I love having a yarn shop! One of the most fun things to do is to get a major crush on a yarn, have a blast knitting it up into something wonderful, and then get to share it with other knitters.
This particular edition of Bridget Jones’s Yarn Diary dates back to last November, when I needed a portable knitting project for an intergenerational gals weekend with Aunt Kathy and our two daughter ladies. Having just discovered there is a cotton version of one of our favorite color-changing yarns, Zauberballs, my travel knitting was a simple log cabin baby blanket mixing Zauberball Cotton with some long-discontinued ecru cotton denim from my stash. I had just learned of a new baby in my circle, and I was knitting on that thing with the fierce dedication that is specific to baby blankets for babies that are already here, and waiting on their blanket.
All the colors in this blanket came from a single shade of Zauberball Cotton, Spring Greens.
The Zauberball Cotton was a revelation. It’s so soft, and the colors are delightfully sophisticated. It just cries out to be made into log cabin blankets, cloths, or cushions. So of course I asked, pretty please can we carry it in the MDK Shop?
And it has arrived!
We have two cotton yarns from Schoppel.
First up: Zauberball Cotton.
This is the snazziest stuff. It’s a cotton yarn that entertains you as you knit, with slow, soft shifts of colors that wash into and out of each other.
Here’s our palette:
Spring Greens. Can you see the yellow in there? Sometimes a color doesn’t show up until you get further into the ball.
Favorite Jeans. It changes colors, from blue to blue to that other blue.
But wait, there’s more!
When knitting a blanket—or a dishcloth, or anything really—in a multi-color yarn, it’s nice to have coordinating solids or semi-solids to throw into the mix of the project. This is an instinctive thing for quilters and log cabin blanket-knitters, I think. We want color—absolutely—but we also want the eye to have places to rest. So I was thrilled to learn that Schoppel’s Cotton Ball yarn is a perfect companion for Zauberball Cotton, in watercolor semi-solids that coordinate beautifully with the vibrant Zauber mixes.
Here’s our Cotton Ball palette.
Deep Blue. (A bit darker than Washed Blue.)
Let’s go Zauber!