I was able to see and touch this yarn at my LYS, but they didn't have enough skeins, or variety of colors, on hand for my needs. They told me that this brand was being discontinued, which broke my heart. It is absolutely the best blend of fibers I've ever worked with - soft and pliable, holds crochet stitches beautifully, and has great definition and drape for a #3 weight size, using G thru J size hooks, so I wanted more. I'm familiar with many, many yarn websites, none of which sold this brand. I hadn't heard of JWB, so I did a Web search for Zitron, which thankfully! led me to Jimmy Wool Beans. I ordered quite a few skeins, in different colors again, thank you JWB for all the choices!, told my Ravelry buddies, and before I knew it, my order was sent within days! I'm thrilled with the yarn AND with JWB! They've been wonderful to work with and very, very helpful. A big YAY! for JWB for both yarn choices AND customer service!
If I were to crochet a tuffet for the royal baby, this yarn would be my top choice. Truly soft, nothing scratchy, light and lofty, and just perfectly saturated with color. Love the chainette construction.
I upgraded from the denise needles to this knitter's pride deluxe set, and I am in heaven. They are gorgeous, for sure - but they are also far more effective. The needles themselves are hardwood with a perfectly pointed needle, so my knitting speed has increased! In fact, I haven't even wanted to use any of my circular bamboo needles anymore because of the rounded points. And the cables are supple and thin - I have been using them for magic loop and they've been working beautifully! Of course, the very first time I used them, I learned the hard way that you really DO have to use those little keys to tighten up the connection, but now I'm on my way. I'm a happy, happy knitter!
My first project with this yarn is a pair of cabled mitts or fingerless gloves. The yarn is so very soft (the blue faced leicester) you would never know it was 100% wool. I had to take a few rows out (got carried away and knit more rows than I needed) with no problems in ripping out and then re-knitting correctly. I had ordered the other colors in shades of brown. I love that these are the natural shades of wool from the sheep and the label gives you photos and descriptions of the different yarns. I used 2 skeins for a pair of mitts and had enough left over where I could have made them longer than the 4" cabled cuff on the arm if I had wanted to. Knits true to gauge. And again I can't get over the softness, ease of knitting, not the least bit rough or scratchy next to the skin (in the BFL selections - almost has a silky feel to it). The creams and browns are SO pretty together - have another pattern for wrist warmers with a Norwegian pattern (colorwork) that is next on my list. Very pretty, natural, neutral colors that will go with everything you have to wear them with - and if gifting - you can cut out the part of the label with the info on that particular sheep. Very, very pretty finished project, very happy with this yarn (wish I could write the sheep a thank you note), love the natural look of the colors! Will make more of these for gifts knowing they will feel almost like a luxury yarn next to the skin. Am anxious to try more patterns and projects with this yarn in the DK wt. and also the bulky. As wonderfully nice as this yarn is - you really can't go wrong with the price either.