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Good looks

Every time I think I've found a favourite yarn, other yarns appear and seduce me with their good looks and silky handling! Yesterday I went to Stash Yarns Yarn Tasting Evening for Artyarns and it was great fun; much chatting and swatching took place, accompanied by drinks and nibbles. Knitters and bloggers were out for a good time; including Dawn, Jill and Alice who I already know and Mary and Brigid whose blogs I read. I didn't connect Brigid with her blog until I got home and put two and two together; I can be really dim at times!

On to the yarny stuff. We each had a goodie bag with little balls of 7 yarns, all labelled, and a printed sheet giving all that info we knitters love to pore over including fibre content, gauge, suggested needle size and yardage. Then it was time to play.

Artyarns_1 

Clockwise from top right, Ultramerino 6 (100% merino wool), Supermerino (100% merino wool), Silk Mohair (70% kid mohair/30% silk), Regal Silk (100% silk), Silk Rhapsody (one strand of 100% silk and one strand of 70% mohair/30% silk), Silk Ribbon (100% silk), Silk Fur (90% silk/10% nylon).

Artyarns_supermerino    Artyarns_ultramerino_6

I liked using all the silks with the exception of Silk Mohair (like KSH, I find it difficult to knit - it's like grappling with sewing thread unless I use two strands together) and Silk Fur (a bit tufty for my taste). I loved both the merino yarns. Supermerino (detail, left) is about Aran weight; Ultramerino 6 looks and feels very much like Jaeger Extra Fine Merino DK but comes in gorgeous colour mixes, including colour 108 (right). Have to admit that a couple of skeins of this came home with me...

Comments

It was a great evening, wasn't it? There's just too much nice yarn out there and not enough time to knit it up!

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