Purl Soho Worsted Twist Yarn
100% Merino Wool
For Christmas, my wonderful husband bought me nine hanks of the Purl Soho Worsted Twist. It runs about $20.00 a hank, unless on sale. A hank is approximately 164 yards with a 4-5 st/in gauge. This is a little more thank I like to spend on yarn when I am just putzing around and making something for myself. (Gifts are a completely different beast, I tend to overspend a lot when making gifts. Whoever says handmade gifts are cheaper than store-bought gifts is seriously delusional.) However, I got around this yarn purchasing guilt by planting the little seed in my husbands head that it would make a lovely gift. So, I didn't buy it- he bought it. Blame defaults to him.
I love looking through the free patterns on Purl Soho's website, but this is the first time I've ever used their yarn. I have to say, I am more than pleased with the quality and feel of this yarn. I am working on the Seed Stitch Wrap available in their free patters. (http://www.purlsoho.com/create/2013/09/05/new-worsted-twist-seed-stitch-scarf/) I felt this was a beautiful way to showcase the yarn in a wide, simple stitch wrap with large swaths of color. It works up fairly fast, too, which is a bonus. I am actually pleasantly surprised by how obvious a difference there is in this worsted weight merino compared to some of the more economical options available out there. It is so soft, it really doesn't even feel like wool. I would say if I did a blind touch test, I would have thought this was a soft cotton over a wool, though I would be very sad if I washed it like cotton. I would even dare to say it could be baby blanket soft.
More impressive than the feel, though that is quite impressive, are the colors! I love the richness of the colors. The Super Pink really is as bold as it looks on your computer screen and the Timeless Navy is rich with an expressive depth. I think the potential for unique and beautiful projects is quite expansive with the yarn.
Bottom Line: This yarn is very nice. It is a little pricey for casual use, but if you have a special project in mind- it's a luxurious feel with great color.