The MountainTop Collection

In celebration of Earth Day, we'd like to tell you about our MountainTop Collection of naturally undyed yarns. Did you know that each of the yarns in this collection is made using a range of naturally occurring colors from alpaca and sheep blended with other undyed fibers? Read about each of these lovely qualities, then leave a comment on which you would like to sample - and why - for a chance to win a skein of your choice!

The MountainTop Collection currently includes seven yarns across a variety of weights, each with its own unique characteristics.

The thinnest yarn in the collection is Vail, pure luxury in a light fingering weight of 70% baby alpaca and 30%. The bamboo gives the yarn a most delicate luster and drape, while the alpaca contributes an ethereal softness.

Mohawk Wool is grown and spun in the USA. The natural colors of lustrous merino and lofty Romney wool combine with a bit of nylon in this sport weight 3-ply yarn. With a generous 375 yards in each hank, the yarn makes beautiful fabric for shawls, accessories and garments. The bit of nylon adds the strength necessary for cozy, durable socks, if that's to your liking.

Canyon combines Pima cotton with just a hint of undyed alpaca. The alpaca brings loft to the cotton, creating a smooth and silky yarn in a perfect weight for summer.

Crestone is a worsted weight 100% wool for the those that like working with a true woolly wool. It  makes a beautiful, durable fabric, perfect for long wearing garments and accessories. The marled colors add a bit of extra interest!

Vista is interchangeable with Crestone being spun at the same weight and twist, but by combining it with 50% superfine alpaca, we've added an extra bit of softness and silkyness.

Chalet is a chainette yarn - the construction simultaneously provides strength and lightness. Add a luxury fiber blend of baby alpaca and bamboo to that inherent lightness and you have Chalet, a decadently soft yarn with a lovely drape in a chunky weight yarn.

A chunky weight of alpaca and wool merge in a plump, squishy 100 gram hank of fiber scrumptiousness in Blackthorn - truly a joy to knit with!

(Psst - Keep a lookout this fall for a new addition to this earth-friendly collection.)

Remember, leave a comment (by midnight EDT Sunday April 24, 2016) letting us know which of these lovely yarns you would like to win and why. Please include a Ravelry name or contact email. Good luck!

New Choices Keep Springing Up

Slowly but surely, the weather is warming. Our new spring yarns have arrived at LYS and the shelves are stocked with our tried and true favorites, and the spring issues of knitting magazines are appearing on shelves everywhere.

Let's take a look at the new patterns that designers have come up with for this new season.

If you've seen the latest issue of Love Of Knitting, you've seen Melissa Leapman's Chloe Cardigan. It's on the cover spotlighting this Bay Blue colorway. The cheerful shades of Cerro make me think of spring and this is a great transitional piece you can have ready to wear as the weather warms.

Photographer: Lisa Vandenoever. Courtesy of LOK.
The Natalia Sweater, by Leah Coccari-Swift, is such a great use of Liberty Wool. With one solid and a second variegated colorway, this self-striping yarn makes the multi-hued colorwork a breeze. Knitscene really captured the the ease of transitioning from cooler to warmer weather in their spring issue.

Photo: Good Folk Photography. Courtesy of Knitscene.
We hear time and again, how much you love Mohawk Wool, so we were pleased to see Amanda Scheuzger's latest topper in the new Spring Issue of the returning knit.wear. The clean lines and simple texture really make the stitch definition of Mohawk shine through.

Photography: Harper Point Photography. Photo courtesy of Interweave Knits.
Marty Miller uses Liberty Wool in her remake of the 'Rufflier Scarf' in the Spring Issue of Interweave Crochet.This airy scarf allows the yarn to show its colors in interesting and varied ways.

Photo: Harper Point Photography. Courtesy of Interweave Crochet.
Lastly, Vogue Knitting has what may be the perfect sweater to bring on vacation. Deborah Newton's #17 Deep V-Neck Duster can be worn over a flowery dress to a nice dinner, or with shorts and flip-flops for a quiet stroll. Soft Linen's versatility adds to this piece's ability to be a good fit for both casual and dressy attire.

Photo courtesy of Soho Publishing.

The magazines offer up so many beautiful choices from different designers each season. The only hard part is trying to decide which pattern to cast on...