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We welcome Wonderland Hand Dyed Yarns (Frabjous Fibers) to the blog to share their thoughts on the Chimera Shawl


It was late Autumn when Kate Gilbert reached out to us for yarn support for the March 2018 issue of Twist Collective. The colors requested for Holli Yeoh’s design had a decidedly springtime vibe, and we had no idea how much we’d appreciate seeing the uplifting results of her butterfly-evoking Chimera as we near the end of what has been a long, snowy winter. We are craving the imagery and the sounds of Spring. Chimera is a pattern that sucks us right into that scene, giving us hope it will be our reality soon!

Cheshire Cat was the first fingering weight yarn base we dyed when Wonderland Yarns was born in 2013, and it is still our favorite yarn for shawls that benefit from the soft, airy ply and its lightness, which creates a beautiful drape when used for larger pieces.

Holli used one 4-oz skein in #35 Mock Turtle, and a Mini-skein Pack in #41 Yellow to Fuchsia Shadow for her Chimera. We can’t wait to see the unique combinations that are sure to emerge, so we put together a few colorway suggestions of our own:


#90 Raven and Mini-skein Pack #56 Summer Sunset evoke the full drama potential of summer evening skies.


#46 Little Busy Bee and Mini-skein Pack #104 Land of Wonders is a bright treat for rainbow lovers.


#122 June paired with Mini-skein Pack #27 Handsome Pig is like a sweet, flowering garden.


#164 Lavender Macaron and Mini-skein Pack #25 Mimsy takes your purple passion to the next level.


#72 Feather with Mini-skein Pack #71 Sea-glass is a day at the sea under a perfect blue sky.


#163 Salt & Pepper combined with Mini-skein Pack #21 Too Much Pepper is a great choice for a wear-with-anything neutral piece.


Whatever you choose, we hope these wings carry you to knitting bliss!


You can purchase the Chimera project kit in its original colors at