Today marks the launch of a new feature here on Crochet Concupiscence: Yarn Reviews. I recently wrote about how I prefer to get my yarn from indie online stores (here’s why) so for my first yarn review I’d like to tell you about my experience with Raspberry Sorbet, a Candy Skein yarn.
This is a laceweight yarn that is 100% Merino Wool. It is Kettle Dyed. I paid $18 to get a skein of 880 yards, a price I was happy with. It shipped quick and arrived nicely, but not overly, packaged. You can learn more about this tomorrow when I do a more complete review of the Candy Skein store here on the site.
I really love the Raspberry Sorbet colorway. It’s always hard to say for sure what the color you’re getting is going to look like when you order online. It’s not the seller’s fault because even with high-quality photos the colors can vary from one computer monitor to the next. That said, I felt like the color I got was what I expected. Here’s the photo from the Candy Skein site (which can also be seen on Ravelry).
And here’s a photo of the yarn on the Tami’s Amis blog (which is where I actually found out about it to begin with):
Here’s a photo I took when it arrived:
And a photo after I turned the skein into a ball:
You can probably tell that some of the color difference is due to my poor photo skills, which really need some updating if I’m going to take this crochet site where I want to take it! There is also definitely a difference between the site photo and the blog photo but the color looks much closer to the site photo (where I placed the order, of course).
Anyway, it’s a beautiful colorway with a lot of really great nuances to it. When worked up it looks like one rich color with lots of subtle tones that show up in the light. I really like this effect as opposed to a more intense variegated yarn where the colors are all different. It’s much easier to work with and forgiving when you’re trying to create your own patterns, which is nice.
The Feel of the Yarn
I often say that I’ve never met a merino I didn’t like and the rule holds true with this one. At first I was surprised that it wasn’t a little bit softer but this was my first time working with a lace weight merino and after fingering a few more at the local stores I’ve learned that the laceweight version has a different type of softness to the touch than thicker versions do. Makes sense now that I think about it. That said, it is a nice soft yarn. I wish I had a better description than that … maybe I’ll get better at this as I do more reviews!
How I’m Using It
I’m using this yarn in a way that I think may be untraditional for this yarn weight. As you may know if you’re a regular reader, I’m starting a line of repurposed crochet dresses – taking the tops of thrift store crochet shirts and dresses, altering them and adding my own design for a skirt. (You can see my repurposed Malabrigo halter dress, which is the first finished piece of the line). I am adding this yarn to a black stretchy top with lace detail. Originally I had intended to do a really lacy, openwork design and I think that would have suited this yarn really well.
However, as I worked it up, something spoke to me and I changed my plans. I ended up starting a Spanish-dance-influenced design that’s shorter on one side with a long ruffle on the other side. You can’t see all of it yet because I’ve finished this yarn and am going to wrap up the rest of the dress in a black fingering weight yarn that I have on hand … so I’ll have real pictures of that piece when it’s totally finished, but here’s a sneak peak so you can see some of the yarn in action:
It’s being worked up primarily in hdc using a D hook which is a pretty tight design for a laceweight. I’m actually really liking how it’s turning out but I think as far as traditional crochet work goes I’d recommend this yarn for more openwork projects. Its weight and nuanced colorway both lend itself to that type of work – I’m thinking a lacy summer shawl, for example. That said, I do enjoy how it’s worked up in the tighter stitch. It has a softness to the fabric and it’s lightweight even though the ruffle side is “heavy”. It’s working.
Conclusion: I would use Candy Skein’s Raspberry Sorbet again!