Thursday, March 16, 2017

Knitting US Yarn

The last two posts have listed a number of projects that I knitted from stash.  There is still a little stash left to knit, but not much.  As I work my way through the last of my stash, I am developing a plan for replacements.  However, I only want to buy yarn that I will use right away--no more stashing!  Additionally, I want to focus on buying yarn produced by companies that I haven't "tried" previously.  One of the factors I am considering is origin.  I'd like to buy only yarn that is grown and spun in the United States.

To that end, I present:
Imperial Yarn's Denali

Yep, it's not very exciting to look at, but I hope it will make a light and versatile black cardigan.  I have been searching for a non-superwash yarn (I don't like the way superwashed yarn stretches out of shape) for the Newsom cardigan pattern.  I have been fascinated by this pattern for years.  From the first moment I saw it, I liked the unusual construction and feather-light garter stitch edges.  I have a black cotton cardigan that is looking a little over worn.  This will replace it.  The yarn is a soft, drapey, wool/alpaca blend sport weight by an American yarn company, Imperial Yarn.

Imperial Yarn is an Oregon-based company that is invested in the "American Wool Tradition."  Their yarn is available at their website and at retail dealers.  I bought this Denali from Webs, saving a bit due to their lower pricing and discounts.  That means my sweater will cost much less than it would if I had knit it with the yarn recommended for the Newsom pattern.
 
When I ordered the Denali, I found another U.S. sourced, milled and dyed yarn for a project I wanted to start, a ZickZack Scarf.  The pattern calls for a color-changing yarn with long color repeats.  Unfortunately, either I've chosen the wrong colors or the repeats are too long.

Freia Fine Handpaints Sport Weight

However, I may have found another pattern that will suit this yarn better, one that is cast on sideways so that the color repeats will change in a shorter, albeit vertical fashion.  I hope it works, because I really like this yarn.  It's light, fuzzy and fairly soft.  Also, it will look nice with a couple of shirts I often wear.

I found these two yarns while shopping on line.  It was easy to read the reviews and research the companies through Ravelry.  Since then, I have noticed that Ravelry is providing information, when possible, on the source of a yarn, including the country where the fiber was grown, the country where it was milled and the country where it was dyed.  I started to fave the ones I identified as sourced, milled and dyed in the U.S., but stopped after I found ten companies.  There's a lot of them--at least enough for me to shop through for this year.  Here's the 10 I found so far.