Mar 16, 2017 :: by Leila Raabe
March may be past the halfway mark, but Linen Month isn't over yet! Five new Sparrow shades, all marls, are out today, and they're a beautiful addition to our organic linen yarn's solid palette.
Sparrow is composed of four strands of 2-ply twisted together to create a fingering weight yarn. In the new marled shades, one strand of each 2-ply is natural, undyed linen—our Sans shade—plied with a strand of dyed color. The effect ranges from subtle to stunning, depending on the difference in tone from the natural and dyed strands.
In Conch and Frond, for example, the dyed strands are close in value to the natural shade, resulting in a very soft marl with a pretty pebbled appearance:
In Surf, the pretty blue pops just a little more strongly against the natural strands, giving the blue a softened, hazy effect:
And our grays, Mica and Mineral, go darker in value than the natural strands. Mica's silvery strands really show off the sheen of the linen fibers and have an almost metallic look, while Mineral has an irresistible salt-and-pepper appearance from mixing dark charcoal with natural:
We're so excited to have these newest additions to the Sparrow palette and we can't wait to see what you decide to knit with them.
Do you have a favorite? Let us know!
(in case you're wondering: Those lovely nests of Sparrow were hand-wound by Dawn C. It can take longer, but we always recommend hand-winding your yarn whenever possible—there's something to be said for slowing down, not rushing, and taking a purposeful approach to every action that goes into making things by hand, when you can. Plus, the yarn is often happier for it, and easier to work with, than a tightly wound cake from a ball-winder. Win-win!)