Today’s post isn’t about UFOs, FOs, WIPs*, or even about starting a new knitting project, but about the stage before that. It’s about exploring and studying yarns.
The yarns I’m trying out at the moment are all organic or otherwise sustainable. Over the past few years, I’ve picked up a ball here, a skein there in yarn shops and at crafts fairs. Now I’ve finally taken the time to knit swatches with some of them. Here is a first impression.
I label all my swatches.
On the front I write information about the manufacturer, yarn name, fibres, weight, and meterage/yardage. On the back I add info about the needles used and gauge.
Below, the yarns I’ve tried out so far (from left to right).
To start with, Rosy Green Wool ‘Big Merino Hug’, ‘Lovely Merino Treat’ and ‘Cheeky Merino Joy’:
Knitting for Olive ‘Merino’ + ‘Soft Silk Mohair’ (held together), Hjertegarn ‘Organic Trio’ and Lamana ‘Milano’:
BC Garn ‘Semilla’, CaMaRose ‘Økologisk Hverdagsuld’ and Rosários4 ‘Belmonte’:
CaMaRose ‘Snefnug’ on 3 different needle sizes:
These are some of the questions I’m asking myself about my Sustainable Swatches:
- Do I like this yarn?
- How do I like this yarn on this needle size?
- Which yarns will be most suitable for colour work, cabling, knit-purl stitch patterns, lace?
- Does the yarn feel stable, elastic, drapey?
- Which of these would I choose for a shawl, sweater, mittens?
- Are any of these yarns suitable for baby things?
- How do I go on from here?
I’d love to hear from you if you have experience with any of these yarns, or suggestions for other sustainable yarns to try. Or if you have a question, or just feel like saying hello.
* UFO = UnFinished (knitting) Object; FO = Finished Object; WIP = Work In Progress