Yarn Profile: Mostly Merino 2-Ply Worsted
Mostly Merino is professionally spun at the Green Mountain Spinnery (from where my favorite Mountain Mohair comes) in Putney, Vermont. It is then expertly hand-dyed by Mostly Merino owner Margaret Klein Wilson.
Her colors (currently 29) are classy, earthy hues of purple, green, blue, and orange -- including the most striking, reddish pumpkin color I've seen before only in nature.
Click here for pictures and a brief interview with Margaret, whom I met recently at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival.
It slid smoothly through my fingers, knitting up quickly and without any problems. I found only a few traces of organic matter.
Blocking / Washing
With the softening of the yarn came slight expansion in the washed swatches. My pre-washed gauge of 18 stitches per inch on 5mm needles became 17 stitches once washed.
This expansion happened after drying and being poked around quite a lot, so it's possible that I could've molded it more closely into the original size. I just wanted to see what happened without any interference. Remember to keep in mind that your garment may expand by a factor of 5.9%.
It's soft, easy to handle, and knits up quickly. I'd recommend this yarn for any type of project. I particularly recommend it for those knitters who've never experienced hand-dyed, non-commercial yarns. You'll be hooked.
Previous Reader Comments
"I'm currently working with Margaret's new line - SAM - which is 85% merino, 15% mohair, angora, silk. This is a DK weight (2 oz approx. 160 yards) and everything Clara says in her review seems to apply to this lighter weight as well. The stiches show up nicely, not as precisely as with Jo Sharp for instance, but the result has much more personality. My swatches did expand a bit and became even softer. I can't wait to finish this sweater and I'll definitely get more yarn from Margaret." F., 03/08/01
Mostly Merino Fine Vermont Wool
77% Merino and Corriedale wool
Worsted weight, 19 sts and 25 rows over 4 inches using 5.00mm (US 8) needles
Average retail price
$11.75/skein natural $13.75/skein dyed
Weight/Yardage per Skein
2 oz./125 yards
Country of Origin
United States (Vermont)
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
My skein tags had no wash instructions, so I recommend common sense. Hand wash in lukewarm water using a mild soap, and lay flat to dry.
Email Mostly Merino or call (802) 254-7436
10/16/2000 (updated 3/2006)