Friday, March 6, 2009

Universal Yarn saves the day!

We had lots going on at last night's meeting. Hal Ozbelli, president of Universal Yarn, & Jean Lux, sales manager, were kind enough to step in and use their trunk show as our main program. Universal Yarn is just up I-85 in Concord, North Carolina, north of Charlotte. (Exits 55 or 58 will take you to Concord.) We are certainly invited to visit.

Hal & Jean had many nice things to show. A sampling:
For those of us looking for an alternative to Noro, check out this jacket done in Poems. It also comes in sock weight, for those of you having dysfunctional relationships with Noro sock yarn.

If you are looking for something that is just plain fun, try cocoon. It comes in both plain and multicolor varieties, or you can also knit with more than one strand at a time to create the multicolor effect you desire. (The scarf Jean is wearing is two separate strands worked together.) It works up way fast. This would be a really cute project for a stadium scarf. Gotta show those school colors!

And for those of us who didn't get enough of odd fibers last month, this month we saw Sea Song -- 80% pima cotton and 20% seacell (Kelp). The seacell helps soften the pima cotton. A very nice yarn for soft summer tops in the South.

Remember that Universal Yarn is a sponsor of Stitches South. So, we all look forward to seeing Hal and Jean in April in the Stitches marketplace -- especially if they bring some of that Poems sock yarn!

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