One the best things about writing Knit Play Colour has been getting to work with my favourite yarns. Many are luxurious and some are hardier, and then there’s the SweetGeorgia Superwash DK. As Robynn notes in her review below, it’s a “workhorse yarn”, but of the very highest quality! I first used the SweetGeorgia Superwash DK on a sample for the Inked In hat last year and returned to it for the extensive colour palette for the pattern Flight of Colour from the book. I love stripes, and the squooshiness of the yarn coupled with the infinite colour combinations with stripes is a match made in heaven for me!
Louise is on Easter holidays with her kids at the moment so this is Allison stepping in to introduce today’s yarn review.
Last year Louise was blown away by a gorgeous version of Knit Night by Clare Devine of Yarn and Pointy Sticks (who hosted yesterday’s stop on the Palette blog tour!). Clare had knit it in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock – a yarn that Louise wasn’t familiar with but that gave amazing results!
Clare also mentioned that the yarn was really lovely to work with (which gave Louise a good excuse to try it out knitting up a sample of Painted) so I thought she’d be the perfect person to ask to review the yarn. Over to you Clare!
Many thanks to Robynn for writing us another wonderful yarn review of a truly wonderful yarn!
Fyberspates Scrumptious range – 55% merino/45% silk
Scrumptious Lace: 1,000m/1,095yds per 100g skein. Handwash only.
Scrumptious 4-ply: 365m/400yds per 100g. Gentle machine wash.
Scrumptious DK: 22om/240yds per 100g. Handwash only. Single ply.
Scrumptious Aran: 165m/180yds per 100g. Handwash only.
Scrumptious Chunky: 120m/130yds per 100g. Handwash only. Single ply.
Sometimes a yarn name is almost too descriptive. You imagine the producers sitting around looking at the yarn. “What can we call it?” they muse. “It’s very… well, it’s so… it’s just Scrumptious.”
“But we can’t call it Scrumptious. Is that even a real word? Doesn’t sound quite professional. How about, um… I think it’s… Look, it is pretty scrumptious…”
“Sod it. Now I need cake. Tea break, anyone?”
So Scrumptious does what it says on the tin. It’s gorgeous, it’s soft, it’s lustrous, it’s very, very more-ish. Luckily for us knitters, there is more of it – in fact, with a complete range of weights on offer, there’s five times more! All shown off to great effect with the beautifully produced Scrumptious pattern collections.
One quirk of the line is that, while they all share the same delicious merino/silk blend, they are not all constructed alike. Three of them are two-ply yarns, the other two singles. I tend to be a bit leery of singly-ply yarns; they are that much more prone to pilling, which is especially a worry with super-soft fibres like merino and silk, so personally I restrict my Scrumptious splourges to the plied version, which hold up pretty well for luxury yarn. And the sock-weight blend – but only that one – uses superwash merino, making it a bit easier to care for.
They are however united in touchability, roundness, shine, and the spectacular, deeply saturated colour range. While Fyberspates’ Vivacious line is hand dyed in beautifully mottled hues, Scrumptious is all about solids. Really, really solid solids. Solids you can sink into. I’m constantly amazed at the depth of these colours – not just the amazing rich jewel tones; even softer tones such as Rose Pink and ice-blue Sugar Mouse seem noticeably more there than similar shares in other yarns. Then, too, I admire the variation in the colours available: the darker shades are complemented by a whole slew of neutrals, including no less than three greys and another three creamy or off-white tones (not including the undyed Natural). Like yellow? Choose Gold or Primrose! More a green person? Would that be plain Green, Jen’s Green, Moss, Olive, Lime, Ysolda Colours Flying Saucer – or maybe Teal?
Admittedly, not all colours are available on all bases. But the subtle distinction between these shades is a thing to treasure, and makes for some magnificent colour play opportunities. I’d love to see a three-colour Stay Awhile in Oyster, Charcoal and Dandelion & Burdock (all in the sock weight), or in Eau de Nil and Deep Chestnut DK. (For a wrap, I think I’d be willing to overcome my fear of single-ply yarn – that’s not going to see steady wear in specific spots the way a garment would, or mitts.)
I also have a hankering to play with the incredible Cherry Red, which would be spectacular as a Careen Capelet – thanks to the silk, Scrumptious is lustrous enough to show off textural stitches even in darker colours. And who couldn’t see themselves in a dramatic red cape!
We’re still getting into the swing of things here with all the excitement that back-to-school brings but should be back to our regular blogging routine soon.
In the meantime, we were saddened to learn that Asti at Juno Fibre Arts will be closing her doors and no longer dyeing by the end of October. You may remember that we interviewed Asti back in the spring of this year.
Today is the first in what will be a regular feature on the Inspiration Knits blog: yarn reviews. I am delighted to welcome our APlayfulDay, our first guest reviewer:
I’m thrilled to be the first guest to share my thoughts on some of the yarns that Louise features in her designs. When Louise and I first discussed the idea of yarn reviews and looked at the many lush and varied yarns she’s worked with, she suggested I take the lead with Fyberspates as I’m lucky enough to have worked with my fair share. First up on this list is Vivacious 4ply and one of my favourites in the Fyberspates range. Continue reading