Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Have you heard of O-Wool?

This little company, based out of Philadelphia, is bringing production of beautiful, organic yarns back to the US. They have a beautiful selection of yarns and colors -- and amazing prices. Some time back, I wanted to feature them in a Yarnbox after seeing their beautiful branding and advertisement all over Ravelry, but they don't really wholesale their yarns and had to pass. Even so, I have remained interested in this brand and finally took the plunge, ordering three of their yarns and all of their color cards.

The yarns I decided to try first were: 

This yarn is 100% organic merino, and comes in 50 g skeins for $7.25 a hank. This makes them half of the standard sized hank, and the singles don't have much yardage on them (only 99 yards), but I personally find this very convenient. So many projects call for color changes in worsted-weight yarns, and it's not like you need a 200 yard skein to make a pair of baby booties and a hat, really! I chose the color Dogwood. It will be perfect for my friend Stephanie, who just announced she's having a girl. 

This is the yarn that originally caught my eye. I love how tweedy this organic cotton & wool blend takes dyes -- and Jocelyn Tunney, the company's owner, has chosen some beautiful tones for this one. I picked a hank in Turquoise, a stunning blue. (I did read online that the blues in this yarn tend to bleed a bit, so before beginning to knit, I'll pop it in a bath with some Soak.) Again, this is a 50 g skein with about 130 yards on it of dk weight yarn. This one will probably become a baby gift for Amy Small from Knit Collage. She looked about ready to pop at TNNA -- her husband was helping out at the booth and they are the most adorable couple ever. 

Built on the same idea as Balance, this 50/50 organic merino and organic cotton is perhaps even more scrumptious than it's lighter-weight relative. I think this might be my favorite of all the skeins! I chose Sulfur, an acidic green that just seems to glow. I'm going to stick with my baby-knit plans and turn this into an adorable hat for my friend Kayla. She hasn't announced the gender but I'm pretty sure this green will look fantastic on any little one! This yarn retails for $11.25 and is a full 100 g skein. Perfect, since bulkier wools don't give you much yardage otherwise (these hanks have 106 yards.) 

I bought ALL the color cards, so you can be sure you'll see more of these yarns before too long. Next on my list to try is O-Wash Sport, which comes in a most lovely array of colors, and O-Wool's Classic 2-Ply, which seems pretty perfect for colorwork. Of course, I probably won't be able to resist trying a few more colors of Bulky....

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