Last day of March, and it is finally beautiful outside. I am so tired of winter. Tired of winter clothes, winter colors and winter yarn. It's too early for warm-weather clothes, but not too early for warm-weather colors. This time of year our hearts yearn for light and bright -- aqua, pink, periwinkle and yellow. We need them in fibers like merino and silk that transition easily from cool weather to warm and back again. Luxurious and bouncy extrafine merino is perfect for unpredictable spring weather. On cold mornings, merino traps the warm air and keeps it close to your skin. In the warm afternoon, merino transports moisture and warm air away from the skin and disperses it into the air. Plus silky smooth merino just feels so nice to knit. It makes a soft and springy fabric with great stitch definition. Even plain old stockinette looks great in high-twist merino. A few of my favorites are Cadence Worsted and Aurora 6, both medium weight yarns perfect for my favorite wrap style cardigan.
For a lighter weight, try Vivacious from Fyberspates, a lovely hand-dyed fingering weight high-twist merino that would be stunning in a Hitofudecardigan - much easier than it looks, and twice as pretty in person as it is in the pictures.
Speaking of Fyberspates, let me introduce you to my latest crush - Scrumptious. A delicious, buttery soft blend of merino and silk, this yarn has an incredible richness of color, and a subtle sheen just right for spring. And...are you sitting down?...it's machine washable and dryable! Yup, In the machine. Both machines.
I think it would be spectacular in this beautiful fresh cardigan for spring - we have lots of gorgeous fresh colors - hardest part is choosing your favorite.
Of course, a sweater takes time, and you need your springtime happiness now, don't you! So, how about a fun spring accessory to churn out while you work on your sweater? See the perfect infinity scarf our own Mary whipped up for our April First Friday project. It's perfect!
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