Meet the Yarn: Squishy

Meet Squishy, our most popular sock yarn. It's spun from a blend of Superwash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon - the same blend that we use for Cloud, Cricket, and For Better or Worsted. While we refer to it as a fingering-weight yarn, it's definitely on the heavier side of the fingering spectrum. 

Gansey Wristers by Kalliopi Aronis, shown in Madam.

Gansey Wristers by Kalliopi Aronis, shown in Madam.

As a knitter, when I want to feed my stash, I pick up fingering-weight yarn. It's so versatile - I don't worry about being able to find the right pattern because there are so many available that use just one skein. With one skein, I can make a pair of socks, a shawlette, or gloves and a hat. With a couple of skeins I can make a big shawl. And with 3 - 4 skeins I can make a sweater or a baby blanket. 

Bond Street by Kirsten Kapur, shown in Denim and Arizona.

Bond Street by Kirsten Kapur, shown in Denim and Arizona.

If the longer knit time has caused you to shy away from knitting garments in a fingering weight, consider the lighter weight of the resulting fabric. A Squishy sweater may suit your winter layering better than a thicker sweater. It's not comfortable to feel like that kid from A Christmas Story who can't put his arms down!

Tressage by Vera Sanon, shown in Navy.

Tressage by Vera Sanon, shown in Navy.

Squishy takes our dyes true, so you can expect rich, expressive colorways from a skein of this yarn. And with over 100 colorways, you are bound to find the perfect combination for your project! 

Lerro by Lee Meredith, shown in 1 Red Shoe and Clay.

Lerro by Lee Meredith, shown in 1 Red Shoe and Clay.

Or keep it simple with just one. 

Little Cable Knee Highs by Purl Soho, shown in Seaside.

Little Cable Knee Highs by Purl Soho, shown in Seaside.

You can find Squishy at your local LYS, or online. Your favorite shop doesn't carry Squishy? They can place a special order for anything we create, for one skein or a hundred.

Pattern Highlights: December

With all of the activities that come along with the holiday season, you may not have had the time to keep up with all of the delightful patterns that were released in December. Here's a rundown of just some of our favorites!

The Granny Square Blanket from Miriam Felton can help you knock off a number of your New Year's Resolutions - using up stash, learning to knit or crochet (you'll need both!), and working on your color play!

© Miriam Felton

© Miriam Felton

The Geometry Shawl by Nina Machlin Dayton uses just a bit of worsted yarn to add a striking line of contrast to a fingering-weight shawl. 

© Nina Machlin Dayton

© Nina Machlin Dayton

Taiga Hilliard has released several patterns this month, all in Cricket! They would also be fabulous in For Better or Worsted. Shown below: Ellie Shawlette (in Curry), Camille Shawlette (in Hyacinth), and Alana (in Fiona).

© Taiga Hilliard Designs

© Taiga Hilliard Designs

This diaphanous Nimbus shawl was created by ArtQualia Designs. Knit in Milky Way, the shawl has glittering beads worked into the lace, representing the raindrops that accompany Nimbus clouds. 

Nimbus.jpg

And last, but not least, the incredible Meeks Bay shawl that Romi Hill released as part of her Pins & Lace Club. Club members received Meridian in Romi's exclusive colorway, Keep Tahoe Blue.

If you don't use Ravelry yet, you should! It's a great way to keep up on all of the awesome new patterns that are being released every day. You can also keep up with us in our Ravelry group.

New Colorways!

Last night, attendees of the TNNA Winter Trade Show in Phoenix were able to purchase from us the first skeins of our six new colorways! Their release last night means they are available to order immediately. Each color is shown below, in Nebula. 

Blueberry

Cardamom

Hibiscus

Irene

Iris

Seafoam

These colors should start arriving at your LYS soon... if they don't,  be sure to ask for them! Your LYS is always happy to take a special order for the yarn you need.