Finally May has arrived and so have some new yarns!

Life has been hectic around the farm as we finished a round of spring festivals last week and now transition to selling at the farmers market beginning this week. A few events are scattered through the warm months but I’ll be glad to settle into a some sort of routine, even if it includes the alarm going off at 3:15am every Saturday.

During the midst of seasonal mania I’ve stolen time to dye some yarn in some wonderful new colorways. (Anyone think that might have influenced the mania? Yeah, me too.)

First up:

Introducing a line of Oklahoma Fibers featuring the partnerships of Lost City Knits with Cordero Farrms and Country Garden Farm. Other Oklahoma Fiber partnerships will be added in the near future. At this time these yarns will only be available for purchase at the Cherry Street Farmers Market in Tulsa. As an Oklahoma Grown Market only fibers from our state can be sold at the market – as it should be. Customers know they’re supporting local agriculture and farmers have a willing marketplace for their goods.
   
Cerrillos in Llama/Tencel (400yds lace weight) and Wool/Bamboo
(300yds fingering weight)

October 2007 I made the pilgrimage to New Mexico for the Taos Wool Festival. The very ground along the Rio Grande felt sacred, and everywhere I looked people wore stunning turquoise and silver jewelry. For centuries the Pueblo have mined turquoise from the hills of Cerrillos and along the Turquoise Trail, for use in jewelry. Here is a colorway inspired by that sacred gem to knit lace as bold as New Mexico.



Bacchus in Llama Tencel (400yds lace weight) and Wool/Bamboo
(300yds fingering weight)

Wine, when chosen well, is a lovely way to accentuate the flavors of a meal or dish. Lost City Knits’ Bacchus, named for the Roman god of wine, will enhance your lace knitting experience in the same way. One skein is enough to make you tipsy. Two and someone else had better drive.


Tall Grass Prairie in Llama/Tencel (400yds lace weight)

(dyed but awaiting photo)

African Violets in Llama/Tencel (400yds lace weight)
When I was young my mother dabbled in African Violets. A grow light insured the optimum exposure on the shelf full of small fragile blooms nestled atop velvety green leaves. This yarn brings the beauty of that color out into the world when you knit a scarf or shawl.


Blue Jeans on the Verge in Llama/Tencel (400yds lace weight)

There comes a point in the life of well-loved blue jeans when you put them on and you realize they’re just now perfect, not as dark as they once were, and quite a bit softer than when new. Before long, they’ll start wearing thin. It’s the perfect moment for jeans. This is that color. But llama spun with Tencel means, unlike those perfect jeans, this yarn is as strong as ever, and will make a handsome scarf to wear with your jeans. 


  Grand Canyon at Sunset in Llama/Tencel (400yds lace weight)

The sandstone walls of the Grand Canyon can turn orange at sunset. The shades will range from gold to deep red-orange as the light dwindles. After a long day don’t you want to sit and watch the colors change as the shadows lengthen? Here is a gentle southwestern inspired colorway.



For those customers who may not be in the Tulsa area on Saturday mornings, I’ve added a few of these colorways to the existing yarns. More colorways will be added in the full range of Lost City Fibers as time allows. If there is a colorway you’re particularly itching for but I haven’t posted it in the fiber you prefer, shoot me an email and I’ll try my darnest to make that happen.

Cerrillos
in Lost City Silk and North Pasture Alpaca – coming soon in Oak Barn
Merino and Tandem Wool/Silk


 



Bacchus
in Lost City Silk and Oak Barn Merino – coming soon in North Pasture
Alpaca and Tandem Wool/Silk


Tall Grass Prairie
in Lost City Silk, and Tandem Wool/Silk – coming soon in North
Pasture Alpaca and Oak Barn Merino


Grand Canyon at Sunset
in North Pasture Alpaca – coming soon in Lost City Silk, Oak Barn
Merino and Tandem Wool/Silk

African Violet in Merino will be available by Monday! 
(And maybe African Violet in silk – who knows?)

One of the things I love about dyeing a variety of fibers is watching the way each takes the dye and what unique qualities each has that are emphasized once dyed. The cool sheen of silk along with it’s weightiness when wet, the thirstiness of alpaca as it soaks up the dye, the near weightlessness of merino lace, and the way that llama combined with tencel has a halo and what a friend calls “crispness”, all of these characteristics entrance me and I hope that they will in turn have the same entrancing effect on your finished knitted projects.var gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “google-analytics.com/ga.js’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”)); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-xxxxxx-x”);pageTracker._trackPageview();

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8 thoughts on “Finally May has arrived and so have some new yarns!

  1. Oh no! I don't NEED anymore lace weight right now!! But Cerillos and
    Blue Jeans and Tall Grass are all doing a siren call in my brain! First I'll have to choose one….
    You're mean, Denise!
    Lovely work.
    Get some sleep!

  2. Denise, I think Cerillos beautifully evokes the spirit of Taos! And I love Grand Canyon at Sunset (orange *is* my favorite color). I might just have to take up knitting… Are any of these pics the Wool/Bamboo blend?

  3. Nanc –

    I didn't get a chance to photograph the wool/bamboo before taking it to market this morning and every skein of that yarn sold, that was from the first sampling that I had mailed. It was absolutely lush! I can't wait to get more back.

    I haven't heard back from the mill regarding delivery date yet but my guess is that we're about six-eight weeks from getting it back. It all depends on how much they are backlogged.

    Thanks for the compliment on the colors! It was in New Mexico that I decided to learn about dyeing yarn, it is truly an inspiring land in so many ways.

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