A very windy winter day here in Toronto, giving us a stiff dose of cold. The city is shrouded in monotone concrete grey. Such a day is perfect for a visit to Passionknit Ltd, my local yarn shop. I can think of few other places where you can get an immediate dose of colour (an overwhelming infusion in fact) – very good for the happiness factor.
They have a new shipment of Malabrigo, a kettle-dyed yarn from Peru. My favourite is the Rios, a pure merino superwash worsted weight that is luxurious and soft to work with, yet hardy enough for the densest cables. Close behind on my ‘ favourites’ list is its little sister, Arroyo, a sport weight superwash merino. Perfect for finer garments, mittens, and hats. Rastita (dk) and Rasta (super bulky) are slightly felted single ply yarns that are great for statement accessories. The colours in all cases are absolutely dazzling.
While I was there, Alex J. and I had some fun making up this basket in the new Pantone Colour for the Year 2013: Emerald Green. You need to really go into the shop and fix your gaze on this: energizing and tranquil at the same time.
Passionknit is located at 3355 Yonge Street, Toronto,M4M 2N6, ( north of Lawrence and south of York Mills). Or check out their newly launched mitten club at passionknit.ca.
They have classes for all levels of knitters, and a great staff that will help with all of your questions.
Grey, cold days are guilt free for knitters!