Yarn Review Tahki Coast & Berroco Linsey
March 28, 2011
I used Tahki Coast for the Argyle Cloche and I was thoroughly impressed with this blended yarn. It is an outstanding combination of wool and cotton. Coast is comparable to Rowan's Amy Butler Belle in it make up (both are approx 50/50 wool and cotton) but Coast feels more cotton-like while Belle leans towards the wool-like. Unlike 100% cotton, Coast doesn't dry out my hands and is smoother on my wood and acrylic needles. Coast splits markedly less than straight cotton and has a spring from its wool origins. I also love the selection of colors offered by Tahki; the colors are earthy but bright with some neutrals. There is a slight heathering that really tones down the bright to give them a laid back feel and softens them. The colors are a good transition from winter to spring. The wool/cotton blend also ensures that you will be set for chilly mornings and evenings when you knit your favorite projects. I love choosing a wool/cotton blend to knit my winter patterns for spring wearing.
Berroco Linsey is another superior cotton blend yarn. Linsey is a cotton/linen blend which makes it great for warmer spring and summer knitting. The color variations are a dream. I am usually a big fan of bold colors but the subdued variations of beige, green and pink were expertly blended and knit together so well. The colors mixed together to make a mellow but fun spring scarf. I loved working with this yarn. The cotton softened the linen to make it less harsh, flexible and added drape. The linen softened the cotton in a different way and made the cotton more forgiving and added stretch. The colors offered for Linsey are PERFECT for spring with bright but simple colors along with variegated like the Vineyard colorway the Ruffle Scarf was knit with. I would also recommend this yarn for lightweight lace cardigans and kids wear.
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