Japanese Yarns at Loop
A beautiful collection of the most unique yarns, all from small mills in Japan, are inspiring our latest knits. Luxurious silks, marvellous mohair and some multi-coloured treats are all new to Loop this Spring.
When the Ito Serishin Silk arrived we knew we had to find something special to display this yarn. We sourced some vintage wooden spools called ‘ito maki’ from the famous Nishijin dori looms in Kyoto’s Nishijin district, which were were once used to hold the silk threads that made kimonos many years ago. We think it’s lovely how these beautiful spindles are being used again to hold silk.
Rather than spun strands, Serishin is a ribbon yarn. Single silk filaments have been formed together to make a flat tape, which gives a larger surface area to reflect the light and means that beautiful silk simply glows!
When knitted the Serishin has the flow and drape that you would expect from a silk, making it ideal for lighter summer tops or flowing edges on a shawl. These shades are hand-dyed giving each colours a subtle depth – and in some cases it looks like spun gold!
For juicy pops of summer colour we have ITO Sensai, a mohair and silk yarn. On its own Sensai is a delicate lace weight, but hold it double with other yarns and you can start to play with colour and texture.
All together they look like the most delicious sweeties!
Another perfectly formed bundle are these mini multicoloured balls from Masaki. This single ply has a rustic wooly texture with dots of colour. Each ball is just 40g, so use for baby knits, contrast edgings or how cute would a little pocket be?!
Currently on the way to Loop we have a new Silk Wrapped Paper to add to our stock of Habu. This textile company are always suprising us with the most individual blends of fibres and colours – with this yarn we have a linen tape core with raw silk strands wound around it. It gives an almost cotton like feel to the knitted fabric.
As with any of the items we sell, if you want to be notified when a yarn comes back into stock please email the Loopettes – firstname.lastname@example.org
And how about a little giveaway? Let’s cheer up the April showers with mini ball of mohair! Comment below letting us know which colour of the ITO Sensai you would chose (you can browse all the colours here) and we’ll draw one winner out of the hat next week. Make sure you get your comments in by midnight GMT on Wednesday 4th May as any entries after this will not be counted.
Psst! Don’t forget to get ready for our Piccadilly Shawl KAL which is starting at the end of May! More details on the blog soon, and (even better) is more Eden Cottage Yarns Hayton arriving in the shop any day now!
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!