Scrumptious Collection Vol 3 is visiting Inspiration Knits on its blog tour today! This is very exciting because I love working with Fyberspates Scrumptious yarn. I’ll take any excuse to pore over pictures of beautiful things made in these luscious yarns. And you’ve got the chance to win a copy of the book too!
I’ve been asked to participate in the blog tour because I use Scrumptious regularly in my own designs. I admit I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a sneaky peek at the new book from Fyberspates. I love the different characters of the Scrumptious yarn weights, all with that beautiful silk sheen and soft merino handle. The way the yarns take colour turns the skeins into a collection of semi-precious stones, just looking for the right setting.
At the moment I’m completely obsessed with Scrumptious 4ply/Sport in Dandelion & Burdock. I made Foolproof in this deep inky purple, teamed with gentle Oyster. I had really wanted to show off the Dandelion colour all on its own, but they looked so beautiful together that they just had to be striped. Obviously, now I’ve had to get another skein to pet and mull-over for that dream project! The 4ply/sport is probably my favourite weight: it has a good twist for easy knitting, it’s not too heavy, not too light.
However, I confess I have literally a drawer full of Scrumptious DK in 5 different colours. I have a weakness for single-spun yarns like this. There’s something so simple and precious about it. You can really see the quality of the fine fibres because they’re not twisted up so tight. It’s soft and airy, which is why I used it for Winter Shadows. Despite being DK, its single-spun nature means it floats with the Kidsilk Haze. I’ve only got one skein in Plum and Rachel Coopey’s Lerryn Mittens look ideal for a little stash-busting (or a small January treat). A splash of warm colour against my dark winter coat. The cables will make them extra-cosy.
Scrumptious Aran is such a different thing. Dense and springy. Purl stitches just bounce out of a background of knit. I used it for my Careen pieces, where stitch definition is everything. Simple. Effective.
Lastly, there is Scrumptious laceweight. It looks gorgeous in the skein, and is just as perfect to swatch. The project I originally planned to make just wasn’t quite right, so it’s quietly maturing in stash until the right idea comes along. I’m not using a top-quality laceweight on a less-than-fabulous idea. It will wait patiently. Or I might just have to cast on Judy Furlong’s Loveny Mantle instead! That Wine Gum colour is another favourite Scrumptious shade; a coloured neutral which is kinder to my skin tone than a flat navy.
All comments on this post, by the end of this month, will be entered into a free prize draw to win a copy of the book! What would you like to make from the new collection? What’s your truly Scrumptious colour?