I love non-superwash wooly yarns. A woman I used to knit with used to explain her love of Lopi by saying “I like that it’s scratchy, that’s how you know it’s working.” For me it’s not so much that it iss scratchy, but with non-treated yarns you do often feel the tooth of the yarn, and that’s what lets me know that it has the kind of bloom that I love in projects.
Right now the yarn that I’m in love with it Blue Sky Fiber’s Woolstok. Made from 100% Fine Highland wool, it is a lofty wooly light worsted weight yarn. Woolstok comes in 50g skeins, with 123 yards. It comes in 21 colours (all colours are included in the 21 Colours hat kits that have been so popular here in the shop), and the bloom of the yarn makes it a great choice for stripes and stranded colourwork projects.
Mona knit the Endless Wrap in the fantastic Golden Meadow colour, and I have to admit I have worn it around the shop when it’s been cool here. It is light and warm, lighter than the size of the wrap would suggest.
For myself, I’ve knit the Maize handwarmers from TinCan Knits. I made the size medium, and I used just over half a skein in the Red Rock colourway. They’re great, just the right amount of stretch and warmth for hardwarmers. The other project I’ve made is a pair of legwarmers, Caitlin Ffrench’s Pathless Woods pattern. I ended up needing a second skein to do the bindoff of the second legwarmer, but I do have plans for it.
I do also have plans for a sweater (let’s face it, I almost always have plans for a sweater.) I haven’t fully decided, but I am considering either Lush by TinCan Knits or Hetty by Andi Satterlund. I scooped up some Midnight Sea when it first came in because I absolutely fell in love with the deep, dark blue/green colour.