When you’re craving color, these bright yarns and accessories promise a kaleidoscope of vibrant delight.
Red Sheep, Blue Sheep
Whether you’re carrying groceries in the tote or yarn in the drawstring, these beautiful bags from Running Frog Studio, decorated with gorgeously bold sheep, ensure you can carry it all. You can show the whole world your colorcrazed fiber love.
Fun Size Brights
Lux Adorna Knits 100% cashmere Fun Size Bundles in sport and DK weight are ideal for quick-knit projects you’ll definitely want to finish! Each Fun Size Bundle has 8 mini skeins in coordinating colors. A beautiful designer pattern is sent with each bundle so you can start knitting in luxury as soon as your cashmere arrives.
Drunk on Rich Hues
For those who take color personally, Round Mountain Fibers Drunk Yarn! is just the ticket. This home-dyeing kit, inspired by motherhood and the need for copious amounts of wine and coffee, lets you dye yarn without major commitment, color without fear, and end up with yarn that’s as special as you imagined.
Handcrafted by a single artist in a prismatic array of glazes, these charming sheep buttons are the perfect finishing touch for all your projects! The sweet little details in these tiny embellishments from HaldeCraft ensure a brighter and more colorful world, one button at a time.
A Hat for Mrs. Goldman
By Michelle Edwards, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99, 40 pages) Mrs. Goldman knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and her little friend Sophia decorates them with pompoms. But Mrs. Goldman’s head is cold, and Sophia wants to make her a hat to keep her warm. What follows is an endearing look at Sophia’s efforts to knit Mrs. Goldman a hat of her own. You can tell that author Michelle Edwards is a knitter; she conveys the joy that comes from giving away all that hard work. Brian Karas’ illustrations capture the essence of beginning knitters: tongue bitten in concentration, the frustration of dropped stitches, and the exhilaration of finally finishing a project. You’ll want to share this story with your favorite 4- to 8-yearold. The pattern for Sophia’s garter stitch hat with pompoms is included at the end of the book. As the subtitle says, this is indeed “a story about knitting and love.”
Leave Me Alone!
By Vera Brosgol (Roaring Book Press, $17.99, 40 pages) Leave Me Alone! features a grumpy-looking old woman who lives with a very big family full of small children who are curious about her knitting, like why the yarn ball gets smaller and smaller as you chase it. The old woman becomes frustrated at all the distractions, so she packs a bag and goes out in search of a place where she can knit in peace. Adventures with bears, goats and aliens ensue.
There’s a lot to look at in this book—good facial expressions and enough detail to keep younger and slightly older readers entertained. There’s also humor that will be appreciated by adults and children alike. There’s even science: You may want to read up on wormholes before you have to explain them to a kid. Don’t let the grandma’s scowl put you off. This one is a delight.
By Jacob Grant (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 40 pages) Cat and Yarn are close friends and do many things together. One day, Girl takes Yarn away to play, and when Yarn returns, he looks entirely different. It takes a while for Cat to realize that Yarn is still his friend, even though Yarn has changed. Obviously, even without reading the book, you can guess what happens to Yarn, but this message of transformation and acceptance of change is aptly aimed at young children. Simple illustrations, large print and a short storyline appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. Beginning readers will be able to read the story to younger siblings, although they might need help with words like “inseparable” and “fascinated”.
For more information on these products, contact the manufacturer for a store near you. See listings in the Yarn & Notions Resource Guide on page 81.