Published on October 21st, 2015 | by Angie


Luxury yarns with SQUISH

We’re celebrating luxurious yarns this week, and these are some wonderful luxury yarns with SQUISH. Angie takes a look at the squish factor of 4 different yarns.

Who doesn’t love luxury yarns? I first started exploring scrumptious yarns when I first started knitting about 9 years ago. I went to a craft show with a friend, and I discovered the ultimate exhilaration of silk and silk blend yarns. I was amazed by the enviable drape and stunning stitch definition they had, and when I discovered luxury wool yarns, all hope was lost – I had become, in the space of 20 minutes, a yarn hoarder.

When preparing this post, I couldn’t help but pet the yarns over and over, cooing about their softness and color. My fellow Americans might remember the ”Don’t squeeze the Charmin” commercials, and I feel like any rational person would tell me not to squeeze the yarn.

But I am not a rational person. I am a knitter and an unabashed, self-admitted yarn hoarder.

So I squished the yarn.

Imperial Yarn Native Twist

Luxury Yarns with SQUISH: Imperial Yarn Native Twist in Black Cherry: get some at LoveKnittingClick this image to view all shades

I chose the shade Black Cherry (116), a heathery, multi-tonal deep red shade that reminds me of the fall season where I grew up, with deep red leaves that collect in yards for kids to play in. This 100% wool yarn is very resilient and perfect for felted projects. The color palette is stunning, with contemporary jewel tones and traditional neutrals to fit any style or home decor. (Did I mention that I love this color?)

Luxury yarns with SQUISH: Imerial Yarn NAtive Twist on LoveKnittingClick this image to view all shades

Cascade Heritage Silk

Luxury Yarns with SQUISH: Cascade Heritage Silk on LoveKnittingClick this image to view all shades

I love a good Pine (5608) shade, and this blend of wool and silk is a dream come true for an evergreen lover like me. The stitch definition that this 4 ply yarn from Cascade Yarns gives is to die for, and I can’t wait to cast on a new lace shawl.  The other shades in the line include majestic purples, a contemporary charcoal, and an ice blue that will make cold weather fans sing for joy.

Luxury yarns with SQUISH: Cascade Heritage Silk on LoveKnittingClick this image to view all shades

Bergere de France Soie

Luxury yarns with SQUISH: Bergere de France Soie on LoveKnittingClick this image to view all shades

This 100% silk, sport weight yarn is a wonder to behold. This shade, Antilope (29422), has a stunningly golden shine that would be beyond perfect for a holiday gift knit. It’s super soft and smooth, and it’s just begging to be made into a luxurious scarf or cowl for a special someone. Did you know that silk is ounce for ounce, warmer than wool?

Luxury yarns with SQUISH: Bergere de France Soie on LoveKnittingClick this image to view all shades

Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico

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This yarn is absolutely stunning. A 50/50 blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk, it’s one of the softest and smoothest yarns you’ll ever lay your hands on. It’s a worsted, aran weight yarn with a sumptuous shine that’s fantastic for a luxury shawl project; this shade is the stunning Cinnabar (1615).

Luxury yarns with SQUISH: Blue Sky Alpacas MEtalico at LoveKnittingClick this image to view all shades

I love these yarns, and I cannot wait to cast on projects later this week. I’m obsessed with these warm, seasonal shades; I’ve been waiting all summer for them!

What luxury yarns do you love?

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4 Responses to Luxury yarns with SQUISH

  1. Karen says:

    Yarn porn!

  2. Merion says:

    I love this! I’m a squisher of yarn – what better way to know how it’s going to knit and wear? Bravo Angie!

  3. Aless says:

    Several months before a cruise to Alaska (I’m from Australia btw!) from Vancouver, I’d read about qiviut yarn and was longing to OWN just a ball (that qualifies me as a hoarder!!), but it was waaaay too expensive to justify buying from overseas.
    THEN, on the ship, I read of a shop in Skagway that sold yarns,including qiviut…….Wild horses couldn’t have held me back ( and my husband actively helped me find the shop!! ).
    So, I HAVE my one hank of hand dyed qiviut (plus some other luxury hand dyed yarns….). It cost me approx. half of what I’d have paid at home, and even then it was a real luxury, but I LOVE it!! Still trying to work out when I’ll be brave enough to tackle the circular scarf I intend to make with it !! (A lovely original pattern was included by the wonderful shop owner.)
    The story doesn’t end there…..
    I sent the all that yarn home in a parcel with un-used clothing while we continued on with our trip.By the time we got to Norway (6 weeks later) I was DESPERATE to knit but hadn’t found a shop anywhere- and I did look….everywhere!!
    Finally,in a run-of-the-mill shopping centre I found ‘my’ shop.Unfortunately, every pattern was written in Norwegian (of course!),so I just chose a yarn I liked the feel of (alpaca/wool) in a gorgeous blue, bought the recommended needle size in a bamboo circular (easier to use on trains) and I made up my own scarf pattern, from memory. I was in heaven. What a fantastic memento of Norway I will always have every winter,made with a yarn I have also never used before. And….I ADORE the bamboo circular so much I intend buying more of them as they suit my arthritic fingers better than any other needle I have ever used.

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