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Yarn Spotlight: Cormo Worsted

August 23, 2016

We're carrying a new yarn line and we're excited to tell you about it! Cormo Worsted from Elemental Affects is 100% Cormo wool from Cormo sheep raised in the Western US.

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Cormo Worsted is a long-staple, soft and crimpy wool that feels just wonderful next to skin due to low micron count of the fiber.  It's worsted spun with a high twist so it is resistent to pilling (yay!)

 

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Working with Cormo Worsted is such a joy!  It glides effortlessly off the needles without being too slippery. The high twist gives this yarn a springiness that just feels so nice in your hands.  It's the type of yarn that makes you want to keep on knitting!  

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Since it has a little extra twist, Cormo Worsted is a very stretchy yarn.  What does this mean?  When you measure gauge, it's best to measure under a little tension as the fabric will pull in. If you substitute Cormo Worsted in patterns that specify yarns with less resilience or stretch, you will probably need a little more yarn.  Cormo Worsted also has great stitch definition.  

Despite the name, we consider Cormo Worsted to be more of a heavy worsted or Aran weight yarn (4sts/inch). The above swatch was done using size US 8 and 9 needles.

Cormo Worsted is a great choice for next-to-skin garments and accessories (think cables or textured stitches like herringbone!) as well as blankets and home decor.  This is sure to become a favorite!

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: JaggerSpun

May 17, 2016

We're happy to announce that we are now carrying JaggerSpun! JaggerSpun has been producing classic, natural fiber, worsted spun yarn in the US for over 100 years. 

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Here's a bit of history about this family-owned yarn company. It all started in 1884 when Uriah Jagger arrived from England and worked as a yarn spinner at Goodall-Sanford Mills in Sanford, Maine (our apologies for the blurry pictures but that's part of the old-time charm).  

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In 1898, Uriah's sons, Samuel and Fred, established Jagger Brothers, a worsted spinning operation.The building was located on the Mousam River in South Sanford, Maine and during this time, machinery was powered by one water turbine.The yarn volume produced was dependent on the water from the Mousam River. Cool isn't it?

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In 1956, Samuel's sons purchased a weaving plant in Springvale, Maine and moved operations to Springvale where it's been ever since.  

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We carry yarn from two of the JaggerSpun yarn lines: Super Lamb and Green Line. The Green Line 3/8 is a sport weight yarn made from 100% fine grade merino wool produced and dyed in accordance with Global Organic Trade (GOT) Standards. The Green Line 3/8 is a smooth yarn with a tight twist and a crisp, smooth appearance. It just begs to be used in colorwork projects.  It's also a great choice for weaving. 

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The Super Lamb 4/10 Sock Weight is made from shrink treated merino lambswool. Jaggerspun has been providing sock weight yarn to commercial sock companies for many, many years so they really know their sock yarn. The heathered colors are perfect for just about any project from finer gauge garments and accessories to socks.

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For those of you that have a difficult time finding the perfect color for men's socks, check out the color selection!

It's great to support such an historic, family-owned company.  Browse the yarns online or stop in the shop to see them in person.

Photos courtesy of JaggerSpun.

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

Yarn Review: ImagiKnit Linen

March 22, 2016

A new yarn has hit the shelves and we are so excited about it - ImagiKnit Linen!

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Our ImagiKnit Linen is from flax grown in Western Europe (France, Belgium and The Netherlands) where the world’s best flax is grown.  The flax is processed, spun and dyed in Lithuania.  ImagiKnit Linen is available in lace, fingering (coming soon!) and sport weight. 

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There is a wide color range from shades of gorgeous natural color flax to rich brights and jewel tones. 

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We realize that many folks are a little intimidated by linen but once you know how best to work with it, you’ll produce a soft, easy-care , easy-wear fabric that you may just fall in love with.   Some tips on working with linen:

1. Linen has a tendency to bias so it works best with loose fitting garments with little structure (think simple boxy tees, tanks and tunics).   
2. Using bamboo needles will help keep stitches from slipping.
3. Linen doesn’t have the elasticity like wool so it helps to knit using a larger gauge. This also results in a more drapey fabric.
4. Create a swatch! Yes – we all know we should do this but it’s especially important with linen.  Only a swatch will give you true stitch and row gauge.  It’s helpful to try a couple of needle sizes.  Be sure to wash and block your swatch. 

