close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Monday, October 5, 2015

Berroco Artisan

New samples always inspire me, and I know we have quite a few customers who feel the same way. It's always a treat to get a beautiful sample from the yarn company showing off a really unusual new yarn. So this lacy shawl in knit up in Berroco's new Artisan caught my eye right away.
The all-over lace pattern is really pretty. Delicate without being too much. And the sample had me searching for the yarn, which turns out to be really lovely.
Artisan is a wool and silk blend with lots of natural little silky slubs. Berroco calls this a dip dyed yarn, which I'm assuming gives it the subtle tonality.
The slubs and the color variations are more visible in some color ways than others, but they are all good.
The shawl that caught my attention is called Ceonothus, and it requires only four skeins of Artisan. 
Photo borrowed from The Brown Stitch Ravelry pattern page.
One of our knitters was inspired by this yarn and discovered the Gulf of Maine cowl, which requires four skeins as well, two of a main color and one of each contrasting color. Sally thinks the designer's colors are just right.
What gets you excited about a new yarn? Samples in the shop? Designers on Ravelry? Coming in and touching everything? Whatever it is, I hope you all stop in to check out this new arrival and find some inspiration.

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