Swatching Lore

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A delightful woolen-spun 100% Romney wool in DK weight.

My experiences with swatching Lore from The Fibre Co.
Pattern mentioned: Bowder Stone

I am really enjoying knitting with this yarn!

It has a lovely heathered effect which is more pronounced in the Comfort and Happiness colorways than in the Passionate colorway (the three colors I purchased). Aside from the awesome color, the yarn has this soft halo and a bit of a rustic or crisp feel to it on the hank. But, after swatching, it felt softer. I think it feels great next to my skin, but some folks in my knit group found it slightly prickly. It is definitely one of those yarns that fall into the gray area between prickly and soft, depending on who you’re asking.

According to two different books – The Knitter’s Book of Wool and The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook –Romney wool would probably not be considered a next-to-skin fiber, except at the finest grades. However, it is completely suitable for everything from hats, cardigans, socks, and blankets to various outerwear and rugged wear garments and rugs. Basically, Romney is quite the workhorse yarn!

As for the put-up: the skein size is slightly bigger than my swift, so winding was a little bit of a challenge. Plus, the generous amount of yarn (250m/273y per 100g) was a bit much for my ball winder to handle. I had to hand wind the last 20 meters or so. Not that I’m complaining!! 🙂

As for gauge, I didn’t get anywhere near the listed gauge with the recommended needle size. In part, I believe that was because I used bamboo needles to swatch. Also, while swatching, I was struggling with the pattern I was swatching so I never really got into any sort of a knitting rhythm and that definitely changes the knitting gauge.

My plans are to knit the Bowder Stone vest with the Passionate colorway. As for the Comfort and Happiness colorways, I will probably do a colorwork cowl of some sort…maybe the Talla cowl that is in Laine #7.

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