Nov. 19th, 2015

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September was blue for Yarn of the Month.


Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015


The Pattern


This month’s pattern is “UTurn Scarf” which is a fun mitered knitting scarf, good for self-striping yarns. I don’t know if I’ll try it or not!


Amitola Grande


Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015



Louisa Harding Amitola Grande

“This single ply yarn is subtle and soft”

4.5 sts on US 10

80% Wool 20% Silk

273 yds Color: 516


I love single ply yarn because it can be so soft and you don’t have to worry about it untwisting or catching threads in the same way. This is soft, squishy and quick to knit up.


Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015


The standout part of it is the nice slow tonal gradient. I really love these colours and they look great knit up in the swatch too. The swatch is an odd little “knit into the stitch a few rows back and drop” stitch ribbed thing that I wasn’t too sure about when I was doing it, but it looks ok when complete and the loosened stitches go nicely with the squooshy yarn.


Front:

Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015


Back:

Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015


I can really see using this for quick knits and with the pretty colours, it’d be great for scarves. Maybe a really nice present for a beginner knitter? I can see keeping some on hand for last-minute gifts, too.


Sisa


Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015



Sisa

“Squishy, braided yarn feels oh so delicious”

5 sts/inch on US 6

60% wool 40% Alpaca

137 yds Color: 09


This is soft, dense and seems warm. I do so love alpaca! I didn’t have much trouble with the smaller threads in the braid coming loose, so it was nice to work with.


Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015, Sisa yarn


You can’t always see it because the yarn it overall so dark, but it does have some very nice heathering in there with glints of purple.


The swatch pattern is cute, if a bit hard to see because of the darkness. Really shows off that stitch definition as a texture, but the dark makes it not show up so much in photos.


Here it is front-lit:

Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015


And back-lit so you can see the holes:


Yarn of the Month Club, September 2015


This screams sweater yarn to me, since it holds up for interesting stitch patterns but is still soft against the skin. It’d probably be nice for colourwork, although it’s hard to tell without trying. I could see it making a nice hat too, but it doesn’t have nearly the thickness I want for my scarves unless it was double-knit. Still, very nice and something I wouldn’t mind using in larger quantities! Maybe this would be good for the next baby sweater I do?


Summary


Two great yarns this time! I could see buying both of these myself for specific projects, and Amitola Grande especially as a gift because of the colours. Definitely happy with my subscription for September!

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