Have you ever picked up a skein of yarn, and sniffed it ('cuz you know we all do that!) and felt SURE you knew what the place it came from smelled like? That's exactly how I felt when I got my hands on some Yarn Vibes recently. I've never BEEN to Ireland, but now I feel like I know what it would smell like.
When my box of yarn-y goodness arrived I definitely did a happy yarn dance. Thankfully, my Mother was there to witness it so that cats outta the bag! But I just have to share how thoughtfully the package was wrapped up. I love pretty mail! Not only did I get lovely yarn but a brand new canvas tote - which I'm pretty sure a knitter can never have too many of!
Let's talk about the yarnz!
Yarn Vibes is, proudly, 100% sheep-to-skein Irish yarn! If you haven't already heard of them, go check out their story HERE. I think you'll be inspired by their desire to create something unique and beautiful, while maintaining traditions AND staying on color trend.
The Vale line is what I think of as a "traditional put up" - a 100g skein of yarn, sold independently. The Vale line comes in 8 different colors and is available in sport and worsted. I'm told that the worsted is 2-ply: 2 plys of the single-ply sport weight, plied together (can I say "ply" more?!). The sport weight is 300m / 328 yds per 100g / 3.5 oz The worsted yarn is 150m / 164 yds per 100g / 4.23 oz.
I received two skeins of Vale in the Sea Foam and Slate colorways. I'm not gonna lie - they're so gorgeous I haven't had the heart to wind them yet. I just keep petting and sniffing them. But I'm pretty sure they're going to become a cowl because I need this in my wardrobe ASAP!
The Hedgerow line is the perfect package for folks who love colorwork! Available in both sport and worsted weight, each package comes in 4 complimentary colors that can be knit up in hats or mitts or scarves. Each color combination is inspired by a different set of colors found in Ireland. Check out these gorgeous combinations. From left to right: Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Rosehip!
And lest we forget, my personal favorite, and the color kit I was sent: GORSE! My lovelies... I can't even handle how saturated each color is. And they're perfectly color fast (not a single bit of dye leaked when I washed my swatch).
Each kit of Hedgerow contains 4 "mini" skeins:
The sport weight kit has 30g / 1.05 oz skeins that are approximately 90m / 98 yds each (for a total of 360m / 393 yards per 120g / 4.23oz (4 x 30g / 1.05oz)
The worsted weight kit has 30g / 1.05 oz skeins that are approximately 45m / 49 yds each (for a total of 180m / 196 yards per 120g / 4.23oz (4 x 30g / 1.05oz)
Ok - but how does it FEEL?
This 100% Irish wool is what I think of as 'rustic'. It's not like picking up a skein of superwash wool that is smooth and has a smooshy hand feel. This yarn has texture and strength. There's an inherent durability to this yarn that I adore. It's feather-light once knit but doesn't collapse. As you knit you'll probably find tiny bits of shrubbery and I kind of dig that. It tells me that these sheep did stuff. I mean, maybe not like weekly yoga classes or anything, but they hung around in the outdoors and did... sheepy things.
Lets talk durability for a second! This yarn, despite being a single ply, can stand up to a beating. I played with some colorwork and ripped it out not once, not twice, but 3 times and this yarn held up like a champ! And the more I worked it, the softer it became. This is a yarn that I know I'll be using for outerwear. Its light but super warm and if I haven't said it already... oh my gosh the colors! They're SO saturated. I can't even handle that teal and chartreuse!? Come. On!
So! With all this awesome chatter about this new yarn, let's get down to getting some into your hands! The lovely (and super generous) folks over at Yarn Vibes, have generously offered to send a set of Hedgerow to a winner. To make what, you ask? How about a hat?!
Because I can't get new yarn in my hands and NOT knit it up immediately, I designed up a 4-color hat using the kit of Hedgerow I received. This pattern will be dropping in a couple of weeks but one lucky winner will get an advanced copy along with a kit of Hedgerow to make their very own. Here's a sneak peek!
To enter the giveaway:
Comment below on what your favorite Hedgerow color combination is (Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Gorse or Rosehip) and leave your Ravelry name. I'll be choosing a winner on Thursday next week (September 6th) and announcing over on Instagram Live who our winner is. As the winner, you'll be contacted via Ravelry to get your shipping address, and some goodies will come your way! This is open to EVERYONE - not just Ireland or the US. So, drop your info below and get this awesome little treat!
I received skeins of Vale and Hedgerow from Yarn Vibes, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review of product. The wording and opinions above are my own.