My friend Renee who is the chicest person I know(sorry Annabel) goes straight for the dramatic in the store we visited. She has me knitting this:
Online linea Solo ruffle yarn . This is seriously easy, fast and fun. She loves orange.
She also asked me to knit her a long scarf with fringe in Ironstone’s Starlight- a hand dyed blend of mohair with some thin rayon ruffled strands. You may notice in big letters the Spun in England- I’m presuming that Ironstone plyed this up themselves. Where’d they get the base yarn from?
I have been calling this genre of yarns novelty- but they go beyond the typical novelty we see in England – a scratchy crude acrylic eyelash, ribbon or ladder. I was in the local yarn shop for the south shore recently – Ribbonesque . The store was a riot of yarn concoctions, more often than not hand dyed and a mixture of natural and synthetic fibres.. Think loads of tilli thomas, Prism, Blue Heron , Great Adirondack etc concoctions stuffed everywhere.So-called standard yarns were present but not prevalent. Also interesting, sock yarn was downplayed (which I also noticed in New York).
These non-traditional yarns spur my imagination , but if you can see the price tag,more often than not, they are some what pricey. $30 (~£20) a skein for 140 yds of the Ironstone. To do the kind of scarf she wants , I need 3 skeins- not so sure this will play in the UK…..