I recently was the lucky winner in two separate contests. One was pure fun and such a delight to win - Vicki Notorious, dyer of the lovely Make.Do yarns. I took a semi-educated guess at how many little hexagons Vicki would get knit, and who’dathunkit, but I guessed correctly. My reward for this little mental exercise was this lovely skein of yarn, Make.Do Be which is a 75:25 blend of superwash merino and nylon in fingering weight.
Monotone yarns are wonderful for the way they show off stitch patterns, and this one has layers of color intensity to add a richness that a simple solid dye job would never have. It is lovely and soft and I look forward to knitting it into foot joy. Thank you, Vicki!
I also lucked out in another contest of a sort, a lottery to be able to buy some of a very rare breed of yarn spun from a few fleeces that Blacker Yarns managed to source. In the process of closing the deal, I got to speak with Susan Blacker. She is delightful, and so passionate and excited to be able to help preserve this breed.
The Boreray sheep from which the yarn was spun originates from an archipelago south of Scotland and is considered the rarest breed on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. As many of those North Sea island sheep are, it is a primitive, dual coated and kempy breed, but also soft in a strong kind of way. You can see the heavier fibers and even the kemp in the yarn. I believe this is going to knit up nice and tweedy, great for outerwear. The color is fabulous - oatmeal with bits of brown sugar, is how I think of it. I am also thinking of a super weather-resistant hat with this rarest of all commercially available yarns on the outside and perhaps some super soft yarn for a liner.
And as the last post reminded me, it really is time to start getting those warm winter woolies knit up. Is it autumn in Quarryville yet?