Thursday, November 17, 2016

October Classic Review: Ancient Arts

A modern take on an ancient craft.



Working with sticks and string truly is an ancient art that has been perfected over the centuries. Think of all the modern knitting and crochet techniques that have surfaced in the last century alone. The dying processes of Ancient Arts Fiber Crafts mixes contemporary and old world techniques that give their hand dyed yarns such a vibrant pop that highlights and accentuates the high quality fibers in each of their yarn.
 We have 2 different bases to share with you this month. The first yarn is "Big Squeeze" which is a bulky weight yarn made of 100% SW Merino. This yarn has 141yds/128 meters with 4oz/115g skein. Which gives you 282 yards to play with. We actually got slightly larger than normal skeins for you so you have a but more to work with than what you might find in stores. 
Bulky Weight Colors (left to right top to bottom)
Mineral - Bright / Warm
Abalone - Bright / Warm
Pull Up Your Socks - Bright / Cool
Amethyst - Muted / Cool
She Sells Sea Shells - Muted / Warm
Frolic - Either / Warm
Blue Spruce - Muted / Warm
Great Blue Heron - Muted / Cool


"Reinvent" is a light fingering weight made of 49% Wool, 34% Mohair, 11% Nylon, 4% Acrylic, and 3% Silk. It has 437 yards per 100 gram skein.  Both yarns are dyed with low impact, environmentally friendly dyes that preserves this ancient world!

Fingering Weight Colors (left to right, top to bottom)

Kismet + Beaujolais Noveau - Bright / Warm
Cherry Blossom + Corfu - Bright / Cool
Fog Warning + Roaring Twenties - Muted / Cool
Moussaka + Tranquility - Muted / Warm


We have four designs for you this month. The first two knit designs are done by Lisa McFetridge. Her fair isle "Fair and Squares Hat and boot toppers" is a cold weather project that combines geometric shapes with a soft touch of a floral border.




Made for the bulky weight wool, her "Autumn Glow" hat and cowl set is going to become a favorite I am sure of many of you! The texture really sets off the short color repeat, giving the pebbled surface a gorgeous glow!






 For our crochet designers we have the fingering piece "Horizon Shawl" designed by Esther Chandler.
This is a lovely textured piece with a beautiful crescent shape that makes it easy to wear and accessorize in with your favorite fall wardrobe.







The bulky piece "Alba Cowl" is by Angelia Robinson and it's open work and geometric texture makes this like a piece of fiber jewelry.





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