Friday, July 13, 2007

Fiber Friday - Rhabarber

That's rhubarb to all of us that don't read German. This yarn was sent to me all the way from Germany from the Wollmeise herself. The picture here shows the sock yarn and a skein of merino wool both in the Rhabarber colorway. I thought I'd show both together so you could see how the different yarn bases take the same dye colors. The sock yarn comes out much more vibrant.

This yarn is part of an order I placed a while ago from Rohrpatz and Wollmeise. If you haven't seen Claudia's hand dyed yarn, you should have a look. The website also displays some iron work, so just click on the yarn, select english, and enjoy the color.

The merino lambswool is worsted weight and comes in a 100 gram hank and has about 200 meters. You can see it is one ply with a slight twist. It's pretty soft. and is handwash only. I have three hanks of this and I am currently trying to decide what to make.

There are about 40 different color combinations that are avaialble, plus a couple seasonal selections. You can get sample skeins of any color in the worsted weight. I ordered a whole set of the sample skeins so I could see all the colors in person for future orders. I'll share some photos of those on another day. You can see a sample skein on one of the wrapped packages of yarn to the left. The order arrived wrapped up and decorated like that - it wa slike getting a gift.

You can order the colors in light, medium, and dark intensity. I went for meduim to dark selections. She also has laceweight yarn. I didn't get any of the lace weight this time; I had to save something for later.

I can't forget the sock yarn of course. The scok yarn also comes in all the colors too. It is a superwash 100% wool. Each skein is 150 grams and about 574 yards! That is a lot of yardage. I'm really looking forward to tring it out. The color is what convinced me to give it a try. Zknitter has a beautiful skein she's ready to knit up into some fabulos socks. I think that the Wollmeise is fast becoming the new pet rock. I've heard that soon you will be able to order the sock yarn from the Loopy Ewe.

The sock yarn does have a nice twist and you can dance to it. Or at least the colors make me want to dance. I have five more colors of the sock yarn that I'll save to share another day.

19 comments:

Zonda said...

Drooling still! It is a lovely colorway and I can't wait to knit mine up. However, the merino lambswool is gorgeous as well!

Monika said...

Oh boy, now I'm green around my nose! I love Rhabarba to eat, and this yarn looks yummy. No I've got a mission, to get me some Wollmeise too, but I think my DH will have a stroke, need to wait before ordering more yarn. Enjoy! ;o)

Sue J. said...

Drool! Can't wait until the Loopy Ewe gets this sock yarn in . It is lovely!

Bobbi said...

Rhubarb is a perfect name for the yarn, it's amazing! The wrapping is so nice! Just beautiful.

Sherry said...

The colors look so rich and deep. I've heard so much about this yarn, I can't wait to get some. I have a feeling that the Loopy Ewe is going to sell out very quickly.

Deb said...

Stop. Please. Really. So lovely...

The_Add_Knitter said...

So utterly gorgeous...and I love the notion that the order comes wrapped like a present, because isn't that why we order on line after all--to receive a special parcel in mail?!

bockstark.knits said...

One of my favorites!!! :)

Bezzie said...

Holy crap, that stuff is lush. And her other colors, aychimama!

Mom said...

Can't wait to see it in person. Very lush!!!

Jennie said...

Hmm, I may need to look into getting samples of all the colorways. Claudia does do good work. I recently purchase a few skeins from her since I couldn't wait for the Loopy Ewe, lol. But yeah the sock yarn does have a great twist. :)

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I'll live vicariously through you and Zonda for a bit :) THe color is so rich I love it!

Stacie said...

i grow rhubarb in my garden, and i'll be, that looks just like it!! beeeeutiful!

Meghann said...

Utterly gorgeous!

Batty said...

Oooh! Ooooooh! I want!

Thank you so much for introducing me to another source of yarn I desire and consider buying instead of eating lunch for three days.

Wool Girl said...

Love the colorway & packaging! Gorgeous!

JRS said...

Ohh, those are gorgeous. I love rhubarb (the food) so of course I would love the yarn too...the thicker one is almost identical to the Malabrigo Saphire Magenta that I knitted my Cherry Garcia neckwarmer out of. What a great colorway.

Michelle said...

WOW!! Gorgeous yarn...I can't wait to see what this yarn will become! I must have some!

peaknits said...

I just finished my first sock in Rhubarber - and I love it - love the way it knits, the fabric hugs my foot. Claudia is so incredible fast and nice - I like your comparison to the pet rock - indeed, I placed another order before she becomes too "famous" to get it so fast. I will be watching for photos of the FIVE other sock yarns you got - so I can swoon and be jealous:)

I got here via zknits - glad I followed those links since I am quickly becoming a Wollmeise addict! :)