Some great but yet-to-be-appreciated yarns
This season there have been a lot of changes in the yarns available for knitters. There have been a lot of yarns discontinued, and a lot of new introductions. In times of economic uncertainty, it’s no surprise that crocheters and knitters return to their favorites. But there are some that I have tried, and deserve a closer look.
Mohair is coming back into style, but not the ultra big fuzz-ball look. What is important now is a light halo and a soft hand. Enter Aiko. This yarn is incredibly soft, but it takes up a lot of space. The yarn itself it made up from a tiny boucle of the fibers stitched into a small tape. When it is knit, there isn’t a lot of surface halo (fuzz), but it knits to a bigger gauge than it looks. The Aiko styles in the Lang books are mostly used for snuggly knits, but I think it would also make a great yarn for openwork styles–a lacy scarf or wrap would be very sophisticated in this yarn.