When it comes to yarn, there are a few things I can't resist:
2. A great story.
3. A beautiful shade of grey.
If you're a regular reader (or an instagram follower, for that matter), none of these confessions will surprise you. I am a total luxury yarn junkie, and grey is one of my go-to colors for knitting projects - let's not even try to count the number of gray projects I knit last year!So, when I was given a choice of colors from the absolutely stunning jewel-tone palette for June Cashmere's DK weight yarn, guess what I picked?
Yup, I chose Slate grey. Act surprised!
I was also offered a free knitting pattern, the Journey Mitts, which uses just 1 skein of the DK yarn. More on that in a bit - and how you can score a free pattern for yourself, too. First, I want to share the incredible story behind June Cashmere, which is sourced directly from small family farms in Kyrgyzstan, processed in Europe, and then organically dyed in Maine. It's offered in two weights, lace and DK, in a sophisticated palette which is offered in both weights.
The June Cashmere story is a pretty cool one, but I think this video tells it far better than I could summarize:
The story and presentation of the yarn knocked my socks off from the beginning - but I am sure that you are wondering what it was like to actually work with the yarn! A short stapled fiber such as cashmere can sometimes be prone to breakage and pilling, even as you knit with it (and, heaven forbid, should you need to rip back to fix a mistake). However, this yarn is comprised of many plied which seem to have the perfect amount of twist to minimize pills. I had to tink back a few times while knitting the project, and the yarn definitely held up.
They're perfect for catching Pokemon on a rainy spring day!
|(Full disclosure - the Oddish ran away shortly after taking this photo)|
Here they are ready for action on my desk - as you can see, the cables really pop!
This yarn was so pleasureable to work with! If you would like to give it a try, you can get a free print copy of the Journey Mitts pattern free with purchase of yarn now through April 30. Just enter coupon code stefanie at checkout - click here to choose your yarn color!
|How can you say no to that?!|
You may like to know: Free product was provided in exchange for a review; all opinions are my own.