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Yarn Geeks Newsletter: March 2016

Blown yarns: Are they any good?

Austermann Natura blown yarn

Traditional yarns are forced to strike a balance between more twist for durability and less for softness.

Blown yarns are different. Their innovative construction traps fibers in a mesh that has no twist. In theory, this means that blown yarns could be both soft and durable.

But what are they like in practice?

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New and Discontinued Yarns

New yarn: Knit Picks Preciosa Fingering

New yarn : Knit Picks Preciosa Fingering © Knit Picks

New

Artesano
Baby Alpaca DK – DK – 100% Baby Alpaca – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers

Bergère de France
Cordillère – Super Bulky – 80% Wool, 20% Alpaca – Crepe – Solid colors
Paradou – Sport – 41% Acrylic, 37% Cotton, 11% Linen, 10% Viscose, 1% Polyester – Single wrapped with thread – Marled
Sonora – Worsted – 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors

Blacker Yarns
Tamar Lustre Blend 4-ply – Fingering – 100% Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers, Undyed
Tamar Lustre Blend DK – DK – 100% Wool – Plied – Solid colors, Heathers, Undyed

Classic Elite Yarns
Fortuna – DK – 58% Linen, 26% Viscose, 16% Cotton – Plied – Semi-solid colors

Cleckheaton
Lawson Tweed 12-ply – Aran – 40% Wool, 40% Acrylic, 20% Alpaca – Single ply – Self-striping (gradient)

DROPS Design
DROPS Loves You 7 – DK – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors
DROPS Puna – DK – 100% Alpaca – Plied with a soft haze – Undyed

Erika Knight
Studio Linen – DK – 85% Rayon, 15% Linen – Crepe – Semi-solid colors

Gründl Four Seasons
Baby – Sport – 70% Acrylic, 30% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors, Self-striping (fair-isle effect)
Capri – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping
Cotton Home – DK – 100% Cotton – Plied – Multi-colored
Cotton Light – Worsted – 50% Acrylic, 50% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors
Elba – Aran – 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping
Holiday – Bulky – 100% Polyester – Plied – Solid colors
Husky – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping
Palermo – DK – 50% Acrylic, 50% Cotton – Plied – Multi-colored
Symphonie – Super Bulky – 88% Acrylic, 12% Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping (gradient)
Tiroler Landwolle – Aran – 60% Wool, 40% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors

Katia
Bombay Socks – Light Fingering – 41% Cotton, 39% Superwash Wool, 13% Nylon, 7% Polyester – S on S plied – Self-striping

King Cole
Giza Cotton 4-ply – Fingering – 100% Mercerized Cotton – Plied – Solid colors

Knit Picks
Preciosa Fingering – Fingering – 100% Merino Wool – Single ply – Tonal colors, Undyed

Lion Brand
Shawl in a Ball – Aran – 58% Cotton, 39% Acrylic, 3% Synthetic – Single wrapped with thread – Self-striping

Miss Babs
Caroline – Fingering – 70% Merino Superwash Wool, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon – 2 plies – Solid colors, Tonal colors, Multicolored

Panda
Sugar Baby – Super Bulky – 92% Acrylic, 8% Nylon – Plied with a soft haze – Self-striping

Patons (Australia)
Animale – Super Bulky – 50% Viscose, 50% Nylon – Faux fur – Multi-colored
Gembrook – Bulky – 45% Wool, 55% Acrylic – Single ply – Multi-colored

Patons (UK)
Summer Cotton – Aran – 44% Cotton, 36% Acrylic, 20% Nylon – Knitted tube – Semi-solid colors

Phildar
Phil Madrague – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Tape – Solid colors
Phil Matelot – Super Bulky – 55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic – Crepe – Semi-solid colors
Phil Noé – Sport – 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic – Chained – Solid colors

Rico Design
Creative Cotton DK – DK – 100% Cotton – Plied – Solid colors
Fashion Flow – DK – 64% Cotton, 36% Acrylic – Tightly plied – Solid colors
Fashion Jersey – Heavy Worsted – 64% Cotton, 36% Nylon – Knitted tube – Solid colors

Sandnes Garn
Tynn Alpakka Ull – Sport – 65% Alpaca, 35% Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors, Heathers

Stylecraft
Malabar DK – DK – 78% Cotton, 22% Silk – Plied – Solid colors

Tahki Stacy Charles
Laguna – Aran – 78% Linen, 22% Cotton – Loosely plied – Semi-solid colors
Malibu – Worsted – 100% Mercerized Cotton – Tape – Solid colors

Yarn Bee
Dazzling – Worsted – 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester – 2 plies – Self-striping marls with glossy thread

Discontinued

Austermann
Natura – Bulky – 46% Merino Wool, 28% Bamboo Viscose, 12% Cotton, 7% Alpaca, 7% Mohair – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors, Semi-solid colors

Lion Brand
Fun – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied
Moonlight Mohair – Bulky – 57% Acrylic, 28% Mohair, 9% Cotton, 6% Metallic – Fuzzy – Multicolored
Vanna's Sequins – DK – 93% Acrylic, 7% Polyester – Sequinned

Phildar
Laine Mohair Soie – Worsted – 20% Wool, 50% Mohair, 30% Silk – Fiber-filled net – Solid colors

Red Heart
Baby Econo – Worsted – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors, Multicolored
Baby Sheen Solids – Sport – 100% Acrylic – Crepe – Solid colors, Multicolored
Vivid – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied


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