Thursday, January 14, 2016

December Luxe Musings: Kismet

Our last Yarnbox Luxe of 2015 left us exploring the rich colors of an exotic yarn blended with a combination of merino wool and delicate silk.  And, for the first time since we began our Luxe subscription, the inclusion of a crochet pattern!

It truly was kismet when we discovered Kismet Fiber Works and their luxurious Sleek DK yarn.  It's gentle touch within your hands will bring a smile to your face and have you dreaming of what it will become.

Kismet Fiber Works hails from Buchanan, Virginia where Angie LeNoir and Stephanie Stotts create incredible colors to hand dye their luxurious yarn. Angie and Stephanie’s specially developed solid, tonal colors will give your finished projects a one of a kind look. They locally source their yarn from a Virginia company as well as from their own family farm and also procure fibers from a Women’s Cooperative in Tajikistan.

Kismet's Sleek DK is a lovely blend of 50% silk and 50% superwash merino wool that could be considered DK weight to some and a light worsted to others. Each skein is 230 yards and with 3 skeins in every box, our members received a total of 690 yards for the next project destined for your needles and hooks.

Colors from Left to right: Smoked Paprika, Larc Song, So Fresh, Onyx, Blue Ridge Banjo, Beaujolais

Joining us with their design talents for this box are two incredible designers.  On the crochet side, Angèle Lumière created the December Beret & Cowl set, a pattern that is complete with hand drawn chart to aide in following the pattern.  On the knit side, Stephannie Tallent created the Coask Oak Cowl and Hat patterns using an Aran lace cable along with others giving us both written instructions and a chart.

Since we celebrated having both knit and crochet patterns in our Luxe box, we searched for a tool that would be useful for both arts. And that’s when we discovered this great gauge multi-tool from Katy Westcott and her shop Katrinkles! Made from birch, the holes in the gauge are marked for knitting needle sizes 000000 to 50 and crochet hooks sizes B through P where applicable.  We also included samples of Unicorn Fibre’s wool detergent from three of their wash lines: Power Scour, Fibre Wash, and Fibre Rinse. We know you’ll love these washes to give your fibers the extra special care they deserve.  Shipped separately was a fabulous stitch marker from Bling Your String that work both for knitting and crocheting.

Just two weeks till our next set of Yarnbox Luxe subscriptions open up!  Grab yours while you can!
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