Looking forward

Hi folks!  Gobsmacked yarn is on hiatus at the moment, but I have lots of exciting new projects in the works (including a new website and an update of my mailing list).  Even better, I’ll be introducing a brand new yarn base in late summer: Manitoulin Island is a sheepy 2-ply made from 100% Canadian wool from, you guessed it, Manitoulin Island, Ontario.  It’s a fingering weight (366 m/ 400 yds per 100g) that is terrific for colourwork.  I’ve been really enjoying getting to know it through lots of swatching and dye experiments.  My plan is to offer it in gradient cakes and as 25g and 100g solids, so you’ll have lots of options for sweater knitting (or hats, or mitts, or… whatever tickles your fancy).   I’ll have lots more information about my new Manitoulin Island yarn in the future!

A handknit hat lies on a bed of ferns. The hat is off-white with bands of simple colourwork designs in variegated greens that echo the colours of the ferns.
My first project with my new Manitoulin Island yarn, the Ruthven Hat, by the Petite Knitter via Ysolda.

PS: If you’re as excited as I am about nice sheepy local wool, may I direct you to the Great Canadian Wool-a-long?  Hosted by Small Bird Workshop, this event celebrates the glorious fibre grown by Canadian sheep (and alpacas and even a few musk ox!).  It will be a great time to discover new-to-you Canadian yarn and fibre and to build community with other sheepy enthusiasts.  You might even have the chance to be one of the first folks to try out my Manitoulin Island, as I’m donating a colourwork kit as one of the prizes!

The Wool-a-long runs from 1 August to 31 October; you can find all the details here.