Product Review: Rustic
Yarn name: Rustic, now called Sport
Weight: DK weight
Size: 2 ounces/110 yards
Fibers: 100% Shetland wool, grown in Montana
MSRP: $8.00 per skein
If yarn came in varietals, as wine does, this would be an example. A special yarn developed by Judith McKenzie, using fleece from Shetland sheep raised in Montana, it is both soft and "crunchy", which is the word my niece coined a few years back to describe our hair when we unbraided it after a day playing in the snow. She was describing the wavy texture created, and this yarn has it, while still sliding through the hands gently.
I discovered this yarn at last summer's Black Sheep Gathering, and purchased enough to make a few hats. It is distributed by a very small company located in Desert Hot Springs run by Jeanne DeCoster, who offers a few nice patterns on the website employing this yarn, now termed "Sport". A few of you met her at SOAR a week or so back... she is very sweet, and works hard to promote the unique characteristics of the Shetland fleeces.Of course, I had already fallen in love with the little sheep and their multi-colored hues (all the available yarn is undyed, in the various colors produced by the sheep themselves, how cool is that?!), so I was an easy sale.
Here is a closeup of Rustic, showing the wavy texture within each stitch, as well as the Moorit colorway. Shetland sheep are a very primitive breed, producing two types of wool, and the softer fine wool can be "rooed" or plucked directly from the sheep, rather than the usual shearing procedure, if the grower watches for the "break", a point in the fleece growth where there is a natural weakness, allowing the hair to come loose.
If you are looking for something that looks particularly casual or rustic, but still has a soft hand, this yarn is an excellent choice.