Monday 26 February 2018

Say It With WYS' Florist Collection + Kate Davies' Carbeth Cardi

Today it snowed in my part of middle England. Whilst the white stuff didn't settle the weather forecast says there's more to come - it's a week for wrapping up in chunky Winter knits and cosy handmade socks. The calendar says it's nearly March but Spring feels like a long, long way away.

What a pleasure it was then to see West Yorkshire Spinners' latest colourful additions to their top-selling Signature 4ply range.

Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners
Looking at The Florist Collection you can almost smell the honeysuckle and sweet peas and be transformed back to a balmy summer's evening. The colours are a far cry from Winter greys, dark greens and bottle blues. As per usual the solid and variegated shades are designed to work with each other for sock knitting so your foot can contrast with your ribbing.
Image courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners
Foxglove is my favourite for no other reason than it looks like a raspberry ripple ice cream. If I whip up a pair of socks in these, possibly using Rachel Coopey's simple Dave pattern that will show off the colour of the yarn, it may be Winter outside but my feet will be stepping firmly into Spring.

The Signature 4ply range is a blend of 75% wool and 25% nylon. Each 100g ball costs £7.20 plus P&P directly from West Yorkshire Spinners.

Carbeth Cardi

Kate Davies has released a follow up pattern to Carbeth, her Winter warmer Boxing Day jumper that's knitted with two strands of her own DK Buachaille yarn together. The Carbeth Cardigan has a cropped design and can double up as a warm jacket.

Image courtesy of Kate Davies
For those of us who haven't signed up for Davies' West Highland Way club and therefore have to wait until subscribers have seen all that collection's patterns first, the Carbeth Cardigan will keep our needles busy in the interim. The pattern costs £5.95 to download from Ravelry.

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