Cascade Jewel Hand Dyed Yarn

Cascade Jewel Hand Dyed 9947

I just really need to take a moment to talk about this yarn. I completely underestimated it; I mean completely. What I thought was a hand spun yarn reminiscent of my first yarn turned out to be one of my favorite yarns to work with yet.

As I’ve mentioned before, I received the Cascade Jewel Hand Dyed Yarn in colorway 9947, which turns out to be called Sillimanite, as part of a Craftsy Mystery Box purchase. I was very skeptical at first. It, at least to me, was not very soft to the touch, and I was a little wary of knitting with such uneven yarn. It was also difficult to decide what to make with it since the gauge would probably be a bit wonky.

I did, in the end, decide on Constellation Gloves by Lion Brand (more like fingerless mittens than gloves, I should add). I cast-on, got a few inches in, and then set the knitting down to really look at it. It was love at first touch. I squeezed the knitted piece, and I have to say, that’s the cushiest knit I’ve ever felt! It’s so squishy, which is weird but kind of wonderful at the same time.

I also have no doubt that these fingerless mittens will be very warm. I had worried that the thinner areas would leave gaping holes after the thicker areas, but that’s not been the case, partly probably due to the size needle I chose.

Because there was so little yarn, I didn’t do a swatch. Well that, and I wasn’t entirely sure how to. These fingerless mittens will be hand wash only, I know that for sure. I did some research before starting out, and apparently Cascade Jewel felts beautifully. With this project, I don’t want that. So, I’ll be taking extra care to prevent that from happening.

Oh and check out what the colors are doing (granted, this is a horrible photo):

See? Really terrible photo, but check out those stripes!

There’s almost an animal print going on here, with the triangular stripes. It caught me completely off guard. I thought, for the most part, that the yarn was all fairly uniform in color. I’m kind of glad it’s not. The variation in color adds more interest to the piece, I think.

Would I buy this yarn again? Yes! I just don’t know what all I would do with it.

If you’ve knit with this yarn before, I’d really love to hear what you think of it!

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