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Yarn Review: Ophelia

January 07, 2017

Have fun with Ophelia!  Ophelia has a metallic thread running through it providing a touch of glitz.  

 

Ophelia yarn review

The swatch above was made using a size US 10.5 needle.  Blunt tip needles are recommended as sharp needles may split the fur/metallic thread.   Ophelia is slippery so bamboo or wood needles are recommended. For a fun look, try Ophelia held together with another yarn on larger needles.  

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

Yak.... The New Cashmere?

December 28, 2016

There was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal titled "Is Yak the New Cashmere?"

Yak

It's very timely as we've seen a rise in the number of 100% yak and yak blends in the past year or so.  

Why yak? 

According to the article, yak is similar to cashmere in terms of softness, warmth and durability.  It has a natural flecked-like appearance and is smooth.  It's not as fluffy as cashmere. One conclusion from the article is that cashmere is mainstream and yak is exotic and therefore, is becoming more popular in the fashion industry. 

While we're fans of both yak and cashmere, we're excited to tell you about a few of our yak blend yarns. 

Asia is an exquisite blend of yak and silk. The amazing drape, subtle sheen and deep, rich colors has quickly made Asia a staff favorite. 

lhasa

Lhasa is truly luscious cashmere/yak blend - oh so decadent!  Light as a cloud and so wonderfully soft - you just have to feel this!

oxley

Oxley is a super soft merino/yak blend in rich colors that glides right off the needles! Oxley has just the right amount of spring to make this perfect for lightweight garments and accessories.

Tenzing is another merino/yak blend that is a joy to work with - soft and springy! It's also smooth in appearance, making Tenzing great for colorwork. 

If you're looking for extra warmth and coziness, we have a couple of super yummy yak/merino/alpaca blends.

Stratus is wonderfully soft with a chain construction making this super light and lofty.

yak merino

Yak Merino is a chunky yarn that is just perfect for quick to knit projects with an extra special feel!

For garments and accessories that can be enjoyed in any season we have Softyak DK, a unique blend of cotton and yak with a smidgen of nylon. Softyak DK has been a store favorite since it was released last spring.  It's nice to work with, has excellent stitch definition and a wonderful drape. 

Whatever your choice, give yak a try! 

 

 

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Yarn Review: Nurture

December 28, 2016

Nurture is a super soft, 100% Tanguis cotton. Tanguis cotton is grown in the Central Coast of Peru (this differs from Pima Cotton which is grown in the Northern Coast of Peru).  

Nurture

The swatch in the above picture was made using size US 6 needles. Although Nurture is like any other cotton and has no elasticity, the softness makes this yarn nice to work with. Nurture has a slightly nubby yet uniform texture that when knit, almost raises the stitches. The fabric produced has a nice drape after blocking and is wonderfully soft.  

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Yarn Review: Tennen

December 09, 2016

Tennen's blend of alpaca, wool and silk give this yarn an almost tweed-like appearance.   

Tennen

The swatch was made using size US 9 needles. It has a nice, dry feel when knitting.  The fabric produced is toothy.  Simple stitches show off the yarn.  . 

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Yarn Review: Hemp Tweed Chunky

December 05, 2016

Hemp Tweed Chunky is a beautiful yarn and is wonderful to work with.  The hemp tweed blend has a slightly rustic look.  

Hemp Tweed Chunky

The swatch was done using size US 10 needles. It's soft, blocks out wonderfully and will continue to soften with use. 

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews