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About the Creators
Frida Fuchs was founded by the two creative and talented sisters, Jana and Julia.
Jana, the older of the duo, currently lives in Switzerland and is in charge of hand-dying the yarns. Her surroundings have definitely influenced her and ensures that the yarn has its own flair. She commutes between Zurich and Berlin. These two beautiful cities have been the inspiration for much of the colour choices at Frida Fuchs. When she is not chasing after her young daughter, she looks dreamily at the world around her, always in search of great colour inspiration.
Julia manages the distribution side of things from Berlin and is the creative mind behind the wonderfully descriptive names of the yarns. She recently started her studies as a remedial teacher and has used her love for knitting during her training to crochet toys for the kids. Wool is one of her favourite materials which explains why she is always knitting when not engaged in other activities.
When I received the package from Frida Fuchs, I was not expecting the packaging to be anything special. But no, I was pleasantly surprised to see the yarn was packaged with care in nice tissue paper. Included with the yarns was a lovely letter and a sticker, all carrying the Frida Fuchs logo. The branding is well done, it's certainly eye-catching and memorable: the watercolor splashes really reflects their love and usage of bright, rich and vibrant dyes for their color ways. As a side note, when learning more about their brand, I took a look at their website and Instagram pages, which were both presented well and I love their photography of their yarn.
As for the yarn itself, I received two hanks of their Hosenmatz 4Ply base, a 100% SW merino yarn with 400 meters per hank.
According to Julia: "Blaumohn means poppy seeds in english. The color is a combination of black and navy blue. It reflects the two colors of the seeds of the corn poppy." I think this is a gorgeous deep blue. The black blends in very nicely with the navy blue, resulting in a nice tonal color way.
"Etna is the name of an Australian pumpkin that is light blue. The color is a combination of light grey and light blue. The dye method reflects the shiny surface of the blue pumpkin." After taking a look at these blue pumpkins, the color way certainly does resemble it!
I really love this color way. It's soft on the eyes, and I love the subtle tonal shifts.
The 4ply twist in the yarn gives the hanks a very study and robust feel. While it isn't the softest yarn I've ever felt (I think I've been spoiled by merino and cashmere blends), it seems to make for a good all around yarn for a variety of projects: lace, textured, even cables, and the tonal shifts in the color way can also add nice depth to simple stockinette or garter stitch projects.
Using the Etna color way, I swatched the yarn using the same stitch pattern I plan on using this yarn for: a simple one-skein wonder project with a lace border.
I will say that working with the yarn was a little rough on the fingers and even on my metal needles it clung and squeaked a little. There was some splitting in the yarn as I was working the lace patterning. On the upside, there was no fuzzing, no breaks in the piles or the yarn. I wouldn't count the roughness of the yarn against it too much though (unless you have sensitive skin), as it makes for a very versatile yarn, great for a variety of projects. It's strong and sturdy, so you wouldn't have to worry too much about breaking down fast from constant wear. I could even say that it would take a few washes before the yarn starts showing fuzz. Sometimes too soft of a merino yarn isn't that great as you can lose stitch definition and get massive amounts of fuzz and piling.
The stitches were very well defined and there doesn't seem to be any bias in the fabric. While working the yarn for the swatch proved to be a little rough, on the whole, the fabric is light, non-itchy, soft, bouncy and has nice drape (I knit the swatch on size 5 needles to really let the lace shine through). It also has good memory as I blocked it to the rectangular shape and the lace stitches stay open (although in the actual design itself I will be making the lace edge more pronounced).
I didn't find anything special about the yarn base that would really make it stand out from other yarn makers with similar bases, but it does make for a good all around yarn for many knitting projects. It's not the softest yarn but it is study and robust so your projects will last for a long time and will be easy to take care of. It has nice drape for light and airy spring and summer time pieces, while also can be knit up more firmly for a more warmer piece while providing a flattering shape.
I do think this brand really shines with their color ways, which seems to be the main selling point behind their yarns. Their colors are vivid, attractive and are hand-dyed nicely, which could lend themselves to some really remarkable projects involving color work.
As Frida Fuchs is a newer yarn line, buying their yarn online and having it shipped internationally is the only option of getting your hands on it. That being said, they are looking to expand their reach and dip into the American market. If you are a LYS owner, I would highly recommend taking a look into their yarn bases and color ways and consider adding it to your current offerings of yarns.
Aroha Knits Stash Recommendation: Yes! The color ways sold me on the yarn immediately. This is also a great opportunity to support international but still local and independent yarn makers.