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by Stitchcraft Marketing
September 19, 2018
When we first conceived Izzy Knits, we wanted to source yarns and supplies that were as environmentally-friendly as they were unique. BELLATRISTA creates luxurious, exotic yarns that are spun from interesting fibers you don’t see every day, such as a 100% milk fiber, a 50/50 blend of milk and bamboo, and a 100% soy fiber yarn. These fibers aren’t just earth-friendly, they’re also silky soft and a treat to work with. Each unique base is available in a variety of weights, from fingering to bulky, and we’re proud to be the only online retailer to carry the entire line from top to bottom. Bellatrista’s mission (and ours!) is to enable hand knitters and crocheters to create garments and accessories that are truly remarkable. Get ready to fall in love!
Milk (Fingering, DK and Bulky weights available)
Yarn made from milk? Yes, it’s true. Bellatrista’s Milk Yarn is spun from 100% milk protein fiber and offers a luxuriously soft and silky alternative to wool. Bellatrista's Milk Yarn comes in fingering, DK, and bulky weights. This unique, renewable fiber combines properties of natural and synthetic yarns, including strength and durability. It’s naturally wrinkle-free, antibacterial and antifungal like bamboo, and exhibits a luxuriousness similar to silk. All of that, and it’s machine washable!
Menta (DK weight)
Bellatrista’s Menta is made from a sustainable, renewable fiber. It’s 100% viscose, which is made from regenerated cellulose fiber…in this case, peppermint.
Menta is a machine-washable, 6-ply, DK-weight yarn with a luxuriously soft hand and an elegant shimmer. As with other cellulose-based fibers, it drapes well, is moisture-wicking, breathable, and smooth and comfortable against the skin.
Soy + Aloe (DK weight)
Bellatrista’s Soy+Aloe is a vegan, sustainable, renewable fiber that offers a great alternative to wool.
Soy+Aloe DK is a sustainable, eco-friendly yarn that blends upcycled soy fiber (a byproduct of soybean processing) with 20% aloe for a smooth, soft hand. It knits into a breathable fabric that’s perfect for lightweight sweaters, garments, and accessories.
Bellatrista makes several of its yarns available in cones just for weavers! We have the following yarns available for purchase in cones:
Projects Ideas for Bellatrista Yarns
Now that we’ve shared this amazing line of yarns with you, we’re sure you have projects in mind. But we’d like to share a few patterns with you that were designed for Bellatrista yarns!
Gemtastic by Ariane Gallizzi is a gorgeous new shawl pattern designed to be knit in Bellatrista Menta DK. The two color shawl, with alternating sections of garter and lace, is knit on the bias starting with 3 stitches. Beads add a touch of glamour and weight, and Menta makes the shawl lustrous with plenty of drape.
The Morning Glory Cami & Cardigan by Therese Chenowyth is an elegant sweater set designed in Bellatrista Milk DK. The pattern combines stockinette with lace detailing, in a yarn that is easy-care, super soft and slightly shimmery.
We’ve also had some knitters use Bellatrista yarns in their own projects that they’ve shared with us.
Hilary purchased the Bellatrista Milk Fingering and used it to weave a beautiful weaving blanket. She told us, “It wove beautifully, and washed up soft and smooth. Love this yarn!"
More recently, one of our sample knitters started knitting the DK Brioche Bandana Cowl by Lavanya Patricella. She is using Bellatrista Soy + Aloe DK (in colors Hyssop and Mustard) and the resulting fabric is beautifully soft and squishy!
Susan also made a delightful baby sweater recently, holding Lana Grossa Bottone and Bellatrista Milk Fingering together. The Bellatrista added a silky sheen to the fabric and made a lovely, squishy and cozy baby sweater. The pattern is the Five Hour Baby Jacket by Franklin Habit.
If you’re interested in checking out any of the Bellatrista yarns we do offer sample cards! Sometimes there’s just no substitute for feeling the yarns and seeing the colors in person. Our sample cards are available for order on the website!
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about the Bellatrista line of yarns and we can’t wait to see what you create! Please share your photos with us on Instagram with the hashtag #izzyknitslys or on the Izzy Knits Facebook page.
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by Susan Watkins
May 08, 2019
by Susan Watkins
May 02, 2019
In one of the knitting classes I’ve taken, I remember the instructor saying, “We often learn more from our failures than we do from our successes." Let's just say, I learned a lot from my second attempt at creating the ultimate dog sweater!