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(Photo courtesy of  Joybileefarm.com) 


5. It’s important to knit to your desired gauge as you won’t be able to change the shape of the fabric during blocking as you can with wool.
6. When joining a new ball of yarn to existing work, it’s best to join at the beginning of a row. To help anchor the yarn from the new ball, hold one strand of existing yarn with a strand of the new ball and knit several stitches holding these strands together. 
7. When weaving in ends, use a long tail and weave in multiple directions.  
8. When washing, use a gentle cleaner liker Eucalan. Please – do not use Woolite!  It contains a bleaching agent that may discolor your garment.  To dry your finished project, simply throw it in the dryer (don’t you love it!).  
9. To get rid of the occasional crease, simply spray with water. Or you can use an iron. 

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    Linen holds it’s shape better than cotton and it won’t stretch out over time.  Because linen can be washed in the washer and thrown into the dryer, it’s a great choice for baby/children’s clothing and lightweight, soft baby blankets.  For grownups – linen is perfect for warm weather garments and accessories but that’s not all!  Linen can be used for table linens and home accessories.  Like cotton, linen absorbs water quickly so it’s a great choice for washcloths and dishtowels.  And for all you weavers out there – linen is the perfect warp material for just about any weaving  project,  Imagine beautiful table linens like placemats and woven dishtowels.  We love linen….!

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    Check out the amazing color selection here and plan your next project! 

    Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

    Yarn Review: Entropy DK

    August 12, 2015

    A new yarn has hit the shelves and has all of us excited – Entropy DK

    Entropy is a unique, super fun, hand dyed yarn from Feederbrook Farm, a family owned farm in Maryland. Feederbrook Farm produces hand spun and hand dyed yarns from their own sheep as well as fiber from other local fiber farms.  All yarns are hand dyed using dyes that comply with the Organic Trade Association.

    One of their specialties is Blue-Faced Leicester (BFL).  Entropy is made from BFL,  is super squishy and is just wonderful to work with!  It has a great hand and is soft yet sturdy with excellent stitch definition.  And the colors… wow!

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    Singles of different colors that gradate are randomly plied together creating an ombre look and both strands change colors as you knit – hence the name ‘Entropy’. Between the wonderful feel and the exciting color changes, projects made with Entropy are hard to put down! The names of colorways are clever too. Entropy is a great choice for accessories - accent your wardrobe with color!

    Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews

    Yarn Review: Cormo Fingering Yarn Review

    May 08, 2015

    Earlier this month, we welcomed a herd of new local yarns to the shop: Cormo Fingering, Luminous and Shepherdess.

    These three yarns come to us from the Napa Valley based company, Sincere Sheep. Sincere Sheep offers some beautiful domestically sourced wools from small family farms in California as well as the rest of the United States.  Diane was the first of the staff to try Cormo Fingering for herself and is excited to share her thoughts!

    Several of us here at ImagiKnit (myself included!) love working with soft, squishy fingering weight yarns so it’s no surprise that Cormo Fingering has quickly become a staff favorite. Cormo Fingering is sourced from 9 Mile Ranch in Wyoming and hand dyed in Napa Valley. Cormo sheep are a cross between superfine Merino and Corriedale. As a result, the Cormo fleece is soft with a long staple. The yarn is dyed using only natural dyes such as Madder, a beautiful red which is derived from the Rubia tinctorum plant native to the eastern parts of the Mediterranean. It has good elasticity, great stitch definition and is such fun to work with – so bouncy and squishy! The fabric produced is next to skin soft. Cormo Fingering is a great choice for accessories and garments. And with 500 yards per skein, it's the perfect one-skein project yarn!

    Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Yarn Reviews