We’ve been IN.LOVE with the gorgeous gradients of Ozifarmer’s Market yarn ever since Mary E. Rose introduced us to it a couple years ago.
And of course, since trying it (spoiler alert) the Ozifarmer’s yarn did not disappoint.
What I Used
I got a 50g skein of Silky Sock in the colorway Savannah (55% super wash Blue Faced Leicester (BFL), 45% silk). Dawn made this colorway (gorgeous pinks and purples) especially for me! And for those of you who don’t know, I go by savannahchik online. And no, I’m not from Savannah, but I did seriously consider moving there many years ago. Good thing I didn’t though, because I never would have met Paul.
It can handle it
I don’t ever plan to knit and re-knit a yarn, but that’s exactly what I ended up doing here. I started out by making up a simple eyelet repeat. It was beautiful, but the yarn begged for something more.
So, I frogged it and started over again. You know how it goes. Take it off the needles, rip it all the way to the cast on, wrap the yarn around the ball, and go (again).
Two things I really liked:
- The yarn took the rip and re-knit very well! I couldn’t see a difference between where I had already knit and where I used “fresh” yarn.
- The yarn didn’t become totally kinked even though I had knitted it several weeks prior to the frogging. It was a bit loopy, but nothing like I’m accustomed to. And I was even prepared to run it through a steam cycle in my dishwasher just to get the kinks out. But, I can happily report it wasn’t necessary.
I was concerned that I might see where one shade ended and another started, but that definitely wasn’t the case. It went beautifully (and slowly – in a good way) from one color to another. I’d even have to spread it out periodically (to the point where it slowed me down) just to see the color changes. And then once I saw them, I couldn’t stop looking at them. I ended up seeing all these new-to-me colors. I can only imagine how great that would feel when looking down and seeing them in a full-sized shawl.
I soaked it in a tub of water for a good day and it just lost a touch of color in the water (and nothing went onto the shawl).
Blocking it was pretty normal. I soaked, squeezed and pinned out. It was pretty uneventful and it took an average amount of time to dry.
Well, I say average but in true Jody-form, I was running against the deadline so I used a fan to help speed it up. But given that, it took an average amount of time to dry (and yes, that means that I often need to use a fan to help dry things when blocking because I’m often doing it at the last minute.
So what? I know most of you do too. And if you’re one of those people who has it all together, I say “good for you” and I know I’ll never be one of them.
Soft, yet Sturdy
The yarn has a great hand to it, and worked up beautifully into my mini-shawl. The combo of the BFL and Silk must really make for a great yarn that’s both strong and with a wonderful hand.
It was so pretty that I just couldn’t resist adding some beads to it either. I used the crochet hook method.
I loved the yarn so much during the knitting for this review that I ended up ordering 2 skeins for myself.
So, don’t hesitate to get some for yourself too. You won’t be disappointed.
You may also want to read our interview with Dawn – the owner of Ozifarmer’s Market.
Oh, and if you’re curious, I knitted up the Aloes & Diamonds shawl for this review.
I have a pattern I am looking for yarn , it is a poncho for my daughter she wants bright colors , and do not a single skein , I would like a skein with multiple color yarn,
I can highly recommend the OziFarmer yarn!
Since I discovered Dawn and her yarns, I am so spoiled!!! She will dye up about anything I ask!!
If I want something “stupid”, she will explain why it is not what I really want in a way that I, as a non dyer, can understand.
Her yarns are THE Best!!!!
Your Aloes is gorgeous, especially in gradient. I will have to buy one (or more, of course) of these wonderful Ozifarmer’s gradient yarns.
i can’t say enough positive about her yarn!
and here’s the yarn i ordered: