close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Freia Fresca

It's always a treat to receive yarn from hand-dyers. I know how much effort and love goes in to producing the gorgeous yarns they send us, and the colors and quality are always top notch. This is especially true of the more unusual yarns, such as the ombre lines from Tina at Freia Handpaint Yarns.

We have nice full shelves of Freia Ombre Lace and Freia Ombre Sport right now. 
The lace is lovely and lofty. We have a sample of the Bateaux Mouches scarf knit up with this yarn, and it's been wildly popular. The simple garter stitch wrap really shows off the full color range in each ball of yarn. Sort of the perfect pairing of yarn and pattern.
We have a great (and free) hat pattern for the sport as well. Lisa's Cool Hat uses just one ball of the sport. The turned hem is a nice way to keep the edge nice and clean without interrupting the beautiful color change of the yarn.
This hat begins at the crown, so make sure you choose your starting color carefully. If neon yellow is not a great color near your face, start with that end of the ball so it's up at the top of the hat.

The ombre yarns from Freia are truly made with love, but they are hard to keep in the shop. We are usually left just asking her to send whatever she has available. If you have been dreaming of an ombre project in some gorgeous hand painted yarn, get to the shop and find your favorite!

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