Posted by Amanda on 29th Apr 2016

Ending April with a Bang

Friday's here and I'm late posting this blog. It could be the garage-door spring that broke (BANG!), or the non-napping two-and-a-half-year-old, or the husband's busy week filled with work get-togethers (that in turn makes my week busy in his absence). Yes, it's all these things -- the little quirks to my week that make me SO look forward to my Friday night knitting time. As April comes to an end, I'm thinking about summer, heat, family plans, and what to knit. Well, and ice cream, too, but that's for later after the two-year-old goes to bed. Hee hee.

With summer heat on the horizon, we end April with a last look at cotton yarns for a while. Take a look at the free patterns we've matched up with the yarn, too. Maybe some summer inspiration lies below!  

Fiesta Yarns Linnette in stock at Raging Wool Shop

Fiesta Yarns Linnette (Riverbank colorway shown at left) is a sport weight linen and cotton blend knitting and crochet yarn. It’s perfect for warm-weather garments for kids and adults alike. And while it may seem stiff at first, as your project progresses, it becomes softer. Once washed, it has a great drape and is much, much softer than when you started!
Free pattern match-up: The Copilot cowl, by Dominique Trad, takes just one skein on Linnette!

Fantasy Naturale in stock at Raging Wool Shop

Fantasy Naturale (seen in colorway 9976 at right) is an aran weight 100% cotton knitting and crochet yarn from Plymouth Yarns. The 100% mercerized cotton means easy wear and easy care for warm-weather garments. A great cotton for crochet projects, especially, because of the way the cotton is plied. It can be a little splitty while knitting, but stays together well for crochet.
Free pattern match-up:
Just two skeins of Fantasy Naturale can produce (get it?) this Market Bag from Plymouth Yarn Company. We love market bags - they can go in the washer, unlike those reusable ones.

Lang Yarns Sol in stock at Raging Wool Shop

Lang Yarns' Sol is another aran weight 100% cotton yarn. Its ribbon texture offers up a nice fabric once worked up, and the 100% cotton fiber makes it perfect for warm weather garments. The colorway blue 841-0006 is shown at left.
Free pattern match-up
: How much fun is this crochet Granny Shawl by Charlene Van den Brande? It would make a great holiday gift if you're the type to start early. We love it - especially with the pom-poms on each end! Knit in cotton would make this a bit lighter for Florida heat, and very machine-wash friendly.
Lana Grossa Elastico and Elastico Prints in stock at Raging Wool Shop

is a sport weight cotton blend yarn from Lana Grossa. The addition of 4% polyester gives this cotton yarn just enough durability and structure. Elastico is wonderfully soft and is a pleasure to knit or crochet with – unlike some cotton yarn! For a variegated or tonal option, try Elastico Print.

Free pattern match-up
: To mix it up a little, or to inspire you to knit ahead for gift-giving, we've matched up Elastico with Sheldon, an adorable turtle pattern from Knitty who can slip out of his own shell. This might just have to be in a certain non-napper's stocking this year.

Raging Wool Ravelers on Ravelry

Hop on over to Ravelry and join our group. We're allllllllmost to 200 members! Come by and join us, we're starting a KAL soon - a casual summer t-shirt top! The KAL will also be casual, no deadline or specific yarn. Use the Raging Wool yarn you love and we'll compare notes as we knit.