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Madelinetosh - Tosh DK
Great yarn for one-skein projects, with caution 5 out of 5
A few months ago, I ordered two of the limited edition Tosh DK Tea Cakes, in Red Velvet Rooibos and Chai Spice. The latter was a nice brown mix with plenty of value contrast. I was tempted to return the Red Velvet Rooibos mix because I didn't like the reds together and there was minimal value contrast. However, I could separate the tea cakes into four each of red-reds, pink-reds, and orange-reds, add a unifying neutral main color, and knit three hats. I finally settled on Black Tie Affair as an alternative, which turned out to be a mainly gray mix - much lighter than I expected but OK. I like all three of the resulting three hats. All of that said: I love this yarn. It is thicker than most DKs, more a light worsted that would be absolutely perfect for sweaters IF it weren't for the variability of dyeing. It is spun with a light twist so is subject to splitting, but I didn't find that to be a major problem. The major problem with this yarn, beyond its limited use for one-skein projects, is the fact that it is a superwash yarn. I cannot imagine paying its price to make an item that won't be hand-washed, but it is getting difficult to find merino yarn that has not been treated to make it machine washable. As we all know, or should know by now, the superwash treatment increases a tendency for the yarn to lose its elasticity. This occurs over time, so an accurate gauge is impossible to get without repeated manipulation/washing of a swatch. I have learned from experience that using needles two or three sizes smaller than directed for a garment size will produce a garment that is much too small and stiff before it is washed and blocked but will relax, soften, and grow to the size desired, but it's still a crap shoot that isn't a risk with wool that must be swatched for gauge and hand-washed. Despite the limitations and caution, I rated this yarn five stars because of its marvelous texture and depth of colors.
By onmyneedles on Jan 17, 2015 10 out of 14 found this review helpful
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Malabrigo - Dos
Great yarn for one-skein projects, with caution 3 out of 5
A few months ago, I ordered two of the limited edition Tosh DK Tea Cakes, in Red Velvet Rooibos and Chai Spice. The latter was a nice brown mix with plenty of value contrast. I was tempted to return the Red Velvet Rooibos mix because I didn't like the reds together and there was minimal value contrast. However, I could separate the tea cakes into four each of red-reds, pink-reds, and orange-reds, add a unifying neutral main color, and knit three hats. I finally settled on Black Tie Affair as an alternative, which turned out to be a mainly gray mix - much lighter than I expected but OK. I like all three of the resulting three hats. All of that said: I love this yarn. It is thicker than most DKs, more a light worsted that would be absolutely perfect for sweaters IF it weren't for the variability of dyeing. It is spun with a light twist so is subject to splitting, but I didn't find that to be a major problem. The major problem with this yarn, beyond its limited use for one-skein projects, is the fact that it is a superwash yarn. I cannot imagine paying its price to make an item that won't be hand-washed, but it is getting difficult to find merino yarn that has not been treated to make it machine washable. As we all know, or should know by now, the superwash treatment increases a tendency for the yarn to lose its elasticity. This occurs over time, so an accurate gauge is impossible to get without repeated manipulation/washing of a swatch. I have learned from experience that using needles two or three sizes smaller than directed for a garment size will produce a garment that is much too small and stiff before it is washed and blocked but will relax, soften, and grow to the size desired, but it's still a crap shoot that isn't a risk with wool that must be swatched for gauge and hand-washed. Despite the limitations and caution, I rated this yarn five stars because of its marvelous texture and depth of colors.
By onmyneedles on Apr 08, 2014 1 out of 1 found this review helpful
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Malabrigo - Dos
Sport yarn? I don't think so. 3 out of 5
If this were described as fingering weight yarn, I would rate it four stars. This is a soft-textured merino yarn, but I found that I needed to use a #3 needle to get an acceptable stockinette swatch, so I had to use a pattern that requires fingering weight yarn rather than the sport weight I wanted. The yarn is not evenly spun there are several thicker areas encountered frequently. Thus, this is not a yarn I can recommend. I am not onmyneedles, and I have not reviewed this yarn previously.
By onmyneedles on Apr 08, 2014 1 out of 2 found this review helpful
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Koigu - KPM Solid
What is happening at Koigu? 3 out of 5
I ordered this yarn because I wanted to knit socks to match one of the colors I had used for a sweater knit of three different Koigu colors. I was aware that it would be a different dye lot than the one I had used for the sweater, but I expected a close-enough match. Wrong! The yarn I received is much lighter in color and has a great deal of white undyed wool in it. I kept it because I can use it for another project, and I found on ebay the same color number but different dye lot that is a close-enough match for the socks. Koigu buyers need to be prepared for unpleasant surprises. I have used Koigu KPPPM and KPM yarns for more than 10 years and have loved it, but I wonder if its popularity has resulted in compromises with quality of both base yarn and dyeing - but most notably with dyeing. Very sad. Base yarn is thinner than it was in the beginning, and a 50 gram hank tends to weigh 47 or 48 grams.
By onmyneedles on Dec 12, 2013 2 out of 2 found this review helpful
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