They are exactly as I read about them: squishy, soft, and excellently dyed. I put them on my crafty table so I could think about what to knit with them and went about working on (what's become) a huge lace-y endeavor of the "Leaves of Grass" pattern by the adorably hip Jared Flood. A few days later, the Barrett Wool Co. newsletter notified me that they were stocking a new yarn different from the worsted and fingering "Home": Wisconsin Woolen Spun.
Shut. The. Front. Door.
The skein band comes plainly as brown packaging paper with the outline of Wisconsin and it's done up in small batches. I had to order some. I picked up Penny, Monarch, Bay Leaf, and Rain Shower. When it arrived, I couldn't just put it on the crafty table and think about what to knit. I had to knit it. Now.
|Bay Leaf, Monarch, Penny, and Rain Shower|
Knitting up the Wisconsin Woolen Spun was a dream. It's so much like handspun... squishy, yet toothier, but not rough, full-bodied, and unassuming. The kind of Wisconsin yarn that orders a brandy old-fashioned. Sour. With an orange slice.
It's probably the fastest I've moved from skein arrival to finished object, too. The yarn arrived on Thursday. I started and finished the hat on Friday, started and finished the cowl on Saturday, and photographed both on Sunday. I decided on Jared Flood's (of course) "Seasons Hat" but with only one repeat of the colorwork motif and Isabell Kraemer's "Copenhagen Calling" cowl which I cut in half since I was working with weightier yarn. The results, in my opinion, are amazing due to 90% yarn and 10% my ability to loop the yarn over the needle. Okay, maybe 95% - 5%.
Susan (and her son/business partner) are stocking more and added some sport weight woolen spun... but I wouldn't wait around, small batches mean fewer chances to snag some. Consider yourselves officially enabled.