This is my review of Bloomsbury DK Yarn from Yarn Collective and curated by Carol Feller. This beautiful yarn came from LoveKnitting.com.
Today’s post is a review of some yarn sent to me by LoveKnitting.com. This is a first for me, and I’m pretty excited about joining LoveKnitting.com as part of the Blogging Ambassador Programme. So yes, they sent me the yarn. But what I have to say about it is my own opinion.
And ladies, let me tell you something. This Bloomsbury DK yarn is GLORIOUS!!
I had no idea what would be sent to me, so it was like getting a gift in the mail. I did ask for something heavier weight than fingering weight, but that was the only request I shared. So when I saw that I received this beautiful fiber, I was thrilled.
Let’s talk about the yarn. It’s called Bloomsbury DK and is specially curated by Carol Feller. The yarn is small batch kettle dyed and is 100% Merino Wool. I swatched on the suggested needle size of 6 US knitting needles as well a smaller 5US for comparison. I cast on a project right away, and went with the recommended needle size.
The yarn knits beautifully! Oh my goodness. Its extremely nice fiber full of rich color and bounce. The stitch definition is truly amazing. I think this yarn would be lovely for garments or accessories. The yarn is 100% merino, and approximately $20 per skein plus shipping.
I don’t know if I can recommend for children’s patterns. Only because it’s on the more expensive end, and because it has to be washed and dried with some delicacy. This is not going to handle repeated cleanings from baby spit up, though for something special like professional pictures or Christmas services, it would be lovely. For a child, I think this is more of a special occasion piece that pretty quickly gets tucked away as a family heirloom.
I knitted a fairly lengthy striped, k3p1 rib in-the-round to test it out, and it was absolutely beautiful! This Bloomsbury DK yarn would make for a stunning sweater. Personally, I am going to make it into fingerless mitts with a coordinating hat. I am also working with incorporating this beautiful yarn into a couple of as yet unreleased patterns, so be looking for those.
The tonality of color in this Bloomsbury DK yarn is fabulous! It’s very difficult to correctly convey color and tone of yarn over the internet, so I hope you can see how beautifully gradated this yarn is. That’s because of the hand done nature of kettle dying process, and it is spectacular. Even in the darker shade, Violet, there are subtle color variations.
This is what makes small batch expensive fiber so special. There is an almost magic quality to the color in a fiber like this that will never, ever be replicated in an acrylic.
Don’t get me wrong. I use some acrylics for different projects, but it’s never going to be special like this. It’s the difference between eating a Ho Ho and savoring a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery in NYC. It’s kind of the same thing, but really, there’s no comparison. If you’re at the dog park and then going to a kid’s soccer match, then sure, the Ho Hos are a good match. But if you’re celebrating a special milestone then ordering a dozen of the Carrie Cupcakes from Magnolia is the perfect splurge.
And if you’re at that wonderful place in life where you can enjoy frequent splurging, then hand dyed yarn is definitely for you!
I only had one issue with using this yarn.
It was a little bit finicky to wind into a center pull cake, which is my preferred way of knitting. Oh boy. It was a challenge. The yarn was kind of every which way, so I had to spend some time on set up getting the lose strand free and clear for winding.
And, whatever you do, don’t cut the yarn at the tag.
You’ll lose about 11 grams, which is substantial in a 100g skein. Instead, tear the cards at the hole where the yarn is inserted and remove them that way. The yarn will free itself and you can wind the rest of into the cake.
Once you’ve gotten your yarn wound and ready to go, get ready for a real treat! I am currently figuring out exactly what I want to make with my yarn, and as soon as I know, you’ll know! Here’s the video of me opening the package. I think you’ll enjoy it and you can expect a follow up. What would you make with this beautiful yarn? I’d love to hear!
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