I can’t believe tomorrow is April 1st. Winter finally seems to be over and the beginnings of spring are arriving. With the warmer weather, the melting snow and the fresh smell of rain and new grass also comes the excitement of new spring yarns. I love Shibui yarns and was really happy to hear they were working on a replacement for their linen chain yarn. Linen and linen blends are some of my favourite yarns to knit with and to wear, especially when the weather is warmer.
Shibui Reed arrived in the shop last week and I was so pleasantly surprised by the softness of this 100% linen yarn. The same beautiful drape that I’ve come to expect from linen, but with a soft handle which is not something I usually associate with linen until it’s been washed a few times. Reed comes in all the beautiful colours we’ve come to expect from Shibui, and I couldn’t wait to start knitting with this fingering weight gem. I’m using the Octave Wrap pattern by Erin Duffy. The pattern is free at the shop with the purchase of yarn and is available in both a wrap and scarf size. This simple pattern allows the yarn to take centre stage and with stripes and blocks of colour, it is perfect to show off the drape of this truly beautiful yarn. Well done Shibui, you’ve done it again!!