Yarn Profile: GGH Intension
Knit up, Intension has all the textured and visual delicacy of bird feathers, but in a soft, fluid knitted fabric. It is stunning.
Because one side of the ribbon has been frayed, you have half as much real estate to invite snags, making Intension far easier to knit that most ribbons.
As with all flat yarns, however, Intension did tend to twist up on itself as I worked. Some twist is fine (you could go crazy trying to make each stitch perfectly flat), and in fact it helps make the fringe pop out from your work. But every few rows I still stopped and dangled my work to relieve the built-up twist.
Intension produces a fantastic fabric that really does look like it was made from bird feathers. Individual stitches are pretty much concealed behind the dramatic yet orderly chaos. Best of all, the fabric is cuddly and soft.
Blocking / Washing
Those fine feathery wisps of fringe were now wider, pointed clumps of wetness. But even while wet and clumped, the swatches hadn't lost one bit of their stunning silky sheen.
After my swatches dried, I gave them a good fluffing to get the fringe back to its original state of delicate detail.
Although the ribbon half of Intension is prone to snagging on rough surfaces, the fringe half will conceal any damage done by the snagging. In this way, it's a truly brilliant pairing.
The more my swatches aged, the more dejected they began to look. I gave them the secret treatment for fluffy nylons: a dab of hair conditioner in the rinse. The fringe perked right back up.
With gentle wear and the hair conditioner treatment, you should get several seasons out of any Intension-trimmed garment.
The yarn produces fabric with very little structure or bounce, so you'd probably want to use smaller needles on any large collar or cuffs to keep them from flopping around.
In its most substantial form, Intension would make a showstopper of a scarf, providing the drama of a feather boa and the softness of fur. And best of all, no animals would be harmed in the process.
8 stitches and 13 rows per 4 inch (10cm) square on US 11-13 needles
Average retail price
Where to buy online
Angelika's Yarn Store
Weight/yardage per skein
50g / 88 yards
Country of origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Handwash in lukewarm water, dry flat away from heat. Do not machine dry, do not iron. Dry cleaning OK.
Color used in review