Eye Candy Friday: rustic edition

In the there’s always more category, I have never knit with a rustic, twine-like yarn. You know the type – linen or hemp (or a blend), crunchy at first, soft and supple after a few washes and trips to the outside world. Maybe the summer weather is to blame, or my general desire to try new stuffs, but a few weeks ago I became determined to change my naïveté.

And now, at last, I’ve got my grubby little paws on some fantabulous rustic yarn.

Hempathy by Elsebeth Lavold

41% cotton, 34% hemp, 25% modal

017 Vivid Green and 014 Sunflower

Destined to become The Bag from No Sheep for You

Supplied by the incredibly patient and accommodating Cynthia at FuzzyMabel. Seriously, there were 3 exchanges involved, and she didn’t bat an eyelash. Free June shipping and Fuzzy Dozen promos were utilized :).

Oh, this is gorgeous stuff, candy for the eyes, the hands, and the needles. Swatches have been knit, and The Bag knitting will commence shortly!

P.S. I received my Norah Gaughan, vol. 1 yesterday (I ordered it the most old-fashioned way possible – mailed ‘em a check). GAH! LOVE IT! Let the scheming begin!

30 thoughts on “Eye Candy Friday: rustic edition

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  1. Samantha

    what do you think of hempathy? I wanted to make Cherry from “My fashionable Life” from it, but i had heard too many things about it not being thick enough to be considered DK weight. I LOVE the colors you’ve picked for the bag!!

  2. jody

    I’m fast becoming a linen/hemp convert. Most recommendations I’ve read have said to put the item in the dryer for 15 minutes or so, but I like to leave it in there the whole time. It really softens up and blooms and is just beautiful.

  3. Sally A

    Mailed them a check? What does that mean? How do you do that? Is it fun? I can’t wait to see that bag with those colors. Wow are they gorgeous!!

  4. protagitron

    Ooo, pretty colours. I’m knitting with the Hempathy right now (oddly enough, a Norah Gaughan design- the Basalt tank). How do you like the colours knit up? I’m working with a periwinkle colour, and the sort of shiny and smooth/ fuzzy and dull strands thing the yarn has going on conspired to make me see the swatch as dirty, before I got used to it. Although, come to think of it, the brighter colours you’re working with may offset that…

  5. Gudrun

    Hi there,

    First time posting a comment to your site….but I am a fan of your knitting!(I visit Cirilia’s blog and thought she looked really cute in your beaded beret pattern)

    Just wanted to chime in with my positive experience with Hempathy….I have and still am working with it a lot recently and just love it. The colour range is great and I love that it can be chucked in the washing machine. I’ve designed several things recently using this yarn and they are all getting great usage (and washage)….actually I can’t imagine not having a stash of it on hand as I have many more ideas for this yarn…there you go…I’m a Hempathy fan too!

  6. pixie

    I made a tank top out of that stuff, in a wave stitch. I adore that yarn in particular in any sort of chevron-ish patterns.

  7. Rachael

    I’m so jealous…

    The nicest yarn I have available to me is Caron Simply Soft. Even my local craft stores have crap-ola in the yarn departments, if they have any at all that is remotely in my budget.

    I feel so deprived, I’ve never even HELD a skein of anything nice. :(

    On another note, I’m a big fan of your blog/patterns/style, and decided, for once in my life, to de-lurk and actually post a comment somewhere!

  8. ragan

    I have some of this yarn in a teal shade…have yet to use it. I stare at it a lot. Honestly, I do not know what to make with it!!!

  9. Beth

    Very pretty colors indeed. I saw a gal knitting with some of that when I was waiting for the train the other day, I had to feel it, it is indeed very nice. And I agree, they are very customer service oriented over at Fuzzy Mabel.

  10. firedupfairy

    i had Hempathy in my hands last week. but the guage was a little off for the project i had in mind. i can’t wait to see how it knits up for you!

  11. firedupfairy

    i had Hempathy in my hands last week. but the guage was a little off for the project i had in mind. i can’t wait to see how it knits up for you!

  12. Sarah

    Oh, I so want to use that stuff. I wonder if you can get it here in London? I’m using a cotton/linen blend to knit a shopping bag type thing at the moment, and that’s going quite well, but I really wanted hemp! (however, the cotton/linen was in the bargain bin at 1 pound per ball, so economics won out)

  13. Peggy

    I am looking forward to seeing the bag in progress. Even with your enhancements it was somewhat difficult for me to see the variation in color. The two colors you have chosen should make it much easier.

  14. Jamisen

    I am swatching Hempathy for a cardigan out of Gathering of Lace. I am liking it so far. I have heard wash it first, then knit.

  15. Linda

    I have Hempathy in Chocolate. I’m going to try a tank (don’t remember name of pattern) from IK Summer ’07. I’ve heard great things about it, can’t wait to cast on.

    I enjoy your blog regularly. You are very talented and entertaining.

    BTW, I was born in Somerville and have a very large extended family still in the area, which just makes your blog all the more interesting. Thanks.

  16. Elena

    Good luck with the “hemp” bag!! Oh, the norah leaflet has such fabulous designs, but am so sad they don’t ship this leaflet to Europe.

  17. Ryn

    Ooooh, yummy! Those are great, summery colours. This bag is going to be FABULOUS.

    I like working with “rustic” fibers, myself. I love the crisp texture they have, and the way they soften like a favourite pair of jeans. So fun!

    Mmm, Nora Gaughan… enjoy that!

  18. gigi

    can’t wait to see the bag – and i am soooooooo in love with the nora gaughan booklet – thanks for turning me on to it…about 5 things i want to make from that lil book – wooooeeeeee

  19. Anja

    Hi, de-lurker here… I tried to order the Nora Gaughan booklet, but they don’t post overseas…fortunately my brothers travel to US quite often. Just curious, what’s with the Finnish names for the patterns, does Gaughan explain them?

    Your blog is one of my favourites, it was high time I finally commented…

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