Friday, September 18, 2015

August Classic Review: The Verdant Gryphon Bugga!

Sometimes, when yarn already has a cult following, we're a little reluctant to put it in a Yarnbox. Not because we don't love these yarns, but because we know that our members join to experience something new to them -- we try to honor that with our selections! However, occasionally there's just an opportunity to partner with a great brand that we can't pass up -- such was the case with our August Classic dyer, The Verdant Gryphon.


Bugga has been a popular yarn since The Verdant Gryphon was still part of Sanguine Gryphon (a brand that later split into two brands, Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns.) This sport-weight yarn has a squishy 70% merino and 20% cashmere content, with just a touch of nylon to strengthen it up and make it perfect for all sorts of uses, from socks, to shawls and sweaters. Each skein holds a generous 412 yards, and we sent two to each member for a total of 824 yards. That's a lot of yardage to play around with, and we're already seeing some sweater planning happening!


Of course, you can't just have a great yarn, you have to have great colors, too! We loved the subtle range of semi-solids from Verdant, so wanted to highlight these colorways with our choices. Many members traded around to get new color pairings (Awaiting the Tiger, the orange featured above, was sought-after to partner with the brilliant blues of River in Paradise, for instance.) We expect to see some fantastically colorful pieces cropping up in the Yarnbox projects thread before too long!


Speaking of projects, the patterns featured in this box were as pretty as the yarn! We brought back former featured crochet designer Katya Novikova for our crochet pattern this month, which she titled after the yarn. Lac Rose is a beautiful wrap with unique edging that should transition beautifully into fall. 


Alexis Winslow agreed to design something wonderful for our knitting members, and didn't disappoint. Her adorable Zea Hat & Mitts set served double-pattern duty -- we can imagine lots of members will be wearing this set come cooler weather!


Beautiful patterns and yarn in August -- what a great way to kick off the fall yarn season, and we couldn't have been happier with this box (we know the members loved it, too!) 

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