Thursday, November 19, 2015

October Classic Review: Farmhous Yarns Andy's Merino

With the changing of seasons comes the opportunity to create those winter-wear items like woolen hats, cowls, scarves and mittens.  Our October Classic box goes a long way in bringing inspiration for these projects that will keep us warm when the weather turns from summer lovin' to winter wonderland.

In October, our boxes were stuffed with three hearty skeins of Andy's Merino II from Farmhouse Yarns.  Andy, whose adorable sheepy face is pictured on each tag, is one of Carol Martin's sheep that living on her farm.  Carol's Farmhouse Yarns are made from her sheep's wool on her Connecticut farm as well as fibers from other local farms giving you a true American made yarn.  Each box came with two skeins of colored yarn and one skein of natural yarn at 175 yards each.

Andy’s Merino II is 100% merino wool, single plied and considered between worsted and aran weights.  Carol carefully vat dyes this yarn which gives each skein its rich color.  Each skein is a little different, though, depending on where in the vat it gets dyed (bottom is more saturated than those at the top) giving it a slight variegation in this semi-solid tone.  With no dye lot, each skein is truly unique.

While many chose to work with the natural skein, some others took an opportunity to dye it.  Next week, we'll talk a little bit more about that.

Our project designers in October created quite a frenzy among our members with their gorgeous designs.  The warm and cozy Koselig Capelet by Taylor Tengelson was the go-to pattern for crocheters.  There wasn't a color it didn't look good in.

Laura Birek designed this Idyllwild hat pattern that combines a beautiful braided brim and brioche cap for a warm and cozy hat for those cold winter months.  It brought such great inspiration to our knitters that we started a Brioche Learn-A-Long thread on Ravelry so everyone could help and cheer each other on with their projects.

Join us on Ravelry on our October Classic 2015 thread and share with us your projects using Andy's Merino!

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