Yarn: Lion Brandy Yarn Silky Twist Yarn (Boucle)
Fiber Content: 99% Acrylic/1% Polyester
Weight: 6 - Super Bulky
Gauge: Knit: 9 st x 15 rows on US Size 11 (8mm) Needles = 4 inches; Crochet: 7 sc x 9 rows on Size P-15 (10mm) Hook = 4 inches
Skein: 130yds (119m)/5oz. (140g)
Colorways: Linen, Oatmeal, Java, Tangerine, Cherry Red, Purple Haze (shown here), Paradise Pink, Cactus, Olive, Teal, Ocean, Ash Mist, Hyacinth, Amethyst
Approx. Retail Price: $7.69/skein (USD)
Care: Machine Washable & Dryable
Boucle yarns & I have a sordid past. Our love affair began quickly, firey hot the moment I laid my inexperienced knitting hands on it in the craft store. The beautiful locks and gorgeous colors made my heart skip a beat and I knew I had to have it. So of course, being a newbie knitter and a passionate one at that, I purchased about 20 skeins in various colorways. No one was going to stand in the way of my love for boucle. They'd all warned me, They'd all told me that boucle could be difficult, moody, the bad boy of yarns. But I wouldn't listen. I was young and dumb. Then, almost as fast as my love ignited for boucle, it burned out. After a mere short time knitting with it, my hands became chaffed and I couldn't see my stitches. I knew then that boucle and I were not destined to be, that we would go our separate ways. I thought someday, I would run into boucle again. Maybe boucle would find itself in the arms of another knitter. Maybe they'd have made an afghan and even a couple of pillows together. But our love was surely never meant to be.
Although I wouldn't recommend making large garments from this yarn, I do believe it is a terrific yarn for scarves, cowls, pillows, or afghans using a simple stitch. This yarn should be worked with a loose hand and smooth needle or hook. Beginners and/or those new to boucle yarns should be patient and create a simple rectangular project to begin with.
So there you have it. Boucle and I can finally be friends after all of these years. Silky Twist is an interesting yarn, with solid construction, varying sized bumps for a more art yarn feel, and easy to care for.
Disclosure: Lion Brand Yarn sent KnitPurlGurl (1) skein of Silky Twist Yarn FREE for review. KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding blog post. All opinions expressed in the above post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Lion Brand Yarn. Individual results may vary.