Yarn Profile: Circus
Circus has neither problem. The nubby boucle texture conceals a speedy 2.5 stitches-per-inch gauge while maintaining enough consistency to produce a satisfyingly uniform texture.
It is currently available in six color blends. Each skein includes a nifty sock pattern on the label, which you can complete with just one skein.
As with all boucles, you'll want to knot any loose ends to keep the boucle from pulling out. Circus is also beginner-friendly: Undoing stitches and picking up dropped stitches was no major problem.
Color repeats were nicely varied, with no blatant blotching.
Blocking / Washing
It's such a lofty yarn that my swatches dried almost instantly with just a little squeezing in a towel.
There was no evident change in gauge, though the stitches relaxed and the swatches flattened nicely.
A hearty tug snapped the acrylic binder threads (of which there are three), but the wool body wouldn't budge.
The fibers have a good crimp, and staple lengths were on average five inches. This alone means greater wearability and a lower likelihood of pilling.
I do have one warning, but chances are you won't encounter this situation: Wait until your garments are entirely dry before introducing them to any sort of friction. When I rubbed nearly-dry swatches, they quickly became matted down. No amount of washing and prodding could fix them.
This yarn was obviously created by very knowledgeable people: JCA's Susan Mills and Nora Gaughan. Their intimate understanding of color and texture, combined with JCA's resources, makes Artful Yarns a top contender right out of the gate.
Relative beginners looking to experiment with texture will enjoy Circus. More experienced knitters can have a blast working out their own designs until JCA comes out with more.
2.5 sts/inch on US 11 needles
Average retail price
$14.95 / skein
Where to Buy Online
Weight/Yardage per Skein
100g. / 93 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash or dry clean.