January 25, 2013
New in the shop: Shoppel Woole
It has been a long, cold week in Toronto and while there have been some sunny days, it has been pretty grey. Well, grey and white. Grey and white are great colours (non-colours?) and they absolutely have their place in knitting, but around this time of year we start to break, because they are everywhere! So, what’s a knitter or crocheter to do? Well, it turns out Germany has the answer, or at least, German yarn company Shoppel Woole does, because their Zauberball yarns are the perfect antidote to the mid-winter blahs.
See what we mean? There is seriously fun colour in these balls. The kind of fun colour that reminds you that spring is coming and it well get warm again. It is bright, bold, inspiring colour, and it couldn’t have arrived in the shop at a better time.
We have the Zauberballs in both fingering and sport weights, and in a multiplicity of colours. The fingering weight Zauberballs come in both wild striping colours and ombres, in case you’re not quite ready to go wild, or perhaps want to knit up a shawl or cowl.
The Zauberball Stärke 6 is a six-ply sport weight yarn spun so that the solid stripes fade into each other with a kind of speckling as the colours come together. It’s striking and gentle and unlike any other sock yarn we can think of. Of course, at a sport weight (and a generous 437 yards per ball) this is a versatile yarn that would make a gorgeous pair of mittens, shawl, leg warmers – whatever. The main thing is that it will be fun and colourful.
If you are a toe-up sock knitter, or just someone who likes a pair of socks/mittens/legwarmers to match exactly, and you’re looking at these wild Zauberballs a little skeptically, well, Shoppel Woole has you covered. The Single Disk yarn is a fingering-weight, hand dyed sock yarn that is already split into two, equally sized disks, perfect for creating a matching set or knitting toe-up socks two-at-a-time.
Like we said, these yarns couldn’t have come at a better time, and as the snow falls (again) and the temperature is again well below freezing, the only trouble we’re having now is deciding which colours we want to cast on with!