Cat’s Corner: Christmas Gifts Already??!!
Click here to enter for a chance to win this great box filled with goodies from Regia! Keep reading below to learn more about what’s in this fun box!
Try as I may, it is impossible for me to be a Scrooge. Every year I roll my eyes at the first few holiday commercials, and then sometime during the second week of November I’m ready to put up the tree, string the lights and put Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole on repeat. This is also when I begin to realize that there is not nearly enough time left before Christmas Day to finish all of the projects I had planned on crocheting for friends and family. Why didn’t I start in July, like I said that I would last year? Well, if you’re like me and didn’t plan ahead I have the perfect solution for you.
Last June at Yarn Market (TNNA’s trade show for yarn companies and yarn buyers), Norm Bagley, my fantastic rep at Westminster Fibers introduced me to a line of yarn called Regia made by a German company called Schachenmayr SMC. I had never heard of SMC, but I was intrigued when he explained that they have been making yarn in the same place since 1811. They are located in a city called Salach in southern Germany. This part of Germany is what you think of when you think about fairy tales and The Black Forest and Peter and The Wolf. Basically, it’s where the magic happens. Leonhardt Schachenmayr joined the company in 1824 and was responsible for many high-tech innovations and setting yarn industry standards in Europe throughout the late 1800s. To me this translates to magical, high-tech, German yarn. Who doesn’t want magical, high-tech, German yarn? (keep in mind- most European yarns are milled in Italy. Not many countries have their own mills these days…)
Regia came along a little bit later in the companies history- in 1949. Regia sock yarns are one of the most popular, high-quality sock yarns in Germany and Europe. They are quite well known for their colors and color effects and are constantly striving to inspire sock-knitters all over the world. Don’t let the stark, semi-industrial label fool you. This yarn is nothing if not soft, colorful and fun to work with. As most of you know, I am not a knitter (crochet is my craft of choice), but I took one look at the Regia Christmas Calendar filled with 24 super-cute holiday-inspired patterns and wished that I had the time to learn to knit so I could make every one of them! There are ornaments, headware, neckware, socks, homewares, toys and more! If anyone wants to knit me up one of the Egg Warmers, be my guest. *wink wink*
I’m so excited about this, in fact, that I’m going to give one of our lucky Facebook readers a Calendar and box of yarn containing one skein each of Regia Lace, Regia Highland Tweed, 1 skein each of Regia Angora Merino in Ecru, Aqua, Sand and Flieder, and 1 skein each of Regia 4-Fadig in Rot Merliert and Natur (a total value of over $100). There is plenty of yarn in this box to get you started on several of the patterns. Click here to enter for a chance to win this great box! This is my non-Scrooge gift to you, Constant Reader.