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KnittingKittens
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  02:52:25 AM  Show Profile Send KnittingKittens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sheila and Meeziegirl for the info. I don't dye so that was very helpful. So, if the indigo will continue to wear off then I'm not sure what I will do with this yarn. In its favor, it lets you see exactly how you hold your yarn!
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elizh
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USA
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Posted - 05/22/2010 :  10:41:31 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I emailed my non-knitting daughter, who lives just a few blocks from Union Square, to score me some. I instructed her to buy me 3 "hanks" since she probably wouldn't know what a skein was. She called me anyways. She thought it was interesting that they had sausage, too, for the "complete lamb experience".
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KnittingKittens
Chatty Knitter

USA
173 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2010 :  03:55:16 AM  Show Profile Send KnittingKittens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To try to get rid of the indigo rubbing off on my hands, I unwound the balls of yarn, re-skeined and soaked in Eucalan. There was no color run-off during the soaking in lukewarm water. I made a test swatch and after drying the indigo color still came off on my hands.

I soaked the swatch in chlorine beach because why the heck not and after drying the indigo run off is a lot less. This is not good enough for me.

I would still be wiling to try the un-dyed because this is soft! If you would like to see pictures please see KnittingKittens Stash on Ravelry.
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minh
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USA
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Posted - 07/31/2011 :  5:09:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was in NYC this weekend so I picked up two skeins of the sportweight at the Union square market. One skein is natural, the other handdyed so I was planning on doing some colowork -- a swatch will tell me if the colors play nice together or not...

http://minkyknits.blogspot.com
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stitchellen
Warming Up

60 Posts

Posted - 05/12/2014 :  6:31:38 PM  Show Profile Send stitchellen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eugene Wyatt's latest newsletter landed in my inbox tonight, so I visited the Catskill Merino web site to check current colors. It dawned on me that I have not shared my "find" with the Knitters Review gang. Included in the list of available yarns is "lambs wool". Produced from shearing the Saxon Merino babies,it is a three-ply sport weight yarn that comes in natural color only. Skeins are listed as 2 ounces - 50 grams with 175 yards. My kitchen digital scale tells me that a skein weighs 2.3 ounces or 65 grams. It's much heftier than most sport yarn, more like a light worsted. I have swatched it, using #5 needles. I got 10.5 sts. = 2 inches and 17 rows = 2 inches. I couldn't produce a uniformly even stockinette stitch swatch, and a bath in Eucalan did not improve the stitch quality but did produce a lovely bloom. I think it would be fabulous for a patterned stitch sweater, or even a plain stockinette stitch sweater if one doesn't mind the slightly rustic, obvious handknit appearance. I really like the natural color but may try dyeing a skein just to see how it takes dye. I can't get it to pill, yet at 17 microns this yarn produces an almost cashmere-like softness.
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