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Dec 30, 2018

Santa Delivered

This year, Santa delivered precisely what I wanted most — a sweater quantity of yarn in a lovely shade of charcoal.


It's Valley Yarns Amherst, a 100% merino wool in worsted weight. This is the same yarn I used for Tikkyn Flagstone, so I know for a fact it's not only soft and light but very warm. It's also quite affordable, which is important since this will be a casual, everyday cardigan that's likely to see heavy wear.

I already have several projects on the needles, but as you can see, I couldn't resist swatching. Right now, I'm leaning toward the slipped rib stitch shown, because it's easy to work, produces a moderately stretchy fabric, and has an interesting texture. I'm also experimenting with different needle sizes to determine which one produces the right mix of drape and density.

I'm a slow knitter, so it's a toss up whether this will be finished in time for wear this winter, but it really doesn't matter. Sooner or later, I'll have a cozy, warm sweater that suits my style, goes with everything in my closet and fills a very real need.

And that's the best gift of all.


Wishing you and yours a bright and happy New Year!

4 comments:

  1. so nice that your received what you wanted and I adore that charcoal gray!!

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    1. Thanks, Karen, I love that deep gray, too. Hope Santa brought you what you wanted most : )

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  2. Nice yarn! I've had good experiences with Valley Yarns over the years. The charcoal gray will be so versatile!

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    1. Great point, Juliana. I, too, have had great luck with Valley Yarns, which manage to hit a nice balance of quality and affordability. It was a toss-up between charcoal and black, but the gray won out!

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