New products are coming through our doors almost daily lately and our excitement is only slightly tempered by the stress of having to find space for it all! We’re managing well so far and spent last Thursday and Friday stocking a huge shipment from Hand Maiden Fine Yarns – part of the delivery consisted of reorders for lines we’ve carried in store for some time (Sea Silk, Mini Maiden, Swiss Mountain Cashmere & Silk) while the rest was comprised of two brand new-to-us yarns – Maiden Hair and Camelspin – along with Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits and gorgeous Imogen Sweater Kits from Perl Grey. Below is a round-up of the Handmaiden yarns we are currently stocking:
(Photos: Hand Maiden Fine Yarns, knittimo)
Sea Silk – a lustrous blend of silk and Seacell® (derived from seaweed) with beautiful stitch definition and incredible drape. A perfect choice for luxurious lace projects. Featured project: Semele.
70% Silk, 30% Seacell®
3mm/US 2; 27 stitches/4″
(Photos: Hand Maiden, ktaylor)
Soft and smooth and warm to the touch – Mini Maiden is a 1-ply blend of silk/wool. This is a customer favourite for everything from lace shawls to beautiful cold-weather accessories. Featured project: Citron.
50% silk, 50% wool
3mm/US 2; 26st/4″
(Photos: Hand Maiden, Adrienne Thomas)
Maiden Hair just as one would imagine it – Swiss silk and kid mohair hand-dyed in beautiful semi-solids and variegated hues. The silk provides a wonderful sheen through a halo of cloudy soft mohair. Featured project: Hazel.
67% Silk, 23% Kid, 10% Nylon
4mm/US 6; 20st/4″
(Photos: Handmaiden, onlylouise)
Baby camel down is similar in softness to cashmere. Combine it with silk and the drape and glow is out-of this world. We’re thrilled to add Camelspin to our store and look forward to casting on! Featured project: Candleglow Scarf.
70% Silk, 30% Camel
3mm/US 2; 26st/4″
Swiss Mountain Cashmere & Silk
(Photos: Hand Maiden, Espace Tricot)
Exceptionally soft and supple cashmere combined with silk for sheen and strength – there are no words to describe how special this yarn is! For a review, we invite you to visit Clara Parke’s website (Knitter’s Review) here. Featured project: Holden Shawlette.
65% Cashmere, 35% Silk
26 st/4″ in stockinette