Back in episode 4, we spoke a little about Rusty Ferret Yarn and how we got on working with the sock base. In case you missed it, you can still find the episode over on iTunes, but we thought a blog post with some pictures might also be in order.
The yarn is a 4ply fingering weight yarn, made from 75% wool, 25% nylon, comes in 100g/400m skeins, and is hand-dyed by the wonderful Leona of Fluph. We very much recommend following both Rusty Ferret and Fluph on Instagram where you can find both beautiful pictures of the yarn, but also get info on when the shop updates are.
Pip cracked into one of her skeins and whipped up a stunning Syne shawl. A perfect way of seeing how the yarn worked as the shawl allowed Pip to see how it handled lace, twisted stitches, cables and a picot cast off. As you can see in the photos, the yarn does it all beautifully. The stitch definition is cracking, and the yarn blocks really well. And those colours too- yummy!
Cia tried her hand at some crochet and one of her skeins (in the Phantasma colourway) became part of a Trienne wrap. As with knitting, the yarn is very pleasant to crochet with and holds its shape nicely. Again, there were also some lovely colour changes and hidden depths to the yarn’s colour which made it good fun to work with.
Being a busy bee, Cia then turned to her second skein and quickly knitted up a pair of socks in the Kevin colourway. Suffice to say those socks are going to be a welcome and cosy pop of colour when the weather gets colder!
Overall we were both very impressed with the yarn and we look forward to many more projects using it. Pip still has a skein left in her stash, and Cia’s been having a go with some of Rusty Ferret’s other yarn bases. Watch this space and check out the podcast to find out what we think.