During Ravelry Day back in the beginning of June, I had the chance to meet new contacts and make new friends in the yarn business, as well as catch up with old friends. One of those I met is the marketing manager for Jamieson & Smith, and after some chatting one thing led to another, and I was set a challenge.
My mission: to design something different with these yarns.
These are all Shetland Aran, a weight I'm pretty comfortable with. The first two are naturals and I think they'll provide the biggest challenge - I'm thinking cables. The dark grey and the purple are already talking to me and ideas are forming for new designs, yet the oatmeal is a different game altogether - that one will need to grow on me before it says what it wants to be. I think it wants to be a men's Hat, but that's all I know so far.
I'm fairly sure I can give them something different, I can do non-traditional, right? I'm thinking Hats that work with the properties of these yarns yet offer a modern twist... and cables. I'm thinking texture that travels around the surface.
It's been quite some time since I've worked with Shetland yarn and I am *so* looking forward to it. Wish me luck with my challenge!