We started back to school the last few weeks of August, DD in her 3rd year of college, DS in his second of high school, DH his 29th of teaching, and me on year 20. The apples start ripening this time of year, so I suppose that is where the ‘Apple for Teacher’ thing began. Pair that with an old fashioned slate chalkboard, and you have our color for this month’s yarn and fiber subscription box.
Our fiber is Shetland, a wool that makes me think of fall for some reason. I really wanted crisper colors than a gradient or variegated would give me, so I decided to kettle dye each color separately and assemble them into a pack for you. There are so many possibilities for combining these, let your creativity roam! You could hold colors together to make a marled single, you could design a fractal or striping yarn. You could spin each separately and combine them in your project with the yarn. You could get out your combs, hackle, carders, or blending board and make your own special combed top or rolags. Have fun, and be sure to share with us in the Club thread on Ravelry, on Facebook, or Instagram!
The yarn this month is Safari, a great sturdy 3 ply made of superwash Corriedale wool and nylon that wears like iron. I designed a striping pattern for it that reminds me a bit of notebook paper, a much needed school supply. The sample shown is 64 stitches, it’ll stripe a bit wider if you use less stitches or snugger tension, a bit narrower if you use more stitches or looser tension. Because the pattern isn’t too busy, you could use a variety of sock patterns for this, there are a lot of fun ones to make stripes do interesting things.
Want to join in the fun? I have openings in Tiger Sock Club and Tiger Fiber Club (and even combinations, just jet me a message!).