Product Review: Jewels
Yarn name: Jewels
Size: 50 gram/1 3/4 oz. ball/104 yards
Fibers: 40% tactel, 30% nylon, 28% cotton, 2% lurex
MSRP: $13.99 per ball
Jewels is a unique and fun yarn that doesn't have fur... the color combinations are very lush and interesting, and the tactel adds a non-reflecting quality that seems to deepen the colors. It is not a yarn for beginners, though, as it is multiple strands of the different materials, rather loosely plied together, making it easy to split, accidentally increase, or even drop.
This photo does a good job of showing the two strands of fibers... the thin chained thread (probably the cotton and definitely the lurex) and the thick/thin tactel-nylon combo.
Here is a close up of the narrow scarf I am making with Jewels... a more dramatic person might make a whole sweater from it, or a bag (although it won't felt - no wool in it) and find that the knitting went very quickly and the texture had a cozy, wrap-its-arms-around-you sort of feel... I have been watching what I am attracted to when clothes shopping, and it is mostly solid colors, so this will be a great accent piece for me.
I chose to feature this yarn because there is such a wide array of textural yarn available these days, that it is fun to see what they look like. I find it too pricey for a larger item, and know I would get bored with whatever I made, besides a scarf...but it is exciting to see so much creativity being poured into creating new yarns for us knitters. Happy Knitting!