As I am writing this post, winter has not quite set in her in New England (50*F on Christmas Eve!) but the calendar tells me it's coming. (There is some sort of Game of Thrones reference in there that goes over the head of this gal who doesn't watch the show…) Eventually when those cold temperatures set in, wouldn't it be nice to dream of some place warm and sunny?** Well A Good Yarn Sarasota has just the solution to those winter blues! The yarn shop has teamed up with several yarn companies to create color ways exclusive to A Good Yarn inspired by the oceanfront lifestyle of western Florida. I was fortunate enough to receive a lovely skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Grape Jelly from A Good Yarn for review. As long-time listeners of the podcast and readers of the blog know, all opinions are my own.
There are currently a dozen or so exclusive color ways available on the newly revamped shop site. Reading those inspiration descriptions and seeing the beautiful yarns, can't you just picture yourself on a warm beach with a fruity, tropical drink? Now, I am not much of a beach-goer but it sounds heavenly as winter knocks on the door.
When A Good Yarn sent me this skein, they included a photo of the inspiration - a blue/purple jelly fish. Isn't the yarn almost a perfect match? I am thinking that a fun, textured pair of socks would be perfect to emulate the texture of the bottom part of the jelly fish, right? I love the gorgeous lilac tones that are exquisitely paired with the sky blue and subtle gray.
The Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock is an 80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon blend fingering weight yarn with 430 yards to 100 grams per skein. The recommended gauge is 7 stitches to the inch on US 1 needles, so pretty much a standard sock yarn. Washing instructions, per the label, are to machine wash cold, machine dry until damp, lay flat to finish. A Good Yarn charges $26 per skein, which is fairly standard for this yarn.
As Shepherd Sock was one of the first sock yarns I had purchased in my earlier days of knitting in the mid-2000s, I recall that the skeins used to be 50 grams and around 200 yards. This 100 gram put-up means you can get a whole pair of socks or a fingering weight shawl from one skein, which is quite convenient. I have used this base on a couple projects in the past and have been quite pleased with the colors, and how the yarn has held up over the years. It is truly one of those classic, staple sock yarns that stands the test of time. And in fun colors? A win-win all around!
So if you are traveling to Florida to escape the cold, perhaps a trip to A Good Yarn Sarasota will provide just the trick. Or if you can't catch a plane - you can shop right on their website to check out these exclusive colors and bring some of that Florida sun to wherever you are hunkering down this winter.
**Edit - As this entry will post January 7th, the frigid air has arrived to New England with bitter cold and wind chills in the negative territory. I knew it wasn't far...