The Shibui Mix Party last night was lots of fun. We had two full tables of knitters mixing and swatching, and I thing everyone had a great time and learned a lot.
Here are 5 things I learned
Everything is better carried with a strand of Silk Cloud - it bumps up the gauge, creates a lovely halo, and protects more delicate fibers.
Maai looks great at almost any gauge - it's native gauge is 22 stitches/4 inches, but a customer swatched in on a US size 10 for a gauge of about 13 stitches/4 inches, and it's amazing. Still bouncy, but super light and lofty.
Linen + Rain would make a perfect grass skirt - an expensive one, but if that's your thing. Point is that balance is key to blending fibers. Pairing a crisp yarn with a soft yarn is better than two crisp yarns together.
Staccato is fantastic - just the right amount of silk for luster, and a huge color range. We just ordered every color. Every. Single. One.
Heritage chocolate nonpareils make the perfect snack for swatching. I recommend the dark chocolate variety. For the antioxidants, you know.
We also tried on the garments from the current Shibui Trunk Show. The standout projects were Etch, a smart short-sleeved top in Linen and Cima, and Tier, a lightweight scarf worked with 2 skeins of Twig - pattern is free with the yarn. If you haven't seen this trunk show, stop by First Friday and have a look. Really nice stuff.
Here are a few photos from the party.
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