If Billy the Kid can play Croquet...

It's not often enough that Fresno, CA- the home of Anzula, gets into the Trending Sidebar on Facebook. However, over the last few days, sandwiched between the usual Politics + Gossip there has been a story about a photograph of Billy the Kid playing croquet that was found in a Fresno antique shop and is now valued to at around $5 million. 

Now, I'm a fan of the smooth segue, so watch me turn this around to be about yarn.

Wait, those croquet balls look peculiar...

Billy the Kid, an outlaw with well over 15 men who found themselves at the wrong end of his gun, played Croquet. It kind of shakes everything up that you ever thought about Billy the Kid (while simultaneously giving a little more credibility to the goofy Billy the Kid from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure).

If he played croquet, then why not picture him knitting. Can't you see it? After a long, hard day of fighting the sheriff's posse and running from the law, Mr. The Kid kicking back with his boots up and knitting a pair of socks by campfire light. Totally plausible, right? Or do they only do the campfire thing in the movies?

Anyway, Anzula has a line of yarn named Croquet that is simply killer. (see what I did there?) This DK weight made of 50% Superwash Merino and 50% Tussah Silk basically is the sharpshooter of luxury yarns. And just like Billy the Kid, it has a softer side. Okay, so maybe all of the sides are soft. It's yarn. 

From the second your hands touch the skein it feels like heaven. This yarn produces garments with amazing drape and is perfect for sweaters. The silk gives it a gorgeous sheen that rivals the sun at high noon.

 While they might be gorgeous, croquet balls made of Croquet by Anzula may not travel very far when hit with a croquet mallet. 

While they might be gorgeous, croquet balls made of Croquet by Anzula may not travel very far when hit with a croquet mallet. 

Unlike a cold-hearted outlaw, Anzula's yarns use only wool from a source that does not participate in mulesing, making our Superwash Merino a kinder choice. 

So what would I recommend to Billy the Kid if he were looking for a pattern to knit in Croquet? 

I would definitely have to be a cowlette like this Camille Cowlette from Taiga Hillard Designs- it looks like a handkerchief, without the potential disaster of coming undone at that moment of really needing it to cover the face whilst train robbing or shooting, or doing any of those other old-timey-wild-west things.

Channel your inner "Billy the Kid, who BTW totally plays croquet" and knit one for yourself!