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!
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.
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!
I am leaving a review because I could not find one before I purchased this yarn.
It is very silky & has a slight curl to the yarn, that smoothes out as you knit. The one thing that you have to be careful with is the beading...it is added to the yarn & is strung on a thread like cord. You have to be aware to pickup the yarn & thread at the same time. I am using a size 10 needle to knit the free Casimo Scarf pattern & can see when I miss picking up both yarn/thread together. Also note that the pattern calls for 2 - 50g hanks...but if you look closely at the picture model, it is really two red scarfs on the model. I am having to order another skein to make it long enough to fold over its self at the neckline.
Don't get me wrong - I love this yarn...it looks so silky with rain drops (beads) sprinkled across it. But it is pricey. Not sure I would have been the first to try it (without prior reviews) @ almost $20 a 50g skein.
But it did turn out to be a great yarn and I will keep this scarf for special occasions for myself......until the price comes down.
Hope this helps someone else that might like to try this yarn.
Love the patterning in this yarn. I also love that 1 skein is plenty for a nice pair of socks US women's size 8 mediumor that 2 skeins makes a lovely large scarf/shawl. The yarn is softly squishy with enough nylon to make for good, long wearing socks. All in all, a very nice yarn to knit with.
I was waiting till I blocked and got to wear my sweater before I wrote review.It felt a little rough to work with but please Go For It! Not itchy, when I soaked sweater,I used the color claret, you think the water would have been red . It did NOT bleed at all! My sweater has tons of cables and looks beautiful and blocked awesome and yarn has great drape and held shape. So please block to see how great this yarn is.
I needed another set of knitting needles like a hole in the head, but these are Addi knitting needles offered at a the sale price, and included the US 5 size, so it was a no brainer. The new case is perfect as it's not a bulky as the original one and fits nicely in my knitting bags. Take a look at the video on this site for tips on putting the needles together and you're all set.
This dress is a darling addition to anyone's summer wardrobe and, with the range of cotton fabrics available, it can be made again & again. The dress goes together easily; start Saturday a.m. and you'll have a dress that night. The bust measurement is critical, as the bodice of the dress is close-fitting. For those of you who, like me, are pear-shaped, additional width as needed for butt/hips/thighs can be easily added. MEASURE the skirt pattern before adding on width, however. FOR THOSE WHO ARE LARGER THAN A B-CUP: You will need to add length to the front and back bodice to ensure "the girls" have enough room. TO DO THIS: about 1" down from the armhole, cut across the width of the front & back bodice pieces. Lay the two slices of front pattern pieces and two slices of back pattern pieces on separate sheets of tissue paper. Slide the slices apart to add 1" to 1 1/2" and tape the top and bottom slices in this new position to the tissue paper. Proceed as usual with the altered pattern pieces. This pattern alteration should allow enough added fabric to cover "the girls," maintain the empire waist of the dress design, and allow you to have some wearing ease. It also is THE pattern alteration to do for C & D-cup girls, or if the girls are "drifting south." DO NOT simply add the length to the bottoms of the bodice pieces; that will throw off the waistband attachment. I strongly suggest trying out the altered bodice with scrap fabric to tweak the fit. Above all -- enjoy! This is a great summer dress and would also work as a bride's or bridesmaid's dress for a summer "country" wedding. Kudos to the designer!