best kid yarn, ever

by Abigail Percy on 26/03/2006

in knitting+crochet+yarn

kona blue superwash
I’m almost afraid to tell you, it’s so good. So plump and bouncy, wooly, warm, indescribably luscious, and washable. I’m afraid there will be none left in the world for me when everyone finds out how good this yarn is for baby and kid knitting.

Of course, for those out there who dye yarn you probably already know, it’s kona superwash merino in sport weight, like a light worsted. Knitting parents and people-who-knit-for-babies beware, it’s addictive – and wonderfully flexible, knitting on anywhere from size 4 sock needles to size 9s for a soft, loose drape.

Patricia Thom, owner of Abundant Yarn & Dye Works in Portland, Oregon, explained to me how kona superwash’s bouncy goodness is created by any given mill following a recipe that specifies things like microns and twist. The yarn is then used by several companies – and individual artists – to dye their colorways. Some incredible dye jobs on kona superwash include Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Great Adirondack, and Interlacements (they call it “Toasty Toes“). Adrian at Hello Yarn will custom dye it; she made some for me in bright popsicle colors last spring.

To dye your own, look for the “blank” yarn sold via Henry’s Attic. It can be found on ebay, through googling, or perhaps at your local yarn shop.

The 560 yard skeins provide enough to make a whole baby gift set or a rockin’ pinwheel blanket. And Sarah Peasley has a gorgeous Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater shown here. With such huge skeins, even the leftovers are often enough to do something really good.

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