Yarn of the month.

Getting ready for our Classic Elite Yarn Tasting on April 30th gave us an idea.

Wouldn’t it be fun to have some yarn to snack on all the time? Thus was Yarn of the Month born.  Each month one of our favorites will be in the spotlight. It will be on sale all month long, 20% off.  We’ll have samples-in-progress for you to take for a test drive, both crochet and knit.  Miss April will be Louet Euroflax Sport, one of the most useful, least understood yarns we know of.

It’s 100% linen. It comes in 270 yard skeins. It’s machine washable and dryable. It works just as well for table runners and tote bags as lacework and open mesh garments and stoles. We have several of Julie Weisenberger’s outstanding cocoknits patterns here in the shop that feature Euroflax, including Gretel, a very Eileen Fisher-esque tank that takes only 2 or 3 skeins. Kat Coyle’s Linen Top, a free pattern on Ravelry.com, is another one of my favorites. I can see myself making up both in the Euroflax and wearing them as part of my summer “uniform.”  Even on the hottest days, I like having just a little extra weightless layer of something over tees and tanks, otherwise I feel a bit too “out there.”  Its manufacturer Louet also has beautiful patterns of their own, available for sale on Patternfish.com.

I’ll admit it – this is a yarn that can be easily passed over. In the skein it feels dry and a little starchy, not adjectives that spring to mind when we think of luscious yarn. But after just a few minutes of being worked it responds to the warmth of your hands and starts to soften. After it’s had a relaxing soak in a bath and a spin in the dryer, it turns into everything we love about all fine linen.

A spring snow may be falling as I write this, but linen weather is coming. Start thinking now about wearing it, carrying it to the farmer’s market to pick up some vine-ripened tomatoes, and setting it out on the table for a dinner of panzanella and a chilled Orvieto or Sauvignon Blanc.  Now doesn’t that sound nice?

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