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Yarn of the Month, January 2016


January’s Yarn of the Month package has some serious variety in it! Raffia, cotton-linen gradient, and a single ply acrylic-wool super-saturated gradient. These were all super fun, but I was most taken with learning to block raffia. So flexible and shape-able when damp!


Classic Shadow


Yarn of the Month, January 2016



Classic Shadow

“This yarn has such beautiful colourways – it would be perfect at jazzing up a simple project”

4.5 sts/inch on US 8

70% Acrylic, 30% wool


Single ply, acrylic-wool, super-saturated colour goodness. I love the swatch pattern!


Front unblocked and blocked:

Yarn of the Month, January 2016

Yarn of the Month, January 2016


Back unblocked and blocked:

Yarn of the Month, January 2016

Yarn of the Month, January 2016


Those colours are great, although I will caution that they bled a little upon blocking. After a wash or two, though, I could totally see using this in a brilliant “screw all those pastels” baby project.


Good Earth Adorn


Yarn of the Month, January 2016



Good Earth Adorn

“This yarn is perfect for lacy spring knitting”

4 sts/inch on us 8

47% linen 53% cotton


This is a really nice linen-cotton blend. I could actually see making a garment out of this one, even though I’m not the hugest fan of working with linen (the “so soft after many washings” is too long a pay-off for me).


I think the stitch pattern might make a nice dishcloth, though, and those things get washed a lot more than garments:


Yarn of the Month, January 2016


It wasn’t evident to me that it would be a gradient from the ball, so that was a neat treat. Here it is blocked:


Yarn of the Month, January 2016


And in kite form! 😉


Yarn of the Month, January 2016


Yashi


Yarn of the Month, January 2016



Yashi by Universal Yarn

“This yarn is challenging to knit and creates beautiful and sturdy projects”

3.75 sts/in on US 9

100% Raffia!


I’d been curious about raffia but I couldn’t bring myself to buy a whole ball to try it out. Thankfully, this is exactly the sort of reason I subscribed to Yarn of the Month so I was quite pleased to get such an unusual yarn! It feels weird to be knitting something that feels like paper, but I got used to it quickly. I honestly didn’t think it was that hard to knit after you got into the swing of things: the raffia is much more flexible than I’d have expected.


I didn’t like the seed stitch swatch recommendation because it didn’t really show off the neat flatness possible with this fiber, so I switched mine up with some bands of stockinette to show the difference:


Yarn of the Month, January 2016


The biggest surprise of using the raffia was learning that it can be blocked. (Thanks to the fine folk at Black Sheep at Orenco for telling me that!) It was super satisfying to block, as the damp raffia becomes flexible and soft.


Yarn of the Month, January 2016


I was surprised by how taken I was with the Raffia. I might have to see about making myself a hat or something!


Conclusion


An interesting batch of yarns, but the real winner for me was getting to try out the raffia. Who knew I’d like it so much? I should see if there’s still some in the sale bin at Black Sheep at Orenco…

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