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Know further about... Cashmere: history and curiosities - part I

Cashmere (also Cachemire) takes its name from the Himalayan region of Kashmir, where goats grow a wool of rare quality and softness, incredibly light and resistant. Although already known in the 11th century, Cashmere became popular in Europe during the napoleonic era (beginning of 19th c.) due to the shawls trade. They were first imported and then France started its own manufacturing process. Today, raw Cashmere production is still fairly limited. Think that one goat of the high plateaus in Asia can grow only 150 gr of fiber. This means that in a year, goats produce enough wool to just make a scarf. Nevertheless, Cashmere quality and durability make of this fiber one of the most renowned and demanded products in the world.


Primula - Soft Extrafine merino

In order to start September in the right way, Adriafil suggests Primula, a soft yarn with such a quality that through the years has brought great value to our classic collection. Try the comfort of a pure merino made in such a rich and precious fiber. The way it is twisted exhalts the smoothness and elegance of the product. Choose one of the 22 colours and knit your way towards a soft and comfortable autumn period.


Trysordy Crafts stimulates the fantasy

Directly from Wales, always been renowned for the passion for knitting, come fresh and genuine ideas for whoever wants a change in its knitting project. Trysordy Crafts (www.trysordy.com) is a small Welsh online business that propose you crochet patterns of all kind of items able to decorate your house, the room of your children, everydays objects and your personal style. Toys, scarfs, centerpieces and hats made with Regina, Genziana, Knitcol and other yarns of Adriafil classic collection. Each one of our new collaborations always translates in several new ideas for you...


New Magasine Dritto & Rovescio n. 49

The new magasine Dritto & Rovescio for the autumn-winter 2010 is now available at your local Adriafil retailer. New pattern ideas, presented in the fashionable colours of the coming season, to let you the pleasure of creating cutting-edge patterns. Two patterns for each yarn of the new collection 2010/11 to start with, allow you to choose the one that suits you better. You will also find a wider selection of patterns for the classic collection for those who love pure fibers and merino wool garments.


Available now the new colours for Adriafil Mistero!

Mistero is proving to be a very successful yarn in the Adriafil collection. Thanks to its particular construction - a thick but soft and light thread - Mistero is chosen for pulls, scarfs, hats and accessories for all events. Today the collection is made of four new fashion colour for next season /intense red, green and purple) to give a autumnal touch to your late summer patterns.


New Zealand: new fancy colors

The new shades of the NEW ZEALAND yarn are available. With 200 mt for 100 gr., New Zealand is proving one of the most loved Adriafil classic yarns for its robustness, wool content and structure that gives you a pleasant effect on the garment. It is a warm and versatile article for all kind of knitting projects, as you can see from the patterns that we provide you with every year. The new colours show purple and intense green and red. They will renew the fancy New Zealand collection for more and more lively garments.


Duo Plus new shades

Three new shades are now available for the Duo Plus range. Adriafil constantly tries to study new shades combinations for your garments, well considering the fashion trends of the months to come. The exclusive Adriafil wool-cotton mix is the right yarn for all seasons.


On August we support Miriam Tegels

The initiatives and the commitment of our speedknitter Miriam Tegels are endless. After the conclusion of the knitting retreat “knitting the nature”, at which Adriafil has collaborated by donating yarns, Miriam will attend on August the 14th the competition “Back to Back Challenge” in Sterling, Scotland, in order to attempt a new Guinness World Record. In this attempt Miriam - with a team of other 7 knitters - will shear a sheep, spin the yarn and create a men’s sweater. In order to reach a new world record, Miriam and her team will have to conclude the whole contest in under 4 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds. The “winning sweater” will then be raffled, with funds going to Médécins sans Frontières. Let’s all together cross our fingers for Miriam and her team, who Adriafil continues to sponsor during her initiatives.


Knitting Ideas - Yarn CHEOPE - Diamante Cardigan

The knitting idea of the month is a classic yarn in pure Egyptian cotton. The Diamante Cardigan is a reinterpretation of the double-breasted jacket in which the line of buttons has been substituted by a confortable zipper. This pattern is very refined even if still casual, matching with a "lingerie style" skirt. Cheope is a classic of the Adriafil summer line: great performance, machine washable and with a good price for the quality.


Windows

We want to share the picture of the window of one of our French retailers. Thanks to Knitcol and Caracas- the jaquard yarn in merino wool and blended wool - it is possible to set up a very colorful window for the summer period. Madame Delot was very satified about them and she showed it to us.


Purchase recommendations...

Being producers of high quality yarn, we know well how - sometimes - a pattern knitted up with our yarn can be "more expensive". We believe very important, though, to remind you that knitting is a hobby that requires great attention, a good amount of time and pacience. Time and money must be well invested and can be easily wasted by purchasing a product of an only apparent good quality. It is worth spending slightly more for the certainty of working with a longlasting product, to experience directly the advantages of spending well one's resources, by knitting with a pure wool yarn, with natural fibres or with an Egyptian cotton more than an Indian one. It is worth checking dyelots on a regular bases and even purchasing one ball more, to be sure not to be without the right shade at the end of the project. It is worth visiting and asking for advice to the local retailer and buying yarn from him, instead of blindly purchasing clearances anywhere. Because saving does not necessarily mean spending less. It means knowing exactly what one is purchasing, knowing the origin and quality of a product that can last more and give you more satisfaction through time. This is what Adriafil daily tries to give to its customers through all its selling points. This is what you must pretend from your suppliers.


