Two Chix Crafting

July 13, 2008

Yarn of the Month Club update

Filed under: knitting,Yarn of the Month Club — by tricotchick @ 5:02 pm
I’m still getting the four samples every month. For the most part, I like the vast majority of them. It’s fun to sit and just knit what is basically a swatch of whatever yarns are sent that month. I cast on 20 stitches and see how far the sample takes me.

I thought I’d show you some of my favorites, and few that haven’t really grabbed me. This is the one I’m working on right now:

Yukon by Pagewood Farms

Yukon by Pagewood Farms

Sorry for the blurry photo. It’s Yukon by Pagewood Farms. I think this would make a great sock. It’s 70% merino, 20% bamboo, and 10% nylon. I’m knitting it on size 2 needles. The colorway is Misty.

This next one is Sitar by Nashua Handknits. It’s 51% wool, 49% acrylic. You can see the varying widths of the yarn. The colors are pretty amazing too. For some reason it makes me think of my paternal grandmother. I think she had a hat that was this colorful. Would’ve made a great 1980s sweater. Are the 80s back in yet or did I miss its revival?

Sitar by Nashua Handknits

Sitar by Nashua Handknits

This next one reminded me of some kind of skin — elephant or something. It’s kind of cool. Very textured, and the colors are variations on gray. It’s 100% silk. I don’t usually care for sillk, but this was intriguing. If you’re looking to make a stuffed elephant for somebody small, I recommend this. It would also make a cool sweater, but it’d be kind of rough. Not itchy, exactly. Almost papery rough.
Tsumugi Silk Combo (A-111) by Hasu

Tsumugi Silk Combo (A-111) by Hasu

Haven’t done anything with this next one, as it just came in the July package. But it has great colors, it’s shiny, and I’m looking forward to trying it. It’s Bamboo by SWTC — 100% bamboo yarn.
Bamboo by SWTC

Bamboo by SWTC

The next one is Matsuri by Noro. It’s mostly cotton (87%) and a little wool (13%). It’s springy, the colors are bright, and the yarn seems to be composed of a chain stitch.
Matsuri by Noro

Matsuri by Noro

Here’s Camelino by Knit One Crochet Too. It’s 90% merino, 10% camel. The color is actually a little more gray than it’s showing. A very nice uniform yarn to knit with.
Camelino by Knit One Crochet Too

Camelino by Knit One Crochet Too

Ordinarily my hands aren’t too crazy about lace weight yarn. But the rich color of this one (it’s called Lupine) attracted me, and I had fun with it. It was knit on size 2 needles. This is called Lace Weight Silk & Wool by Nature’s Palette, and it’s 70% wool, 30% silk.

Lace weight Silk & Wool by Nature's Palette

Lace weight Silk & Wool by Nature's Palette

Samp’a by Mirasol (in red) was a fun yarn. Can you tell I get bored with straight stockinette stitch? Samp’a is an organic cotton, springy, and very light. It’d make a cute summer sweater for a kid or an adult.
Samp'a by Mirasol

Samp'a by Mirasol

Purelife by Rowan (in yellow, below) is also an organic cotton, and springy. I didn’t care for the color too much, it’s a dull yellow. But the yarn itself was fun to work with.
Purelife by Rowan

Purelife by Rowan

Here’s one I didn’t really care for, the blanched yarn below. It’s Manipur by Karabella Yarns. I know, everybody else probably likes it, but I just couldn’t get into this one. I did knit about half of it, but then ripped it out because it was about as elegant as knitting with strips of bandages. I just didn’t care for how it came together. It is 100% silk.
Manipur by Karabella Yarns

Manipur by Karabella Yarns

Wool/Stainless Steel by Habu (the dark mess below) didn’t get a fair shake right off the bat. It proceeded to turn into a big rat’s nest before I could even get it wound into a ball, and so I have just left it as a rat’s nest. If it’s not going to cooperate enough to be wound into a ball, screw it. The “variable gauge/strander” warning should’ve been warning enough to me not to even open the baggie. It’s about the thickness of sewing thread, and yes, you can tell it’s got stainless steel in it.
Wool/Stainless Steel by Habu

Wool/Stainless Steel by Habu

One more, then I’ll go back to the ones I did like. This one is Brushed Suri by Blue Sky Alpacas. I haven’t actually tried this one. I have taken it out of the baggie, but haven’t gotten any further than that. It’s beautiful — a wispy off-white. I am going to try it, it just looks like another opportunity for a snarl. I’ll let you know how it works out. It could turn out to be a favorite, but for now I’m reserving judgment.
Brushed Suri by Blue Sky Alpacas

Brushed Suri by Blue Sky Alpacas

This multicolored yarn is Bamboo Splay by Wisdom Yarns. It’s 100% bamboo, and it was great fun to knit with. It’s a slick, shimmery ribbon yarn. Great colors, almost military. It would be fun to make something dressy for summer — an evening sweater, perhaps.

Bamboo Splash by Wisdom Yarns

Bamboo Splash by Wisdom Yarns

This Rialto by Debbie Bliss (dark brown yarn, below), would definitely make a cool dressy summer sweater. It’s a ribbon yarn also, a little thicker than the Bamboo Splash, and it has a metallic gold thread running through it. Great colors, fun to work with.
Rialto by Debbie Bliss

Rialto by Debbie Bliss

This is a new one also.  Panda Silk by Crystal Palace Yarns. It’s very shiny, and great variations of turquoises in the colorway. It’s 52% bamboo, 43% superwash merino, and 5% combed silk. I would say you can’t even tell the merino is in there. The bamboo and silk dominate. I’m looking forward to this one.
Panda Silk by Crystal Palace Yarns

Panda Silk by Crystal Palace Yarns

Pure Cotton by Debbie Bliss is a beautiful yellow cotton yarn. Another winner for a light summery sweater. It’s springy, cottony, and I enjoyed knitting with this.
Pure Cotton by Debbie Bliss

Pure Cotton by Debbie Bliss

The Silkience yarn below isn’t a color I would normally go for, a dark salmon. But this 41% cotton, 39% modal, 12% silk, 8% rayon yarn is seductive. It’s shimmery, and easy to work with, although it kept tightening on me. A little slick, I guess. But I still liked it. It would make a great dressy summer shell sweater.
Silkience by Ella Rae

Silkience by Ella Rae

Last one. This is Pure Wool DK by Rowan in Pomegranate. What a great name for a color. I really liked this yarn. I bought some to make a winter hat. It’s 100% wool, as you would guess from the name. Just a gorgeous color, and should make a nice warm hat for me for next winter, if I get it done.
Pure Wool DK by Rowan

Pure Wool DK by Rowan

Hope you enjoyed the walk through the Yarn of the Month Club. More to come.
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