It isn't often that I carry a laceweight yarn- it's not used for socks, and many yarns at that gauge can only be used for one thing- lace projects. But Kathryn at Fleece Artist offered me such a fabulous deal on her Saldanha Two that I couldn't turn it down. For what would usually be $20-$22 (depending on exchange rate), you can have a nearly-900-yard skein of 100% superwash merino laceweight for only $14 in the SSYC Sale Section. Seriously.
Saldanha Two is a versitile laceweight worth stashing not only because of the expertly hand dyed colors, but also because it's superwash merino. So if you hold it doubled you can use it in place of fingering weight yarn in many projects, or you can use it as is in all those laceweight sweater projects and not worry about how it will wash and wear. And since most sweater projects call for two skeins of this size, you can knit a whole sweater for only $28 in yarn. Seriously.
There are over two dozen colors to choose from in the Sale Section at the time this post goes live, but I'm sure many colors will be gone within a day. The SSYC Team and I have been not-so-patiently for this to arrive, and for purely selfish reasons. Rachael and Heather both passed along the patterns that they are considering so that I could share them with you. Here's what they have to recommend:
Rocio , Joji Locatelli
Simplicity Cardigan, Mary Annarella
Geodesic Cardigan, Connie Chang Chinchio
Laar, Gudrun Johnston
Making Waves Cardigan, Mary Annarella
Those first five are suggestions from Rachael. Can you tell she's a sweater knitter? These next ideas are from Heather, who knits and crochets everything. Now, I know these are a lot of links to look through, but I recommend clicking on each one. I really do. They are all such gorgrous projects, and for $14 or $28 or $42 you could proudly wear one or many of these, or gift the item to someone special.
Citron, Hilary Smith Callis
Rock Island, Jared Flood
Featherweight Cardigan, Hannah Fettig
Good Day Sunshine, Amanda Bjoerge
Evenstar Shawl, Susan Pandorf
Gradient, Shibui Knits
Meadowlark, Amy Swenson
Insouciant, Julie Hoover
Plain Jhaynes, Anne Hanson
Etude in Stripes, Diana Rozenshteyn
Swan Maiden Mitts, Holly Terrell
Summer Affair, Carol Feller
Hand Springs Fingerless Mitts, Micol Day
Sand Tracks Cardigan, Jenise Reid
Sara, Marita Rolin
Zickzack Tunic, Melissa Wehrle
Photo used with perimission of Joji Locatelli
And if you've made it this far in the post, you should enter this contest! Joji Locatelli, the designer of the Rocio pattern at the top of the list, is giving a free pattern of hers to two lucky winners! All you have to do is tell me in the comments below what color of Saldanha 2 (in the Sale Section) that you would choose to knit that pattern with. Leave one comment before the contest closes late in the day this Friday the 22nd. I'll announce the winners and e-mail you Joji's coupon code so that you can choose any of her patterns on Ravelry for free! Woot!
FYI, Kathryn labeled the skeins as 100 grams, but said that when the skeins were wound, many of them had more than 100grams. When we weighed them here, most of them weighed much more than were labeled, actually 15-30% more. So that means that while the skeins have at least 100g or 874 yards, your skein could have 15-30% more yardage. Very cool.