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Oct 20, 2014

Yarn Yammer: Wool of the Andes

Last month when I asked about your favorite yarns, I got a lot of comments about Knit Picks yarns. So I thought this month I would do a review of Knit Picks yarn Wool of the Andes.

I first used Wool of the Andes when I was knitting catalog samples for Knit Picks back in 2005! I really loved it at first try. It is a nice yarn with some beautiful colors. It blocks very well, making stitch patterns come out crisp and well defined.  After making and ‘road testing’ quite a few knitted garments with it, I can say it wears comfortably and well, with no more than your average piling. This yarn is pleasant to work with and I have rarely had issues with it tangling from their center pull ball, and I have rarely run across a knot in the middle as well.

 

Wool of the Andes comes in a few different varieties; there is sport weight, worsted weight and bulky weight. These are all 100% wool and come in a large variety of colors.

There are also tweed and superwash Wool of the Andes available.  For those who like  undyed wool Knit Picks scratches that itch with Wool of the Andes Bare which comes in worsted and bulky weights. If any of you happen to be a spinner, there also is Wool of the Andes roving.

Let’s look at a few of the specifics:

 

 

 Wool of the Andes Worsted Weight

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Wool of the Andes worsted weight currently comes in 100 different colors. It is 100% Peruvian wool and Peruvian sheep are a cross between Corriedale (for the sturdiness) and Merino (for the softness). This yarn is sturdy while soft enough for against the skin wear, and it felts beautifully.On a small gauge knitting loom (3/8″ peg spacing) you should get close to the knitting gauge listed below.

Current cost: $2.69 50g / ball.

Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Worsted Weight
Knitting Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″ on #6 – 9 needles (4.0mm-5.5mm)
Crochet Gauge: 11–14 sc = 4” on I – K hooks (5.5 mm-6.5 mm)
Yards: 110
Grams: 50
Put Up: ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

Wool of the Andes Bulky

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This is the bulked up big brother of the Wool of the Andes yarn family. Again it is made with the same 100% Peruvian Highland wool, and is soft and durable. It currently comes in around 30 colors. This yarn is put up in hanks, so that does mean you will need to wind it into a ball to work with it.

Current price: $4.99 100g / hank

Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Bulky Weight
Knitting Gauge: 3 – 3.75 sts = 1″ on #10 – 11 needles (6.0mm-8.0mm)
Crochet Gauge: 8–11 sc = 4” on K-M hooks (6.5mm – 9mm)
Yards: 137
Grams: 100
Put Up: hank
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

Wool of the Andes Sport Weight

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Wool of the Andes Sport Weight is the thinnest version of this yarn range. Like the others it comes in a good variety of colors which currently is around 50 colors. On a smaller gauge loom like the AIO, you will get a nice result and this yarn will work very well if you want to make a pair of heavier socks on a sock loom, the fabric might be a bit on the firm side but that will keep your toes toasty! The sport weight yarn is also great to use if you plan to do color work, as it will add less bulk to your project!

Fiber Content: 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Weight: Sport Weight
Knitting Gauge: 6 sts = 1″ on #3-5 needles (3.25mm-3.75mm)
Crochet Gauge: 16–20 sc = 4” on E-7 hooks
Yards: 137
Grams: 50
Put Up: ball
Care: Hand Wash/Dry Flat

 

There are superwash versions of the Worsted, Bulky yarns. This offers you an option that is machine washable and dryeable, but otherwise has the same qualities of the regular yarns. The main difference, aside from price, is that the superwash versions are offered in a smaller range of colors.

Worsted: $3.69 50g / ball   Bare: $6.19 100g / Hank (220 yards)

Bulky: $7.39 100g / Hank    Bare: $6.19 100g / Hank

I hope this helps you when choosing yarns for your projects. It can be hard choosing yarns to buy online,  and the more you know the better!

KnitPicks also happens to be having a 10% sale through Oct. 22, 2014 enter code EXTRATEN at check out!

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Sep 4, 2012

New yarn on my loom!

Circulo Renda Trico yarn

I found this yarn over the summer and I couldn’t wait to try it. However, many commitments fell on my lap over the summer (books, books, books!) and finally after many months of waiting, I am able to pick up the loom and this gorgeous yarn and try it out.

Isn’t it beautiful! It is just like lace except you can knit it! It is another awesome yarn that I think will have a similar effect as the ruffle style yarn has had. I am giddy about trying it out on the loom and making a gorgeous scarf like the one pictured on the right. Of course, I have had other more ideas in my head, like a pair of bloomers with this lace yarn on the back to create the “fluffy” part of the bloomers. Or how about a pair of socks with a few layers of lace by the cuff! Oh yes! Lovely, lovely lace!

Here is a sneak peak and how it is going to work. The lace has small eyelets along one of the sides. You will use each eyelet and place it on a peg. Just like when working with regular yarn, you will want to put another loop on the peg. Once you have two loops (eyelets) on the peg, then you will lift the bottom loop over the top.

Be sure to come back and I’ll show you the end product…crossing fingers that it will be as beautiful and as full as the sample picture.

Where to find the yarn? I found it at Webs aka www.yarn.com. Follow this link and it will take you directly to the yarn.

Price: Retails for $19.95.

How much do you need for a project? A scarf, at least one skein. If you want an extra long scarf or a larger item, I would suggest to get all your yarn at the same time as you want to have the same dyelot.

 

2 Comments

  • I know ruffles are all the “it” right now but I’m not really comfortable having an entire scarf with it. I’ve made a couple and they are very soft! I DO like the idea of putting them as accents on gloves, socks, sleeves and such. I plan on working that into some of my upcoming projects.

  • What Bind Off method did you use? I think that’s where I would get confused. I love your patterns. Thank you.

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