Monday, May 25, 2015

Beautiful Noble

We just have to drop everything and talk about this yarn:
Noble (95% Extra Fine Geelong (Merino) and 5% Cashmere) is a 3-ply yarn that I immediately knew was something I have been looking for for some time now. As you know I am always searching for yarn with body and roughness and with a thoroughly woolly feel. I rarely use superwash wools (mostly only in socks) as they sometimes feel like plastic to me and I think that the soul of the wool has been killed in the process. Noble can be washed in machine with cold program but there is no mention about superwash treatment. It has 666m/728y per 100g/3,5oz. Since I am making a crocheted cowl or scarf, I am using 2,25mm crochet hook. I maybe could have taken a bigger one, but I love small gauge. The yarn has some spinning oil in it, so I am really looking forward for the after-the-wash stage.
I am not sure if it is the color I am using or if it is the experience in my hands, but I cannot help but think that this yarn is like a good wine. This color is Cinnabar, but I have visited Holst Garn site for many times to see the different color options and there is plenty to choose from.
This would make lovely knitted items as well, but my mind is set to learn crochet, so I am sticking to crochet at the moment. Ever since picking up the hook one of my main concerns has been the thickness of the crocheted fabric. I love small gauge and light garments. I have some thin linens and cottons to try, but I have been looking for a wool that would not be as delicate as thin lace yarns but would be lighter than most of the fingering weights.
I was extremely happy to find this wool. I am sure this would also make lovely cardigans but I just got a little bit of this yarn to get the taste. I am making something to wear around my neck but there might be a cardigan in the future too.
This wool feels light, but it is not without body, like some of the lace weight or light fingering weights. It is not overly sweet but definitely there is softness in it. It behaves well, the stitches don't undo themselves easily, the stitches stay where they are supposed to. Even though this yarn has been processed and has come a long way from its maker, it still carries its origins with it. It somehow has spiciness in it. It is really difficult to put down, I could keep looping with it for hours. The yarn has both a smooth and a crisp hand feel.
Noble has sparked up my imagination. I am truly inspired. This is such a lovely yarn. Now that I know how it feels to crochet with, maybe I should start over with knitting...

Wool with you,

PS. The mitten pattern; there is no pattern, it is out of my head. The pompoms are for the cuffs. And thank you Sabine for the yarn info!

Friday, May 22, 2015

All set for embroidery

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are well! Weekend is just about to begin and up here it means lots of yard work (if the weather stays dry) and also probably preparing food outside. If the area where we usually have our kota during the summer is dry enough, we might even get out all the cooking equipment for that. There is nothing better that to sit inside the kota in the evening with the fire burning as you listen to the surrounding world to calm down and settle in for the night... even though our nights are light now. 
(I just listened to the weather forecast, forget all the plans, it is going to rain heavily...)
I have not had much time to knit these past days. Just few brief moments here and there. Remember when I showed you the embroidered mitten without a pair. I knitted a pair with another yarn and I am just about to start the embroidery on them. I think I will concentrate on this this weekend.
I am terrible with yarn information... This is how I work: I buy yarn when I see something lovely... I come home, rip off the label, as I cannot wait to stick my needles into it, I knit for a few rows. I gain the information I need, I know then how the yarn behaves, what needles I should go for but most likely the yarn is then put to rest. I keep the information I gained from the knitting inside my memory (sort of), and then the yarn waits until I get an idea where I can use it. During the process the label is usually lost...
I know this is Regia 6ply, and I think it has some nylon, viscose and wool in it. Hold on, I will try to search... I could not find it, probably old and discontinued. I knitted my mittens with 2½ mm needles, as I like my mittens and socks on the tight side, also small gauge is good for embroidery. I made also a swatch (!!!!) to try out the embroidery stitches and color combinations before I decorate the actual mittens. Although I liked this yarn, it did not have all the wool qualities I so love.

Little pom poms are ready for the final touch. There isn't anything as cute as small yarn pom poms and I just had to make a few even though I need only two.
Hope you all have a good weekend,

Wool with you,

PS. So far there is not a pattern for the wool flowers, although I have been meaning to write one...