This week’s yarn review is of the first super bulky yarn that I ever used: Plymouth Yarn Italia Fingerpaints. (Yes, I did recently review another super bulky yarn: Patons Boehmian, but I actually used this one first and hadn’t reviewed it, yet.) :)

The Basics of this Yarn

Plymouth Yarn Italia Fingerpaints is a super bulky yarn that is 98% wool and 2% nylon. The 2% nylon comes from a black thread that is wrapped all the way around the wool yarn. One skein is about seven ounces and 132 yards. Plymouth Yarn Italia Fingerpaints is a discontinued yarn, although of course you can get people’s old stash for sale online. I got this particular item from Elmwood Yarn Shop in Buffalo, New York when I went to Niagara Falls over the summer.

The Yarn Colorway

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Like I said, this yarn has now been discontinued so there is no current colorway. It’s a variegated yarn and the color that I got (#715) was a series of pastels (purple, peach, yellow). This was the only color of this yarn available when and where I purchased it. Had I had my choice of the yarn colors that they originally had in the colorway, I probably would have chosen something more bold because of personal preference. I actually ended up really liking the colors, though. They work well together and the variegation is done really nicely.

The Way this Yarn Feels

The feel of the yarn is where I get kind of indifferent to Plymouth Yarn’s Italia Fingerpaints. I am not generally a fan of the feel of 100% wool yarn. As you likely know, it’s a really scratchy yarn, and this one is no exception. It’s not that it’s uncomfortable or bad for me to work with but it’s not silky smooth like a bamboo silk yarn or super cushy and cozy like the Paton’s Bohemian I recently reviewed. It’s fine, but it’s not something I yearn to do again and again. In comparison to other 100% wool yarns that I’ve worked with, I’d say that this one is on the moderate to heavy side of scratchiness.

How I Used This Yarn

The full reveal of the way that I used this yarn will come next week but in short I had only one skein, and I didn’t want to mix this yarn with anything, so I used it to make a cowl. It was my first time working with such a bulky yarn and that took some getting used to. I did find that I appreciated the way that the nylon thread wrapped around the wool because it kept it all secure and I think that made it easier when working such a bulky yarn. I actually also like the visual effect of that personally. I do know that it was significantly easier for me to work with the Paton’s Bohemian than this yarn, because it didn’t seem nearly as bulky as this one, but once I got the hang of working with such a big yarn, it was fine. I was using a large-for-me hook – a J, I think – but it would probably be even better to work this yarn with a larger hook in the Q or S range.

CONCLUSION: The fact that this yarn has been discontinued makes it feel kind of special for me and for that reason I’m glad I got my hands on it and tried it. If it came into my path again, I might try another color of it, but I wouldn’t say that this is a yarn that I’m in love with.


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