I received this gorgeous yarn as part of a swap gift, and I just had to use it to make something! So while I am in the process of designing and knitting up a shawl that I am going to share with you all soon, let me first tell you all about this yarn!
This yarn is from a group of designers dedicated to the artisan dyeing of yarn located in Santiago, Chile. Traditional kettle-dyed and handpainted sock yarn.
Material: 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon Fiber
Weight: Fingering Weight
Actual Weight: 3.50 oz / about 95 grams
Yardage: 376 yd / 343.8 m
Needle Size: US 1-3 (2.25-3.25 mm)
Well, that’s the important information out of the way, now you get the not so important bit of what I think of it so far!!
This is the colourway that I’m using at the moment:
Pinks and Plums
Aren’t the colours gorgeous! It took HOURS to roll this skein in to a ball, primarily because half way through I got bored of sitting looking at the back of a chair rolling it the sensible way and decided I could do it sitting watching TV with the skein looped over my knee. ERROR! NEVER, ever do this! It is a silly, silly idea and the yarn will magically jump in to a muddled mess resembling a birds nest. Now you know, I have just saved you about 4 hours of yarn untangling. (Seriously, I think it actually too me that long to untangle!!)
I am enjoying using this yarn, I love how the different colours blend together as you work with them. Although it says to use 2.25-3.25 mm needles I’m using 4.5mm and it’s working really well. It is turning into an unusual fabric as I work though, I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about it, but I think it knits up quite “stiff”. I am about half way through making this shawl, so I shall re-assess when I’ve finished and again after blocking. Other than that I’m really enjoying using it!
So I would say that Araucania Ranco is probably a 3 and a half star yarn.
What you could use it for
The obvious idea is socks, but I think you could be a bit more adventurous with this yarn than that, so I’ve been raiding the Ravelry free patterns again, and come up with these suggetsions for you:
1 skein will be enough to make these pretty Della Mitts by Holly Terrell, in fact you’d prbably have enough to make 2 pairs of these!
picture by Holly Terrell
With 2 and a little bit skeins you could make Lace Ribbons Scarf by Veronik Avery
picture by Veronik
I had to include this because it’s stunning! Another 2 and a bit skein project could be this beautiful stole called Summit by Mandie Harrington:
picture by KnitWit
2 and a half skeins will create you this cute Kaleidoscope cardigan by Sarah Sutherland:
picture by SSutherland
And to finish, another 1 skein (with lots spare) project, I really like this Purl Beret by Purl Soho, so much in fact I’ve added it to my queue!
picture by Purl Soho