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Like last year, I was allowed to visit H+H Cologne as a blogger. Sadly, I could spend only one day there due to other appointments I had that weekend. This was definitely too little time although I had planned my visit in advance. However, I nonetheless have found a lot of inspiration.
I was happy to see so many designers play with textures. At Habu Textiles, e.g., I found this subtle texture:
At Lana Grossa, I unexpectedly stumbled upon this beauty:
At Novita, I instantly fell in love with this coat, a stunning combination of lace, cables and bobbles:
Bobbles seem to be quite popular at the moment, another example from Katia,…
…or in a pom pom interpretation from Lana Grossa:
Schoppel once again surprised with very unusual textures:
Another great find was The Fibre Co.‘s latest collection using their new yarn base Lore. A small excerpt (thank you, Daphne!):
To finish this section, I just have to show you Katia’s texture samples. They were too beautiful:
I am always looking for interesting yarns. But as I am not that much into colours, I tend to fall for structure instead. I am not surprised to have spent quite a lot of time at Blue Sky Fibers. Their range of yarns is stunning, particularly because of their composition as well as their construction. The sport weight Metalico, half baby alpaca, half silk, comes in natural shades only, which, together with the single-ply structure, underline its natural shine. Next to it, you can see the sport weight Baby Alpaca, which comes in a large range of colours. It has a plied structure, but is beautifully soft.
Another fantastic yarn is their worsted Organic Cotton. It is unusually thick and soft for a 100% cotton and I am looking forward to try it out in a project soon. It even is available in different shades of grey and has a great stitch definition.
As I was invited to The Fibre Co.‘s blogger and designer event, I was further introduced to their exquisite range of yarns and was able to take a look at Lore, their latest addition:
It is made of 100% Kent lambswool and has a yardage of 250m per 100g. I almost can’t wait to try out the greys and the dark purple!
But there are also other really interesting yarns, e.g., Terra, an aran weight alpaca, merino and silk blend, …
… Knightsbridge, a light worsted weight baby llama, merino and silk blend, …
… or Meadow, a merino, baby llama, silk and linen blend you probably already know.
At Pascuali, everybody was invited to try out their luxurious yarns:
One of their new products is Soffio, an aran weight blend of 90% cashmere and 10% silk. It is extremely fluffy and soft, perfect for winter garments:
Pascuali also have an extraordinary new pure cotton yarn, Suave. It is lightweight, fluffy and pretty far from anything you might expect from pure cotton with 162m per 25g. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of it. Maybe I was too busy admiring it.
My next stop was at Habu Textiles‘ booth. Well, I just do not know where to start, so I’ll start with a picture:
This is paper yarn and maybe I’m a bit in love.
Another interesting find is this 100% silk yarn …
… or these textures…
…or these tiny pom poms on thread:
When I arrived at Baa Ram Ewe, I was surprised not to see the colourful Dovestone range which was introduced only last year. But it has a worthy successor, Winterburn. The only difference to Dovestone is that they have exchanged the Wensleydale fibre for Masham, which makes Winterburn a bit softer than Dovestone. I am looking forward to combine the Winterburn sample I have received with my remaining Dovestone bits to compare them directly. Dovestone, by the way, is still available undyed and at baa ram ewe directly.
I want to finish this section with two new yarns by Lana Grossa. There will be a sparkly aran weight yarn in the Lala Berlin range and a fingering weight merino and linen blend. They both look pretty interesting:
I will stop for now as this post already is quite long and will tell you more about H+H Cologne tomorrow.