If ‘rascally’ could be a word to describe yarn, I would say linen yarn is very much so. Crisp, unyielding, stubborn, and relentlessly tough stuff, linen has a great appeal to me… oh such like rusty found things, or uncushioned old benches, or crackled old earthenware. I love this stuff, and wear it constantly, year round.
Even winding it off the swift, into a ball , it has a mind of it’s own…rather messy in appearance, not laying in unison with other strands, wrestling it into a ball, as it tried to be a cube, was a task in and of it’s own!
I will tame it. It may take ten cycles in the washer & dryer along with a load of white towels, but it will soften and be every bit as wonderful as my favorite linen shirts.
This yarn however, is only 46% linen. I bought it to dip my toes into the feel of linen, for I do have 3 skeins of navy colored 100% wet spun linen waiting to be knit up. It is also 42% recycled silk, and 12% wool. It is Shibui “Twig” , and there is 190 yards of it. I am going to be sampling this lovely summery linen blend with my Una Cosettina pattern , as I have gone quite on a tangent today.
I am putting down Snowmelt gaiters for a short while, let them sit on a table for a few days. What is the rush anyway? I am my own competition , I feel suddenly today like having a little play time, so here I am yarn tasting again, going to pour myself a tall one of what I consider the perfect Northern California yarn!
Hmmmm,…I’m suspecting that didn’t come from the big discount barn. No luck?
I did go check the new Michaels craft store out, and I was blown away because never even noticed that plaza get built /remodelled! Shows how infrequently I come down from the mountain to that side of town!
Only the real nice yarn shops in our neck of the woods, like Yarns On First or Knitterly, would have this sort of lovely linen & linen blend yarns.
Very true. Love it! I’m thinking what sort of lovely things one could make with that.
Ha! I think I’m my own competition, too! Why do we do that? I haven’t tried to tame any linen yet so will be interested in hearing your thoughts on it after yours is tamed. 😉
Hello Rebecca, well, good intentions so far as not only have I not cast-on, but I’m off on an entirely new ‘seasonal’ squirrel chase (soon to be posted). 🙂