I’m over the moon about Indigo Moon Yarns
Last Friday, after a busy day at the sausage factory, I nipped over to the Circle Craft Christmas Market at the Convention Centre in Vancouver. Yes, there were galloons of very talented artisans on hand with their beautiful wares, but my main purpose of going was to see my lovely friend Trish Moon and to moon over her ridiculously stunning hand-dyed Indigo Moon yarns. Circle Craft was her last show of 2012 so it was my last chance to see her until next year. I’m so supposed to be on a yarn diet (these two words should never appear together) so I had pre-limited myself to buying only two skeins of yarn.
In particular, I couldn’t wait to see her 100% Merino Wool Worsted in the lovely colourway, Celestial Blue. A cowl made with the yarn was on display in her booth and, believe me, neither the yarn or the cowl disappointed. I’ve discovered that, at least with technology available to me, it is practically impossible to take a photo that even remotely does this yarn justice. There is such depth and richness of colour and the stitch definition is just plain ridiculous that you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it. The pic below comes very close to capturing the shimmering night-sky blues in this yarn. Trish is a true master dyer – her work is simply magical.
A Noble Cowl
As soon as I got home that night, I cast on the same lacy cowl that was on display in Trish’s booth, A Noble Cowl (bonus: it’s a free pattern on Ravelry!). It required only a single skein of yarn (185 m/200 yds), however, if you use a slightly bigger needle than called for, knit a little loose or use a bind-off that uses a lot of yarn (I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off which famously sucks up yarn but is perfect for edges that need a lot of give), you may run out of yarn, like I did. To avoid that and the weeping that may ensue, you might want to work a lifeline towards the end of the pattern, just in case. I ended up unpicking the last couple of rows of the pattern and as you can tell from the pic, no harm was done, and I used all but about 30 cm of the yarn. The pic below was taken in sunlight, which brings out the turquoise undertones.
Wild Berries Sock Yarn
I was also eager to see Trish’s deliciously squishy Blue-Faced Leiscester sock yarn in the juicy Wild Berries colourway. A sample shawl was on display in her booth (you can see it in the pic at the top of this post) and as predicted, I was unable to resist this yarn either. Think fuchsia-purple-raspberry and you’ll get the picture. I have to meditate on what to make with this yarn – it’s so touchable and beautiful to gaze upon that I will likely make a cowl, scarf or shawl – something that will show it off. While it would make spectacular socks, it seems a shame to hide this yarn under pant legs or tucked into shoes.
More than just yarn – weaving too!
Trish Moon is famous for her beautiful hand-dyed yarn, but you may not be aware that she is also a master weaver. On the Weavings page of her site, you’ll find luxurious silk and wool shawls, wraps, scarves and blankets, all drapey and soft and made with her gorgeous hand-dyed yarns. Delightfully, she also makes the loveliest hand-woven 100% cotton tea towels, again in billions of yummy colours – so pretty you’ll actually want to dry the dishes! Look what I came home with (thanks again, Trish – you’re the best!)