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Oct 13 Limited Edition Tremolo




2009.10.13 Limited Edition
100% extrafine superwash wool
machine wash gentle, cold/dry flat
sport weight, 26st/4" on US size 2-1/2
50g, 251 yds
sample color: ivory

This was an interesting yarn in that it foiled most of my expectations. It looks and feels smaller than a sportweight, especially judging by the gauge I got. I may have called it fingering, but it is not a superwash fingering that I would personally use for socks--it seems too light and delicate. It had a slightly hard, stringy feeling in the skein that was less noticeable once knitted up, and it improved even more postbock. Most confounding (to me) was that I could not get any rhyme or reason out of the claimed weight, gauge, and needle combination. I used the suggested 3.0mm needle size (and not my usual two sizes smaller) and still got a much smaller gauge than advertised. I have trouble envisioning this yarn at 26 st/4". I would find it much too loose at that gauge, in my opinion.

This yarn is three plies, flat, and definitely splitty. It wasn't until I was looking at the swatch drying that I realized this light color has a multicolor heathered quality.


Swatch: Longtail cast on, 30 st. Three rows of seed stitch, and then stockinette to the end.

Tremolo preblockPreblock-->
With size 2 needles:

3-5/8"(W) x 2"(H)
11rows/1"-->44 rows/4"

Soaked in cold water and a little dish soap; no dye run. Rolled in a towel and then patted out to dry. This swatch definitely needed to be pinned flat for the first hour or so of drying. then I released the bottom pins and let it do what it was going to do.






Tremolo postblock

<--After Block:
3-1/2"(W) x 2"(H)
11rows/1"-->44 rows/4"

The swatch barely moved in size after blocking. In comparison to what you start with, it is surprisingly soft and a little bit fuzzy after the hand wash (I didn't test its superwashiness.) I definitely don't find it scratchy on the skin, but when I rubbed it across my lips I noticed a teeny tiny catch or two.

The stockinette has evened out, thankfully--I didn't really care for the swatch before its bath, but I think it's fine now.

Until I washed this stuff, I thought I was completely safe from a purchase. I'm still on the fence only because the gauge of this yarn is so darn small. I'll have to check my queue.



Sample Garment

Tremolo garment