Oh the happy hours I have spent in the last few days, avoiding housework, avoiding book writing, avoiding anything that seemed like work – including the garden! So after much and much trolling around the interwebs & consultation with the Force of Nature – WAY more than she wanted btw – I decided I would pick:
- a worsted weight yarn
- in an oatmeal-y color
- about 400 yds
- for $50 or less
- in a yarn I haven’t used yet but have been thirsting after
Lovely criteria, but none of which narrows it down all that much. Poopies.
Yarns I want to try:
- -Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter
- -Malabrigo’s Twist
- -Madelinetosh’s anything but a bulky weight (I would muck around with gauge for Madelinetosh’s yarns if need be)
- -Quince & Co.’s Lark
- -Dream in Color’s Classy with Cashmere
…….just to name a few!
The FofN wanted: soft, warm, lots of cables & to go with her winter coat, which is a lovely chocolate brown. The few pictures of yarn I showed her (fewer than 10!), I noticed she gravitated toward the tweedier ones…….
Tweeds and tweed yarns are usually a bit crunchy in texture – think of hearty Celts or Brits wandering through the heather or on the moors with a walking stick and serious leather shoes.
I mean, just look at the word “tweed“; it’s “weed” with a “t” on the front, which probably even stands for “thistle“.
Tweeds usually wear a long time, protect against cold/rotten/winter weather, that sort of thing; not something you really want to have on yer neck much especially in rather warm Alabama, where people wear shorts & flip-flops the year round (not that they should, but they do). I wanted a yarn, perhaps a blend, so that she’ll luxuriate in the feel of it but also have the mittens especially wear well. On with the search! Let’s go inconvenience some electrons in pursuit of YARN! (::::::::play in your head the William Tell Overture::::::::)
After much thought and dithering, I chose a yarn that isn’t on the list above, because I’d not heard of it before. It is:
It’s by Plymouth Yarns, and it’s new.
Fiber wise, it’s 40% Alpaca/ 40% Merino Wool/ 14% Acrylic/ 6% Rayon so it should have a very soft hand but enough acrylic and rayon so it won’t fall apart.
I chose the color ‘natural’ and this is the website pic:
Pricewise, it’s $7.50 for 50 gr/109 yds. so it’s right where I want it to be. It’s so new that there’s only 1 project on Ravelry in this yarn……
I’ve ordered it and the only problem I have now is waiting for it to arrive……..