The lovely ladies at DyeForYarn/DyeForWool very kindly sent me a hank of yarn to review here on my blog. They did not pay me for my review, so everything written here is my honest opinion about this yarn. The yarn is their Merino/BabyCamel fingering weight yarn in the colorway Dyeing Rose (click here to be taken to their Etsy page for this specific yarn, in all the lovely colorways!).
The yarn shipped very quickly all the way from Germany! It arrived in a beautiful hank.
You can see that this single-ply fingering weight yarn is made of 55% Merino superwash and 45% baby camel. The hank is 100g and 480m (525yd). These hanks are currently selling for $25.13 USD, which is a very reasonable price for the yardage you get and the fact that this yarn is hand dyed and everything.
Here it is after I used my new ball winder to wind it into a handy cake (and I should mention that there was not a single knot to be found in the whole hank):
working with this yarn
I knitted a hat with this yarn (more details on the specifics in a bit), and I very much enjoyed the experience. The yarn is soft (a pleasant but not necessarily common attribute in wool yarns), and it has a beautiful, ethereal halo. There was a little shedding of fibers during the knitting process, but it was not bad at all — it didn’t even make me sneeze and it didn’t get fuzz all over my clothes like some yarns do. Since I used the magic loop method, I pulled the first/last stitches of each half of the hat tightly to try to avoid ladders up the sides of my hat, and the yarn turns out to be very strong. This makes it a higher quality yarn in my estimation, since other single-ply yarns I’ve used have been pretty easy to pull apart.
the knitted product
The hat pattern is called Plume Beanie and it is free to download on Ravelry. It has a very long ribbed edge which is meant to be casually folded/pushed on top of itself, and a lace pattern that is not too complicated.
I went up a couple of needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge, although I think I still slightly undershot it and would use one more size up if I made it again (details here on my project page). Even so, the finished hat is amazing and the pattern was the perfect choice for this yarn. There’s even over half of the ball left, so I’ll be able to make something else too!
This is definitely one of the best fingering weight yarns I’ve ever used, if not THE best. The next time I need some more fingering weight yarn, this Merino/BabyCamel yarn by DyeForYarn will probably be what I go for (perhaps in another beautiful colorway, or maybe I’ll try their other yarns, too)! The owners Nicole and Cordula are so nice and prompt, which only adds to my desire to shop with them again. To you dear readers I say give it a go — it’s worth every penny!
I hope you enjoyed my first official yarn review, thank you so much for stopping by!