I wasn’t looking for a new project! Now I need to be talked into—or out of—making Arcana. The pros? Well, it’s gorgeous, and combines easy brioche lace with garter stitch mosaic, and the opportunity to play around with three different colors. The cons? It’s a rectangle, and I have a complicated relationship with rectangles.
I haven’t decided for sure whether I am going to cast on, but obviously I’m having fun playing with possible color combos!
Neighborhood Fiber Co. is based in Baltimore, and is known for incredible depth of color on high quality base yarns. Our first introductions are Studio Sock in ten colorways, and Polwarth roving in nine. Studio Sock is an 8-ply (4 sets of 2-ply) yarn spun from superwash merino wool . Because it is both springy and smooth, it works well for garments, and each single skein is enough for most sock patterns. Polwarth sheep were first bred in Victoria, Australia, with a lineage that is 1/4 Lincoln and 3/4 Merino. The fiber is quite long, but retains the fineness and softness of the Merino.
Most of the NFC colorways are named for neighborhoods in Washington, DC and Baltimore (with a few from the artist series included). You can read more about founder Karida Collins’ story here.
I love a good multi-gauge pattern, and I’ve heard from lots of people that the Baby Vertebrae is a winner, especially for baby-wearing parents. I’ve made a fingering weight version in the past, but recently whipped up a worsted weight version out of a single skein of Malabrigo Rios. I followed the instructions for the 3-6 month size, and roughly divided the yarn before I started to knitting the sleeves to make sure they would be equal in length. It’s a sweet little knit if you need a handmade gift!