We recently received the first of a series of new yarn lines for the shop- Baby Alpaca DK, Cima, Pebble, Silk Cloud and Staccato from Shibui Knits! This lovely little yarn producer is based in Portland, Oregon, a city renowned for creativity and the arts, and this is definitely reflected in the beautiful combinations of fibre, texture and colour in their yarn. They source the finest quality fibres, including recycled silk, superfine kid mohair, baby alpaca and merino, which are then spun (in often unusual combinations and weights) and dyed in Japan.
The resulting yarn is beautiful to the eye and the hands and is perfect for all kinds of projects. The yarn bases are almost all available in the same colourways, which means that they work beautifully held together, two or even three strands. The knitwear designers that create handknitting patterns for Shibui often combine multiple strands of the same or different yarns to create all kinds of different fabrics and textures. Shibui provides great pattern support for their yarns, inviting independent knitwear designers to create designs that focus on elegant silhouettes, clean lines and interesting shaping and offer something to knitters of every age, shape and skill level.
We chose five of the lovely Shibui yarns to start with:
Baby Alpaca DK is gently spun from the finest baby alpaca fiber, creating a yarn that is beautifully soft and lofty. Its versatile weight and luxurious drape makes it ideal for a variety of elegant accessories and garments.
100% baby alpaca
8ply-weight in 15 colours
233 m/ 100 g skein
Cima is a lace-weight yarn made from the finest baby alpaca and merino fibres and combines sharp stitch definition with buttery softness. Held single, double, or triple, it creates smooth fabrics with clean lines and beautiful drape. The colour palette ranges from vivid brights to calm neutrals.
70% superbaby alpaca, 30% fine merino
Heavy laceweight in 15 colours
299m/ 50 g skein
Pebble combines cashmere, fine merino, and recycled silk to form a tweedy 3-ply lace-weight yarn. Separate plies of each fiber retain their distinctive characteristics, but blend into a beautifully cohesive yarn flecked with complex tonal colors. Perfect for colorwork, lace, and an innumerable variety of garments, Pebble is light, airy, and irresistibly soft.
48% recycled silk/ 36% fine merino/ 16% cashmere,
3ply-weight in 15 colours
205 m/ 25 g skein
Silk Cloud is a combination of glossy silk and wispy kid mohair, making a super-soft, luminous laceweight yarn. It can be knit alone for gossamer-light lace projects, or held alongside any Shibui yarn to add a soft halo and subtle glow.
60% kid mohair, 40% silk
Lace weight in 15 colours
300 m/ 25 g skeins
Staccato is a luscious blend of merino and silk, resulting in a 4ply yarn with beautiful drape and a subtle sheen. A range of bright and neutral colours makes Staccato a great choice for fine garments and lace, eye-catching colorwork, and luxurious socks.
70% superwash merino/ 30% silk
175 m/ 50 g skein
4ply-weight in 15 colours
We are super-excited to be carrying this very beautiful line of yarns and are plotting and planning our projects around it… Amy is waiting for the day she will have some knitting time to start the Cliff Hat, Jackie is planning her own design using Pebble and Jules is currently knitting the Georgia Vest with one strand of Silk Cloud and one of Pebble held together. What about you, Kylie?!
Fun! What would you like to make with it?!