Our yarn tastings often result in mammoth orders from whatever yarn company we’ve just sampled. In part this is because we take special orders from yarn tasting attendees, but it’s also because Anne and I have a hard time resisting the urge to get a few new colors in these lovable yarns. It was no different with our recent Shibui Mix Party, and the result is new colors in all three Shibui yarns we currently carry–springy Cima, fuzzy Silk Cloud, and tweedy Pebble.
Shibui yarns are designed to be held two or three strands at a time to create unique fiber blends, and because of that, they dye all their yarn bases in matching colorways for easy mixing. There’s not an exact match for every single color in every single yarn, but they get pretty close. The use of two similar-but-not-identical colors held together also makes for an interesting effect, as I’ve learned in my recently-completed Carpino sweater.
I held Shibui Silk Cloud and Isager Highland together in the colors “Bordeaux” and “Wine,” respectively. A good match in name and in hue. When you look at the finished fabric up close, you can see the difference between the two yarns, but from a distance, they blend into a cohesive burgundy shade.
These two new colorways of Pebble give knitters a few more options when choosing colors for the Cliff Hat. We now carry 12 shades of this tweedy cashmere/silk/wool blend.
Amy is teaching an upcoming class on the Cliff hat, a nice small project for learning colorwork; read more about it and sign up on our Classes page!
We’re so pleased to see our selection of Shibui colorways growing like this. Come by the shop to see them for yourself, and to plan a project using Shibui yarns!