Book Yarn, Part I

For the last few days my mailbox has been overflowing with a steady stream of some of my favorite yarns.  You see, a week or two ago, I gathered up my courage and sent emails off to the folks who make my favorite yarns.  I told them I’m working on a book, that I love what they do, and that I was hoping to use their work in my book.  Madam Publisher was kind enough to send emails to back me up (ya know, just to prove I’m not just soliciting yarn with no intention of turning out a book).  Then, and this is the nifty part, they all said ‘sure!’ and put yarn in the mail.  And now…now it’s started to arrive.  This makes checking the mail ever so much more rewarding than usual.

And now I get to share some of it with you.  I still have to be discrete about the actual content of the book, but Madam Publisher agrees that the use of sock yarn in a sock book is not something we need to keep super secret.  So, over the next few weeks I’ll be showing off some of the yarns I’ll be using.

The first to arrive was Nichole by Schaefer.  The lovely folks at Schaefer were kind enough to send me two colors, Chamomile and Apple Green.

Now, if you’ve been here for a while you’ll know that this is not my first time working with Schaefer.  Two of my earliest patterns, Nugatory and Embonpoint, were made in Nichole and Bines were made in Heather.  Nichole is a perfect example of the slightly thicker-than-average yarn I love best.  It’s thin enough to fit in shoes, but thick enough to be warm and comfy (and to feel like it’s knitting up quickly).  The nylon makes it marvelously long lasting, and the colors are fabulous.  It’s always a winner, and I’m thrilled to be working with it again.