New Yarn: Ashford DK
Anyone ready for colourwork this fall? If so, be sure to check out this new addition in our fall line-up here at Baaad Anna’s. Ashford DK is another line of 100% pure New Zealand wool grown on sheep farms around New Zealand and spun in a small boutique mill in Hawkes Bay for Ashford, a name synonymous with the spinning wheel that has made this family company famous. This semi worsted yarn is a blend of Corriedale and Perendale, a traditional Double Knit (DK) weight yarn with a three-fold twist (three strands plied together) to give durability and great stitch definition.
Fibres: 100% New Zealand Wool
Gauge: 20-22 stitches = 4 inches (10 cm)
Needles: 4.0 – 4.5 mm (US 6-7)
Weight: 8-ply DK (4)
Length: 100 g / 221 yards (202 m)
Hand wash cold. Lay flat to dry.
Ideal for knitting, weaving and knit/felt garments, accessories and projects. Ashford DK is a durable yarn that is perfect for long wearing knits. As it is non-superwash it also lends itself perfectly to felted items. Although it does soften with blocking it will have a true wooly feeling so some may find it not ideal for next to skin items.
Available in an amazing selection of colourways from neutrals to both soft and vibrant colours at a budget-friendly price. So what to do with a sturdy, wooly, non-superwash DK? Here are some projects we think would be fantastic, and remember to always do your gauge swatch!
Hansen Slippers by Kristen Drysdale which combine both colourwork and felting.
With all the colours to choose from it would be great in both Andrea Mowry’s new Douglas Cardi, we are planning ours out as we speak!
As well as Stephen West’s Painting Bricks Shawl.
It has great stitch definition it is also one of the yarns we suggest for our projected Beyond the Basics: Brioche Star Class online via Zoom in which you work on the stunning Brioche Knots Hat designed by Katrin Schubert.
As mentioned, this yarn will felt and we think these Felted stripey mittens/Filtade randiga vantar by Eva Trotzig would be the sweetest for when winter arrives.