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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