Tuesday, March 28, 2017

new moon phase

About a month ago, I got the most lovely lookbook in the mail from the team at Shibui Knits. If you haven't taken a look at their new collection, out today, for Spring and Summer, I assure you, it's worth the time. Shibui has come into their own with their in-house produced collections, and I am always on the lookout for their easily worn, casual pieces: the perfect thing to put on my growing list of wardrobe must-knits. While the small needle and yarn sizes may seem daunting for some knitters, I cannot recommend the finished fabrics enough. The time spent knitting these is only a fraction of the time you will spend wearing them.

Out of this most recent collection, I'm adding Milan to the list. I have had a split hem, textured pullover in mind for a few seasons, but now that Shellie Anderson has released a pattern, I don't know how much longer I'll be able to hold out on making one. It just seems like the type of thing I would wear extremely often in Tennessee (something that I'm really struggling with lately, having knit several aran-weight garments for my time in Iowa.)

Milan pattern photo via Shibui Knits
The team at Shibui was also kind enough to send along a skein of their new yarn, Lunar. Lunar is classified as a 'lace weight' in the Ravelry database, but it knits up beautifully at a sport weight gauge - as evidenced by Milan, which is knit on US 4's and US 3's. I have to say that this is one of Shibui's prettiest releases since Dune. I don't know that too many other companies do silk to the quality level and sheen that I see in their lineup. 60% merino wool, 40% silk, this yarn reminds me of Staccato (a 70/30 blend), but with better yardage and put-up, and a slightly more relaxed ply. Staccato has been one of my favorite yarns to work with to date, especially when combined through the Shibui MIX concept with other yarns like Silk Cloud or Cima.

Lunar photo via Shibui Knits

Other patterns currently on my 'wait list' from this company include: Trace, Volute, and Slope. I see Slope going on the needles fairly soon, especially with the weather warming up here. Do you have any favorites from this new collection?

Yarn and a free printed copy of the SS17 lookbook were provided to me from Shibui Knits, but opinions, preferences, and yarn comments are my own. 

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