Monday, January 23, 2017

Knitting Yarn Brands Review & Price 2017


BLUE SKY FIBERS WOOLSTOCK
I fell for this yarn as soon as saw it. Produced entirely in Arequipa, Peru, Woolstock is an aran weight yarn made from 100% fine Highland wool. Although it has traditional plied and twisted construction, it's been done very carefully to ensure the yarn retains its lofty handle end the bounce continues when the yarn is wound for knitting.

It feels smooth and silky, stretching ever so slightly as you knit. to produce light squishy fabric. The palette has 21 shades including subtle melange colours created by dyeing the fibre before spinning and Blending. Spring Ice, shown here, combines turquoise, ecru and the slightest hint of black. Pattern support in the form of PDF downloads can be found on the Blue Sky Fibers website. This yarn should hand-washed using a mild detergent, then dried flat. Alternatively it may be dry-cleaned.

Composition: 100% fine Highland wool
Weight: 50g
Length: 112m
Rec needle size: 4-8 mm
Tension (1 Ocm): 20-24 Sts
RRP: €5.99 Contact: Blue Sky Fibers E: info@SlueskyfiSers.com

MIRASOL ULMINA
With e name meaning sleep, Mirasol Umine is a dreamily soft blend of alpaca end 50% wool. It has e luxurious combination of drape and warmth, and although it has crimped appearance it's very softly plied end twisted, which gives the yarn a lovely light and springy texture.

As you'd expect from this blend of fibres, it's smooth end supple to knit, producing e buttery soft and squishy fabric with perfectly formed stitches. Inspired Sy the colours of South America, the 16 shades balance cool greys end rich, exotic tones with deep Blues, such as shade 15, Royalty, shown here — a jewel-like purple and blue mix. Pattern support can Se found in collection of loose leaflets featuring ladies' sweaters as well as smeller accessories and e couple of home projects. This delicate yarn should Be hand- washed then dried flat, But do not tumble-dry. Alternatively it may be dry-cleaned.

Composition: alpaca, 50% wool
Weight: 100g
Length: 225m
Rec needle size: 4 5-5.5mm
Tension (10cm): 16-20 Sts
RRP: 75
Contact: Intercontinental Yarns
T: 01535 664222


KETTLE YARN CO ISLINGTON
Kettle Yarn Co Islington is EX weight yarn made with Bluefaced Leicester that has Seen picked through twice then re-examined Before being blended with silk. This translates into e super soft yarn that is gentle enough for sensitive skin and yet durable enough to withstand repeated wear end washing. It's indulgently soft, with cotton-like, dry handle, and is beautifully smooth to knit producing lightweight fabric with impressively even stitches that are enhanced by the yarn's rich and lustrous appearance.

The hand-dyeing process gives the yarn its semi-solid colouring, adding tonal interest to each shade. There ere 14 hand-dyed shades to choose from, including a couple of limited-edition indigo-dyed options and Purple Reign, shown here. Although it's been super-wash treated, this yarn should be hand-washed or soaked in lukewarm water, then laid flatto dry.
Composition: 55% supervvash Bluefeced Leicester, 45% silk

Weight: I00g
Length: 212m
Rec needle size: 2-5mm
Tension (10cm): 21-24 Sts
RRP: €21
Contact: Kettle Yarn Co

NORO SILK GARDEN SOCK SOLO
Nora's Silk Garden Sock Solo has a lot more character then a typical sock yarn. Made from wool, 25% silk, 25% polyamide and 10% mohair it has a slightly uneven texture which combines its gentle twist with e long, slub-like appearance. It IS as thin as 4 ply in some places, and 4-5mm thick in others. There are also tiny fronds of fibre twisted in along the length of the yarn, adding even more textural interest. It produces soft, lightweight fabric with e dry handle that's supple and warm with a rich, tweedy colouring.

There are eight shades to choose from including the inky blue shade 03 shown here. Pattern support includes designs by Jenny Watson. This yarn should Be hand-washed in cold water, squeezed gently to remove the excess water then dried flat, out of direct sunlight. Alternatively it may be dry- cleaned with care.

Composition: 40% wool, 25% silk, 25% polyamide, 10% mohair
Weight: 100g Length: 300m
Rec needle size: 3.5-4mm
Tension (1 Ocm): 20-22 Sts x 28- 30 rcn,vs
RRP: €19.75
Contact: Designer Yarns

from Knitting Magazine

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