Yarn Venezia - Quality and brightness on cotton.

The Venezia yarn is proving to be very successful for the second year now, thanks to its brightness and texture. It is ideal for shawls or summer jackets to be worn at night or for nice little hints of sparkling originality on your dress. Venezia is a yarn in Egyptian cotton enriched with transparent threads that create a sparkly effect on the garment. Look for patterns in the Magazine section.


National day of knitting in France: more and more initiatives for keen knitters.

More and more initiatives and knitting ideas from the national day of knitting in France. Mme Mortet of the Joce Laine shop in Besancon sent us pictures of some realisations with the yarn Yuppi. Yuppi is a blended yarn, characterised by very lively printed colours, suitable for garments and socks. It is a fine yarn with an excellent performance in the ball (225 mt in 50 gr.). We want to thank Joce Laine for the collaboration.


“Knitting in Nature” with Miriam Tegels

This year will take place the third edition of “Knitting in Nature”, the knitting retreat organised by the speedknitter Miriam Tegels. The aim of this initiative is to teach the art of knitting surrounded by a relaxing and natural environment. For this purpose, Miriam and her husband will host 14 knitting guests from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The entire event will take place from July 12th to the 16th, during which Miriam will teach knitting workshops in the morning. Adriafil will support this initiative by donating its yarn Stella Alpina on the occasion of the workshop “Cables without cabling needle” on the morning of July 15. Will follow pictures of the final creations.


National Knitting day in France: knitting ideas

Adriafil would like to thank Madame Laure Barbey in Versaille, Gil et Puce shop, for her projects knitted during the national day of Knitting. Gil et Puce only works for baby and children knitting and for the occasion sent us pictures of a pull knitted up in CHEOPE and a mini garment in REGINA with matching shoes that we are happy to publish in our website. The two patterns have been donated to the "Maison de Tom Puce", a center that helps young mothers to carry out pregnancy and avoid abortion.


A magic summer with Adriafil Spazio

In view of a cheerful summer Adriafil wants you to astonish everyone with the Bolero Zaffiro illustrated in the 48th number of Dritto&Rovescio. This pattern realised with Adriafil yarn Spazio, will follow you during all your summer nights, making them more special thanks to its unique effect. According to the colour that you choose this fresh yarn has different lighting effects. Where the polyamide soul of the thread is bright the pattern creates blank spaces and the knitted surface seems transparent. Where the polyamide soul is dark, the cotton acquires more brightness.


Snappy ball: the certainty of classic yarns

Adriafil quality has always been a certainty. If you combine this to yarns like Snappy Ball, it becomes also a convenient choice during the years. Snappy Ball is a pure cotton yarn that stands out for its impeccable quality and elegance, underlined by sober colours. The 540 meters of each of the 200 gr ball of Snappy, makes this yarn very convenient, enabling who knits with it to make up an entire child pattern with a single ball.


Miriam Tegels: new events from our active speedknitter

Following the collaboration that we had at the Show in Cologne - the organisation of the speedknitting competitions for which Adriafil yarns were also used - Miriam Tegels updates us on her new events for the summer season. From the 12th to the 16th of July in Holland, the "Knitting in nature" event will be held for those who want to work with quality yarns sorrounded by nature. The 14th of August Miriam will head to Scotland for a new World Record: the "back to back challenge" during which competitors will spin and knit a garment at record speed. As usual Adriafil will support the initiative by donating yarn. Keep visiting the news section in Adriafil's website for more information on these events.


Knitting idea: yarn Avantgarde

It is a pleasure for us to post a very pretty knitting idea for the mid season, completed with the yarn Avantgarde (100% pure wool). The picture of the pattern was sent by the knitting group "Au tricot girondin" in France, that exhibit their knitting projects on the Au tricot girondin blog. Worked out with a needle 5 after doubling the thread, this pattern takes only 6 balls to complete and it is machine washable.


National Knitting Day in France

Very eventful day in France today! Many are the initiatives in all French regions in order to stimulate and promote knitting activities and new yarns in 2010. Knitting picnics, scarfs or hats competitions, charity day for many knitters that will enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the shops adhering to the initiative. Adriafil will support this cause by sponsoring many shops with yarns, allowing many knitters to try our yarns for free. Soon available the pictures of the National Knitting Day on our website.


Citrino Gilet: Yarn Sol Levante

Adriafil quality in summer 2010 is well represented by Sol Levante, a yarn skillfully constructed by blending Egyptian cotton, linen and silk. A classy yarn, soft and characteristic that will certainly satisfy the fantasy of those who appreciate natural fibers. Sol Levante is presented for the Citrino Gilet in a summer version, comfortable but elegant at the same time.


Crochet once again.. this time in a "warmer" version.

Crocheting is not only for cotton. Classic wool yarns can be as effective, as shown in the picture by this stole knitted in NEW ZEALAND. This is a classic yarn of the Adriafil collection, available in many plain shades, natural shades and multicoloured ones, very warm and soft. It is a pleasure for us to show knitted up patterns like this stole that our knitters send us.


Share your hobby... Send us the pictures of your latest knitted project!

Do you want to show your originality in knitting to everybody? Do you want to share a passion, a satisfaction, a creative moment with us? Do you want to enlarge your knitting community? Send us a picture of your latest project made with Adriafil yarn. The best ones will be pubished on our website and on the other tools for material sharing that we have available. For each pattern idea you share to other knitting lovers, you could get many more back by simply visiting our website. Write to us and send your pics at contact@adriafil.com


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