Well, to be honest that will be not a totally new design but a remake of something “old”. Or better to say an old project with a new shape. I was receiving lots of queries about it, and probably the right time has come!
And I have chosen Cahlista yarn by Scheepjes. It’s a recent addition to Scheepjes line of cotton yarns, this time in aran weight. Cahlista comes in nice 50g (1.76 ounces) skeins and (jaw dropping) 109 (!) colors!! With lots of shades and sub-shades of all rainbow colors. Bright, neon, pale, dusty – any variations you could wish! The yardage is usual for aran yarns – each skein has approx. 85 meters (93 yards).
And what I find very exciting about Cahlista is that ALL 109 shades are also available in 15g skeins as a Colour Pack*.
You can have a look at all colors in Scheepjes local stores as well as at Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools* (both in UK with international shipping), Caro’s Atelier* (NL) and Knotty House* (Canada).
As mentioned already Cahlista is an aran weight yarn. It's pretty stiff and I am not sure if you can use it for garments and clothes accessories. But it’s definitely ideal for different kinds of home décor, like pillows, bags, maybe bathmats, potholders, trivets and blankets, of course!
So far I have only used Cahlista once for my Geometric Mandala hotpads. And since then I have been planning a new design for this yarn.
It’s 100% cotton, but not mercerized. Very natural in feel and look and with no gloss. The twist is not very strong, and sometimes the yarn can split. But with right type of the hook this effect is minimized. I have noticed that with Clover Amour crochet hook* Cahlista is worked up really well. The label recommends 4.5mm-5mm hook and this just the same size I felt comfortable with Cahlista.
Except of Geometric Mandala I don’t have anything to show you at the moment. Yet. But be sure to check fantastic and FREE patterns designed by my fellow blogger friends. One of them is One Step Beyond blanket by Martin Up North in mosaic crochet (he has also created an incredible Move On Up Wrap with 99 mini skeins from Cahlista Colour Pack!).
|Photo credit: Martin Up North|
And Every Bit A Blanket by Susan of Felted Button (free pattern is available HERE).
|Photo credit: Felted Button|
I am very curious how my own idea will work and if I chose the right colors. Time will show!
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