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Archive for January 27th, 2007

Scarf Yarn Clarification

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Rob/Black Dog of Threadbear Fiberarts writes with the scoop on that wonderful chocolate-brown yarn I’m using for Mr. Johnson’s scarf (see January 25 for post). He says:

The yarn is from Needful Yarns (distributor) and the company is Filtes King. It is labeled “Australian Merinos” but is colloquially called (by them and in patterns) “Stampato”. Stampato is more accurately the way the yarn is colored/spun with the tweeded effect.

mrjohnsonscarfdetail.jpgThanks for the information, Rob. I’ve already had one person write with dreams of knitting the same yarn! I would encourage it, in any colorway.

I am putting another photo of the same scarf (detail) here, just so you can see more detail on the stitches and how the blips of color show. This version is far too gray, I used flash and lost all the warm color (go to original post for a sense of color but lack of detail, I just can not seem to get this one right without summer sunshine). The real color is dark chocolate with flecks of camel and gray.

For the record, I just ran over to the Threadbear site and found out that Filtes King is also the brand for the Kelly yarn I used for my ribbed tank top which I finished in May 2005. I LOVE this yarn, it washes and dries in the machine beautifully and the tank is wonderful.

The yarn called Kim is the same as Kelly but it is a solid color, where Kelly is a self-striping (very irregularly, I couldn’t match it up if I had wanted to) yarn that stripes something like Noro yarns (although it is a cotton/acrylic yarn that has a knitted-tube structure like an I-cord). I don’t normally like cotton yarns, but this one gets my vote.

Of course all of the above yarns can be found in many colors at Threadbear. If only I had time to knit every colorway!