Monday, July 15, 2013


Probably the prettiest, most colorful display we've had at the shop entrance...maybe ever? or at least in the past few months. Last week our first shipment of SweetGeorgia yarn - all 81 colors of Tough Love - arrived and took over the cubbies and baskets.

SweetGeorgia is actually not a local company; it's based in Vancouver, Canada, founded in 2005 by Felicia Lo. Check out her video here and you'll get a taste of why we're so excited to carry the yarn. Felicia talks about color and how it can bring healing, comfort, and joy...and express love. That pretty much sums up what I love about needlecraft, and how perfect to use a yarn designed and dyed for that same purpose.

Tough Love is a washable 3-ply merino/nylon blend fingering weight yarn with a generous 425 yards per 115 g skein. It's perfect for socks, drapey shawls, sweaters and - held doubled - a great worsted weight substitute.

Here are a few of my favorite project suggestions.

First up - socks. The variegated colorways are stunning on their own. I'd use the Churchmouse Basic Sock pattern with a simple 2x2 ribbing at the cuff and a stockinette leg and foot. Or choose a tonal colorway to show off pattern and/or lace, like in the Cherry Lane Socks or the ever-popular Monkey Socks.
a very small sampling of the variegated color ways that scream Socks! or Summerflies!! 
And then the shawls. Summerflies is still our favorite single skein shawl (suggest a size 7 needle for the "average" tension). 425 yards should be enough to add another butterfly repeat or make that last knotted openwork section a little longer if you want a bigger shawl. I used 430 yards a few years ago for mine (project notes here) with added repeats and more knotted openwork.

Of course colorwork shawls like Color Affection would really shine. The hard part would be picking three colors! And if you're looking for something similar, but not quite the same, how about Happy Street . It's a new design by Veera Valimaki who designed Color Affection.

And finally sweaters (of course there are sweaters!). Ravelry seems to be overflowing with fingering weight sweaters these days so there are plenty of patterns that will work; it makes narrowing this list to three a challenge!

Joji Locatelli's Boxy . If you follow our forum on Ravelry you know this is going to be our next Knit Along, likely starting in mid-August. Most of the sizes call for a little over 1,600 yards of yarn...four skeins of Tough Love. Our shipment included four skeins each of those 81 colors so if you think you want to use it, you need to move fast!

These next two are designed by Jane Richmond. She suggests SweetGeorgia yarns for both...maybe because she's also from Vancouver? (or maybe she and Felicia are just good friends!)

Georgia  and Grace  . These are both top-down seamless cardigans with a contiguous sleeve that looks like a traditional set-in sleeve - not a raglan. The smaller sizes up to 36" take three skeins and the larger take four to five.

Remember - you will need to alternate skeins if you knit a project with multiple skeins of the same colorway.

Convinced? if only to see the yarns in person?

As always, happy knitting!


  1. sooo pretty, can't wait to try.

  2. Sweet Georgia is wonderful to work with. I am knitting a moebius cowl. My mind is already thinking of what it can be used for next. Shirley
    July 19, 2013 at 12:40