Friday, March 21, 2008

New Yarn From the Fibre Company, Canopy

Canopy Sport is new this season from The Fibre Company.  50% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool and 20% bamboo. 

Don't let the name fool you, this isn't a true sport weight yarn, it's knitting at about 7-9 sts/1" as is evident in Jen's traveling stitch sock, detail below.  Try it out for your own socks, bamboo will give it strength while the alpaca gives it warmth and buttery softness.  Bear in mind these won't be every day wear kind of socks, the alpaca is to tender for that.  But on a chilly night or while cuddling up with your favorite reality tv show, these will really do the trick.  

And at 200 yds per 50 gms it is a totally reasonable yarn for a lace shawl.  Spring is HERE and it's almost time for my favorite fashion moment, the tank top and lace shawl.  Once blocked I think this yarn will have a lovely halo which will give it some added warmth, without getting heavy.  The bamboo gives it a deep sheen that gives the color a subtle varigation that increases the color's depth.  It's hard to convey online but if you've seen how the Road to China sometimes takes dye then you know what I mean.  

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