Don't get me wrong, I love a good yarn no matter it's provenance. But I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that this yarn has a smaller carbon footprint. Plus, the yarn itself is gorgeous. As a refresher, here's how they ship the yarn to you:
|Little Bundles o Joy!|
Opened, the bundles look something like this:
|picture is dark, but color of yarn is spot on|
A word of caution: If you want to order from them, get a shade card. My photos don't do the yarn justice as an amateur, but even a professional photographer can't capture the depth of some of the shades they offer. The pictures on their site aren't bad, but they haven't been as accurate as some.
The three lines I've tried so far are the Tern, the Chickadee, and the Lark.
Let's start with their Lark line:
This is the yarn I'm using for the Serious Scarves. It is recommended that this be knit on a 6-8 US needle. I'm knitting the chain-link scarf on a 6, and find it to be a comfortable size. I tend to knit a little loosely, so it's possible that a tight knitter would find the larger side of the spectrum more comfortable to get the same results knit-wise.
If you recall, this is what the scarf looks like:
|color, still off.|
This is a good spot to put up my comparison shot of Lark and Chickadee:
|colors off, but shows the composition of the yarn well|
I unfortunately don't have much of a sample to show you for this line. I knit a super sekrit present for fabulous lady Deb as a thank-you for being so encouraging and generally fabulous. As it wasn't meant as a bump for the blog, it's not getting time here. BUT it did give me experience with this yummy yarn.
Chickadee does not have the velvety finish that Lark does. And it doesn't matter a whit. I've knit roughly 15 skeins of Chickadee since the first package showed up, and it has a lovely springy feel to it. It's soft without losing definition, strong without losing its silkiness, and all around fabulous to knit. I loved every moment of knitting the projects I knit in it. One of my next shawl patterns will be knit in the lovely peacock color shown in the open bundles, and I'm itching to knit it. Any yarn that makes me wish I could knit more of it is a keeper. This yarn is recommended for 3-5 US needles, and I knit the present shawl on size 4, which made for lovely openwork. It comes in a 181 yard put-up, but as it's 100% wool, splicing for larger projects isn't an issue.
Boo, short little review. I should have done a sample for photos, but oh well. I can always link to the finished peacock shawl after it's done.
Finally, the Tern yarn line.
This is a departure from their first lines, something new they've been working on. Tern is a 75% wool, 25% tussah silk yarn. It has occasional slubs in it due to the nature of tussah. They can easily be separated from the twist of the yarn if you don't like them, or left in for a more textured feel.
These beauties are Tern:
|Again, dark picture but pretty spot on for the color.|
|Not at ALL blocked, look at the stitch definition.|
What else can I say without sounding like a gushing fool? I started knitting Quince & Co during the 10+ knot debacle, so my love of their consistency and quality might be slightly tempered by that. But I will say this: of the three lines I've tried so far, all of them are drool-worthy. There wasn't a single stinker in any of the batches of yarn I bought from them, and the yarn itself is a joy to work with. When you add in the very reasonable price, this yarn is a solid offering at a fantastic price point. Try some, and see if you don't love it too!