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In the midst of the excitement of new yarns, it can be a treat to receive a new sample in the shop that highlights a tried and true yarn that our customers continually return to.  This week we have a couple of samples to share with you that were knit up in Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Bulky yarn.“This is a 100% organic merino wool dyed in a 1790’s farmhouse located in Maine using only natural dyes. The subtle variegations of tone are achieved by using time-honored traditions of natural dying. Small batches of skeins are dipped by hand into vats, with each distinctive lot being carefully crafted by our dyer. Since each batch is unique, the colors will vary slightly from lot to lot. We take what nature provides us. That’s what makes our yarns different from other commercially produced yarns. That’s what we love about them!”

man hat

And we love them too!  This is Dawn’s Man Hat.  It is a free pattern from Ravelry designed by Haven Leavitt.  Dawn finished it in a couple of evenings using a bit less than a single skein.  It has a wonderful stretch to it, and will either work as a rolled beanie or as a slouch hat as shown above.

shawl 02Katie dropped off this beauty last week.  This is Stephen West’s Colonnade Shawl.  It is also a free pattern, from Knitty’s Fall 2009 collection.  Katie used a couple of different colors of the Swans Island bulky yarn, and elected not to add the closure at the neck that you’ll see pictured on Ravelry.  This shawl as a wonderful swingy weight to it and it is easy to imagine it as a perfect neutral layering piece for crisp fall afternoons.We hope that you can stop it to take a look at these samples in the near future.  We will probably try to convince you to try them on.  We have found that it is the best way to really get a sense of a finished pattern, and assess if it will work for you.