From Aotearoa comes a new-to-us yarn range, Zealana. We are stocking two lines to begin with.
Air is 40 per cent brushtail possum fibre, 40 per cent cashmere and 20 per cent silk. Each 25 g ball has 175 metres, and it’s beyond lush: ethereally light and warm, with a lovely fuzzy halo. Ravelry users have used it for scarves, hats, lace and sweaters, and they have come up so well.
Amy used it to make these fingerless mitts.
Lisa Silverman’s Coriolis Hat is a lightweight hat that is worked in the round in two colours; how smart is that helix?
Or this pretty, perfect-for-layering Cropped Cardi with lacework on the sleeves.
If you are after something more robust, we also carry the Zealana Heron, a single-ply blend of merino and brushtail possum. This yarn is suitable for felting, and its weight lends itself well to hardwearing garments. Each 50 g ball yields 100 metres. Amy made these mitts from just one skein.
It’s the perfect yarn for kids’ hats. Choose from the lightly stranded Cap Chapka, a stripey beanie or one of my favourite ribbed-hat patterns ever, the Modern Rib Hat, which can go be adapted from a watchcap to a super slouchy hat depending on how much yarn you have.
This sweater with a twisted travelling rib is knit in the round (no purling!) until the armholes and sleeves (the intricacy of the pattern makes it look a lot more difficult than it actually is).
The Zealana blog is worth checking out too; it features Cirilia Rose as their brand ambassador, and offers great ideas, tips and techniques.