New Yarns, New Projects

It’s officially pumpkin-carving, hot cider & cozy pajamas weather! While I’m grumpy and slow to get out of my warm bed this time of year, my better half is capering around, crowing about how much he loves fall. For me, the one thing that makes fall more bearable is that it is also officially knitting weather. Here at the shop, we’ve started seeing reps, and we just received our first big yarn order of the season, from Plymouth! We’ve added a few new colors to existing lines, and brought in three brand-new lines.

Chunky Merino Superwash is a machine-washable, 100% merino yarn that knits to 3.5 stitches to the inch on a U.S. 10. It’s soft and lovely, and I’m already knitting with it! I’ve cast on for a hat, and I’m really enjoying working with it. We got a beautiful rainbow in this yarn, including perfect colors for a Gryffindor scarf! Our rep (also a Jennifer) is using Chunky Merino Superwash for the Biscotti Sweater by Kiyomi Burgin, which is absolutely stunning.


© Knitscene/Harper Point Photography

I’m excited to announce that we also just got Gina Chunky, the big sister to our regular worsted weight Gina! Gina Chunky captured my heart right away with its fun, bold colors, and will make for some quick knits this holiday season. I fell in love with the Zig Zag Cowl by Vanessa Ewing, and it’s only a matter of time before I give in, shove my dirty laundry in the closet, hide my dirty dishes in the oven, and cast on for this one. Honestly, just look at those delicious colors:


© Plymouth Yarn Company, Inc

And now for something completely different: we’ve been bitten by the speckled yarn craze! We now have Happy Feet 100 Splash, a hand-dyed yarn with pops of color sprinkled throughout. This yarn is machine washable and has 10% nylon for durability. Come try out a skein — it would make splendid socks, or an adorable lightweight baby sweater.


Happy Feet 100 Splash in the skein…


…and knit up. Like confetti cake!

We’re excited for you to try these new yarns and let us know what you think! Don’t hesitate to ask us for pattern suggestions!

Beautiful Buttons

I love buttons. They can be so unique and beautiful, and they can brighten up even the simplest of garments and accessories. I’ll even use them to embellish my needle felted dolls from time to time!


Every now and then when I’m facing shelves I get to take a peek through our button racks, and I always seem to find something new and entertaining. Today I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you, and hopefully spark some inspiration! (Ignore my gross fingers)


He’s so happy!




Sometimes I like to use these and the antlers above in my felting.


Each of these coconut shell buttons can be vastly different from the others in the tube.





When you’re trying to find the perfect button, look no further. This is THE perfect button for everything, no doubt about it. Everything you have needs to portray the heartwarming story of the goat that lived on a farm and was best friends with a toad. ~*~Everything~*~

The Softest Yarn?

We talked about measuring fibers in microns as an objective measure of softness a few months back, but softness remains somewhat subjective. After all, there are different varieties of softness which at times work in unison and at times conflict with one another. Sometimes I walk around the shop, contemplating this question: which is the softest yarn? I consider myself incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to contemplate a question like that. It’s not as straightforward as you think. I always provide several options when I’m asked which yarn is the softest.

There are three factors that come to mind, when I assess my personal experience of softness.

Luxury Silk Sport

Luxury Silk Sport, the slickest of them all.


Andean Mist takes the cake for that delectable fuzzy feeling.


Berroco Noble, oh-so-lofty.

  1. Slickness: Think about the slickness of spun silk. There is no friction. There are no wisps. Your fingers just slide along the surface like skates on freshly zamboni’d ice. A 100% silk yarn like Luxury Silk Sport has the slickest feel, but others like Bloom and Findley and Ultra Pima possess a similar sort of softness.
  2. Fuzziness: Think about the halo of angora, or brushed alpaca, or mohair. When you stick your hand into it, it compresses a plethora of little fibers which stick up off the surface. Fuzzy yarns look bigger than they really are. They’re best appreciated with a very light touch, though with too light a touch, you can barely tell they’re there. Andean Mist and Herriot, both baby alpaca yarns, have a luxuriously fuzzy softness.
  3. Loftiness: Think about the squishiness of merino wool, somewhat loosely spun, like Malabrigo Worsted (a personal favorite). Its surface is kind of slick, barely fuzzy, but more remarkably, oh-so-squishy. The loftiness requires a slightly firmer touch to fully appreciate. It makes you want to dive into a mountain of yarn. Other lofty-soft yarns on our shelves include Noble and Swans Island Worsted.

Araucania Lujoso, the softest of them all?

But in my humble opinion, the very softness yarn on our shelves at Over the Rainbow Yarn right now is Lujoso from Araucania. It’s a blend of baby alpaca, silk and merino wool: that is, a slick fiber, a fuzzy fiber and a lofty fiber. They’re combined in the most ideal proportion. I swear, this yarn is amazing! I made my prototype for the “All The Pretty Things” hat out of Lujoso, and positively loved every second. I think it’s my favorite yarn I’ve ever worked with. Lujoso is the Spanish word for luxury and this yarn looks and feels like luxury. The fuzziness and loftiness give it a warm, insulating feeling. It feels heavenly soft with a light touch or a firm touch. You’re all cordially invited to come touch it whenever you like! I dare you to resist it.