I am a sucker for minty freshness when it comes to colours and this Cahlista set is gorgeous! Scheepjes Cahlista is 100% un-mercerised aran-weight cotton that has been double gassed (passed twice over a naked flame to singe away any wayward fibres to produce a very smooth yarn). The 50g balls come in 109 colours (so good luck choosing your favourite, and I won’t chart the whole range like I have on previous posts for other yarns - many of the colours match and have the same shade numbers as the lighter-weight Catona and Maxi, so if you have a favourite colour in those ranges, you can find it in Cahlista too).
These babies are crying out to be made into something useful and for the first time the pattern I will publish will be a knitting pattern…. Eeek! What’s this now? Doesn’t Peppergoose equal crochet?
Since I am suffering from what is now a chronic injury to my left hand (which holds my yarn when crocheting) I cannot crochet for a while. I have tendon issues in my tensioning finger and it’s all very frustrating… but I can knit because I knit English style with the yarn in my right hand. Yay! Even better, knitting actually helps rehabilitate my injury – so it’s a brand-new day for Peppergoose. Knit ON!
My mum taught me to knit when I was 15 and I made the front bodice of a sweater and then stopped. My mother in-law taught me again how to knit when I was around 30 and I made a baby hat for a friend, a simple vest, a poncho and a scarf and then I stopped. Not sure why exactly, I still LOVE drooling over complex knitting patterns and knitted texture has inspired a few of my crochet garments, but crochet took over my life from my mid to late 30s until now, ...here I am… picking up the twin-tool-set again.
At this point my knitting skills are relatively simple so the pattern will not be super difficult. It will only use maybe 2 balls of Scheepjes Cahlista as well so it’s not going to take forever to make, but I have 3 of each colourway here just in case. It’s a bite sized project to dip the toes in knitting waters! And because Cahlista AND Skies Heavy are both 100% cotton and 170m/100grams, you could alternatively use a single skein of Skies Heavy instead.
I will give you a hot tip though: I am fond of a geometric stitch pattern…. You can see a snippet of my initial swatch here in this pic (Cahlista 387 Dark Olive) which shows a hint of texture.
If you want to see how things are coming along check back next week!
Happy browsing in the meantime – you can check Scheepjes retailers worldwide for Cahlista supplies and colour range, or browse by these affiliate links: Caros Atelier (in the Netherlands)
Wool Warehouse (in the UK; ships worldwide)
& if you are in Perth, Leanne at Yarns For All has a good Scheepjes range.
Bye for now!
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