Thursday, January 28, 2016

December Classic Review: Rocking the Wool

We closed out 2015 in a big way with a Yarnbox Classic full of yarn from Rocking the Wool!  Megan from Rocking the Wool is an artisan hand dyer out of the Chicago area. Using 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTs) certified organic merino wool, each skein is dyed using low impact dyes that are heavy metal-free acid and environmentally friendly.

What’s so special about the GOTs certification? It means that, from start to finish, you have a yarn that is environmentally conscious. This is the best organic textile standard that you’ll find in the world. This link will bring you to a great break down of all the environmental criteria a yarn must adhere to receive a GOTs certification.

We sent out Rocking the Wool in two bases: sports (328 yards per skein) and bulky (134 yards per skein). Each skein is 100 grams of 100% Merino Wool. With a luscious 3 skeins in each box, sport weight recipients received 984 yards and bulky recipients received 402 yards of super squishy yarn.

Each skein of Rocking the Wool is kettle dyed in small batches meaning that no two skeins are exactly alike.  Dying in small batches gives some colors a subtle, semi-solid look while others are more variegated and others may seem to stripe. This is definitely one of those yarns you want to alternate between skeins while knitting and crocheting for even color distribution.  We chose several colors to ship in our December box, each so lovely and luscious! 

Top Row (Brights): Marina Blue, Shady Grove, Teal for Real, Jemima
Middle Row (Muted): Silver Birch, Minty, Eucalyptus, Koala Gray
Bottom Row (could be bright or muted): Coral Reef, Daintree, Wheat Fields, Sunset Clouds

We were spoiled by Talitha Kuomi with her patterns, Nkata, a stylish tank knitted in the round with the sport weight merino, and Tordre, a lace and cable scarf made with the bulky merino.

We were equally spoiled by Leslie Rueff who has created two fun patterns for our members with the Hera Hat using the sport weight yarn and the Modern Mobius using the bulky weight yarn.

It is such an extraordinary honor for all of us here at Yarnbox to bring our members incredible new yarns each and every month.  Join is in all this yarntastic fun and get your Yarnbox Classic subscription today!
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