Last week I reviewed Álafoss Lopi by Ístex, an Icelandic yarn that my friend Kelly brought back for me from a trip that she took earlier this year. I have had this yarn sitting in my stash since March and hadn’t even begun to think of a way to use any of it and suddenly now that I used one of the things she brought me I seem to want to use them all. So this week I used another one from that bunch, Puro by Novita.
The basics of this yarn
Just like the Álafoss Lopi by Ístex, Novita by Puro is a bulky 12 ply yarn that is made from 100% wool. I had one skein, which is 109 yards of yarn, and that translates to about 50 grams. Whereas the Istex brand is an Icelandic brand, I’m pretty sure that Novita is from the Finland leg of Kelly’s trip.
The yarn colorway
The color that I had was a super lovely green color. What I really loved was the way that different shades of the green were wound together throughout the entire skein of yarn. The shades varied from an almost-yellow to an almost-black. It’s a really neat effect because the color changes from one end of the green spectrum to the other are subtle and yet the difference in the colors overall is defined. This is described well on Ravelry as: “Puro has two loosely spun plies to get a striated effect, a bit like in Noro yarns.”
Sadly, I have not found anywhere online that I could buy this yarn and therefore I couldn’t find information on the colorway range. I did find some luscious looking pictures of other colors of the yarn besides the green I got, though:
The feel of the yarn
Because this yarn was a 100% wool yarn just like the Álafoss Lopi by Ístex and because it was also a bulky weight 12 ply yarn, I expected it to feel the same as that yarn. However, when I began working with it I realized that it felt a lot softer to the touch. Where the first yarn was scratchy and super-natural in feeling, Novita Puro was silkier to the touch. I have no idea why this is and can only guess that it has something to do with the type of sheep the yarn is from, the way that the yarn is processed or both. All I know is that although it does have a little bit of the scratchy natural feeling that you expect from any 100% wool it is really fairly soft to the touch and I found that super appealing.
How I am using this yarn
Based on the photos that I’ve seen online the most popular way to use this yarn seems to be for felting. The colors stay vibrant and look great. But that’s not how I used it. I am working on a large granny square and I used this yarn for a couple of the rounds. I had assumed that the yarn would be scratchy and so didn’t want to use it as a larger part of a smaller wearable item (like a scarf) but I also chose it for this project because it was absolutely the perfect color for the effect I wanted. Here are some photos:
CONCLUSION: This is one wool yarn that I would absolutely use again!