I have something very special to share with you. Dream in Color has just released their new concept, The Dream Club. What is this? Each month from August (I got the August shipment today so you get to snag it a day early) until May 2010 I'll have for you a special "club kit" that includes a special edition color of Dream in Color yarn and a free pattern. August's kit includes a Flash Dyed colorway called Rose Smash, dyed on the Smooshy yarn base that I adore. What's Flash Dyed? It's a method of dyeing that Veronica came up with to created vivid, well saturated colorways that are more flashy than her other Veil Dyed skeins. Veil Dyeing involves a lot of layering, while Flash Dyeing features flashes of unapologetic color.
The free pattern that comes with this skein is the Airy Hat, and requires US 3 dp needles and a tapestry needle. If you are new to hats, this is a great introduction. Not only will you learn a new technique, but it's a way to use your favorite fingering weight sock yarns for projects other than socks. And it takes just half of the skein, so you could make matching mitts, or make a second hat out of the same skein.
Please keep in mind that these kits will likely sell quickly each month, and while I'd love to have enough for everyone, I don't know how it will play out. I'm not taking any preorders at this time for the upcoming months (which will feature various yarn bases and patterns), and you don't have to purchase the whole 10 months- you can just purchase them one at at time. That way, you can decide for yourself which ones you like best, and basically create your own little club of your faves. I'll be posting here on the blog when each kit goes up for sale, and I'll also send out info to the e-newsletter list. So if you aren't on that list, I recommend getting added by going here.