One of the most amazing things about being a yarn dyer is the opportunity to collaborate with some truly fabulous people and to get involved with some great projects.
I’m very excited to say that Travelknitter yarn has been used in a project that is very close to my heart: the brand new London Craft Guide by Yarn in the City. This is just the sort of book that I would have loved to publish myself: a great mixture of travel inspired knitting projects, coupled with a guide to London’s wonderful crafty venues. Perfect!
My brief was to provide yarn support for a sock pattern inspired by the Eiffel Tower. I instantly knew it had to be the BFL Supersock, which is my idea of the perfect sock yarn: smooth sturdy-but-not-itchy British Bluefaced Leicester blended with nylon for extra strength. I had a look through my own photos of previous trips to Paris, and decided to create a new blue-grey colourway, inspired by the glorious ironwork structure:
After a few experiments at the dye pots, a new colourway was created:
I chose the name Puddled Iron, after the wrought iron that was used to build the Eiffel Tower. I’m in love with this colour! It has a more blue-ish tone than my usual greys, but I think it really works. And I love how the kettle dyeing gives a subtle tonal quality to the colour, making it perfect for both plain and lace patterns.
The socks are worked toe-up (my favourite!) and the pattern comes in a range of five sizes too. I’ll have to cast on for these beauties.
You can read more about the pattern, including an interview with the designer, here.
I haven’t yet seen the sample socks, but Yarn in the City will be launching the London Craft Guide at Unravel (February 19-21), so I’m looking forward to seeing all the projects in real life. And just to add to the excitement, you’ll also be able to pick up a skein or two of Travelknitter yarn on their stall! BFL Supersock Puddled Iron will be available, as well as a few other lovely colourways.
If you can’t make it to Unravel (or just don’t want to wait that long!) you can purchase the yarn right now over in my Etsy shop.
To get a copy of the London Craft Guide as soon as it’s released, you can pre-order your copy here.
This is one book that I can’t wait to get my hands on.