Fiber Content: 100% Egyptian Cotton, unmercerized
Weight/Yardage: 50g/85 yds
Yarn Weight: Worsted
Knitting Gauge: 18 st = 4” on size 7 needles
Suggested Needles: US 7-9
Suggested Hooks: G-I
Care:Machine Wash Gentle Cold. Machine dryable on low, but may cause shrinkage in first wash. We suggest laying flat to dry.
Made in: Italy
Patterns: Kim Polchow's Ice Cream Social (in development, back from the tech editor).
Notes from the Yarnie: This yarn is produced in Italy for us a fabulous Italian cotton yarn producer. We bought big hanks of it undyed, and set our in-house natural dyer to work. Using native Missouri plants, she was able to create a line of colors for us that are not only beautiful individually, but are beautiful together. To have these colors consistent, colorfast, and affordable, we sent the new colors to the producer, and they custom-produced this cotton yarn in our chosen shades with commercial dyeing techniques. The color names chosen reflect the original materials used to make these shades. We were so pleased with the moonlight luster of the cotton in these new shades that we named the yarn Lunare, or Lunar.
This yarn is also available:
in 100g hand dyed hanks
in bags of ten balls at a discounted price
in bags of six balls at a discounted price
Oh my goodness, where to start... Since Lunare is garment-quality cotton, it can (and is meant to) be used for sweaters and other garments rather than for the kitchen. But I just couldn't help making a couple of washcloths for the neighbor's soon-to-arrive little one. I used the free Ravelry download "Oh So Soft Baby Washcloths" by Theresa Grant
. I used two balls: one of raw and one of pink to create two washcloths. They are so soft! We had a business meeting the other day, and the non-yarnie in the meeting kept petting these washcloths.
I've been working on a pattern for a couple of months now using all the colors of Lunare. It drives Alex nuts when it takes so long for me to get patterns out, but it definitely takes different parts of your brain to create and to patten edit! Here's a picture of the blanket. I thought it was a bit heavy, but a yarn shop owner went nuts over it because it's the perfect blend of heaviness and coolness for summer naps, and she's arranged for me to make one for her in a solid color (she doesn't crochet) in exchange for helping us create some youtube videos for Yarns of Italy.
Wendi made a long sleeve, keyhole sweater out of the Hydrangea (orange) color to display at TNNA. At least, that was her excuse for making it. It was beautiful, and she wore it out several times when she was in Phoenix this winter. We'll have to get her to take a picture of it when she's not wearing it. She used Andra Knight Bowman's pattern Brooke
and used a cable needle for the first time to create it! She just finished another sweater in some wool she bought at a yarn store closeout, and she wanted to make a summer one. Since Lunare works up to standard worsted weight gauge, she's going to make one out of Lunare so she can have more summer sweaters.
I've also used Lunare for toys and towels. It's a very handy yarn for your stash.