Upon the completion of my Paper Moon Socks for the first ever Stash Knit Along, I realized that I’ve knit with every Sweet Georgia base that we carry in the shop! Which, of course, means it’s time for a yarn review! Stash currently carries three different Sweet Georgia yarns. How about we start with the lightest weight and work our way up?
First up…Sweet Georgia SeaSilk Lace:
Sweet Georgia SeaSilk Lace contains 60% Seacell and 40% Silk. Seacell is a cellulose based fiber made from seaweed, which gives the yarn a bit of a crisp feel in the skein and provides strength. The silk content gives the yarn a beautiful sheen and wonderful drape. SeaSilk Lace is one of those yarns that really transforms after blocking. Now, don’t get me wrong…it’s lovely to knit with and the fabric still feels nice before blocking. After blocking, though, your fabric will have incredible drape, shine, and softness. Since this particular yarn doesn’t contain wool, it would be fantastic for anyone with a wool allergy as well as for spring or summer knits. It would look wonderful knit up as a lacy shawl for a special occasion, but it also lends itself to plain stockinette stitch! The possibilities are endless, really! Each skein has a put up of 700 yards, which means one skein is enough for a decent sized shawl or in some cases an entire sweater.
Pattern: Featheweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, made from one skein of Sweet Georgia SeaSilk Lace
Next in line is Sweet Georgia CashLuxe Fine, a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon (70/20/10) fingering weight yarn.
Many MCN blends contain 10% cashmere, but Sweet Georgia uses a base with 20% cashmere and it makes for an incredibly soft yarn. CashLuxe Fine has fantastic stitch definition and creates a nice squishy fabric. The cashmere content also makes this yarn incredibly warm and great for next-to-skin accessories like socks, shawls, cowls, scarves, hats, and mitts. The gorgeous semi-solid colors would also look wonderful knit up into a fingering-weight sweater. CashLuxe Fine comes in a skein with 375 yards, which is plenty for a small accessory. I knit a pair of socks with my skein, and they’re the kind of socks you never want to take off your feet! The yarn worked well in each of the stitch patterns featured in the socks I knit, and the resulting fabric is dense but not stiff.
Pattern: Paper Moon Socks by AnneLena Mattison from Knitty Deep Fall 2011, made from one skein of Sweet Georgia CashLuxe Fine
Last, but certainly not least, is Sweet Georgia Superwash Chunky!
The Sweet Georgia Yarns arrived at Stash during the height of holiday crafting season and the Sweet Georgia Superwash Chunky flew off the shelves! Who doesn’t love some instant gratification knitting/crocheting?! I snatched up a lovely skein of this yarn to make a hat. Superwash? Check. Works up quickly? Check. Gorgeous colors? Check. And it’s soft and warm, too! Each skein of Superwash Chunky has a generous 120 yards/skein, which is plenty for a hat, mitts, or bulky cowl. It’s soft enough to be warn next to the skin and the saturated colors are just begging to be knit up into something fabulous. It also looks great knit into a sweater, too!
Pattern: Oatmeal Pullover by Jane Richmond
Pattern: Cranberry Sauce by Brittany Tyler
I’ve been thrilled with all three of the Sweet Georgia bases that we carry at Stash. I’m a sucker for deep saturated colors, and saturated colors on luxurious yarn? I’m all over it. Between the three bases, I think there’s a little something for everyone!
Stash Enhancer Liz