Today we’ve got an appearance by another old favorite, Hand Maiden. The light gray yarn on top is Bess, a merino / cashmere blend that I’ve not worked with before. The darker gray yarn on the bottom is Casbah, a merino / cashmere /nylon blend I’ve loved for a long time. One of my first patterns, Slant, was made from Casbah, as was Graupel, one of my more recent offerings.
I have a soft spot for Hand Maiden and their sister company Fleece Artist. When I first started knitting, I used the standard yarns available at Joann or Walmart and other big box stores. Eventually, I began to suspect that there was better stuff out there. Shortly after that I happened to stop into Romni Wools in Toronto and had my suspicion confirmed. Fleece Artist’s Nova Wool was the first ‘fancy’ sock yarn I ever bought myself. It was a rather marked improvement.
When it came time to pick yarns for the book, I knew I wanted to include one of theirs. Now the only difficulty is picking which one!