Our Artisan crate this month has snuggling up in mind! Our *Sleepy New Year* theme is all about staying close to home and recovering after the busy holiday season, and you’ll have good reason to with this month’s crate.
The yarn for January’s Artisan Crates is dyed by Three Irish Girls, one of our favorite indie dyers. This established artisan brand does a wonderful job of delivering beautiful yarns and colorways and you’ll love what we’ve planned with them for this month. They dyed up a two-color set of skeins on their Springvale DK, a supple 100% Superwash Merino with 270 yards per skein. You’ll get one skein in Tomahawk and the other in Shoshone, colorways that were inspired by the pigments used by Native peoples (more on that in the booklet!)
We invite you to take the soft speckle and rich burgundy tones of these skeins (you’ll get one of each in your crate), and turn them into either of these fantastic bandana-style cowls from Aroha Knits Francoise Danoy. We love ArohaKnits videos, blog posts and designs, and are so excited to have her involved in this crate with two patterns.
Ngaawari is the beginner pattern, and features delightfully squishable garter-stitch stripes:
While Reti takes this look a step further with smocked panels and speckled accents:
You’ll note that in the booklet, we didn’t have enough room to include both the charted and written instructions for Reti’s charts, so only the charts are included. We do have an individual (non-Ravelry) PDF download available for you via the URL in your table of contents booklet section, so be sure to snap that up if you need the written instructions!
The extra this month will certainly come in handy as an addition to your project bags–a Three Irish Girls branded tape measure that has a retractable ‘quick draw’ button. I love these kind of tape measures since they fit so easily into a tote or drawer, and don’t unwind like other soft ones do.
Join us in the Ravelry group to discuss this great crate and the others headed out this month!