Next in the Unwind series of features and giveaways is an explosion of colour and scent. Yup. Sweet Georgia are here (and they come offering Soak Boxes, more on that in a minute though)! Whether you're a spinner, knitter, crochet lover or other, you will know Sweet Georgia for "unapologetic colour". I have a mini crush on Felicia Lo, creator behind Sweet Georgia as she just knows good fibre and colour theory. Felicia is teaching as well as vending at Unwind and will be working with her UK teams to get the Sweet Georgia love going. I asked Alli, their UK sales rep, to let us know what the latest news is and what we can look forward to (oh and there's a giveaway too).
Over the last couple of years our SweetGeorgia Yarns have slowly been making their way across the pond from Canada and we're really happy to be able to share them with you. Being at Unwind is a way for us to support our UK stockists and let knitters know where they can find our vibrant yarns and spinning fibres, as well as bring over some of our luxurious bases that are a little more decadent!
Of course, the most exciting thing about being at Unwind is that Felicia Lo, the founder and creative director of SweetGeorgia Yarns will be speaking and teaching! Felicia will be giving two lectures on Saturday about colour – one called “Colour Confidence” which will cover colour theory and choosing colours for knitting projects, and the other called “Colour Stories” in which she shares her personal stories with colour and how the colourways for SweetGeorgia are developed. [Note from Ms. Playful- there's spaces on these classes, GO GO GO!] You can also see Felicia do a spinning demo in our booth (stand 31, just inside the main doors) on Saturday afternoon from 1 to 2:30pm.
Speaking of spinning, Felicia will also be teaching a 3-hour workshop on Sunday afternoon called “Spinning Hand-Dyed Fibres” which will help spinners get the best out of the colour and fibre. Felicia will show spinners how to subdue, enhance, and brighten colours using different blending, drafting and plying techniques. Too bad I’ll be in the booth as I’d love to take this one myself! I guess I’ll just have to snag one of our Fibre Spinning Kits that we’re bringing over for the first time, although I’m sure our braids of spinning fibre will be tempting too. Maybe you’ll have more luck making a choice between braids of Polwarth+Silk, Superwash BFL, BFL+Silk, or Panda than I will!
The gorgeous Baya shawl by Mindy Wilkes on the cover of the latest pom pom quarterly was knit with two different SweetGeorgia yarn bases and we completely fell in love with the look and the way two different colours are used together. In fact, it inspired a lot of our yarn choices for what to bring to Unwind! Felicia has used her colour genius to put together some wonderful options for people who might want to knit this shawl themselves, but in a different colourway. We’ll have those kitted up, and of course you can get the magazine from the pom pom girls!
The shawl calls for one skein each of Tough Love Sock and CashSilk Lace. Tough Love Sock is our post popular yarn. This base is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon and the hardest working and wearing base we carry. It's really Tough! CashSilk lace is more luxurious and feels like a little cloud with a blend of 45% cashmere and 55% silk.
We'll have sweater quantities in 16 colours of Tough Love Sock in case you're on the hunt for your Unwind project, like Veera Valimaki's Juniper, or Bristol Ivy's Averin shawl. Rounding out our yarn selections will be our Merino Silk Lace, a beautiful 50% merino, 50% silk that is one of our most popular lace yarns, and Merino Silk Fine the same base in a light fingering weight 4-ply yarn. At 765 yards for a single 100g skein, one Merino Silk Lace is all you need for even the most intricate shawls, and two skeins of Merino Silk Fine is enough to knit our latest SweetGeorgia pattern, the Nineteen Twenty Shrug.
If you’re really wanting to try the Merino Silk Fine, SweetGeorgia will also have the UK exclusive Soakboxes that they developed with Soak and UK pattern designer Boo Knits. The Soakbox includes a skein of SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Fine, pattern for the sweet and playful Mimosa Shawl, and a 90mL bottle of Soak. The Melon colourway is paired with Soak’s newest fragrance, Fig, while the Blood Orange colourway is paired with Yuzu. Less than 40 of these kits are left but I’ve got one to giveaway to a lucky Playful Day follower. Just leave your name in the comments, along with your colour preference of Melon or Blood Orange. Be sure to include your Ravelry ID and comment by middday GMT on Thursday 26th June 2014 when a winner will be chosen by random number generator.