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Friday, February 22, 2013

Shibui Mix Party

I know you are all jazzed up about the Rose City Yarn Crawl next weekend (seriously...where has February gone?), but I wanted to put another little thing in your brains.
We are now carrying a few lovely Shibui yarns, as many of you have discovered.  
After perusing the patterns, you might have also discovered that the designers at Shibui are mixing geniuses.  Many of their pieces call for two of their amazing yarns to be held together to achieve some really unique results.  With this in mind, they have coordinated the colorways of their yarns, too.

All this mixing and matching can be a little concerning, as you often don't really know what kind of fabric you will eventually end up creating.  For instance, this awesome orange hat, the No. 6.

I looked at the pattern, saw that it used mohair, and decided against it.  BUT, the finished sample is perfect, and now I must make one.  Probably in orange, too.  
The mohair is so tame in the sample, and it really just adds a subtle halo and softness without any itch or fluff.  Lesson learned.

We want you all to discover some interesting and unusual knitted fabrics with Shibui, too.  Since it is hard to justify buying an entire skein of each yarn just to play with, we want to have a little Mix Party!  We will be hosting the gathering at our shop on Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 during our usual Open Knit Night.

There will be an array of Shibui yarns to sample, pre-knit swatches to play with, look books, and patterns to check out.  If you are interested in joining us, please call the shop to let us know at 503.488.4568 so we know about how many to expect.  Please bring some needles, ranging in sizes from US4-9ish so you can try out all kinds of combinations.  Sally promises cookies, too.

I wanted to entice you with some of their stunning Mix pattern line, including a few that have not yet been released.  Here we have No. 1, 4, 8, and 9.  (These photos have all been borrowed from the Shibui website.)

These pretties are No. 10, 11 and 12.

The new spring designs feature a lot of Linen and Cima, which we will be adding to our current stash of Silk Cloud, Staccato, Merino Alpaca, and Baby Alpaca DK.  Here we have No. 13-18, all part of the spring line.  There will be more information on these at the Mix party.

Give us a call if you want to try out these luxurious yarns and get inspired to make something amazing.  Have fun!

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