I was feeling the need for a yarn-play session to relax, and Scheepjes had sent me some of their new yarn to try out. It’s called Downtown, and the catchy biline is “Getting Knitty in the City”. Perfect! One afternoon I wanted to take a break from “everything else” in life and find a bit of joy in the riotous colour of these two sample balls. Sometimes it’s great just to follow your instincts and play – no structure, no pattern writing required and just have fun!
Scheepjes Downtown is a premium blend yarn as you can see by the signature white label for the “top shelf” of what Scheepjes has to offer and comes in 18 different colours. It blends extra-fine merino wool with 20% nylon fibres. (Nylon is usually added to sock yarn for hardiness or toughness). I was surprised by how beautifully soft it is!! Super smooth and squishy!
It is available from Scheepjes retailers worldwide, and these two affiliate links*:
Wool Warehouse (in the UK, ships worldwide including the US)
Caros Atelier (in The Netherlands)
Leanne at Yarns For All
& Anna and Mike at Stitchcraft & Wizardry)
are my local Scheepjes Retailers if you are a Perthite like me.
Downtown is the sister yarn to their Metropolis sock yarn and can be used together. The colours in these two are very sunny and fun and all I have in my hot little hands to play with. The red ball is Sunset 401 and the yellow one is Streetlights 405. The colour changes at a regular interval because their intended use is to knit self-striping socks.
Now I have designed a few knitted items, but my skills are no-where near the sophistication required for knitting socks! And even so, I likely have enough for 1 yellow sock and one red sock rather than a pair... I came up with an idea for a different approach to “Play Hooky in the City” instead.
Tall crochet stitches consume quite a bit of yarn and the colour-change often kind of turns out blocky. I was loving the riot of colour though, so why not embrace that and try something using both colours to make something with small stitches? The photo above can give you a hint of what kind of item…
…Time to pull on these “easy start” bad-boys and see how I can combine the two! (With the magic of the internet I have already done this – haha!) If you are wondering how things are shaping up, check back next week – I will share some WIP photos so you can see where I am heading!
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