Brand new for fall 2009 is Berroco Vintage Wool: Vintage Wool is a blend of acrylic, wool and nylon in a worsted gauge. Check out the awesome colors here, and just know that when you actually feel a skein of this yarn, well, I can't be responsible for what you'll do!
This yarn will be giving both Cascade 220 and Plymouth Encore some stiff competition. HOW, you ask, is that possible, since Cascade 220 and Plymouth Encore don't even complete with each other? I'll explain...
- If you glance at the shelf, this yarn looks just like Cascade 220. It's got beautiful solids and lovely heathers, and it comes in a hank. The yardage (217) is comparable to the 220.
- And if you look at the specifics of the yarn, it compares to Encore. First off, it's machine washable. And it's reasonably priced at only $6 compared to $5.50 for Encore. If you do the math, the Vintage Wool and the Encore both come out to 2.76 cents per yard.
So for all those Encore knitters, here's a yarn that is the same price as Encore, but much softer and without that acrylic feel. The color palette is different, so you can experiment with gorgeous rich shades that you haven't seen in the Encore line. (The heathers are simply stunning!) If you have issues with wool, Vintage Wool only has 40% wool, so you'll most likely not have any issues with it.
And for all you Cascade knitters, here's a yarn that looks and knits like Cascade 220. But it's much softer, and it's machine washable, so you can make items for kids that LOOK handwashable, and not worry that they'll be accidentally felted by those folks who don't know better. And at 2.76 cents per yarn, it's less than the 3.16 cents per yard you'll pay for the Cascade.
We love the Plymouth Encore and the Cascade 220, but Vintage Wool is unique in that it competes with different yarns in different ways. It is SO soft, the colors are SO beautiful, the price is SO reasonable and there are SO many yards... SO what does all this mean? Well, let's just say it's a KEEPER. In a big way!
Berroco fall patterns are coming in June! Hopefully by the third week in June we will have all the new books. They are SO awesome! ...Sorry! :)