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It’s SPRING!  I know the calendar has claimed it’s spring for a month already, but we are finally feeling it on Cape Cod.  The sunshine makes a HUGE difference in our attitudes.  I had 2 different people – complete strangers – stop me on my short walk to the post office to exclaim over the gorgeous weather.  That’s the power of sunshine!

Well, with spring comes spring yarns!  Although we’ve been promoting two wonderful yarns for our Knitalong, we have added a few more to the mix for our Spring Fling 2015 sale.  We are holding a yarn tasting this evening so that you can get to know them in person.  But if you can’t make it in, I thought I would offer up my guidebook information in the form of a blog post!  The sale yarns are available both ONLINE and IN PERSON – click here to browse!

CoBaSi & CoBaSi Multi
55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon
220 yards/50g hank
6.5-8 sts = 1” on a US 2 needle

Why we like it:  This is our #1 non-wool sock yarn!  Elastic keeps this cotton/silk/bamboo blend in shape and makes stitch patterns pop.  CoBaSi comes in a variety of colors in 50g skeins, which makes it easy to pick up coordinating colors for heels and toes or just one skein for chemo or baby hats.

What to make: A little bit of elastic makes this the perfect choice for a swimsuit cover up or summer tank top, like Lanai by Alison Green.  Try out some warm-weather socks to wear with your Birkenstocks.  Since this yarn is soft, machine washable and non-wool it is a wonderful choice for chemo cap donations.

Cobasi patterns

95% Cotton, 5% Other
219 yards/100g hank
5 sts = 1” on a US 7 needle
Machine Wash. Lay flat to dry.

Why we love it: Indigo is the new kid on the block and it’s just the cotton yarn we’ve been waiting for here at Sage.  It’s made from 100% recycled fibers – DENIM!  95% cotton from the fabric and the 5% “other” is all the other tweedy bits from the threads mixed in.  It feels just like your favorite pair of jeans after it’s been washed, and with colorways like “Cut-offs” and “Bell Bottoms”, how can you go wrong?

What to make: We promoted this yarn for our Spring Knitalong – a beachy striped pullover that you can grab on a cool summer night and watch the sunset.  Berroco has wonderful pattern support from Emily Nora O’Neil, Brenda York and Amy Christoffers.  The Prickly Poppy Cardigan is high on my to-do list, as well as Phlox, a triangular shawl with a tumbling block motif.

Indigo patterns

85% Cotton, 15% Alpaca
137 yards/50g hank
5 sts = 1” on a US 8 needle
Machine wash in sweater bag, cold water, delicate cycle.  Lay flat to dry.

Why we love it: It can be hard to find a cotton blend that doesn’t feel heavy and rigid.  Maya is perfectly soft, light and bouncy!  With this year’s expanded color range, Maya is a perfect choice for beachy summer wear, accessories and soft baby items.

What to make:  Berroco has 35 patterns specifically for Maya. 29 patterns using Maya are available for in-store purchase, instant download on Ravelry!  In addition, you could use any of your favorite worsted weight patterns from your stash – since Maya is a little bouncy, it makes a great warm weather substitute for Encore or Galway.

I’ve had Bajada, a lovely light summer shawl, on my personal to-do list, and we have Niche, by Norah Gaughan, on display at the shop in a cool ice blue colorway.  Grab a few different colorways and work up a chevron baby blanket for your favorite California or Arizona baby!

Maya projects

Ultra Alpaca Fine
50% Wool, 20% Alpaca, 20% Nylon
433 Yards/100g hank
7.5 sts = 1” on US 2 needle
Machine Wash in cool water.  Lay flat to dry.

Why we like it:  For lightweight warmth with drape, Ultra Alpaca Fine wins, hands-down!  It loves to be crocheted into lace, knit loosely into a warm shawl, or knit tightly into a long-wearing sock.  With 433 yards per hank, 3 skeins gets you a whole sweater.

What to make: If you have a sock pattern that needs a solid color – cables, lace, fancy stitches – Ultra Alpaca Fine is wonderful.  We have made scarves, such as Jubilee and fingerless gloves like Straightforward Mitts by Mone Drager.   Ultra Alpaca Fine is also a great choice for a summer sweater like Whispy or Featherweight by Hannah Fettig.  Personally, I think I need a GIANT Color Affection Shawl!

Ultra Alpaca FineClick on over to browse through our wonderful Spring Fling 2015 yarns!  We have a great color selection right now and priority shipping is free over $20 while the sale lasts!