Artyarns Mohair Splash and Rhapsody Glitter Light.

Before we reorganized the shop last month, all of the sparkly, tempting skeins from ArtYarns lived together in one sparkly, tempting basket near the desk. Now that all our yarn is organized by weight and suggested gauge, those sparkly skeins have been divided up by type and moved into their new homes. Those whose labels suggest 5.5 stitches per inch, like the Regal Silk, were sent to the DK weight section, and those whose labels suggested 4.5 stitches per inch went to the Aran section, and so on. When our most recent ArtYarns shipment came in, I was pleased to see that both the Mohair Splash and Rhapsody Glitter Light suggest 5 stitches per inch–a Worsted weight gauge. Though many of the ArtYarns are separated, these two can still share a cubby.

Mohair Splash is composed of silk and mohair, and it gets its sparkle from splashes of beads and sequins that are strung intermittently along one ply of the yarn. We are often asked if the sequins interrupt the knitting, bothering ones hands, or catching on stray fibers, and the answer is, blissfully, no. Anne reports that the yarn is dreamy to work with, soft, smooth, and easy.

We selected only three new colors in Mohair Splash for Fall, but they really brighten up the spectrum.

Rhapsody Glitter Light is also a silk and mohair blend, but instead of beads and sequins, it sparkles with a shimmering strand of metallic Lurex. When you’re choosing between these yarns (which can be a difficult task, indeed), consider how much sparkle your project-to-be wants. Should the whole thing glimmer consistently, like the Rhapsody Glitter Light, or would you rather have a dash of shine here and there, as in Mohair Splash?

Come by the shop to ooh and ahh. See you there!

Hello, ArtYarns.

Perhaps you recognize this basket of soft, shiny yarns.

That’s our stash of ArtYarns, some of the most indulgent skeins in the shop. The sheen of silk, the halo of mohair, and the sparkle of beads and sequins all conspire to create a glamorous yarn, a treat for the hands as well as the eyes. Although one skein is small, it’s enough to create a little kerchief, just as Anne knit up in white. When you’re considering treating yourself to a skein of ArtYarns Beaded Silk and Mohair, take a look at the sample to get a sense of how much fabric can come from one skein.

One of the new things Anne ordered for the shop this fall came from ArtYarns: kits with enough smooth, soft, and sparkly yarn to create a knit or crochet shawl.

You’ll find them just beneath the ArtYarns basket, by the desk. Come by the shop to take a closer look.