Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Yarn Place produces beautiful yarns. Coming in a wide range of colors, lace-weight yarns Touch and Graceful are very different from each other but share one thing in common: they are both extremely affordable. I know Yarn Place will be getting an order from me in the future!
Touch is an interesting yarn made from 85% merino, 10% man-made fiber, 5% cashmere. Each 62.5 skein has 800 yards and retails for $11.99.
Using the pattern for the Adamas shawl, I knit up a swatch on size 3 needles. Although it takes a minute to adjust to knitting with a yarn as stretchy as this one, it quickly becomes natural. The yarn is very soft running through your fingers and is therefore a joy to knit.
I blocked the swatch severely, as I do with all the lace I've knitted:
Although I did not know it was possible, I think my blocking this time was a bit too severe. The stretchiness of the yarn is so intense that it opens up tremendously--and as I was blocking, I was guessing that the elasticity would cause the yarn to snap back a bit after unpinning. It did not at all, holding the blocking exceptionally well. Next time I won't pull it out as far.
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The other yarn I swatched was Graceful, a 100% wool yarn with 2400 yards (enough for at least two large shawls) in the 100 gram ball retailing $22.99. The yarn is lightly variegated with luscious and extremely slow color changes--so slow that you might not see much color transition at all if you're knitting a small shawl.
Using Barbara Walker's stitch treasuries, I decided to try out a bunch of different lace patterns for these swatches.
Graceful yarn is extremely fine. I am a tight knitter and usually have to go up a size or two to get gauge. Having very successfully knit Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb on size 3 needles, I tried that first:
I felt like I was knitting thread with piano legs as needles.
I gradually worked my way down and was happy with the result when I was knitting on size 000 needles. The result was fantastic.
After knitting this tiny swatch on triple zeros, I knew this yarn might be destined to sit in the stash box for quite a while....
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If anyone is a braver knitter than I am and would like to have the rest of the ball of Graceful, please leave me a comment saying so. If there are several of you, I'll draw a name and send it out to you!
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Thanks, Amy, for giving me the chance to swatch and review the yarns!