Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Yarn! Worsted Wool

Here is the eighth yarn that I would like to introduce you to:


It is 100% wool yarn. I first chose this yarn because the supplier calls it Hood River and I just had to try it out. The yarn that I received reminded me of Cascade 220, with one major difference, it felts! Most overdyed Cascade 220 doesn't felt, or minimally does, because they bleach their lighter color yarns, which makes it unfeltable. This yarn felts just as well as Cascade 220! Which makes me very happy. I keep thinking it would be awesome for the top of a pair of felted clogs with a solid color accent. It has 220 yards of wool yarn and would be suitable for a needle size of 7-9 US.


I knit my sample on size 11s and then washed it with one cycle through my washing machine. Its before measurements were 5 1/4" x 4 1/4" and its post-felting measurements are 6" x 2 1/2".

It would be ideal for hats, scarves, sweaters, felted bags, felted slippers or any other project that calls for worsted weight yarn.

I listed up 4 skeins of this yarn in my etsy shop. The 4 that are listed are Lemon-Lime, Provence, Blue Raspberry, and Childs Play. So, let me know what you think! Blog contest details are listed here. Don't forget to check out the Wool Lace, Silk Sport, Wool/Silk Single, Silk Boucle, Silky Sock, Wool Single and Alpaca Boucle.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Although I would most likely not knit with this, I think it is very versatile and I have heard many people looking for handpainted worsted weight yarn. The fact that it felts is an added bonus. So, I think this would be a good yarn to carry as part of your larger store offerings.

Amy (kewpiedoll)

turvid said...

I really like this yarn, and all the colors too!

dodo said...

I like this worseted wool. I think it would be great for sweaters and turtlenecks, especially with the more subdued colors.

ColibriDreams said...

This might be my choice, if I won the competition (oh please please please let me win! :-). I think it would be very nice for a sweater. But I agree with dodo, more subdued colors might work better (it would be perfect in Sea Turtle or Bordeaux!). I love the Lemon-Lime, though, it makes me think about summer.

purple-power said...

Well, unfortunately, I'm going to win, but that's OK. :-)

I like worsted very much - my favorite weight and these look nice.

jessie said...

This is a winner!

Missy said...

Okay, worsted is my favored yarn. So I like this. And the Provence color is fabulous. Seriously. But I still have the silk/wool combo on the brain that you posted the other day. Why oh why do you have to torment me so (kidding)?

Rachel O said...

I like worsted too. I'd prefer more subtle colorways, but these are OK.

blogless in NJ said...

This is a nice-looking yarn.

Ruby Banshee said...

I love this yarn! I would love it even more if it were superwash!!

monica said...

I have to agree that this is a winner for your store. Again, the colors are vibrant and lovely, but I do agree with Dodo that I would be more likely to purchase more skeins in subdued colorways.

Anonymous said...

This is great. I love the colors and the fact it felts is a real bonus. Teri

peninah said...

This is really nice. I don't knit *much* with ww, but i like now having beautiful handpainted options.

ok back to knitting so i can order yummy new yarns!

teabird said...

pretty! I don't felt things (yet) so I'd be less likely to buy this, but I know that there are so few handpaints that it is a winner for you!

teabird

ikkinlala said...

This sounds like a good versatile yarn. I like the colourways but would be unlikely to use them for large garments. The Child's Play looks perfect for mittens - pretty and hard to lose!

Elaine said...

I'm a sweater-knitter and use worsted all the time, and love handpainted yarns. But only if the colorways are subtle. These are pretty but I wouldn't like it in a large garment.

aruni said...

i like this one a lot--i'm a fan of cascade 220, and blue raspberry and child's play are very lively. :)

Nadine said...

I feel like a bit of a broken record, but did I mention I love felting. And this felts up beautifully. I really love all of the colorways this comes in. Makes it tough to pick a favorite. And it looks like a great deal for the price.

Sharon Rose said...

Sweeeet! Gotta love a versatile, feltable, miulti-ply yarn. And I actually like *all* of the colors.

Sabry said...

niceee I love it!! I think I would really use it for lots of my projects, my favorite color was

Lemon-Lime, I love green!

Sabrina

Jen C said...

Great choice! I'd love to see more worsted weight yarns from hand-dyers.

Turtle said...

these are great! i realy like childs play. Makes me laugh...so crayola!

Beth said...

I should have been a sheep - I love wool!

squiggi said...

I would SO love to knit with it.
Love the colors, and the fact that it felts nicely.

Beth said...

Ummm, I LIKE it!

amylou61 said...

I am not a big fan of 100% wool, unless it is softer than most, but I like the colors you've chosen.