Have you gotten a chance to check out our new Stripey Fine yarn at your LYS? We’ve enjoyed seeing photos of Stripey Fine as it arrives at our Spud & Chloë Stockists, and we’re even starting to see projects pop up on Ravelry! What’s even more exciting are the two newest designs by Virginia Sattler-Reimer which use both Fine and Stripey Fine yarn to create unique accessories for spring. We recently had a chance to catch up with Virginia, who gave us an inside peek at her design process for Goldberry’s Socks and the Clearwater Cowl designs which were recently published on Ravelry. Enjoy!
When I had the opportunity to try Stripey Fine, I was thrilled because I really love Fine; the fiber combination and the way it’s spun gives it a unique hand that is perfect for so many projects. I was excited to combine Stripey Fine with the solid palette of Fine, and decided to take two separate approaches for my latest designs.
For Goldberry’s Socks, I knew that I wanted the grey cuff, heel and toe (shown in #7822 Sidewalk) to set off the sunshiny colors of the Stripey Fine (shown in #7865 Orange Cream), allowing the self-striping pattern to take center stage. The sock is named for a mysterious and lighthearted character from The Lord of the Rings, Goldberry, whose singing is like the sun shining out from grey clouds. Her presence is as uplifting and comforting as these socks are in the middle of winter: a little sunshine for your feet!
With the Clearwater Cowl, I decided to pair a solid color of Fine (shown here in #7809 Snorkel) with a coordinating color of Stripey Fine (shown here in #7863 Blueberry Cheesecake). By using one of the colors which appears in the variegated colorway, the contrasting colors “pop” just a little bit more while the overall variegated effect is toned down. The cowl is knit at a larger gauge to create a looser, squishy accessory which would complete any casual look!