Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Good For Ewe - So Good!

I am so excited to announce a collaboration between Verdigris Knits Designs and a fantastic new yarn company - Good For Ewe.  Good For Ewe was launched in July 2012 by the fantastically fashion forward Paige Darling Sylvester.  Paige is a veteran of the yarn industry, an intrepid lace knitter, and a determined businesswoman, who's vision is to bring wonderful, unique fiber blends to us.

Good For Ewe's lineup of yarn includes a variety of weights and blends in an assortment of fresh, fun colorways.  And Paige is planning to add more variety as her business grows.  Currently available:

Chord - a worsted weight blend of 60% Peruvian Highland wool, 40% tencel put up in 50 gram balls of 91 yards each.  The recommended stitch gauge is 5.5 stitches per inch on US size 8 (5.0mm) needles.
Claddagh - a sport weight tweed in a blend of 45% merino, 40% baby llama, 15% donegal
 put up in 50 gram balls of  164 yards each.  The recommended stitch gauge is 6 stitches per inch on US size 5 (3.75mm) needles.
Sultry Steps - a  fingering weight blend of 40% superwash merino, 40% baby llama, 20% nylon put up in 100gram hanks of 414 yards each.  The recommended stitch gauge is 8 stitches per inch on US size 1.25 (2.25mm) needles.

Mirrorball - a  stunning lace weight blend of  95% merino and 5% silver stellina put up in 100 gram hanks of 796 yards each.  The recommended stitch gauge is 7 stitches per inch on US size 3 (3mm) needles.   I can't wait to try this in a lace shawl. 

Be sure to tell your local yarn store about these yarns if they aren't already carrying them.

I met with Paige last week, and we mapped out some possible new designs especially suited for Good For Ewe yarns.  I'll start with a textured, reversible baby blanket that uses Chord with Sultry Steps as a sweet color accent.  The stitch patterns are brioche variations that create a lovely, squishy, fabrich with lots of horizontal spread.  The pattern for this blanket will be offered by both Paige and me.  Here's a preview of the stitch.   The pattern should be available in early September.

Side 1

Side 2

Love these colors - looking very French Provincial. 

Working up to be a wonderfully textured, squishy, yet lightweight fabric.

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