Yes I keep saying it I love Artyarns yarns! But how did it start & who is responsible? The answer is Iris Schreier.
“Iris Schreier, the founder of Artyarns, felt a need in the industry for high-quality luxury yarns when she was writing her first book, Exquisite Little Knits, and couldn’t find the yarns she wanted to work with. Iris comes from a long line of knitters – her paternal great-grandmother owned a knitting shop in Israel, and her maternal grandmother was a couturier. Her knack for designing fashion forward knits must be in her blood. Since then, she has published many more books – the most recent being the first in a series of projects using only 2 skeins of Artyarns yarns. One + One: Scarves, Shawls, and Shrugs has consistently been a top-seller for Amazon crafting books. The next in the series: One + One: Hats is due out in October. These books contain patterns by well-known designers, as well as patterns from Iris herself.
Since 2002, Artyarns prides itself on sourcing only the highest quality fibers from Japan, Italy, and the US. Artyarns specializes in silk, cashmere, and mohair. Their fine merinos are imported from among the oldest mills in Italy. Many of Artyarns’ special blends, such as their embellished yarns, are created in their factory located just outside New York City. Yarns are dyed using an age-old process of hand-painting each skein individually to order. Handpainted yarn that is brushed in this way offers a depth and variation of color not found in other dying methods.
Ensemble Light is Artyarns’ newest yarn, and their most popular. It is a special blend of 50% cashmere and 50% silk, plied very loosely to allow for each fiber to shine. When this particular yarn is hand-dyed, the cashmere takes to the dye differently than the silk, creating a very interesting heathering effect. This is Iris’s favorite yarn yet! She is constantly designing new and innovative patterns with the Ensemble Light because she doesn’t want this yarn to leave her hands. One skein is sufficient for a shawl or large scarf.”
The May Day Poncho from the last post is one of Iris’s designs. She regularly hosts knit alongs in the Artyarns group on Ravelry, where if you take part you receive the pattern for free in instalments.
If you’re interested in the Ensemble Light 50% cashmere/50% silk (how gorgeous does that sound!) check out the colourways in the online store now.
Thank you Iris.