Saturday, January 17, 2015

An airy beggining

When I went to New Zealand in 2013 Kate took me to the Holland Road Yarn Company, where we spotted some Zealana Air. This is a lace weight yarn made of possum, cashmere and silk. They had a swatch knitted, and I just walked around the shop stoking it. The woman working in the yarn shop came over to talk to us and I told her I loved it. She said "you can make a pair of mitts out of a single ball". I wondered how many balls it would take to make a jumper. She said "or with two balls you could have a pair of mitts and a hat". I did the calculations and bought seven for a jumper. 

This is the most luxurious (and expensive) yarn I have ever touched, let alone knit with. It's been sitting in the stash percolating as I decide whether to knit something really plain, like  a featherweight cardigan, to really just showcase the beautiful, slightly haloed fabric it knits up into, or whether to go with my current knitting loves, which is something more complicated and ornate. This option won out and I'm just starting the Apres Surf Hoodie. Just touching this yarn makes my heart sing and I really hope I can do it justice in this project.

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