Product Review: Ocean
Yarn name: Ocean
Size: 50 gram ball/80 yards
Fibers: 61% cotton, 29% tactel, 10% nylon
MSRP: $7.95 per ball
This is a very tactile woven boucle yarn, dense but very light thanks to the tactel and nylon in its composition, which should also make it somewhat more water-repellant than cotton alone. I didn't realize how chapped my poor hands had been getting from the frequent handwashing we practice at the children's center until I sat down Friday evening to begin whipping up a baby hat for my colleague, Jamie.... the yarn kept catching on my skin, even though it wasn't splitting as I knit it. It would also make a great, fast-knitting lightweight sweater for someone allergic to wool.
Here is the finished baby hat, modeled by my favorite Steiff bear, who is holding a bit of the leftover yarn, so that you can see the great color repeat.
I am a little concerned that this fiber combination lacks the long-term elasticity needed for a hat, and realize that this one will have to wait for the newborn to grow into it in several months, but I do love the variegated look.