondack's Nassau, a cotton/silk blend. We’ve carry lots of Serpentine ribbon to knit Nicky Epstein's ruffle purse.

We stock Great Adirondack’s beautiful hand-dyes:

Nassau – a 50/50 blend of cotton & silk (perfect summer combo)
Peru – 100% soft cotton
Irisee 1/4" ribbon – for a little glitz

For linens, we like Maggiknits. Her yarns are beautiful natural linens from Ireland, soft rag ribbons and mist slubs.

For fun novelty yarns, we suggest Karabella’s Festival and Roses. Very high quality and luxurious quality.

Capri & Capri color
Goa and samoa
Java cotton
Serpentine ribbon
String of pearls

Denim yarn
Summer tweed
Wool & cotton

Classic Elite
Premier cotton & tencel
Provence cotton


Blue Heron Chunky cotton/rayon boucle

Mist slub
Rag Ribbon


Great Adirondack
Nassau cotton & silk
Peru cotton
Irisée ribbon

Blue Sky Alpacas Organic cotton

Jade Sapphire
100% cashmere

100% silk, smooth and beaded

A recent report from Classic Elite Yarns talks about Yarn Trends for Fall 2005:

Emphasis on luxury in yarns. We will be looking for angora, cashmere, silk, extrafine merino, all blended into beautiful colors. Also alpacas, multicolor marls and heathers, tweeds in naturals and colors, plain yarns that we can knit into retro jacquards, boucles, novelty effects, metallics, velvety looking piles, light-weight, felted, brushed effects, especially mohairs.

They talk about Knitwear trends: The cropped cardigan is key – some curved bed jackets, some straight bottoms, tie front, buttons, ribbon ties, almost always layered. Big knits, blanket wraps, coats – bigger than ponchos, long cardigans, car coat lengths, cabled, pom-pommed, jacquards. The cowl neck sweater – chunky or fine gauge, drapey or bulky.

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