At this point, you may have noticed that we seem to rattle on about a certain yarn we carry: Freia Fine Handpaints.
It’s just the best, what can we say? We are Freiavangelists, not gonna lie. We have the strong love for this yarn. Once you get a taste of Tina Whitmore’s slow-shifting gradients, you will very likely be back for more. Life will be better when you’re knitting Freia. You’ll be happy when you’re knitting Freia. Paradise is soaked into every ball of Freia, really.
Tina works to make sure her fibers and yarns are carefully sourced. The 100% merino single that she favors is truly delicious, just beautiful to the eye and to the touch.
And then—she starts her dyeing process, which is a marvel of exuberance and restraint. You can blast your eyeballs out with her vivid color, or you can work with a colorway that is so subtle that you have to find a good light to see exactly where the change is.
We keep bringing in new Freia. What with the holidays upon us and everybody looking for something special, we humbly present three portion sizes: Shawl Ball, Yarn Bomb, Minikin.
Shawl Ball: The Classic
SHAWL BALL COMBOS, From top: Purpleheart and Whisper, Lichen and Vintage, Cloud and Mist
Yarn Bomb: Twice the Fun
Cast on 201 stitches rather than the 101 specified in the pattern. When you knit two of these wheels all the way through, you end up with a wrap that is ten feet long. It is spectacular to see, fabulous to wear.
Yarn bombs in LICHEN AND VINTAGE
Yarn BombS in Sprout and Sandbar
Yarn BombS in Zinnia and CLOUD
A pair of Yarn Bombs creates a Corrugated Wrap from Field Guide No. 5: Sequences that shifts so subtly that you have to blink to make sure you’re seeing the colors correctly.
two Yarn BombS in Surf
I cannot overstate the joy I experienced in making this.
Cupcakes you can knit, basically
Freia Minikins come in a set of nine li’l balls, 109 yards each. In a box, of course, for toting.
The cool detail about minikins is that the color changes are speeded up compared to the Shawl Balls and Yarn Bombs. The slow shifts of color almost become stripes.
There’s plenty to cook up a Parallelogram Scarf at 140 stitches wide.
This Parallelogram Scarf used up pretty much all nine Minikins.
Of course, Freia can be used for pretty much any pattern under the sun. But we think there’s something especially delicious about the textures of Cecelia Campochiaro’s sequence knitting—the interplay of colors fascinating and often surprising.
Kay and Ann