I am traveling the world without ever leaving my couch. My journey is from Cork, Ireland to the Hebrides Islands and Isle of Man with a side trip to Patagonia. I am using our two newest yarns which are among the softest, most luxurious wool I have ever felt. They are beautiful and there is so much to tell:
Hedgehog Fibres – The unique name comes from the translation of the dyer’s Slovakian name, Beata Jezek – no hedgehogs harmed.
Beata’s colors are spectacular, and range from “dark, rich and earthy to crazy, fluorescent and vibrant “ (her words) depending on her mood! And her mood makes me happy!
Beata now lives in Cork, Ireland, and we are proud to carry her vibrant, hand-dyed yarns.
The yarns are rich in color and oh so soft! I am knitting her Outline Shawl using 5 colors – it is a joy! Easy and never boring, with frequent color changes. The hardest part is choosing your colors!
Rosy Green Heb Merino and Manx Merino from the islands: Fowlescombe Farm in Devon, England, processes wool from the endangered sheep species Manx and Heb (see Patsy’s blog post). The wool is refined with the softest organic merino from Patagonia.
I was somewhat skeptical about how the wool would feel when knit. WOW! The hand of the knit fabric is wonderfully soft! I chose Quicksilver, a Melanie Berg pattern (my third – we like her!) and it is a delight to see the beautiful colors come to life.
For those who can’t visit us in the shop and experience these incredible yarns in person, we’ve created a Quicksilver Shawl Kit in four colorways and a Rheinlust Shawl Kit (another fabulous pattern from Melanie Berg), all available online. We also have new colors from Hedgehog on their way and will be offering the Outline Shawl as a kit in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted!