Wednesday, June 6, 2012

My love for linen yarn....

I love the look of linen knit up. I have my favorite linen yarns, for example Louet Euroflax Sport Weight or DROPS Lin yarns are great. I also enjoy knitting with linen/cotton or linen/rayon or other linen mix yarns.

I most recently have knit a super cute (if I say so myself) summer top with Rowan Lenpur Linen. I have also knit with Knit Picks Cotlin before.

However, today I want to tell you about this fantastic and inexpensive 100% linen yarn that I discovered via Ebay but it can be purchased directly via the distributor's website as well. Payment can be made via PayPal, which works for me! :)

Check out this website: 
Here is the direct link to the shop's linen selection: LINEN

Each skein has about 650 yards of really nicely spun and smooth linen yarn. Yes, they are light fingering weight, BUT you can hold the thread double or triple. I am working on a skirt right now, in the black linen yarn, with triple stranding, U.S. 6 (4 mm) needles and 18 sts x 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.

Once I finished knitting my swatch, I cooked it, scrubbed it, basically, I beat it up! The swatch held up without any signs of the abuse.

Say you want to make a skirt, cardigan or sweater in this linen yarn at the 18 sts/4" gauge. You will need about 1.000 - 1,200 yards of yarn. This means, you would have to get 6 skeins of this lovely yarn.

Guess how much it would cost you? Including shipping:  31.04 Euros = $ 39.00 

That is a bargain!!!
No - I am not sponsored by this company nor am I being paid for this blog entry. I just want to share this incredible source for high quality linen. 
Lovely Pink 100 g skein @ 656 yards
Lovely Red - 100 g skein @ 656 yards 

Lovely Blue 100 g skein @ 656 yards
Must HAVE Black 100 g skein @ 656 yards

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What should it become?

I bought this yarn last weekend. I could not resist! It is not in the Ravelry database.
1 lb of 100% Rayon yarn that is hand dyed - 1200 yards. According to the label, it is 6 sts/1” on size US 6 (4 mm) needles. The brand name of the yarn is INTERLACEMENTS and the name of the yarn is RICK RACK.
Wound up into a cake , it is the size of the top tier or middle tier of a wedding cake  !
What should I design with it? A summer poncho? A skirt?
I am sitting here pondering….