Here in Portland, hints of fall are just starting to appear in the air. Perhaps you’re like me: no matter what, the arrival of fall always comes with the feeling that you need some new hand-knit accessories. The slight crispness makes me crave something light and warm—a transitional piece just for the mornings and evenings, or the occasionally breezy lunch break. An airy piece to insulate against the slightly cooler air.
Glen, our newest yarn from the local indie dyer Bumblebirch, is an incredibly soft and luxurious fingering-weight yarn. Superwash merino is blended together with smooth silk, and makes for the squishiest yarn you’ve probably felt in a while. I recommend it for an ultimately touchable accessory you won’t want to take off. At 600 yards a skein, the yardage is more than enough for most accessory projects, and two might even get you a garment.
In our newsletter, we’ve chosen the beautiful Antarktis shawl as a pairing for the Bumblebirch Glen. It’s a stunning shawl, full of beautifully textured lacework. But if you’re looking for something different, here are a few more options:
The Terrain scarf, made by the same designer as Antarktis, is a textured chevron scarf that looks great in a semi-solid yarn. While the pattern only calls for 395 yards, I’d knit it until the entire skein was used up, for an extra-long scarf I could wrap several times.
Glen would also be nice and soft on the hands for mitts. During these cooler mornings, I often wish for fingerless mitts to wear while waiting at the bus stop. A pair of mitts like Adrift would be just the thing to keep my hands warm and cozy. I love the simple textured pattern on the hands and wrist, juxtaposed with the smooth stockinette palms.
The Mirri collection by Ambah, is a cute matching hat/mitts/cowl set I would love to knit out of the Glen. The eyelet lace pattern looks fun to knit, and would simply shine from the beautiful sheen of the silk. A single 600 yard skein could get you a hat and mitts, a hat and cowl, or a cowl and mitts set.
And finally, how about something for the men? I imagine the Dunaway scarf by Julie Hoover would be excellent in the Glen, knit in the narrower size. I think it would look fantastic in Puddle or Fog.
Those are just a few options for fall accessories that can be knit in the Silky Glen from Bumblebirch. With its soft feel and generous yardage, it’s one yarn you shouldn’t have trouble finding a project for. What will you make with Glen?
Photo credits: 1: © Janina Kallio; 2: © Plucky Knitter Inc; 3: © Ambah O’Brien; 4: © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood