I love trying new things and when I came across a new-to-me cast-on method the same day I took delivery of new yarn, I couldn't resist swatching it. The yarn was sent by Scheepjes in return for honest feedback, which I'm including below (a perk of being a part of the bloggers group). As I think this will be a popular yarn, and I know how frustrated you get when I preview new yarns, I waited to post until it's available to order so you don't have to wait to try it!
So first let me share the cast-on which is a different way of knitting from the centre-out. It uses a provisional cast on, which is then removed, and the tail sewn through the first row of knit stitches. Although I've removed the provisional cast on and threaded the yarn through the stitches, I haven't sewn the tail end in yet - when I do the little centre 'hole' will completely close up. It's a nice neat method and one which I'll certainly use again. You can find a tutorial here. This would be a really nice method to use for a motif blanket or a top-down hat, both of which would be suitable projects for this yarn.
|Wanderlust in Lake Louise (452)|
Wanderlust* is a brand new 100% Acrylic yarn which features a long smooth colour change. It is a double knitting yarn with 232m per 100g and a recommended needle or hook size of 4mm. It has a slight sheen and is incredibly soft to the touch. This is something that Scheepjes seem to be focussing on at the moment, the new yarns are all very tactile. This doesn't feel like any other acrylic yarn I've used, although there are some others with a similar long colour-change and sheen.
The yarn has a fluffy halo which also adds to the next-to-skin softness. It will be interesting to see how it wears over time, especially if used in high-friction areas if used for a garment. Personally, I see this as a great accessories yarn - it's soft enough and pretty enough to use for shawls, scarves, hats and arm warmers/legwarmers. Those are the things I like to knit, though, so I'm probably biased.
It looks beautiful crocheted too - a few of my friends are using it for crochet patterns.
Wanderlust is washable at 30℃ and may be dry cleaned. Being 100% Acrylic, it can't be ironed but will block into shape when damp. It comes in 18 colourways, all inspired by different locations around the world.
Wanderlust is available from Scheepjes stockists (full list here), including Wool Warehouse where it is priced at £3.99 per 100g ball - at the time of writing, you can't see the pictures on the website, but you can cross reference with the image above if you can't wait to order. Of course, if you're lucky enough to have a local yarn shop which stocks it, you can go and squish it!
POSTSCRIPT: The Sophie's Universe book is also back in stock at Wool Warehouse. I know many of you were disappointed when you missed out on the first release - they don't hang around long! Read more about it here.
*Wool Warehouse affiliate links are included in this post.