Yarn Cakes and Tea Episode 6: The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze

Written review is below!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze is run by, you guessed it, Rhichard Devrieze. His love for yarn runs through his blood, as his grandfather was a fibre artist in The Netherlands. I was introduced to Rhichard's work when I was working on a design for the holiday Yarnbox package, Textural Symphony, however, I won't be reviewing the yarn I used for that in this episode (ok, here's the quick run down: it's amazingly bouncy, lovely to knit with, soft and warm, but use the variegated colorways for simpler stitches to really let the yarn shine!). 

Today I will instead be reviewing some yarn that he sent to me as a present: his fingering-weight line, Peppino. This gift really demonstrates one of his brand's three values right off the bat: affability (friendliness). He gave me this yarn because he learned that I love working with fingering weight yarn and generously offering me some to play with (and I certainly did!). 

QUICK KNIT

Peppino is a fingering, 100% Merino yarn with 225 yards / 65 grams per skein. The color-way that he sent me is wonderfully named "Visions of Paradise", a stippled color-way set on a grey-ish background with many specks of bright colors. Truly a delight to behold.

I knit up both a guage swatch and an upcoming design in this yarn. Peppino isn't the softest nor the most elastic yarn I've worked with, but it works quickly on metal needles. Sometimes a bit too quickly and paired up with my tighter gauge, the stitches would slide off the needle and unravel themselves down a few rows (but that's not a fault of the yarn, but of my own knitting abilities, so if you're a fast knitter be sure that your needle gets in the stitch correctly!). 

However, the colorway was really wonderful to look at and seeing how all the different colors would come together to create a cohesive piece was a delight. The yarn is 2ply and has a great twist, so it pairs up nicely with textured stitches, and the stippled color-way also adds to making the simpler stitches shine. I would avoid using complicated and busy lace and cable patterns with the variegated and stippled colorways as the yarn and stitches would muddle together, but there are some lovely semi-solid bases in Peppino if you are the type for intricate stitches.

POST-BLOCK

The stockinette swatch didn't reveal anything more than the colorway is really freaking cool. I really loved how the stitch bloomed open when I was blocking my shawl design that used this yarn. I kept the stitch pattern relatively simple choosing a scale like patterning and with this particular stippled color-way, made the shawl look like snake skin (resulting in picking a name for the design rather quickly!).

 Sneak peaky.

Sneak peaky.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you love working with eccentric color-ways over intricate stitches, leaving the yarn to make a bold statement, Rhichard Devrieze's large selection of variegated and stippled yarns will be sure to please you greatly. I certainly enjoyed working outside my comfort zone in regards to the design I made for this yarn. It's not my usual style, but it's certainly fun!

Rhicard Devrieze's yarn can be found in many LYS across the United States and is more affordable than most hand-dyed yarn brands I know! With the holiday season coming up, I certainly think this would knit up into a very nice gift for a loved one (or yourself!).


I have one skein of Peppino's Vision of Paradise leftover, so I'm going to do a giveaway for this post! To enter, just follow the instructions in the Raffle-copter below! Contest ends November 30th.


Yarn Cakes and Tea Episode 2: The Plucky Knitter Primo Worsted

Here is episode 2 of Yarn Cakes and Tea! Today I am reviewing the Plucky Knitter's Primo Worsted yarn. I plan on releasing a review every two weeks, Tuesday morning/Monday evening. If you have a yarn that you want me to review, or a tea that you would like to donate to the show, just shoot me an email at fdanoy@arohaknits.com!

Written review is below!

First Impressions

Primo Worsted is, as the name suggests, a worsted weight yarn, with 200 yards per hank. It is 75% SW merino, for softness, 20% cashmere, for shine and luxuriousness, and 5% nylon, for strength and durability. MCN yarn bases are quickly becoming my favourite blends.

I am using this yarn in a design scheduled to come out in the winter. As stripes are the main feature, I got two color ways: High Cotton and Dirty Blonde. The color ways are absolutely lovely, with some slight shade variations in the yarn to add some depth to knit projects.

These yarns are hand-dyed and a close eye is kept over the entire process. You can feel the love and the amount of work put into these yarns, which justify the hefty $36 per hank price tag. This is a luxurious base that will produce glorious results and last a good, long time.

However they seem to be a little hard to get one's hands on them as they are only sold on Plucky Knitter and all of PK's yarns sell out fast. 

Upon closer inspection, there seemed to be just a few small areas where a tiny section of the piles broke and fuzzed up, but I was able to easily fix that with a snip of the scissors as I was working with it.

Primo Worsted was not the softest yarn I have felt, but it was not irritating to my skin, and the softness factor was not the most important aspect of the yarn that I was looking for. As I am planning out a pullover design, I needed something warm, durable, and could be worn close to the skin. So far, this yarn seems to be holding up to my needs!

Quick Knit

I worked the swatch in the same manner of the garment construction, hence the bias knitting. It was a quick knit, due to its weight but the finished swatch didn't feel bulky or chunky. I believe that it will make for a flattering garment! There was no splitting or piling in the yarn, thanks to the nylon, and it was an enjoyable and smooth knit. Absolutely no complains about working with it and I can't wait to start my project.

As mentioned before, you can feel the love and luxury in the yarn, you know that you are holding something special. But you can also sense that this is a sturdy yarn that will hold out for a long time. Yanking it a few times proved to be a piece of cake for the strand, it is not breaking in half anytime soon.

Post-Block

The yarn took to the water nicely and there was no color bleeding in the water or within the color ways. The base held its colors very well. 

The stitch definition is divine: I used stockinette stitch for the swatch and not only are the stitches clean and defined, there is no bias in the "v"'s. Looking at the reverse stockinette stitch proved the same, clear and precise.

The swatch is also fairly elastic, which is great for me, as the design will sport negative ease in the bust, so a yarn that can stretch but then fall back to its original shape is a plus.

Final Thoughts

The Plucky Knitter's Primo Worsted yarn base is an excellent yarn choice for the upcoming Fall and Winter season. Quick to knit up, easy to work with, this is a durable and warm yarn that will make you feel wonderful when you wear your Finished Objects. It is however very pricey, especially if you wanted to knit up a pullover or sweater, and it sells out quick, meaning you will have to follow their announcements and updates like a hawk and have excellent internet connection when they update their stores. Nonetheless, if you manage to get your hands (and wallet) on this yarn base, you will not be disappointed!

Final Grade: A

Tea donated from Chloé Hubert, of L'Atelier Fibre Laine. Tea is Pagès Jasmine tea.