Fiber Content: 100% Egyptian Cotton, unmercerized Weight/Yardage: 50g/85 yds Yarn Weight: Worsted Knitting Gauge: 18 st = 4” on size 7 needles Suggested Needles: US 7-9 Suggested Hooks: G-I Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold. Machine dryable on low, but may cause shrinkage in first wash. We suggest laying flat to dry. Label: Yarns of Italy Made in: Italy
Notes from the Yarnie:
This yarn is produced in Italy for us by Filati Torre, a producer we have worked with since the company began. Torre produces this yarn under their own name in colors that didn’t float our boats. We bought big hanks of it undyed, and set our in-house natural dyer to work. Using native Missouri plants, she was able to create a line of colors for us that are not only beautiful individually, but are beautiful together. To have these colors consistent, colorfast, and affordable, we sent the new colors to the producer, and they custom-produced this cotton yarn in our chosen shades with commercial dyeing techniques. The color names chosen reflect the original materials used to make these shades. We were so pleased with the moonlight luster of the cotton in these new shades that we named the yarn Lunare, or Lunar.
Project Ideas: Oh my goodness, where to start... Since Lunare is garment-quality cotton, it can (and is meant to) be used for sweaters and other garments rather than for the kitchen. But I just couldn't help making a couple of washcloths for the neighbor's soon-to-arrive little one. I used the free Ravelry download "Oh So Soft Baby Washcloths" by Theresa Grant. I used two balls: one of raw and one of pink to create two washcloths. They are so soft! We had a business meeting the other day, and the non-yarnie in the meeting kept petting these washcloths.
I've been working on a pattern for a couple of months now using all the colors of Lunare. It drives Alex nuts when it takes so long for me to get patterns out, but it definitely takes different parts of your brain to create and to patten edit! Here's a picture of the blanket. I thought it was a bit heavy, but a yarn shop owner went nuts over it because it's the perfect blend of heaviness and coolness for summer naps, and she's arranged for me to make one for her in a solid color (she doesn't crochet) in exchange for helping us create some youtube videos for Yarns of Italy.
Wendi made a long sleeve, keyhole sweater out of the Hydrangea (orange) color to display at TNNA. At least, that was her excuse for making it. It was beautiful, and she wore it out several times when she was in Phoenix this winter. We'll have to get her to take a picture of it when she's not wearing it. She used Andra Knight Bowman's pattern Brooke and used a cable needle for the first time to create it! She just finished another sweater in some wool she bought at a yarn store closeout, and she wanted to make a summer one. Since Lunare works up to standard worsted weight gauge, she's going to make one out of Lunare so she can have more summer sweaters.
I've also used Lunare for toys and towels. It's a very handy yarn for your stash.