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Debut of 2 more Colinton kits for HeartStrings patterns

I am delighted that Colinton Australian Angoras debuted 2 additional kits for HeartStrings patterns at the recent TNNA trade show in Columbus, OH earlier this month.

Because of the success of the launch in January, Colinton has expanded their attractively  packaged “Tucker Box” kits from the initial offering at the January TNNA show that included the White Lotus Shawl. Now there are also kits offered for the just-released A Touch of Beaded Class Stole and the “get a taste of Colinton” small project Coronet Collaret.

These Colinton Tucker Box kits include all materials to complete the project, including Colinton’s silky worsted-spun 100% Kid Mohair yarn, top quality Japanese glass beads (for the Stole and Shawl kits), pattern instructions, plus the extra bonus of sample packets of Unicorn Fibre Wash/Rinse. All 3 kits come with choice of natural color yarn only, or with dye packet in any of 7 different jewel tones.

Colinton Tucker Box Kits

Please contact Colinton Angoras for wholesale orders or check their website for retailers.

More information about the pattern designs is here —

p.s. Wondering what a “tucker box” is? It is an informal Australian term for a bag or box used for carrying food. Maybe we can’t eat yarn like regular food, but I think you will find the Colinton yarn to “yummy” on your knitting needles and in the finished project.

Celebrating the Vernal Equinox

March 20th marks the Vernal Equinox in 2011. In case you are wondering (or might have forgotten), the Vernal Equinox is one of two times in the year when night and day are (nearly as possible) the same. More specifically, the time at which the Vernal Equinox is UTC 23:21 today (hope I have that right, lol).

In any case, today marks the beginning of Spring. So happy Springtime to everyone, my friends.

Spring Cleaning Offer. I have several sample sets of Unicorn Fibre Wash and Fibre Rinse to give out. Request yours with any Close-out KitsYarn Paks or wholesale patterns order from HeartStrings. Offer is good until I run out of samples.

Unicorn Fibre Rinse and Fibre Wash sample set

Unicorn Fibre products are created to protect and maintain the beauty of all fibers…from raw fleece and yarns, to your most cherished hand-knit possessions. Thanks to Anna and Pino of Unicorn Fibres for their generosity in providing samples.

p.s. Remember that the Celebrate the Beginning of Spring Sale for Vernal Equinox Socks downloadable pattern is still going on through the end of today, March 20th at the Ravelry store.

Deb Robson explains scouring fleece

Last October I got a phone call from Anna Carner of Unicorn Fibre who was sponsoring a forthcoming Knitting Daily TV segment. She asked if she could use my model of White Lotus Lace Stole in the taping of the show as an example of a finished piece that had used Unicorn Fibre products. I said, of course, because I do feel that Unicorn’s Fibre natural fiber cleaning products are five star in the care of our precious knits.

White Lotus Stole
White Lotus Stole

Deb Robson is the presenter in Knitting Daily TV Episode 603’s How-to Segment. She is joined by Eunny Jang who asks the questions that you likely would have yourself asked.

This segment focuses on the the process for producing yarn before you even knit a stitch. Deb explains step-by-step the process from fleece to spun yarn, along with examples of raw fleece, cleaned fleece, etc. And at the finale, my White Lotus Stole is pointed out (it’s been on the right side of the table all along), as an example of how raw fleece has been transformed into a beautiful finished piece.

The Knitting Daily TV Episode 603’s How-to Segment is available for viewing on YouTube. Knitting Daily TV also airs on PBS stations nationwide and new markets are being added to the schedule all the time. However, each individual public television station chooses when and if to air the program, so you’ll need to check your local schedule to see if/when this episode might be available in your area.

I also wanted to mention that Deb Robson is working on a new book The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook. Can’t wait!