Newsletter 370

by Jeremy Lehmann

Originally Published October 12, 2015

It's Fall! To celebrate, we're featuring a yarn we love (read on!) and four projects we love to knit with it (read even further!). So in between raking leaves and reading turkey recipes (we like this one!), you'll have plenty of cozy projects to mull over and knit up this season. Read on...there's even a sale at the end!

Kenzie Tweed 

The Perfect Tweed!

We've found it! Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning. We stock 21 colorways!  Kenzie looks and feels best knit anywhere in the range of DK to Worsted gauges.  Since the angora in the yarn blooms quite a bit once blocked, it knits at the worsted weight and fills in the space nicely. Do keep in mind that it's versatile and creates a suitable fabric even when knit at a tighter gauge ... for example, a DK or about 6 sts/in ... even down to 4 sts/in.

(An effective way to determine if a yarn will suit your pattern/project is to do a test swatch at your desired gauge, block it as you would your final piece, and see if you are happy with the fabric it creates.)


Missoni-inspired Lap Blanket Churchmouse Easy Folded Poncho

Palmyre Shawl Colormatic Cowl

Kenzie Inspiration

  • Missoni Inspired Lap Blanket. The fashion house Missoni has been mixing vibrant colors with the knitted chevron stitch for over five decades; they definitely do it best. But Diana Harker’s version, inspired by the famous design house, most certainly brings about the same happy vibe.
  • Easy Folded Poncho. Our favorite poncho transcends the trends.  It’s easy to knit (just one long stockinette rectangle), easy to finish, and easy to throw on. We secretly think it’s like a really elegant sweatshirt.
  • The Palmyre Shawl is a very cozy shawl that will soon become your go-to choice as the temperature drops.  A crescent shape largely made up of stockinette stitch with just a hint of lace to finish, this is a simple pattern and a rather quick knit.
  • Colormatic Cowl. Color work meets pattern mixing in this stylish cowl. Four colors of Kenzie yarn play together in a simple but interesting knit. Pattern includes both charted and written directions and links to lots of video support. Try the short version for a quick knit or go for the long version to wear fashionably doubled.


A Note from Christina, Organizer of Threads of Kindness:

Hello everyone...I'd like to invite you to join a group that is very near to my heart as I know it is for many of you.  We are working to provide hospice patients in middle Tennessee with a blanket or shawl for a little comfort at a time when they may most need it and preemie blankets and hats to many of the Nashville's Neo-Natal units.  If you think this giving opportunity may be right for you, please reach out to us.  We are fortunate to have generous yarn donations from Haus of Yarn helping us along our way and would love to share our stash with you.  
Threads of Kindness