Thursday, 11 September 2014

New From Artesano

In recent months, more and more Artesano yarns have been sneaking their way onto our shelves. We now have a nice big family of them, with more on their way! I thought I’d introduce you to some of our lovely newcomers, in case you didn’t notice them on their way in.

Artesano Alpaca Silk 4 Ply

Alpaca Silk 4 Ply in shade 4133 Signal Blue

Silk and alpaca: two luxurious fibres that have been spun into a yarn that is warm and cuddly, with a soft shine in its appearance. Artesano’s new Alpaca Silk 4 Ply has a slight fluffy halo- just enough to make it even softer while managing not to shed fuzz all over your clothes and furniture. There are 16 tempting colourways, and a collection of lovely, contemporary patterns to accompany the yarn.


Artesano Alpaca Silk Lace


Alpaca Silk Lace in shade 2083 Aubergine

This beautiful 2 ply lace weight yarn has a soft handle and a wonderful sheen to it. The silk fibres make it very strong, despite its delicate appearance, and the alpaca lends it its excellent insulating properties. This richly coloured yarn is also fantastic value with an impressive 400m per 50g skein.


Artesano Definition Sock Yarn


Definition Sock in shade 4908 Perky

A classic sock blend with 75% merino wool and 25% polyamide. Artesano seem to have a real knack for choosing gorgeous yarn shades, and Definition Sock is no exception- there are plenty of bright, vivid shades as well as a good range of more subtle and neutral colourways.

I’ve just cast on a pair of Azure socks (from the Definition Sock Yarn Booklet) in shade 6705 Azure and the yarn is thus far proving excellent to knit with: hard wearing and resistant to splitting, with a good bounce to it.


Manos del Uruguay Merino Tops


Manos del Uruguay Merino Tops in shade 7292 Stellar

Spinners and felters are also catered for with these beautiful hand dyed merino tops. These combed tops are hand painted by women’s cooperatives in Uruguay and are distributed in Europe by Artesano in accordance with WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) requirements. I love the idea of supporting these women by buying fibre, especially when it’s as soft and colourful as this!