That's what my non-crafting friend said when she stopped by the other day just as I was preparing to put the Vera colorway of this yarn on the swift. Actually, her first remark was: what is this stuff? Butter?
I'm happy to say that she was wrong on both counts. Through the loveliness of Lorna's Laces and jimmybeanswool.com, this yarn was available at a very reasonable price, and although it feels like butter, and this colorway looks like soft raspberry swirl fudge from Kilwin's of Mackinac Island, it knits like a million dollars. Again, the warmth of the wool with the coolness of the silk, the saturated colors that barely skim the silken fiber, and the integrity of the product itself all combine to create a knitting experience that is almost decadent.
If you've gotten this far you already know that these fine Brittany Double Point Needles are made from a renewable resource -- northern California Birch made in the USA by people who truly understand the end user. These tools are precision made, measure true to size on the needle gauge, smooth, uniform OD the entire length of the needle wonderful points for all of the yarns I've used so far. Warm to work with, these needles add a touch of nature to my knitting pleasure that seems to endure in my FO's.
Other noteworthy features: the US and metric sizes are clearly marked on each needle I can indulge my bad habit of holding a needle or two in my teeth and not bite through it.
This wool/silk blend brings the finest attributes of each fiber together for your knitting pleasure. The fine wool is warm with just enough texture to bind itself to the cool and smooth silk the famous Lorna's colorway deeply saturates the wool and barely kisses the silk to provide interesting color changes stitch by stitch across the rows. This yarn seems to glide from the ball through the fingers on my left hand I'm a continental knitterand onto the needles.
I'm only on my second project using this yarn the first project almost knit itself. The yarn and scarfed behaved themselves through a gentle soak and rinse, and blocking was a piece of cake. The scarf is delightfully smooshy and luxurious, while having enough body to actually look like something when it accidentally drops to the floor. I'm 90% done with my second project with this yarn a variation of an infinity scarf, and haven't changed my opinion. Generally, I wait until an FO has been used as intended, washed as directed, for a season or two before rendering a judgment on a particular yarn, but I'm quite confident that this yarn won't disappoint!
When I am doing fiddly parts of knitting with dpn's, I frequently find myself using my mouth as a third hand, or to prevent a vacant needle from rolling away. Most of the bamboo needles I've used bear some major bite marks, to the point where they will break when gripped with a little extra intensity. However, these delightful hardwood needles seem to be impervious even to my famous jaw-clenching moods ... I am amazed as I bind off each project and return the needles to their rightful place that I can't find a single trace of toothmarks, anywhere! My Brittany dpn's are quickly becoming my tool of choice for a number of projects, for this very reason!
... to try the Addi Turbo Circular? I just received my first size 15 (40") thanks to jimmy beans' awesomely quick shipping, and transferred a WIP to the new needle yesterday evening. This is like abandoning the rusty Ford Falcon for a new Lincoln at the midpoint in a cross country trip. Smooth, quiet, elegant feel ... I'm very eager for my next needles to arrive so I can cast on for another project.
Don't let the price put you off. High quality tools enhance the satisfaction of the creating process, and make it easier to keep on knitting through the dreaded plateau I often reach in the middle of a bigger project.
I look forward to many years of happy knitting and at least 50 children's hats for the giving tree project this year, thanks to the new Addi needles.