Photos Stitches West 2015

On February 17th, Amie & Steve headed straight to Santa Clara / CA with a carload full of yarns, patterns and finished pieces. The show was super-busy and there was rarely time to eat. However many customers also means a successful show. We are always so happy to receive direct feedback from our customers and so each day ended with a big smile on our faces as our work is being appreciated by so many people now. This is really wonderful! Here are a few photos of our booth taken early in the morning before all the buzz started:

SKEINO stand at Stitches West 2015

SKEINO stand at Stitches West 2015

Finished pieces and socks

Finished pieces and socks

Harlequin Yarn Balls

Our Harlequin yarn comes in 7 friendly colors

Table with Harlequin yarn balls

More Harlequin yarn balls and Lacy Shrug knitting kits

The fabulous Tencel Merino Superwash Yarn tower!

The fabulous Tencel Merino Superwash Yarn tower!

 

The Sock Yarn Diaries – Part 2: Corriedale Sock Yarn

Since SKEINO opened it’s doors we offered sock yarns to our customers. We thought it would be a good idea to let you know a little bit more about why we work with these yarns and give you some insight about the history, characteristics and unique facts of each of them.

At this time, we have a collection of four different yarns at SKEINO which are perfect for sock knitting: DONEGALCORRIEDALE, MERINO-NYLON and TENCEL. All four yarns are Fingering Weight. The 4 oz. skeins provide between 416 and 465 yards of yarn, which can be knitted up to make a good pair of socks with at least a 4 inch shaft. All of SKEINO’s sock yarns come in our opera colorways, named after the world’s most famous and beautiful operas.

Today let’s take a closer look at the CORRIEDALE SOCK YARN.

The Corriedale breed was originally developed as a cross from English Leicester with Merino.

The Corriedale Sock Yarn is a domestic yarn:

100% Corriedale Wool, one skein contains a generous 435 yards of the 4-ply machine washable yarn and comes in many colors.

SKEINO Corriedale skein in colorway Summer

Corriedale skeino in colorway Summer.

The Corriedale breed was originally developed as a cross from English Leicester with Merino. By 1911, the Corriedale had become a recognized breed, named after the Corriedale State in Otago, New Zealand.

This breed now boasts the second highest sheep breed population (behind Merino), with an estimated one hundred-million sheep, world-wide. All this happened a century ago from its much maligned start in New Zealand. They have since been used as one of the parents for the Targhee breed in the United States.

The fiber diameters are 26 – 35 micron, which makes them not so very soft to be used for sweaters or jackets. But the durability is just perfect for Sock Yarn.

SKEINO’s Corriedale Sock Yarn comes from herds in Wyoming.

SKEINO’s Corriedale Sock Yarn comes from herds in Wyoming.

This concludes part 2 of your sock yarn diaries. We hope you are enjoying this series. Stay tuned for the next episodes of the series which we will publish soon.

Happy knitting and as always please feel free to comment on or ask us anything.

The Sock Yarn Diaries – Part 1: Donegal Sock Yarn

Since SKEINO opened it’s doors we offered sock yarns to our customers. We thought it would be a good idea to let you know a little bit more about why we work with these yarns and give you some insight about the history, characteristics and unique facts of each of them.

At this time, we have a collection of four different yarns at SKEINO which are perfect for sock knitting: DONEGAL, CORRIEDALE, MERINO-NYLON and TENCEL. All four yarns are Fingering Weight. The 4 oz. skeins provide between 416 and 465 yards of yarn, which can be knitted up to make a good pair of socks with at least a 4 inch shaft. All of SKEINO’s sock yarns come in our opera colorways, named after the world’s most famous and beautiful operas.

Today let’s take a closer look at the DONEGAL SOCK YARN

The name Donegal refers to a town in Scotland.

The Donegal Sock Yarn is a tweed yarn with little colorful Rayon Flex spun into the yarn:

65% Merino Wool / 25% Nylon / 10% Viscose (Rayon Flecks)

One skein contains a generous 465 yards of the 4-ply machine washable yarn and comes in many colors.

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SKEINO Donegal Sock Yarn in colorway Lohengrin. Note the rayon flecks that are typical for this yarn.

