Psst… Remember Knitting Fever Painted Desert Yarn? You might know it for its fun palette of variegated colors, and you may have already worked with it in patterns such as the [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] , which is free when you buy the yarn. Painted Desert is a beautiful 100% wool superwash, with plenty of yardage and a very soft hand. Well, I’m excited to announce that we have introduced three new tonal shades of Painted Desert! This is great for those of you who love variegated yarns but prefer to see the variegation happen within colors of the same family as opposed to all over the color wheel. That’s not to say these colors sacrifice brightness, though!
Here are the three new shades, which look so good together it’s hard to choose one favorite:
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Hard as it was to decide, I chose the green one to make a sample for the shop. This was a pattern on Ravelry that we thought was really cool – the Riblet Shawlette by Merrilee Ericson. The ribs are created by alternating between Stockinette stitch and reverse Stockinette stitch, with increases along one side, and a clever I-cord edge that keeps everything tidy. I found it helpful to use a piece of paper to keep track of what row I was on at first, but it didn’t take me long to memorize the stitch pattern. The finished project is an intriguingly springy fabric that few people can walk by without touching. Here are a few photos of the one I made:
Isn’t that neat?! More than one person has compared this to moss, and I don’t disagree. This is an elegant, earthy piece that would also be a great way to showcase a certain lovely shawl pin, as worn in the original pattern photo. In fact, this would be a good opportunity to browse the handcrafted shawl pins we carry from Maine artist Bonnie Bishoff! I like the Emerald Gingko Short Stick Shawl Pin by Bonnie Bishoff Designs, or the Flower Stick Shawl Pin by Bonnie Bishoff Designs. The Oak Leaf Botanical Pewter Shawl Pin by Bonnie Bishoff Designs would also be lovely, especially paired with the green shawl. There are a bunch of different pins – Beth wrote a blog post a while back about these guys; click here to check it out if you’re interested!
|Emerald Gingko Short Stick Shawl Pin by Bonnie Bishoff Designs|
|Flower Stick Shawl Pin by Bonnie Bishoff Designs|
|Oak Leaf Botanical Pewter Shawl Pin by Bonnie Bishoff Designs|
Needless to say, it’s always nice to have more color options. Try the Riblet Shawlette pattern in a more brightly variegated colorway, or see what it looks like in the new gray tonal- there’s a shade for just about anyone, any style. Something else that’s always nice? Saving money! Catch Knitting Fever Painted Desert Yarn while it’s on sale, 10% off from now through next Saturday, December 17th!
(While most people are knitting socks or shawls in Painted Desert we’re really excited to see how it looks woven… more on that soon!)