Hoo-boy, have I got Cascade! The Cascade 220 Sport arrived, in all its 29 colors glory, as did the 220 Tweed, and 20 colors (count'em - 20!) of Pastaza! If you are not familiar with Pastaza, it is a heavy worsted to bulky weight yarn made of 50% llama and 50% wool. It is soft, easy to knit with, and has great stitch definition, as shown in the cabled sweater at right. Due to the way the different fibers take color, the yarn has a tendency to look very heathered, often giving two shades of one color to the yarn.
The cabled sweater in Pastaza and the Fair Isle sweater in 220 worsted are both free patterns on www.cascadeyarns.com. There are absolutely boatloads of free patterns on the Cascade site.
New book arrivals include New England Knits, Personal Footprints by Cat Bordhi, and Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting. I will be submitting a big book order soon, so if there is anything you want special ordered, now is the time to let me know.
Thank heaven for cooler weather, too! It's a whole lot easier to even think about knitting when one is not melting into a puddle of liquified body parts on the sofa. I am diligently and concurrently working on 5 projects for the shop. Those of you who are waiting for the cowl pattern I am developing, it is written up. This is a free pattern, and if I figure out how I will post it on Ravelry.
Off to the knitting wars! Enjoy the weather, and knit happy!