Julie has just received the shop's first shipment of Habu yarn."Habu Textiles was founded by Takako Ueki in 1999. Ever since she began weaving, Takako has been in love with the textiles from Okinawa. The name, "habu" comes from a name of a snake, which is unique to Okinawa. In original characters, "ha" means "wave." "bu" means "fabric” It is named so because when it moves, it moves like a fabric."The yarn that bears the Habu name is unusual. She has crafted unique fiber blends using such unlikely materials as paper, stainless steel, and cotton sizing. The resulting garments made with these materials are stunning. We have a lovely sweater Veronika, in the shop that you should come see for yourself. Julie carefully selected just two Habu yarns from the collection over two hundred available. The cones of fingering weight Wrapped Merino that you see above is 99% merino/1% silk. Four strands of fine merino are wrapped in super fine silk. Each cone contains 187 yards of yarn. We also stock cones of 100% silk lace weight yarn. The 2/17 Tsumugi Silk cones contain 450 yards of yarn, and can be used with multiple strands held together to create bulkier knits that call for fingering weight yarns. As you can see, the colors are beautiful. The gorgeous tweediness of the raw silk creates a beautiful juxtaposition of texture and soft drape in finished garments."Takako believes that all the care our actual hands give to each and every process of making a length of fabric creates something more than just a good look. It may be subtle, but you know when you wear it and touch it. You know when that fabric ages with you, and you look at it twenty years from now. She believes the same is true with Habu yarns. They are the soul of fabrics. Without ones made with good care, the fabrics will not live long. Habu offers the best and most unusual yarns imported from Japan."We couldn't agree more. We hope that you'll take a look at some of the sophisticated and simple designs that were created to accompany these yarns. We think that you'll find them to be as appealing as we do. We can't wait to see what Fort Collins creates with these beautiful materials.