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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Harrisville Yarns: Welcome Turbine

We have been carrying yarns from Harrisville Designs for years now, and they never disappoint. The story of the town, the mill, and the company is an interesting one, too. The mill dates back to 1794, and the village of Harrisville, New Hampshire is a National Historic Landmark, recognized as the "only 18th century textile village in America that survives in its original form." Many good folks worked hard to keep the mill and the town functioning, and I am so happy that we are able to offer their yarns in our shop.
I just began an epic sweater project with their fingering weight yarn, Shetland. I have also been itching to break into the several skeins of Highland that are patiently waiting to become a Tea with Jam and Bread pullover for me.
The Watershed and Flywheel yarns have found a very happy audience with those of you who love tweeds and heathers. A few of our knitters recently held a mini-knit-a-long for the Bucheron Mitts using Watershed in a slew of colors. I'll see if I can procure a photo for you all. They are very cute and warm.
All of this leads me to the newest yarn from Harrisville, Turbine. It is a bulky one, my friends, knitting up at a range of gauges on needles US10.5 and larger.
We have several patterns for Turbine, and they will all work up in a jiffy. You can check out our sample of the Purl Dot Mittens in the shop. The patterns for the Corrugated Rib Hat, the Brick Cowl Wrap, and the Waving Rib Scarf are all in the shop, as well. (Photos below borrowed from the Harrisville site.)
We have loved every yarn from this historic company, and I know we are going to love Turbine as well. Especially as that last-minute-gift-knitting bug catches you all in the next few weeks!

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