Three New Yarns!

At TNNA in Indianapolis last month, we introduced three new yarns. We kept all of the information about them, from the blends to the weights to the names, a secret until their reveal at our Sample It! booth. 

Meg and Charlie do one last quality control check on the yarn before packing it for Sample It!

Meg and Charlie do one last quality control check on the yarn before packing it for Sample It!

To join Breeze and Wash My Lace, we have a new lace weight yarn that we've named Meridian. It is composed of 55% Tencel, 35% Alpaca, and 10% Nylon. With a skein of Meridian, you have approximately 812 yards of shine with which to create beautiful, delicate projects. 

Sample It! kits contained one skein of each of the new yarns, all in the same colorway.

Sample It! kits contained one skein of each of the new yarns, all in the same colorway.

If you are a Breeze fan, you'll love Vera. A sport-weight yarn, Vera is spun from the same 65% Silk and 35% Linen blend as Breeze. A skein of Vera measures approximately 365 yards. We are sure that this will become a favorite sweater yarn!

Our models, shown in Fiona. Clockwise from top: Meridian, Vera, Cole.

Our models, shown in Fiona. Clockwise from top: Meridian, Vera, Cole.

Cole is our first Aran-weight yarn. Its 70% Silk and 30% Camel blend is the same blend as our sport-weight Oasis, and a skein measures approximately 180 yards. This yarn is going to be great for knitting up quick accessories projects!

As always, if your LYS carries Anzula but not the yarn or colorway you are looking for, they can place a special order for as few or as many skeins as you need. Find a shop here or shop online here.

Fit to Flatter with Amy Herzog

Knitting a sweater is an undertaking for any knitter, no matter your skill level. It takes a significant investment of time and yarn, and it can be incredibly satisfying if the right pattern and size are chosen. It can also be a disappointment if you are knitting along and realize that the sweater isn't going to fit, or isn't going to look the way you expected.

Amy Herzog's mission is to create sweater success stories. Her approach to garment knitting is called Fit to Flatter, and her “passionate belief is that your clothes should make you look and feel as gorgeous as you truly are.” She helps knitters find their inherent body type (as opposed to their size), and find patterns that suit that type.

© STC Craft, 2013

© STC Craft, 2013

She presents her approach in in-person and online classes, a popular Ravelry group, her website and blog, and now in a new book out this week. Knit to Flatter (published by STC Craft), is the published accumulation of years of work she's been posting about creating well-fitting garments. The book is filled with beautiful sweater patterns, but more than that, it contains all the things you've been wanting to know about choosing the right pattern for your shape and modifying your selected pattern to fit your body perfectly. The photos, by Karen Pearson, show each pattern on different models to give you a better idea of how each fits.

© STC Craft, 2013

© STC Craft, 2013

One of the patterns in Knit to Flatter, Dansez, is knit in Cricket. It is a luxurious scoop-neck pullover with lace details on the ends of the sleeves and body. Amy says that “it's a great example of how well lace patterning and shaded-solid yarns can work together. I think we often steer away from the combination because we're worried that the stitch patterning will get obscured, but (as Dansez shows) patterning and shaded color can really complement one another nicely.”

Knit to Flatter is available now at your favorite book outlets. It is currently a #1 bestseller in Crafts & Hobbies at Amazon!