Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 1: A Tale of Two Yarns

This morning I discovered that Eskimimi Knits was holding the 2nd Annual Knit and Crochet Blog Week (March 28th - April 3rd).  We bloggers get to post everyday for a week on the various topics that Eskimimi has suggested. (Yes, I realise that I am posting this a day late.  To be fair, I did start it on Monday night, but posted it today)

Day 1 is "A Tale of Two Yarns": "Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them."

How do I choose only two?

Well, the first is pretty easy obvious, as I've sung the praises of this yarn before here on the blog.  QED, the 100% Blue-faced Leicester wool, 5ply worsted from The Sanguine Gryphon.  I even wrote a wee "ode" to QED last May!  It is tightly spun, sproingy, spongy, soft (not cashmere soft, but strong wool soft), with a subtle sheen that comes naturally to BFL wool.  It is an excellent sweater and outer garment yarn - durable and warm.  I have knit mittens with it, as well as three (count 'em), THREE sweaters out of it.  And I have plans for three or four more, including this pale gray QED seen below.


The other yarn I love is my own hand-dyed Heithrun MCN (80% SW Merino Wool/10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon), in either fingering or DK-weight.  I have knit with both and will do so again.  Like the QED, the DK is spun tightly, with a sproingy texture of 4 plies, but so soft!  It's fingering counterpart is also very soft and feels wonderful draped against the neck or embracing the feet.  I have knit socks with the fingering weight, and intend to knit a top with it.  And with the DK I have knit a scarf and a cowl.  It will also be worked into a sweater of some sort down the road.

Heithrun sock in "Oeno"

Heithrun DK in a "Lakshmi" variation.
 

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