I'm quite enamoured with the new lines I'm adding to the shop this fall, as evidenced by yesterday's post. Today, I have someone new to SSYC, the yarn of Jill Draper Makes Stuff. Jill Draper has created a completely new product line, sourced from sheep to skein in the US. The only other line I have that is completely US made (even the superwash process) is American BRAND, and that yarn isn't hand dyed in small batches. Lovely stuff all the same, but not the way Jill Draper dyes her wares- her colorways are done just once, and then no more. I think of it kind of like micro-brewing yarn. Just one small batch, with its own nuances and unique traits, then no more.
I have for you Esopus Sock, a very generous 500 yard skein of fingering weight sock yarn for $23. All US made, hand dyed yarn, delicious multicolors and solids for a very good price. Shown below, Autumn's End.
I also have for you Hudson worsted, a 245 yard skein, perfect for cushy socks, quick-knit baby items, warm shawls and scarves, winter accessories... like the pattern I'm sharing below.... with a contest. Shown below, Underwater Caving
...or hanging on the wall...
...or in a Great Divide Shawl. Shown below are three of designer Michele Brown's recent Great Divide shawls. The first two are knit in Jill Draper's Hudson, and the third is in Madelinetosh's Tosh DK. Right now, I have a wide array of colors in both. Because Jill dyes in small batches, just choose two colors you like and go with it! I think the shawl looks best when the colors are completely different.
Three photos below courtesy of Michele Brown
Is Michele not adorable? I want her to come to my shop and hang out with me and wear cool accessories all day long. I'm such a goober. I need to get out more...
SSYC's shop manager, Heather, knit her Great Divide shawl in just one week (shown below), using two colors of Hudson. She used Lemon Quartz and Slow Burn, two colors that don't coordinate, but do compliment each other in this shawl. Come on in the shop and take a look in person, as we'll have it ondisplay throughout the fall and winter.
Want a chance and winning your own Great Divide shawl pattern? Michele Brown is giving away three free patterns to randomly chosen SSYC commenters below. Just tell me what two colors of either Hudson or Tosh DK that you would combine into your shawl. Leave one comment below by 5pm on October 17, and I'll randomly choose three winners. Please note, generic comments like "I like blue and yellow" don't qualify. Please leave specific color names that you might like to use so that your choice might inspire others.
And if you already own the pattern, or want to start immediately, you can always gift your coupon code to a knitting friend!