Monday, September 22, 2008

Amy-Friendly Amy's Vintage Office

It has been crazier-than-usual around these parts. Stef has been on vacation so we are short handed.

When someone is gone it makes me realize how tightly this little ship is run. We're a small operation (just six of us) so being one person short makes a big difference in how smoothly the days unfold. I'll be glad when she returns so we can get back to what passes for normal for us.

One of the good things that happened last week was having Amy Singer stop by with her husband and father. The highlight of the visit for me was giving her the extra-special Amy's Vintage Office I dyed for her.

Let me back up a little. I think most folks who know Amy know she's allergic to wool. And Lorna's Laces yarns all have at least some wool content. So, when I approached her about being part of our Color Commentary series I knew we wanted to dye some yarn for her that didn't have any wool. To do otherwise would have just been mean. Seriously. Can you imagine asking someone to help design a color and then tell them they don't get to have any? Please.

So, while we were fine tuning the color I bought some Amy-friendly yarn. It's this gorgeous silk/bamboo blend. 51%/49%. It's beyond pretty. It has a great shimmer and is all soft and drape-y. Made me think of a dressy tank or a lacy shawl. Or even a clapotis. I'd like to wrap myself up in it.

We decided to make Amy Friendly Yarn available to anyone who would like some. But only until the end of the year. And it will be dyed exclusively in the Amy's Vintage Office (AVO) colorway. It will be in 3.5 oz skeins or approximately 215 yards.

Talk to your LYS and ask them to order it for you before it's too late!

A couple of people have contacted me and asked to see pix of AVO all knit up. I was hoping to have a photo of the sock I'm working on for you today, but it doesn't exist. I frogged the darn thing three different times over the weekend. Once because I didn't like how the stitch pattern was working out, once because I was too lazy to go get my glasses so I could see what I was doing and once because I can't count to 64. That higher math gets me every time.

Instead, here are pictures that Adrienne Martini posted on her blog last week. Adrienne is a journalist who writes about food and knitting. What a dream come true!

She'd done some of the swatching for Amy in Shepherd Sock while we were fine tuning the color and was nice enough to keep our little secret until we were ready to show it to the world. She turned it into a lightweight clapotis which I thought was a clever idea. I'm a real sucker for that pattern (I love me a drop stitch. Makes me feel like I'm getting away with something) and knitting it fingering weight would create more of a scarf and less of a wrap.

I should probably add one to my queue.

*Added 9/23/8. As a wholesale company, we don't set retail prices. Please contact your LYS for details.


bellamoden said...

How much will this cotton/silk blend yarn be?

Lorna's Laces said...

Hi Bellamoden!

We're a wholesaler here so we don't set retail pricing. You should contact your LYS about that.

Also, it's a silk/bamboo blend, not silk/cotton. Don't want to confuse anyone!!


Sharon Rose said...

Yum yum yum! Bravo on both color and fiber choices. I am not allowed to buy any fiber until 2009, though, so I have to vote this way rather than with my wallet. :(

Anonymous said...

What do I do if none of my LYS carry this lovely yarn, won't order less than a full bag, and I don't want a full bag? I want two skeins. Can anyone help me out? If so, please email me at Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Whoa - that is so beautiful! I don't have a single local store that carries Lorna's (believe me, I've tried), so I'm going to figure out where I've bought your sock yarn while traveling and start making phone calls. This is the first yarn that's ever called out to me to be a Clapotis, and I've wanted to make one for-ev-er!