A few weeks ago I asked for some samples of one of Tahki’s new fall yarns, Donegal Tweed Fine.
I knew I’d love it…
My first introduction to Tahki yarns was many (many) years ago with the thicker version. I fell in love with it then and I still love it now. It’s just that it was a little too heavy for most of my designs. I only did one garment in it, a vest (Shanti). But I do still love it.
You should have seen my excitement when they first announced the new version, Donegal Tweed Fine. I knew better than to ask for a sample right away, though. Too many other projects in the works and this new yarn was promising to divert my attention.
And, of course, I did!
When it arrived, it did not let me down. Although, I admit, I was secretly hoping it might work for tapestry… The content is a little different than Donegal Tweed, with 30% mohair added to the wool. This makes it softer, something knitters want and need, so that was a good call.
This new version is a wonderful weight, too. It’s a fingering yarn with a suggested needle size of US3 (3.25mm). I didn’t ask them for any specific color, but I guess they know me… the colors that came were perfect!
First I did some stripes in Stockinette (and the recommended needle size).
Then, I played with some reversible pattern stitches (thinking of this year’s project for the Italy workshop). Below is a photo of both sides of the reversible patterns.
Pay no attention to those little purple blips in the top blue section. It’s just where I needled in the ends and am too lazy to go take another photo right now!
Next, I need to try a larger needle, since the reversible stitch patterns are a (simplified) form of double knitting, giving them more density. Wouldn’t it make a lovely shawl?
Check it out!
Do ask for this yarn at your LYS and buy a skein or two if you love soft, heathery, tweedy, luxurious yarn! You’ll love it, I’m sure!