I've used this yarn for years, and the wonderful feel and excellent quality can be relied upon. I don't believe I've ever encountered a knot which, in tonals and prints, can have a real impact on usable yardage, and it is one of the strongest single-plies I've used. The color may vary greatly from batch to batch, so it may be worthwhile calling JBW before placing an order to find out exactly what they have on hand.
I love all the Madelinetosh yarns and Vintage is no exception. However, given that Vintage has only 200 yds. per skein, I think the price is a bit high. Pashmina Worsted costs more, but has both more yardage and cashmere in it as well. Just something to consider.
I've used this yarn many times and like it very much. It's important to remember though, that this yarn varies more from batch to batch than perhaps any other yarn I've used. The greatest variation I've seen is in color intensity--some skeins can be quite pale, while others have intense, gorgeous color. JBW of course, has no control over what they receive, but it may be worthwhile calling before ordering to get an idea of what they have in stock and what it looks like--especially if this is important to the particular project.
I ordered 3 skeins each of a different color 2 arrived looking exactly the way they appeared on my computer, but the last was so dark it was unusual. Still searching for the 3rd to make the Linen Stitch Scarf!
Chunky Mochi, for some reason, is noticeably softer than either Mochi Plus or Mini Mochi--I have no idea why. Another difference perhaps related to the softness? is that, although the fiber content of all 3 yarns is listed as the same, the 2 lighter weights can be machine-washed, but the chunky version requires hand-washing. No one seems to know why--it's just something to bear in mind.
It is heaven to work with, but DO recall that it is single-ply, and therefore, essentially like roving. When making a knot while finishing off, I thought I was tugging gently, but it shredded right in my hands. Just be aware--but I wouldn't allow that to prevent me from using it again. And of course whatever you're making will fly. I used a size 11 to make a child's cowl, and it was done in a flash.
Highly recommend this yarn.
I haven't finished an entire skein yet, so I can't speak as to whether or not there could be a knot, however, this is an incredibly soft yarn--one of those that is a delight to work with. It's called worsted, but it's definitely a LIGHT worsted, so do bear that in mind. The pictures on JBW are very accurate as to color, at least for Salt & Pepper and Sea Glass, the colors I have used.
Although I always find myself wishing that Silk Garden were a bit softer, it's hard to beat the sheer intensity of color that you get with it. And it does of course, soften a bit with careful blocking I'm fond of Eucalan, but there are other washing products.
What I appreciate the most, though, is the assistance I get from the wonderful and VERY patient! folks at JBW when purchasing Silk Garden. I know they do usually photograph the actual product they have, but it's still so nice to be able to call up and just say something like, Is there really a good amount of pink in that color combination? Because they will literally go and put their hands on the yarn and check it out for you. Usually, they'll pick my yarn and send it right on the spot--which means that there's an attention to detail that you just can't find with some really big online places.
So JBW's service gets 5 stars, as always, and Silk Garden is as beautiful but typically woolly-feeling, of course as ever.
This particular color in Malabrigo Worsted varies wildly from batch to batch. I had been waiting for it to show up with certain colors predominating, so when it did, I wanted to order but was hesitant. I called & spoke with a young lady who personally pulled a few skeins, described the colors, picked out 2 that looked the most alike, and that it was I received with a note from her. I already knew the yarn was wonderful, but the service at JBW makes all the difference in purchasing here.