New yarns from ShiBui have arrived

We have four brand new yarns in the shop that we think you are going to be as excited about as we are.  These yarns are gorgeous.  Each has a unique luster, and all of the jewel-like colors make choosing a favorite nearly impossible. DSC_0714_edited-1Silk Cloud: Each 25 gram skein contains 330 yards of lace weight 60% mohair and 40% silk.  This yarn is a light as a feather and can add a soft haze of transparent color when used together with other yarns. shibui heichiHeichi: Each 50 grams skein contains 105 yards of worsted weight 100% silk.  This yarn will turn any project into something that looks as though it was designed by Eileen Fisher and cost a mint. shibui stoccatoStaccato: Each 50 gram skein contains 191 yards of fingering weight 70% superwash Merino and 30% silk.  This yarn will be perfect for washable accessories that will add a pop of color to your wardrobe. shibui linenLinen: These 50 grams skeins contain 246 yards of fingering weight 100% linen that has been spun into delicious softness. This is the first linen yarn that doesn't make my hands hurt in anticipation. I think it will be a dream to work with.The designers at ShiBui have been using many of these yarns together to create beautiful new colors and textures.  Julie is going to be swatching up many of these combinations over the next couple of weeks so that you’ll get a chance to see the kind of magic that can happen when two great yarns can create a third when held together.I couldn’t wait, and dove right into Garance, a Julie Hoover sweater pattern that you may remember I started thinking about working on back in January of this year.  I had my doubts back then about Heichi.  I couldn’t imagine a worsted weight silk yarn that I would enjoy working with.  Once I saw and felt this yarn, I changed my mind.I used the colors that the pattern calls for (Tar in the Heichi and Abyss in the Silk Cloud) and knit the sweater in the course of a single weekend. I couldn’t put the project down.  The Heichi and Silk Cloud held together felt so soft and slippery running through my fingers, it was a pleasure to keep stitching.Even the blocking process was fun with this project.  The pattern is designed to allow the fabric to grow, and it did.  The finished sweater has a stunning swingy drape, a comforting weight on the shoulders, and the color is amazing.  I took a couple of photos so that you can see what happens when the light changes.  Sometimes it registers as a charcoal black, and when the light hits it you can really see the tweedy green of the heichi. IMG_1502_edited-1IMG_1504_edited-2         I hope that you can stop in to take a look at these beautiful yarns.  You may find as we have that you won't want to restrict yourself to trying just one.