New stuff and some cool projects

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a cooperative effort between seven small independent yarn shops – iKnit7.  I made purchases at three of the shops during their week-long extravaganza and now have some new stuff to show you.  Here it is:


I decided to try two new-to-me yarns.  The yellow yarn is John Arbon Knit by numbers, a DK wool, in the shade KBN53.  There are 5 of these skeins, the rest are wrapped up in the polka-dot wrapping.  I plan to use this to knit a cute little cardi to wear with summer dresses.  The pattern, Vodka Lemonade, is designed by Thea Colman:


© 2012 Caro Sheridan

The yarn is totally lovely – very soft and plump and cushy with great definition.  Here is my swatch:


I bought the John Arbon yarn and three sets of KnitPro Zing DPNs from A Yarn Story in Bath.  They also sent me a cute project bag.

The green yarn is Kalinka 21, a blend of 55% linen, 45% wool, produced in Sweden, and purchased from Ginger Twist Studio, a small yarn shop in Edinburgh.  I was intrigued by the idea of a wool-linen blend, and loved this spring-y green.  I plan to use it to knit Tulpe, a pullover designed by Lisa Hannes:

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by maliha

I was also sent some lovely gifts by Ginger Twist – a project bag, two balls of yarn (the brown and beige), and some cool ceramic buttons.

From the third shop, Knit with Attitude, a bought three sets of Knit Pro Zing circulars, and a fantastic project bag from Kelly Connor designs.  The bag is big; large enough to accomodate a big project.  Here it is with the whole kit and kaboodle from the first photo stashed inside, and room to boot:


I’m really happy with my new stuff, and particularly pleased to support small shops during this difficult time.  It is also fun to have new yarns to work with and a few new projects on my needles.

7 thoughts on “New stuff and some cool projects

  1. Great finds! That lovely sunny yarn will be beautiful with the Vodka Lemonade 🙂 And the wool/linen blend does sound interesting! I am interested to hear what you think of it 🙂

  2. i think i’m going to join you on both of those patterns! I have wanted to make vodka lemonade for about 4 years (maybe more) and have some fabulous linen-cotton blend in a lovely smoky blue. just bought the top and will make it out of a light blue pima cotton for my daughter. so a very productive post you wrote – for me!

  3. Ooh I like your taste – I too have looked at the Vodka Lemonade pattern in the past – if only I had time to make everything I see!!!

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