I’m aware it’s not Friday but it sure feels like it to me! Yesterday, on legit-Friday, my Jade Sapphire collection premiered at TNNA. I’m so happy with all of these pieces and I feel so lucky to have been sent a box of truly luscious yarns that I could use to create. The best part about knitting with cashmere is getting to touch every inch of the yarn. I got to touch over 37,000 inches of fine, fine fiber. For the athletically inclined, that’s over 10 football fields. I have happy hands. Without further ado, meet my cashmere ode to Minneapolis:
Sometimes, when I see a yarn, I know exactly what I want it to be even if I don’t know quite how to accomplish it yet. That was the case with the skeins of Jade Sapphire Sylph. I wanted a wrap that ruched in panels but with bands of cables in between and I was determined to figure out how to make it work. It turned out even better than I had expected.
I’ll tell you a secret: Jade Sapphire 8-ply Mongolian Cashmere is my favorite. It’s that elusive aran weight, has a great twist, lovely stitch definition, and it relaxes so much that it just gets so soft and drapey I can hardly stand not touching it. It’s the drape that makes it the best for slouch hats. The First Avenue Slouch has a button band knit first making it easily customizable for different head sizes.
See–soft. Talia couldn’t stop touching her hands while she was modeling for MN Fine Art Photography. Just as First Avenue (my absolute favorite music venue) and the Seventh Street Entry go hand-in-hand (see what I did there?), the First Avenue Slouch and Seventh Street Entry Mitts are a matching set. In fact, if you do them both, you’ll only need one skein of the color used on the button bands.
Last but not least, the Nicollet Hat. I had one skein of Jade Sapphire Tartan in Erskine and I wanted to do something that was easy to knit but looked sophisticated. I also wanted it to look good in any color of Tartan. In fact, I’m thinking about making one for myself in Saskatchewan (the color, not the province).
I’ve had such a wonderful time making these accessories and getting to share them with you all. I’m looking forward to more collaboration with Jade Sapphire and their decadent fibers in the future, too. And I feel like a proud mama right now, with my little pattern babies out in the world. Now to cast on my Daisy Cloche with Malabrigo Worsted!