It was nigh impossible for me to work on the shoulder shaping of my Fable-along Ribbon Shell, while socializing and chatting. I needed some easy stockinette, but not a big project that would distract me from the Fable-along project. La! Problem-solved. I pulled out my Yarn of the Month samples of yarn that I’d gotten for the past 3 months. KnitDevil hit it right on the nose when she talked about how addicting these are. I got a little… um… obsessive, as is my wont, and this is what I chugged out in an evening.
(L to R) Worsted Weight by Carodan Farms, 2ply by Imperial Stock Ranch, O-Wool Classic by Vermont Organic Fiber Co., and Organic Cotton by Blue Sky Alpacas.
January’s theme was organic fibers, and I was so excited to when I opened the envelope and found them in their little plastic envelopes. I’ve been curious about organic fibers, since a friend, who is no longer into knitting I might add, turned me onto them.
It was great to have an opportunity to work with organic wool without committing to a specific project. Lately, I’ve been yearning to work on a project using “classic” wool, imagining either Cascade 220 or Lamb’s Pride. I haven’t yet committed to a pattern or purchased yarn yet, as I’ve been trying to knit from the stash for as long as I can. After knitting these babies up, I’m glad I held off because that classic project might be using one of these organic wools.
I really enjoyed the feel and slide of all three wool yarns. The green tweed from Carodan Farms is to die for, especially the color and richness of the tweedy flecks. 100% wool, the color is Bracken.
The Imperial Stock Ranch happens to be in that eggplanty color (#65) that I adore, similar to the color of my SKB. 100% Columbia wool, I was impressed how the stitches look straight and even without the benefit of blocking.
The Vermont Organic Fiber Co. wool was my first choice to knit up because of its softness, and it didn’t disappoint. I hadn’t knit up these samples before, so I blindly cast on the recommended number of stitches for 4 inches and added the 6 extra stitches for the garter stitch frame. Oopsies, ran out of yarn in the middle, so I just cast off and that was that. Made of 100% organic merino wool, the color (#2301) is a bit faded but that’s not a detractor by any means, and it was surprisingly soft.
The Blue Sky Organic Cotton (color #83) is already one of my absolute favorites, because of its buttery softness, but I haven’t made anything for myself with it yet. Of course, I have it in my stash, but I’m waiting for the right inspiration, I guess. It softens even more as you wear it and handle it. My friend first turned me onto it, when she knit a scarf with it. Its softness had such an impact on me that I kept remembering the touch sensation of the buttery softness for months afterward. Simply divine.
What can I say, except I would definitely use any of these four yarns for a project. When the time comes to choose the yarn for my classic project one first, I’ll be hard pressed to make the decision.
Now, I just have to decide how to store and file these swatches. I guess that means a binder. Does anybody have any other good solutions on how to manage your swatches?
Coming soon, November’s YOTM swatches. Theme: Alpaca. Mmmmmmmm. Need I say more?