The temperatures here in the Midwest are slowly dropping a more comfortable, and in the morning quite cool, range. For me, this means I'm looking forward to taking long leisurely walks through the store's neighborhood, and perhaps knitting up a new scarf and mitts to keep me comfy.
So it was perfect timing when my postal carrier delivered a new shipment from Tanis in a dk weight 100% merino. This Yellow Label yarn will make wonderfully soft socks, but also the scarf and mitts that I need to keep me toasty this fall.
Tanis sent me a skein of the Dove color to sample earlier this summer, and I asked Deirdre to test it for me and knit up a sample sock for the store. She knit up this wonderful sock using the Kalajoki sock pattern (free on Ravelry) and I have to admit that I think it's the prettiest sock I've seen using this pattern. I just love the yarn with this pattern- what a perfect choice.
Deirdre shared that she loved the yarn so much that she ended up buying an entire sweater's worth! She said that "I think what got me about it, apart from the hand, which I love, is the depth of colour and the little unexpected hints of purple and blue." And when I knit the Olive color in Purple Label last year, that's one of the things that struck me- that there were so many unexpected variations in the green. That and the cashmere, oh, that Purple Label CASHMERE.
And if you want to knit something other than a basic scarf or socks with Yellow Label DK, perhaps this next project will inspire you. This is the Stockholm Scarf (links to a free pdf), designed by Julie Crawford, a knitter and designer who is friends with and works for Tanis. Tanis used 2 skeins of Yellow Label in Sunset for this scarf. She said she knit hers in the round and just knit until she ran out of yarn. Isn't it swoon-worthy?
Did you enter the contest I post last week? The randomly chosen entry was from Carlee who said,
As one of many in the middle Atlanic waiting for huricane Irene to hit, my favorite fall festival will be happily knitting inside as the storm swirls around. It will be doubly wonderful if we don't lose power so I can enjoy. A cup of tea and light during my knitting festival.
Carlee, e-mail me your address and I'll mail you your surprise skein from last year's Dream Club!