Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yarn Review: Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool Yarn

Yarn: Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool Yarn
Fiber Content: 100% Wool
Weight: 5 - Bulky, Chunky, Craft, Rug Yarn
Gauge: Knit- 13 st x 19 rows on US Size 10 (6mm) Needles = 4 inches  Crochet - 11 sc x 14 rows on Size N-13 (9mm) Hook = 4 inches
Skein: Solids - 1.75 Oz. (50g), 58 yds (53m)  Prints - 1.5 oz. (42g), 49 yds (45m)
Colorways: Vintage Rose, Blue Agave, Pimento, Rhubarb, Toffee, Fence Post, Lavender Soap, Sea Glass Blue, Dolphin Gray, Umbrella, Waterfall, Jordan Almond, Cherry Blossom, Snowdrift
Approx. Retail Price: $5.49/skein
Care: Hand wash, lay flat to dry

If you've been following my journey through the new line of  Martha Stewart Crafts Yarns and Lion Brand Yarns, you've read about my exploits with the new novelty yarns.  And novelty yarns are fine for those crafts projects or fun, unusual projects.  But what about natural fiber yarns?  Most knitters like to use a natural fiber or a smooth acrylic yarn for every day knitting.  Well, I'm pleased to introduce the new Martha Stewart Yarns Roving Wool Yarn.  It's a single ply, pencil roving made of 100% wool.  Now those of you who have never knit with pencil roving yarns, are probably unsure what to do with this type of yarn.  So I thought I'd knit something up that would show the versatility of a roving yarn.  SO I knit up the Cabled Coffee Cup Sweater with it.

Isn't it amazing how your perception of a yarn can change after actually seeing it in action.  One wouldn't think that roving yarn would have great st definition, but as you can see, even this bulky weight, roving wool yarn works up with pretty good stitch definition.  The yarn is a nice, soft and cuddly feeling yarn and is pleasant to knit with.  It has a mild halo and little to no bounce or elasticity.  Now ordinarily I would not knit a coffee cup sweater with a non-superwash yarn - but I only had 1 skein and I wanted to show the versatility of this roving yarn.  If I had to compare it with another yarn, I'd compare it with Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride Bulky.  Although it has less halo than Lamb's Pride Bulky, as Lamb's Pride has mohair, it's just as pleasurable to knit with and certainly just as comfy.

Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool Yarn comes in amazing colorways.  The color saturation is beautiful, and as far as I could tell from the 12 inch samples I received of the other colorways (Cabled Coffee Cup Sweater shown in Snowdrift), it's a very evenly colored yarn with no detectable color variance (aside from the non-solid colorways, of course).

One thing I'd like to see, however, is this yarn come in larger skeins.  I think this would make a great yarn to whip up quick bags (whether knit or crochet) to be be felted.  Oooo and a pair of felted clogs from this yarn would be sublime.  So although I really liked the yarn and I think the price point is pretty good, I do wish LBY would release it in bigger skeins for larger projects.

There ya have it - go fondle it at your local craft store retailer.  It's a comfy, cozy yarn that would make terrific felted items and as you can see, even cabled items like a nice cowl or scarf!  Given that it comes in such small skeins, it would be pretty pricey to make large garments from this yarn.  But bulky, warm knit or crocheted accessories would be a pleasure to wear made in this yarn.

Disclosure: Lion Brand Yarn sent KnitPurlGurl (1) skein of Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool Yarn FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the preceding blog post.  All opinions expressed in the above blog post are those of the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Lion Brand Yarn.  Individual results may vary.


1 comment:

  1. I agree with you on the yardage, and at that price point, it might get expensive to make a felted bag. The cabled mug wrap is a nice pattern. thanks, I'll be adding it to my Christmas Knits list! erin


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