The Mystery Stole 3 clues begin on Friday. I think you can still join if you want to (there is a link in the sidebar) -- over 3000 members at last count according to Melanie's blog. The yarn I've been waiting for arrived while we were away at my brother's wedding over the weekend(stories in another post). The astute among you will recognize that with this purchase I fall off of the Knit from your Stash wagon with a resounding thud. And happy to do so.
These are 150 gram cones of 100% cashmere from Colourmart. Oh yeah. Left to right, vertically: 2/28 in turquoise, blue/green marl, 2 cones of celery, and cream. At right and above are 2 3/28 weight cones of chestnut and a cone of olive. 150 grams also. Lots and lots of lace -- 150 grams of 2/28 is about 2300 yards. Whew. Now I got these cones from their ebay site, not the internet store. That yarn is coming later this week. I told you. Resounding thud. There are two lots here -- kind of discounted ends you might say. The explanation was that the cones made them not work correctly on their machines, so they are just selling them in lots at a discount.
And no, I don't exactly get what the 2/28 and 3/28 numbers mean -- but the gist of it is in plies and in weight. The 3 is 3 plies and the 28 means really really thin.
Also in the lot is a cone of laceweight cashmere in a color they call Forsythia. I'd call it pale butternut, but ... well, you know, to-may-to, to-mah-to. Proof's in the swatching. Which I did. And remember, I'm a process girl. I don't always finish if the process isn't fun -- product, schmoduct.
This stuff comes "oiled" for machine knitting. That is to say that when you open the bag, it smells like your Uncle Sal's car repair/gas station. And when you knit with it, so do your hands. And it's stringy -- kind of like unwashed hair. Really. Not super pleasant. But the Colourmart guys promise the yarn will bloom and promise my money back if I'm not happy. So, my mantra through these 18 or so rows was to chant to myself, "This is cashmere, this is cashmere."
Here is the swatch, knit on Addi Lace needles, size US 4, pre-bath.
La would call it "boiled ass". So did I. I almost re-swatched a size or two smaller needles because it just looked so stringy. But Richard (from Colormart) said to wash it. Hard. So I did. In warm water and with dish soap -- not a drop, but a generous squeeze and with plenty of agitation and squishing around. And lookee:
Not blocked at all, just shaped and still dampish. And oh my gosh soft! And light as air. Oh my gosh. I love this stuff. I think the needle size is just right -- the yarn overs show, the line of sk2psso's marches right up the swatch. Can you see the difference? What about here:
Unwashed strand of yarn on the right. Stringy. Lovely, soft, light swatch on the left. Not stringy.
So, this product? Indications are good that I'll be able to pet the swatch and make my self knit with the stuff. The swatch is that good.
Now I'm off to look for beads.
Edited to add: Or not. Maybe I'm off to swatch the chocolate three-ply. Now what am I gonna do!?
(This one's on US size 6 needles -- and it knit up open like the yellow, but after a bath? Yum.)