You know those yarns, right? The ones you pick up just to try, and then they work their subtle charms upon you and your needles? Before you know it, you're in love, and you find yourself returning to those skeins again and again. It's a special kind of magic, because we all know there are too many yarns and so little time, but we've been captivated and we keep coming back for more...
Our latest crush? Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran.
At first glance you might be forgiven for thinking this is just another Merino yarn. However, it stands apart when you learn that the fibres are sourced exclusively from organically-farmed sheep in the Falkland Islands. The fleece of the Falkland sheep is also particularly white, so the resulting dyed shades are pure and lustrous in the skein. This quality really is visible in the finished yarn and it shines through to the knitted fabric too.
We have not one, not two but three shop projects in this yarn to share with you today and we think they demonstrate the versatility and the squishability of this yarn. (Did we mention we're in love?)
CÃºram by Ysolda Teague
A deep rib, striking cables and a perfect pom pom topper. CÃºram is a hat that will get noticed!Â The snug folded brim is optional, but as it's both practical and stylish it was a winner for us. We love this in the rich Claret shade but it would be stunning in Ecru too.
The Barley Hat
The Barley Hat from TinCanKnits is an ideal first project if you are learning to knit in the round and the perfect quick-knit if you're already a whiz with circular needles.Â Whether you prefer the beanie or slouchy style there's plenty of yarn in one skein of Falkland Aran to make your hat of choice. Don't forget the pattern comes in sizes from baby all the way up to adult large, and that TinCanKnits have wonderful tutorials on their site to walk you through the pattern if this is your first adventure in hat knitting.
The Gothic Lace Cowl
Another fabulous design from TinCanKnits, the Gothic Lace Cowl features a simple, satisfying and quick stitch pattern. Again this is an ideal project for a new lace knitter and a full tutorial is provided if you'd like to jump in and try something new.
So there you have it. A yarn that shines in stockinette and creates cables with spectacular definition. As you can see, it works up just as well in cushy garter stitch as it does in detailed lace repeats. You can see why we fell for it, can't you?
Is there any one particular yarn you are head over heels for? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!