Knitting Mondays: Winners & What’s on Our Needles

Winners of a copy each of the book  10 Secrets of the Laidback Knitters are Patricia in Florida and Lisa in Michigan. Congratulations and happy fall knitting!

In this segment of What’s On Our Needles, Jillian shouts to the heavens:

“I touched Techno!”

Terrific Techno

Blue Sky Alpacas’ new yarn, Techno, is yummy. It’s the yarn I heard about again and again from fiber folks who went to the industry trade show, TNNA, in June. I finally touched some and then couldn’t stop touching.

Techno is an alpaca/silk yarn, but not just any alpaca/silk yarn, it’s a yarn constructed of alpaca fiber blown into a silk mesh tube. Light? Yes. Soft? Uummm, yes.

In my hands the yarn wanted to be knit loosely, making it feel even lighter. I’m not sure how a sweater knit from this yarn at an open gauge would hold up, you might blow away like dandelion fluff, but it would feel amazing while it lasted.

Techno swatching

I swatched and swatched, my first project is going to be a hat, that will be whisper light and warm.

It’s almost hat weather right?

I’m not the only knitter smitten. Read Clara Parkes review, she couldn’t quit knitting either.


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

4 thoughts on “Knitting Mondays: Winners & What’s on Our Needles

  1. Seanna Lea

    I have wanted to try Techno. I’m not sure if the silk tube is enough to protect someone who is sensitive (rather than allergic) to animal fibers. I imagine not, but would like to try anyway.

  2. CambriaW

    looks like it will have great stitch definition, from the look of your swatches. Can’t wait to get my hands on some and see where it takes me 🙂

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