Friday, January 12, 2007

From the horses mouth...

I wanted to post this comment from the owner of Catalina Yarns here so you'd all see it...

"My name is Shaun Koch, owner of Catalina Yarns. This yarn will be available in limited quantities in about 3 weeks. We are rolling it out to selected retailers at that time. So, stay tuned to Kerry's blog and we will update her and she can share availability information with fellow bloggers. The yarn is a superwash merino from South America and hand-dyed in the US. The yarn is woollen spun, not worsted. The woollen spin is what produces the 'sproing' as Kerry says. Better yet, woollen spun means the fibers are directionally mixed rather than combed parallel. This creates minature airpockets, resulting in a warmer garment/sock than the exact same fiber spun worsted and knit up. Thus these will truly be woollen socks. The yardage is 325 yards in 100 grams, and the weight (thickness) of the yarn is closer to sport than fingering. Best of all is the handpainting. Our dyer is one of the best in the country bar none and her colorways are to die for."

I want to thank Shaun for sharing this info with us. I found it absolutely fascinating. I also want to thank my wonderful LYS owner Sue for giving me the opportunity to play with this yarn. She totally rocks!

Oh, one more thing about this yarn...

It doesn't lean. I know, you all think I've really lost it now. Sproing. Leaning yarn. But really, you know how sometimes when you're knitting along with an awesome pattern and it should have nice straight lines but instead you get lines that look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa??? I can't for the life of me think of the term for this right now, bias is coming to mind but I don't think that's it exactly...anyway, this doesn't do that at all. My rows of blueberry waffles are just as straight as a row of soldiers. I like that. Alot.

5 comments:

Kate said...

This yarn sounds facinating, I hope to see it when you can get a hold on it.

Bridget said...

I can't wait to see this yarn! I just knit my husband a vest from their Chunky Baby Alpaca, and it was a treat to use! (The vest turned out nicely too ...)

Anonymous said...

It sounds yummy. I'm glad you have enjoyed it so much and ended up with something so nice for you.

Maureen said...

Those socks look great! The sock yarn is amazing! Can't wait to try it out for myself if I can get my hands on it!

Susan Hird said...

I'm looking forward to getting my greedy hands on some of this amazing new yarn.

Not sure if this "went" so will do it again. If you get it double, please accept my apologies in advance.