Just a reminder that I will be at Unravel Festival of Knitting, assisting the lovely Linda at the Kettle Yarn Co. stand AND running a workshop on garment up cycling, Revamp that Jumper and Learn to Love Again. The last few tickets are still available, so please do come and join me for a hands-on workshop to rejuvenate your unloved knits.
I received this lovely little box of yarn from German indie dyer Nature’s Luxury. I met Danica, the dyer and driving force behind Nature’s Luxury, when she came over as a vendor to Unwind Brighton. If you happened to make it to Unwind, you may remember not only the extensive selection of luxurious yarns, but a well-behaved poodle who was a bit of a star at the show.
Danica recently got in touch to ask if I would design something for their new, exciting (and super secret!!) yarn base, which I was only too happy to do. As I was looking through the catalog of yarn bases carried by Nature’s Luxury, I was surprised how many I was not familiar with & asked Danica to send some little sample skeins to rectify my ignorance. It was educational indeed! I did a little swatching and a little reading and thought I’d share the love…
The Gotland Sheep was a new one to me and a fine-looking sheep it is too, with bald, black head and silvery fleece. Nature’s Luxury carries an industrially dyed line of yarn that may soon no longer be in stock (so buy now, while supplies last…). The yarn is lustrous and has a soft halo even before blocking. The lustre probably adds to the clean stitch definition and I think it will hold lace patterns beautifully. It is guard-hair heavy and not something I would wear next to skin, except perhaps on the hands.
The Royal Qiviut is indeed the stuff of royalty. The musk ox fleece is super fine and incredibly soft. Unlike the Gotland Sheep yarn, this really is only suitable to worn right next the skin. The light in the photo pics out the individual stitches, which are slightly harder to see through the soft halo in real life. This is definitely not one for outerwear and should be treated with the gently.
The Royal Qiviut Silk combines the softness of the Qiviut with the smooth shine and strength of silk. This yarn is very much a beautiful lace shawl yet-unknit to my eyes. It will block out into gorgeous lace and is lovely to wear against the skin.
Silk Divine is not unlike the Kidsilk Haze many people are familiar with, but Nature’s Luxury has increased the silk content to the benefit, I think, of the yarn. With a bit less fuzzy halo than the Rowan yarn, the silk core of the yarn is more visible and creates the appearance of depth with the silky sheen shining through the fluffy softness. It is a very fine; I knit it on 2.75mm needles.
The Foxen Sheep was the thickest of the yarns I sampled at a DK weight. It has the classic ‘stickiness’ of wool than makes it great for colour work and is a workhorse yarn, most suitable for outerwear and garments that are going to protect you from the elements. The Coburg Fox sheep is rare heritage breed and another good-looking sheep, with lambs born a beautiful fox-red colour which turns to the creamy natural colour of the sample below.
Finally there was a wee ball of Bliss A***, a cashmere silk yarn that was lovely indeed. A 3-ply structure makes it suitable for many types of garments, but, as with the Royal Qiviut Silk above, it screams lace shawl to me. The swatch was knit with 3.5 mm needles, and that would make a suitably light and very drapy garment. For lovers of the softest and most glamorous yarns.
I am looking forward to sharing my design with the newest Nature’s Luxury yarn very soon….Til then, if you have a chance, pop over to the Nature’s Luxury site and have a gander at the woolly goodness.