I love non-superwash wooly yarns. A woman I used to knit with used to explain her love of Lopi by saying “I like that it’s scratchy, that’s how you know it’s working.” For me it’s not so much that it iss scratchy, but with non-treated yarns you do often feel the tooth of the yarn, and that’s what lets me know that it has the kind of bloom that I love in projects. Right now the yarn that I’m in love with it Blue Sky Fiber’s Woolstok. Made from 100% Fine Highland wool, it is a lofty wooly light worsted weight yarn. Woolstok comes in 50g skeins, with 123 yards. It comes in 21 colours (all colours are included in the 21 Colours hat kits that have been so popular here in the shop), and the bloom of the… Read more »
Blog Posts by Odessa Reichel
Most of the time I feel like one of the luckiest people in the world to be able to do what I do for a living. Last week was no exception to that especially when the 21 Color Slouch Hat kits came in from Blue Sky Fibers. The kit was made with teeny skeins of Woolstok and I became dreamy, not only from the colours but from the soft feel of what looks like a toothy yarn. As soon as Odessa started knitting on the kit sample we knew we had to order all the colours of this yarn. Blue Sky Fibers creates really gorgeous yarn. They are also really kind people and provide us with great advice and tons of support as well and within 24 hours I had a kit in my hand for the Endless… Read more »
I just finished a sweater using Cascade Longwood and its just such a lovely yarn. I’ve used it a few times and the stitch definition is incomparable! I like to refer to this yarn as plies on plies as its plied strands of super soft merino yarn plied together for great bounce and loft. The Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli I finished this week in this yarn turned out so lovely. The yarn makes a fabric that feels like a luxe version of a favourite comfy sweatshirt. Last year I also knit a Stovetop hat from Tin Can Knits out of this yarn – the construction of this yarn really makes the cables pop!
I’m on a huge blanket jag right now. I love to knit or crochet blankets for my home, to give away, or just for me as a special indulgent treat—it’s like a big squishy hug from me to me. I’m lovin’ working on Stephen West’s Garter Squish blanket. I’m knitting it up in Cascade’s Longwood, and I challenge anyone to find a squishier yarn for this project! The blanket is made by holding two strands of yarn together, carrying one colour all the way through, while switching out 8 or 9 other colours. This is the most comforting blanket I’ve ever knit! Because less more is more (LOL), I’ve also got a crocheted blanket on the go. I’m in love with Lucy of Attic 24’s patterns. Her blankets are so inspiring because her colour combinations are amazing! For my Summer Garden Granny… Read more »
I have always been a huge fan of all the Manos yarns and in recent years I am so impressed with their new yarns and colours. Alegria, a high twist sock yarn, Fino, a single blend merino/silk blend and Gloria, a high twist worsted yarn, have all quickly become my favourites. I have been eagerly awaiting this season’s new yarn from Manos and I was not disappointed. Manos Milo is a sport weight single yarn blended with merino and linen. It is so soft to the touch, which is a little unexpected from a linen yarn, and so squishy once it’s been knit up into a fabric with a wonderful drape. I knew we were going to focus on Manos at our recent Manitoba Fibre Festival and i wanted to have a new sample knit up. I chose the… Read more »
Right now I am busy working away on some Fleece Artist Vamps! We just got these kits in and brought them to the Manitoba Fibre Festival over the weekend. What are vamps? They are super warm, slippers or boot socks. Traditionally knit in Newfoundland, they are great for keeping your feet cozy! Over the weekend a woman mentioned to me that her daughter loves them to wear in her Toms to wear them a bit longer into the fall and I was all about that! The kits come with a merino yarn and a fuzzy mohair blend from Fleece Artist which you hold along with the merino for extra warmth and coziness! The kit comes with all the yarn and the pattern for the Vamps – all you need is a set of US 6/4mm needles.
One of my favourite yarns is Eco Andean Dk. Nice and woolly, it comes in a range of natural colours (and soon, dyed colours as well.) I’ve used it for two sweaters (Polwarth and Stasis). Polwarth is a fairly plain sweater, with an interesting texture detail at the neck that stands out well in this yarn. Stasis has a colour work pattern on the yoke, wrists and at the hem, and this yarn gives it a very crisp definition. While it isn’t the softest yarn, I did find it to be pretty durable- I wore Stasis to a soapstone carving class and it held up well to a lot of friction. It’s a lighter weight yarn, making it a great choice to layer.
Currently I’m working on the Garri pullover from Lopi 34. I love knitting lopi sweaters and the neon yellow with the midnight blue makes me so happy. Also, I’m taking my time with this sweater- a lot of the time I’m rushing to finish projects but this is my backup project. This is what I take out and work on whenever my other projects take more concentration or I need some relaxing knitting.
My latest yarn fave is an older classic from Rowan. Kidsilk Haze is a beautiful blend of super kid mohair and silk. To be perfectly honest, I have never really knit with mohair much before because I often find it a little picky but this yarn is so soft, both in the ball and in the garment. The other thing I love about it is that you can knit it in a wide range of gauges. The scarf I knit was on a 5mm needle, which is on the larger range of the recommended sizes, and the fabric is so light it holds it’s shape beautifully. I’m looking forward to mixing this yarn with other yarns to add a little loft and fluff and I think it would also be great using it in a shawl with striping. … Read more »
We love January at Wolseley Wool! Not only is it the month of our annual winter sale, it’s the best time to cozy up to new yarns and projects and hunker down for some serious knitting. We love starting new projects and can be a bit nosy when it comes to what our colleagues and customers are working on. In fact, we applaud being a Nosy Parker when it comes to WIPs — who doesn’t like talking about what’s on the needles? We thought you might like a peek inside our project bags for ideas and inspiration for the yarns you scooped up for 2016. I’m currently working on another Clapotis by Kate Gilbert in Artyarns Ensemble Glitter Light. This is my fifth Clapotis over the past 6 years, and I love it because it is simple enough to knit… Read more »