Finished Donegal socks in colorway Tosca

Finished Donegal socks in colorway Tosca

The name Donegal refers to a town in Scotland. Donegal Yarn is reputed to be influenced by the green valleys and hills flecked with grey and white stones of its landscape.  It also features the purple, pink and blue heathers of Summer, golden shades of Autumn, the red berries of the Rowan and Holly trees in Winter and the yellow blooms of the Gorse bush in Spring – unique features never seen in any other yarn. The Donegal yarn consists of a base blend of up to six individual colors with a further seven or eight contrasting solid flecks dotted along the surface of the yarn. The skill and craft in producing this yarn lies in the ability to attach the fleck while keeping the solid contrasting feature of the fleck intact. (source: http://donegalyarns.com/products/)

Here is a great video where you can see the whole process from shearing up to the finished woven pieces. We love the accent!

To reflect the concentration on flecked/nepp effect yarns and the increased internationalization of the customer base the business was renamed Donegal Yarns in 2008 and remained with this name ever since.

As you can see Donegal has a rather special story and we hope you like it as much as we do. And when it comes to the yarn we think it’s not only pretty but also perfect for sock knitting. This concludes part 1 of your sock yarn diaries. Stay tuned for the next episodes of the series which we will publish soon.

Happy knitting and as always please feel free to comment on or ask us anything.

SKEINO-Customer Melvia shares her Fan-Shawl Project with us

Melvia from California contacted us to share her experience with SKEINO and to show us her recently finished Fan-Shawl project. We think it has come out just beautiful!

The colorway Melvia chose is NORMA. The Fan-Shawl can be found here: http://www.skeino.com/knitting-…/fan-shawl-knitting-kit.html

“I love the yarn – chose ‘Norma’ and the colorway is absolutely beautiful. I’ve attached 2 photos. I enjoyed this project. I used leftover yarn to do a reversible single crochet for an edging. the yarn means all the more to me. Your group has my support.”

Melvia also joined our SKEINO group on Ravelry. Join us here: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/skeino

Melvia's fan shawl in Norma

Melvia’s fan shawl in Norma

Melvia wearing her SKEINO fan shawl in Norma

Melvia wearing her SKEINO fan shawl in Norma

Thank you Melvia! ;D

An Introduction To Yarn Fineness – The Harlequin Story

Today we are giving you a view behind the scenes of SKEINO. Our textile designer Bjorn is talking fibres i.e. he explains the development process of SKEINO’s newest product, the harlequin yarn.

in 2010 a soft ultra-fine 10 micron fleece, set a new world record in the fineness of wool fleeces.

Yarn fineness is measured in microns. These cones are about to get hand painted for SKEINO.

Yarn fineness is measured in microns. These cones are about to get hand painted for SKEINO.

Let’s start with some general information about the fineness of fibers: The finest bale of wool ever sold measured 11.6 microns in June, 2008. However in 2010 a soft ultra-fine 10 micron fleece, set a new world record in the fineness of wool fleeces. A micron (micrometer – a millions of a meter) is a measurement used to express the diameter of a wool fiber. The lower the microns, the finer the fibers.

Clear price differentials exist for different fiber diameters.

The fiber diameter is the most important characteristic for all textile fibers. Most wool between 11.5 and 24 microns in fiber diameter is made into clothing. The remainder is used for other textiles such as blankets, insulation and furnishings. Clear price differentials exist for different fiber diameters and in almost all cases the price increases as the diameter decreases.

SKEINO's Harlequin yarn

SKEINO’s Harlequin yarn

In a general sense, the super fine Merino fibers are similar to cashmere. This is why we decided to choose the 19.5 micron fibers for the HARLEQUIN yarn. One ball contains 600 yards of worsted weight single spun yarn, long and random color repeat, 7 oz. (200 grams). While knitting this yarn, you can watch the randomly changing colorway, self striping. As always at SKEINO, patterns are free with your purchase. Click here to take a closer look at our Harlequin yarn: http://www.skeino.com/yarns/harlequin-yarn.html

We hope to have given you some insight to yarn thinness and why Bjorn chose 19.5 microns for our Harlequin yarn. As always please let us know your thoughts or ask us in the comment section section down below.