Sometimes at Meduseld, we do use yarn that was not made by our own flock. This morning I finished putting together two sweaters I had been working on since a few weeks before Christmas. In this case, I used a Lion Brand Yarn called Amazing because I was intrigued by the color palettes that the line had. The larger sweater was knitted in the color Glacier and the smaller was done in Wildflower.
The recommended knitting needle size was US 9, but both were knitted up in US 7 in order to get a smoother look. The smaller sweater was finished around the neck with crochet, and I used an F hook instead of the suggested J. I used four skeins for the small sweater and 5 skeins for the large, although I bought extra. The extra was used to match colors when a skein would run out, so now there is leftover yarn, but it helped prevent abrupt color stops and starts.
This was a very nice yarn to work with. The yarn is composed of 53% wool and 47% acrylic and does not have an artificial feel. Fortunately, it is machine wash cool, and dry flat, which makes it easy maintenance, especially for children’s clothes. There were few down sides. One was that this yarn does not unravel easily; there is just enough fuzz that it catches and prevents undoing your work. I only had to do this once, on the crochet edging, but it did prevent me from unwinding as far back as needed. The other downside is matching all the colors in a way that makes the garment look uniform when finished, especially when making the seams at the end. My great knitter friend has been knitting most of her sweaters lately with the top down method on circular needles so that she has fewer seams, and I think this yarn would benefit from this method, as it would likely show off the spectacular color patterns to their best advantage.