Tuesday, December 29, 2015

November Classic Review: Ewetopia

November was an ideal month for us at Yarnbox as we gleefully packed our boxes with Ewetopia yarn!  Super sized skeins of their Kickapoo Sock and Lima DK together with 4 amazing patterns (2 knit, 2 crochet) completed this box that's quickly became a favorite for our subscribers.

Located in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Kathryn Ashley-Wright began Ewetopia and her fiber shop by the same name in 2007. Eight years later and with much growth in the business, Kathryn now runs Ewetopia with her mother, Lisa Ashley. Their farm, located in southwestern Wisconsin, is home to several animals that give their wool for Ewetopia’s yarns. Their flock of 50 ewes graze the land close to the Wildcat State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Also located on the farm is the dye studio where inspiration is found for their amazing colorways. The yarn is hand dyed using environmentally low-impact acid dyes and using kettle dying and over-dyeing techniques to give the yarn subtle color changes throughout the fiber.

Sent out this month was the Kickapoo Sock, a fingering weight yarn made of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon.  With 840 yards in this super sized skein, members queued up larger shawl and shrug patterns perfect for the gorgeous colorways. 


Also arriving in boxes was the Lima DK, a 100% alpaca yarn ready to become anything from ponchos to hats, cowls, and more. 

We can't get over Ewetopia's incredible colors.  No two skeins are exactly the same.  The Lima and its tonal shades along with the variegated Kickapoo still have us captivated and plotting our next projects, including these that are available in our subscribers' Yarnbox libraries.

Kathryn Ashley-Wright showcases her gorgeous yarns in two beautiful knit patterns.  For the Kickapoo Sock, Kathryn designed the Cymbeline Cardigan, a light weight covering that can be worn tied in the front or open to drape its ends.  It's shown here in the Tapestry colorway.

For the Lima DK, Kathryn designed the classy Tempest Poncho that is the perfect touch for both a casual and dressed up attire, shown in the blue-gray Superior color.

Janet Brani of OneLoopShy Designs joined us with two great crochet designs.  For the Kickapoo Sock, Janet gives us her Bleckley Wrap.  This pattern is a little stretch for the average crocheter looking to expand their knowledge with using a Linked Double Crochet stitch. She also has great tips for blocking your finished piece.  Here it is pictured in the January colorway.

Janet's fun Berrien Hat & Cowl set is as perfect match for the Lima DK.  It looks so warm and cozy, just what we need for this time of year!  Here it is in the stunning Pomegranate.

We still have a few skeins of Ewetopia in our Overstock Shop but they're going fast!  Get yours today before they're gone!

Need some additional pattern inspiration?  Check out our group on Ravelry and see what's on our members' needles and hooks.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

November Socks Review: Seven Sisters Arts

November was such a thrilling month for our Yarnbox Socks subscribers with the gorgeous colors of Seven Sisters Arts in their Meridian sock yarn.

Karen Grover from Seven Sisters Arts has a keen eye for color.  Every colorway of this hand dyed yarn had us swooning, making the choice of what to include a difficult one.  The four colors we chose have gorgeous variegation, rich in color and transition.

Colorways: Venus, Cripple Creek, Huginn, Damselfly

We were excited to have the Cripple Creek colorway launched in our Yarnbox Socks!  Our members on Ravelry got a little more insight on the naming of a couple colorways from Karen that I just had to share here as well:

"Once I was trying to develop a color on yarn that was like the iridescence on raven’s wings, when I thought about the colors I realized there is purple, blue, teal, magenta. So I made two colors one a dark teal and the other a dark purple/magenta. I was then trying to figure out what the heck to name them, reading about ravens and stumbled upon the story of the Norse God of the Sky, Odin who had two ravens that accompanied him, one on each shoulder. They would travel around the world and bring him back news, their names were Huginn and Munin (pronounced hoo-ginn and moo-nin). Bingo!

"Cripple Creek was developed for Yarnbox and I loved it so much I made a couple other coordinating colors and named them after turquoise varieties that are often named after the mine where they originated from. Also Neil Young."

It's so much fun to hear the story behind a yarn and its name!  Thank you so much, Karen, for sharing this with all of us.

Meridian's fiber is great to work with and perfect for making your next pair of socks.  Paired with this lovely colored yarn was knit designer Trelly Hernandez with her Cable Party sock pattern. This toe-up design features lots and lots of cables that show off every color in the Meridian skeins.

We understand that not every skein of sock yarn acquired in one's stash will be destined for socks.  One of the great things about the yarn we send in each box of Yarnbox Socks is that it's enough for a pair of knit socks OR any small, fingering weight knit or crochet project.  Later this week, I'll talk about my skein of Meridian and the non-sock project it's become. 

Skeins of Meridian are available for purchase in our Overstock Shop!  Get yours today!