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This yarn is all kinds of wonderful. I could wax poetic about the lovely hand it has and how the only reason you want your knit experience to end is so you can wear it as close to your skin as you can get it. It’s so very soft, with loft from the yak and just enough strength from our silk friend. The best testimonial comes from the adorable Rachel one of Twisted PDX’s lovely worked bees (Twistedista’s) who did a test knit it for us. In her words: “This yarn is maybe one of the best things I’ve ever touched…”  When I brought in Twisted’s first order of YAKSI, I had to gently remind the staff that there was more where that came from or there would have been not a skein left for their customers. As a maker and seller of yarn this is the best testimonial. Colorwise, it’s an exciting dye for me because it starts all yakky brown and heathery before I add my color sense to it. So much fun.

We are offering YAKSI in 8 of our Shaded Solids to start with. 60% Wool/ 20% Yak/  20% Cultivated Silk

Our initial supply is limited so we are offering to you at a special “look we have a wonderful new yarn” price!

We think you’ll agree Rachel, Shannon, all the Twistedista’s and Team Blue Moonies that YAKSI is a must knit.

Tuin from Twist Collective

Its always exciting when a new Twist Collective gets released, and this issue is no different, full of beautiful patterns. Tori Seierstad has created a stunning colorwork yoked sweater named Tuin for Twist Collective, Winter 2013 from our soft and cozy Targhee Worsted yarn. You can find the downloadable pattern here:

Kate Gilbert from Twist collective had a particular delft blue in mind for this sweater, so I created just the right shaded solid color for her…and of course named it Kate’s Blue. The Jengu used as the contrast color is from our Spirits collection and is spirited from the color blue, so it is a very, very pale echo of the Kate’s Blue and they are lovely together. While we love this sweater in these original colors, there are lots of fun colorways that you could pair up to create your own special sweater. All photos from Twist Collective, by Linus Ouellet.

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Balas Ruby Raglan by Vera Sanon in Knitscene Spring 2014

Vera Sanon is a prolific designer of many elegant designs and this one is no different. A modern interpretation of a baseball tee with a lace bodice and luscious yarn, this pattern uses our Gaea Sport yarn made from 100% organic merino wool in colorways, Help Us Rhonda and Everyday Gray. You can find this pattern in the Spring 2014 issue of Knitscene Magazine .

All photos from Knitscene Magazine by Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography.

Note: In the Knitscene pattern it states that our Gaea is in 700 yard skeins which it is not. The correct yardage is, 560yd/516m.

Zaria by Shannon Squire

The newest Knitty has lots of lovely patterns, but the Zaria shawl is our favorites, and not just because it uses our Socks that Rock Mediumweight yarn! It was designed by one of our besties….Shannon Squire and is  a simple and yet interesting to knit asymetrical shawl that makes the most of a highly variegated colorway with a contrasting solid. You can find the free pattern here:

Shannon knit the original in Mossley Manly with Pond Scum and also did another in Farmhouse with Sunstone. JJ has big plans to knit one in Tempest and Thraven. What about Antiquated System with Bleck, Bittersweet, or Spawn of Scum? Maybe Waltzing Lobelia and What’saabi, Marina, KMBFLA or HRH Princess of Purple Violetta is more to your liking? Smoky Mountain Morning with Single Cell Dating Pool, Pining 4 Ewe and Tempest would be elegant. Ginger Plum-licious with Spores, Smoke on the Water, Ochroid, Poupon, Help us Rhonda, or Cranberry Bogged would be fun to knit. How about Beach Glass with Hazy Shade of Blue, Shoqua, China Rose, or Sadie Sue? Possibly Grayple and Raspberry Mousse, Scum Bubbles, Ochroid, HRH Princess of Purple Violetta, Tina’s Silver Lining or Purple Phantom? I love to help people choose colors for their projects, so if none of these are quite what you are looking for, just send me an email at! All photos courtesy of Stefan Lombard, Shannon’s honey bunches.

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