With the summer in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere (including some exceptionally hot weather courtesy of El Niño), our July Yarn Club shipments were inspired by refreshing, cool beverages meant to quench your seasonal thirst.
We collaborated with LYDIA yarn LLC, and lead dyer Angela - who works out of her studio in South Carolina - managed to create a beautiful collection of custom colors only available to our club members and through our Fiberista Club online store.
First up, we have our cool palette, featuring (clockwise from the upper right) Pink Lady, Grape Nehi, Watermelon Cooler, and Blue Lagoon:
Moving to our neutral palette for July, we had a feature of beautiful summer neutrals uniquely interpreted by Angela in a stunning collection of semi-solids and flecked yarn (which happens to be one of her specialties, and super on-trend!) . Clockwise from the upper right, we have Peach Bellini, Bikinis & Umbrella Drinks, Mojito, and Piña Colada:
Lastly, representing our warm color collection for the month, we have four delicious colors we want to pour in a glass and sip away on (clockwise from upper right) - Sangria, Bloody Mary, Hefeweizen, and Tequila Sunrise:
Each color was featured in 100% oh-so-soft superwash merino in either a worsted or a DK weight. Our premiere sock club featured the same colors on a durable (and comfy!) 75% superwash merino/25% nylon blend.
All of the bases are perfect for summer knits, which could potentially get wet at the beach or by the lakeside (whether you're a summer reveler or someone who just braves the odd looks from the general public while knitting in a swimsuit and 90-degree weather). Superwash merino also has excellent applications as a crafted gift, since it's both durable and easy to launder.
July's featured fiber blend was 50% superfine merino and 50% silk, perfect for summer garments aiming to feature both drape and luster. We worked with a local fiber dyer who we happened to meet a local fiber festival last year, and even though she has no plans for world domination and says she dyes fiber "just for fun", we managed to convince her to dye a limited collection for our talented spinners.
The take on our mood boards was decidedly different (which we are always really excited to see - isn't it interesting how different fiber artists can interpret inspiration?!), featuring extremely bold, vibrant, and vivid colors.
From left to right, starting with the top row we have: Raspberry Sangria, Pink Flamingo, Watermelon Cooler, Royal Silver, Orangesicle, Chocolate Raspberry Martini, Purple Punch, Blue Martini, and Caribbean Cooler.
This month, we have a wing-tipped shawl featuring a traditional Estonian lace pattern. In addition to designing it with a unique shape which can be worn from top to bottom or bottom to top, the sample was also knit with two completely different hanks of Tequila Sunrise:
It's not unusual with hand dyed yarn to work with two hanks that don't quite match one another. Sometimes you may have even purchased your favorite color on two different occasions for two different projects.
When this happens, rather than searching for the perfect 1/2 skein project, we generally have one of two options. Conventional wisdom dictates that we alternate the hanks we are working with in order to "blend" them together for a less harsh transition. However, we can also use the hanks as two different colors; the subtle color variations will create a unique look, and if color theory isn't your strong suit, sometimes it's the safest way to get comfortable with color work or striping.
In addition to the pattern featuring Estonian lace, we also released a beginner version of the shawl that focuses on creating the unique shawl shape. This way, as you get more comfortable with the idea of increases and shawl construction, you can double-back to create the more advanced design and develop your lace making skills.
Our sock club featured a fun, summery cuff-down pattern from Qianer Huang Designs. The May Flower Sock works perfectly with both the speckled and semi solid yarns we featured this month:
This month, our upgrade featured a limited edition flecked yarn called "Drinks with the FC Boys" dyed on a yummy merino, cashmere, and nylon base:
Over fifty members received the upgrade this month, and we can't wait to see what they decide to create with this beautiful fingering weight yarn.
Whether it's a soft drink or an adult beverage, one of the most annoying items to contend with when you're knitting in the sun is condensation. Who wants to get their tension hand all wet, wet beading in their drafting zone, or to have moisture transfer and seep into their wooden needles? No one!
Wanting to help avoid our Fiberistas from this uniquely seasonal crafting annoyance, we including a custom drink koozie, perfect for keeping your beverage of choice cold and your hands dry:
July officially ends our summer shipment season. We've had fun featuring summer color and blends with our May, June, and July collections, but we're excited to start sharing our favorite Fall blends, colors, and trends with our members starting with August's packages.
While our yarn club and fiber club have started to enroll a limited amount of new Fiberistas for our September 2015 shipment, we do still have sock club subscriptions available for August.
We're also very excited to officially launch our garment club with its premiere shipment scheduled for release on August 10th.
We hope everyone enjoyed this month's collection, and we look forward to see what you create during this transitional time of the year.