Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
Yum, doesn't that sound cozy? It does to me, and that is the best way to describe how I feel about my most recent finished object: Knus by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.
This uniquely constructed shell pullover knit from Woolfolk Får was an ideal knit for me since it combined many of my favorite elements in knitting: indescribably soft cushy merino on my favorite well-worn bamboo needles, combined with an interesting construction and a variation of fisherman's rib. It doesn't get any better than that for this knitter. When I added my white blouse underneath, all I could think of was hot chocolate and marshmallows!
I had the added bonus of trying a new (to me) bind-off at the neckline of the sweater; a sewn tubular bind off. This gives a nice finish which is elastic but still firm. One thing to note about it however....be really sure about the length of whatever you are binding off with this technique. I discovered the hard way that it is very difficult to undo once it is done when I thought I might like my collar a little shorter. I'm just going to have to learn to love this height because it is WAY more work than it is worth to me to try to undo that bind-off. If you would like to see a little video tutorial on this bind-off, head here to see it in action.
These are just a few of my favorite shades of Får.....there are so many dreamy shades on the shelves it is hard to choose. This yarn features a cabled construction which makes it lightweight and lofty but still very warm. The merino used in the yarn has a 17.5 micron count, which makes it truly one of the softest wools on the market. Microns are the measurement of the diameter of a wool fiber; the lower the count, the finer and softer the fibers are. Many wools on the market are in the 30 micron range, so the 17.5 of Fär places it firmly in the realm of cashmere fiber.
Skarn, featured in the beautiful 52 weeks of Shawls, is another of our favorite knits with this yarn. So cozy to wrap yourself up in this shawl! I think about it as a great hat yarn too; with the cashmere-like feel I mentioned before, it makes a perfect gift-hat for even the most sensitive heads.
Have you knit or crocheted anything with Får yet? We'd love to know how much you love it and see your finished objects! Share your love in the comments!