Favorite Yarn: Araucania Huasco

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Oh yeah, this blog is about knitting too, right? Well let’s talk yarn!

I’ve had a skein of Araucania Huasco Botany Lace sitting around in my stash for at least two years. As with any great skein, I bought it because it was just so damn pretty–a beautiful kettle-dyed mix of blues and greys. Yet, being a fingering weight, I have resisted using it because I either can’t decide on a project or don’t feel like self-inflicting carpal tunnel with #1 needles that day. 

Finally, after completing a ginormous sweater for Rhinebeck (that can only be described as Bjorkian) I wanted to do something small-scale with a bit of intricacies. I pulled out my Araucania, some #4’s, and cast on for a hat. 

I am literally addicted to knitting with this yarn right now–which doesn’t bode very well considering it’s finals week and I’d rather make a hat and watch Sailor Moon. The texture of the yarn is squishy, never stringy, and the variegation in color is oh-so subtle. The best part: the stitch consistently is really beautiful. I’m working the honeycomb stitch in the round and the results have been really even and lovely. 

This would be a seriously rad yarn for a sweater or bigger project (if you have the patience…pshhhh). I can’t even imagine these colors on a large scale! The yarn is delicate and it’s advised to be dry-cleaned, so I wouldn’t suggest socks despite how good they would feel. I think scarves, shawls, hats, and other down the middle projects would be made really special with this yarn.

Have you knit with Araucania before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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Favorite Yarns: Fleece Artist Merino Stream

Maker: Fleece Artist

Name: Merino Stream

Weight: Bulky

Content: 100% Wool

Yardage: 140m/250g per skein

Color: Ivory

I discovered Fleece Artist’s insanely beautiful hand-dyed yarns a couple months ago at Downtown Yarns in the East Village. Being the angelic little doughy angels they are, they’re pretty hard to resist. The texture of a more thickly and loosely spun yarn is so fun to work with, and I think the results look and feel insanely luxurious. I made my winter hat (the rollover pom-pom beanie above from half a skein and I’m obsessed. It’s rare to find a yarn that’s thick but still has so much movement.

What really made me decide I no longer needed $60 for food and shelter was the color. Such a subtle but interesting and complex colorway!

Strangely, when searching for more information about this yarn to share with you guys, I wasn’t able to track down a single thing about Fleece Artist’s Merino Stream collection! They currently have “Big Blue” in stock, which is the same fiber content and weight, but isn’t quite the dreamy bundle you see before you. Nary a pinch of info on Ravelry, either! If you have any info on this apparently ultra-top-secret yarn, let us know!