top 4 yarns of winter ’14/’15

top 4 yarns of winter

There are a few wooly faves for this past season, and since the last day of winter is in 2 days I thought it’d be a good time to share what I very happily used.  In no particular order, my top 4 are as follows:

KnitPicks Hawthorne Fingering in Ladds Addition colorway:

Gentille cowl - lacy chevron sectionThis yarn is absolutely gorgeous (both the colors themselves and the way it made a pretty zigzag pattern in my Gentille cowl).  Soft to work with and wear next to the skin.  It is a fingering weight/4 ply yarn made up of 80% wool, 20% nylon and comes in skeins of 357 yds/100 g.  Pick it up from KnitPicks for a really good price.

DyeForYarn Fingering Merino/Babycamel in Dyeing Rose colorway:

Closeup of Phoenicia shawl/wrap on NotYourAverageCrochet.comThis super-soft fingering single ply yarn is made of 55% merino, 45% camel and comes in skeins of 525 yds/100 g.  I’d say it’s really more of a light fingering.  Very strong for a single ply yarn!  It made a great Phoenicia crescent shawl (and a Plume beanie from last year), and while this colorway is no longer available you can pick up a gorgeous array of colorways at the DyeForWool Etsy shop.

Berroco Vintage in 5176 colorway (a heathery autumn orange):

Gothic Lace Cowl

The Gothic Lace Cowl I made was pretty quick to work up using this  worsted weight 10 ply yarn.  Made up of 50% acrylic, 40% wool, and 10% nylon, it is soft enough to wear against the skin and can be washed in a machine (if you want to slightly felt your work it will do so if you use hot water and put it in the dryer, too — this is an advantage when you make blankets that dog claws might snag and you want to avoid that problem).  It comes in skeins of 217 yds/100 g.  This was purchased at a yarn store in North Carolina.

Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in Coffee Toffee colorway:

nara mitts

These Nara mitts were made in 2013 but I’ve made something with the leftovers this winter that will be posted next week.  Made of 100% merino, this sport weight 5 ply yarn is very soft and comes in skeins of 335 yds/100 g.  The Coffee Toffee colorway is hard to capture properly in photos — it’s a purplish brown with a hand dyed look and is very beautiful!  I purchased this also at a yarn shop in North Carolina.

So that’s it, my top 4 yarns of this winter!  I’d recommend them all.  All beautiful, all soft, all fun to work with!  Thanks so much for stopping by, see you soon!

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