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.
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).
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...