Loop is proud to be the European flagship shop for Quince & Co. and just when we think we couldn’t love their yarns any more, along comes Owl. Lofty and light with a slight rustic feel, Owl is a cozy hug of alpaca and wool.
Natural blends take centre stage with a selection from dark tweeds to snowy skies. When over dyed, these natural shades provide the heathered base of the pastel and jewel toned colours.
A blend of wool and alpaca means a sturdy base with a soft halo, ideal for colourwork as the fuzz of alpaca fills any gaps caused by oddities in tension. Plus, Owl is woolen spun, meaning the natural hollow structure of alpaca fibre is persevered thus maintaining it’s loft and bounce. Blocking transforms the yarn beautifully, allowing the fibre to bloom and create a relaxed and drapey fabric.
Now you’ve fallen for the yarn, you’ll be glad to know there is a whole host of patterns! Owl features in Quince & Co.’s first printed publication Home, used for a snug shawl/blanket and an oversized cardigan
Quince & Co. also have an expertly designed selection of accessories to compliment Owl. These designs have just been added to our online shop and are available as PDF’s – Araminta, Falme, Wending, Sherwood Mitts and Fern.
Melanie Berg, who designed Wintermute for Loop, has collaborated with Quince to create a stunning collection using the natural shades of Owl. Linook, Rikochan, Taine, Talamu and Vouvray show the versatile beauty of a classic neutral shade. If you fancy a pop of colour it’s easy to pair natural colours with the dyed shades with Owl as they compliment each other well!
We’ve also added the most charming garments that have come from the needles of knittings heavyweights. Maude, a grandpa style slouchy cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hodge, Nori cropped cardie with rib detail by Pam Allen, Sandy a simple tee by Hannah Fettig and a stylish oversized sweater, Jolene from Bristol Ivy.
This giveaway is now closed – thank you to everyone who entered! To celebrate the arrival of Owl we’re giving you lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the Quince & Co. PDF pattern of your choice and one skein of Owl to get you started on your new project. To enter simply comment below letting us know which colour is your favourite (you can view them all here) and which Quince & Co. pattern you’d chose (all the ones that use Owl are featured in this post, but you can also see designs for other weights here).
This competition will close at midnight on Wednesday 15th April 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on nexts weeks blog post. Good luck!
Which leads us to the winner of last weeks giveaway! Congratulations to Robyn Hume who has won two balls of the Cowgirlblues Lace ‘Sea grass is jumping out at me as I live by the sea, pair this with Sable please for warm grey coastal colours shawl.‘ Hooray!
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!