Hello all! I hope you’re having an easy week with lots of air conditioning! This week I got the pleasure to meet and play with some yarn that I was already planning to use in my upcoming summer knitting! If you remember, I was planning on doing the Del Sol Tunic in YOTH Yarns Best Friend. Thanks to this weekend trunk show at the Mckinney Knittery, I was able to play with the yarn up close and personal.
YOTH stands for Yarn on the House, which is why I didn’t realize that this trunk show was coming to my area sooner. I didn’t put the two names together until last Wednesday. I’m smart. YOTH (which is pronounced like the Star Wars planet Hoth) is the brainchild of Veronika Jobe and her brother Danny. Searching for inspiration and purpose, Veronika quit an uninspiring job in 2013 and started working on YOTH yarns. They now sell six different types of yarn ranging from lace weight to worsted in the most beautiful colorways. Little Brother and Big Sister are both 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere goat. Mother and Father are 100% Rambouillet. Daughter is also Rambouillet, but has some Merino as well. Finally, Best Friend is a 75% Cotton, 25% Wool blend.
Whenever I heard people talk about the upcoming YOTH trunk show them mentioned the colors. Veronika specializes in sophisticated solids. I would say that her color palette is on par with Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor, though a little more muted. She breaks her colors into four different palettes: Raw (neutrals), Fresh (blues and greens), Juicy (yellows and oranges) and Roots (reds, pinks and purples). I’m telling you, her blues and grays are excellent! It would be difficult to find two colors in her yarns that don’t pair well. Because of that, it was really fun to see all the yarns together in one place.
The Del Sol tunic that I’m planning to do uses Best Friend, which is their cotton blend. It’s a little more rustic looking than the Merino yarns, but that makes it a great yarn for a relaxed summer knit. I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to play with all the colors, because it definitely changed the color that I was going to pick. I was going to go with the Natural Vanilla colorway, but I couldn’t resist getting a colored yarn. They had such depth! It was funny to watch as The Hubs held up different yarn against my jeans, trying to decide which color I would wear more. We finally decided on oyster.
I was also super glad that there were samples to play with because I was able to check out a sample of the Del Sol tank. As I excitedly held it up to The Hubs, he said “Uh, babe…that’s really short!” so I’m probably making the tunic now… Apparently the pattern can even be knit in a dress version! I know I would never have the patience to do that, so tunic it is. I can’t wait to tell you how this yarn knits up! I’m estimating I’ll get to start on Del Sol in August, but I’ll be sure to give an update on how it performs then!