With a shop the cute little size of our shop, adding a new yarn is always a big deal.
In this case, it’s not just big, it’s bulky.
We are thrilled to introduce a brand-new yarn from Jill Draper Makes Stuff:
Brunswick is a bulky weight blend of domestic fibers: 70 percent Corriedale wool and 30 percent mohair. Spun in Vermont. Dyed in Jill’s studio in the Hudson Valley.
Each skein is 140 yards, 113 grams of handmade woolly goodness.
We have five colors, chosen exclusively for MDK by Jill.
(GAH. LOOK AT THOSE COLORS.)
Brunswick is a domestic yarn, full of character, that works up lightning fast, so it’s perfect for accessories and gifts, hats for marching, and anything else you need to get on and off the needles with speed.
Lars Rains’ latest book, Presto, is full of good ideas for Brunswick. (For example, the Titania cowl, which I whipped up in the fever of our December giftalong—but really, all of the Presto patterns are excellent ideas for quick, satisfying projects, with some cool colorwork options, too.)
I had Jill pull a couple of skeins from our shipment for me to play with, and asked her to pick my colors for a two-color project. “Surprise me,” I said. She chose Minty and Charred Coal, so I guess she really knows me by now.
My chosen pattern was one I’ve wanted to try for a while, now, Gale Zucker’s Portillo Cowl, from her best-selling collaboration with Mary Lou Egan and Kirsten Kapur, Drop-Dead Easy Knits (still the best knitting-book title ever).
(Photo by Gale Zucker.)
I cast on yesterday afternoon (taking a break to savor my ill-gotten head start on our Bang Out a Hadley knitalong), and within an hour I was nearly done:
(I guess you could say it’s drop-dead easy.) (That’s a US 15 needle.)
Somehow two-color garter stitch looks like there’s some kind of trick to it, but nah. You don’t even have to move the yarn from the front to the back or vice versa; it just sits there waiting for you to go around with the other color. I already have a customer for this one, and enough yarn left over to knit a second one, maybe swapping the main and contrast colors for more minty-ness.
We hope you enjoy checking out Brunswick. It’s new, it’s special, and we have it in limited quantity. If you’re the collect-the-set type, we have a few Brunswick Bundles available at a special price, and with our favorite three words, Free Domestic Shipping.
And now, I’m binding off my Portillo Cowl and getting back onto the sleeves to my Hadley. Colorwork time! Just try and catch me! (OK, Nell already passed me, but let me enjoy myself.)