I’ve been eyeing up the Visser sweater by Anna Maltz for quite a while. It’s got pretty much everything I want – stripes, interesting construction and masses of wearability.
The one thing that’s stopped me casting on is that the yarn called for is a DK and what I really wanted was a lighter version of this.
So when Anna and I were chatting about possible yarn support the idea of a 4ply version of this sweater came up – and I was thrilled. Our 4ply BFL, silk and alpaca is one of my favourite yarns and it’s going to make a luxurious garment that will wear well.
If you follow Anna on Instagran (where she’s @sweaterspotter) you’ll have seen a photo of Anna in her Halvis sweater. It’s knitted in 4ply BFL, silk and alpaca in a navy blue and silver combination.
You’ll need just 2 skeins each of 2 colours for sizes up to xs/s/m and 3 of each for sizes l/xl/xxl. The pattern should be ready early in the new year, so if you’re keen to get organised then you can use code BOXING20 to save 20% on the yarn.
I know it’s not always the easiest thing to pick colours from a screen, so I’ve popped some combinations together for you.
The code BOXING20 is valid on everything in the shop until 1800 on Sunday 30th December.
Same Difference yarns are prefect for those of you who are bored with matching socks. Instead you’ll end up with two socks which go together – but which aren’t matchy matchy. These yarns also make brilliant shawls as the colour shift between the two skeins is noticeable enough to add interest without being the first thing that you see. Each set of two skeins usually costs £20, so using code BOXING20 saves you £4.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous fade then our Ombre Sets are for you. The yarn is a fantastic blend of BFL and Masham – and with 500 grams (2250 meters) of yarn in each set there’s plenty for a sweater or a very ambitious shawl. Each set usually costs £90, so using code BOXING20 will save you £18.
As our sale lasts until 30th December I thought I’d highlight a few treasures that you might want to try at 20% less than the usual price. To get your discount use code BOXING20 and you’ll save 20% on everything you buy.
Our self striping sock yarn is a special thing. The yarn was custom spun for us from a blend of superwash BFL and mohair. This gives a hard wearing sock yarn with no nylon.
Making self striping sock yarn is a bit of a faff in many ways. When our yarn arrives from the mill it’s in skeins that are about 120cm (or 4 feet) when you measure round them. For self striping sock yarn you need more than that length for each colour so the first thing we do is rewind the skeins into much bigger skeins. Then each skein goes through two or four dye baths (skeins with bold stripes have two colours, everything else has four). Then the yarn is allowed to dry before being hand wound into yarn cakes.
All of this extra time means that our self striping sock yarn usually costs £26 a skein – so the 20% discount makes each skein £20.80 instead.
On the shop page you can see how each colourway knits up, so you can choose the perfect colourway for you.
I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and there was some knitting time among everything else.
It’s become tradition for us to have a sale on Boxing Day – it’s a great chance to pick up a sweaters worth of yarn (because it feels like sweater knitting weather to me). It’s also a chance for us to make space for the new things we have planned for 2019.
So until 1800 on Sunday 30th December you can save 20% off everything in the shop by using code BOXING20 when you check out.
If you’re unsure about what to pick we’ve added some lucky dip skeins to the sale shop. These will give you 100 grams of yarn and could be in any of our bases. Find the lucky dip skeins here.
This week it’s all about luxury as there’s a whole rainbow of BFL, mulberry silk and alpaca.
This yarn is custom spun for us in Yorkshire and it’s the most glorious thing to smoosh. You know that yarn that you pick up and don’t want to put down again because it feels so good? This is that yarn.
Adding silk to the blend gives a gorgeous combination of drape and shine. This yarn begs to be made into wraps and shawls – and I’m making plans for a Visser sweater by Anna Maltz
The yarns above will be added to the shop at 1900 on Friday 7th December. Make sure you check your newsletter for a special subscriber offer.