Hurrah for new yarn!

By Megan Goodacre

Hurrah for new yarn!

Many months ago, Judy Maclean of Sweatermaker Yarns asked me to photograph some new yarns for her website. One of the yarns was Sara, a lovely plump superwash merino with silk and bamboo. And she generously suggested that I keep the lovely skein to make something with it.

And finally I have! The first skein of Sara was a subdued blend of greys. I wanted to make something that would be reversible, because sometimes, hand-painted yarn looks even better in reverse stockinette. There's something about the way the purl bumps interlock; the colours blend more subtly than they do on the front side of the fabric.

I'm glad to announce the new Tricksy Knitter/Sweatermaker Yarns kits using Sara, with a brand new pattern, called the Metro Set. Metro is a hat and fingerless mitts with two styles to choose from. My secret goal with the plainer of the two styles (the grey hat) was to make a beanie that a 13 year-old youth (my son) would wear. As mentioned in a previous post, most of the things I knit are too "womanly" for him.

Hat for the win! He has worn it several times. He went so far as to unpin it from the blocking board himself. It has all the right ingredients: not too tight, simple texture, subdued but not conservative colour.

And I know he's not just being polite, he doesn't really do gratuitous courtesy. And he won't wear the matching mitts. Yes, too "womanly".

And I quite enjoy the way the colours in the purple lace version of Metro spiral around!