To my favorite yarn! And it’s not bamboo!
(Bamboo is my favorite TYPE of yarn. This is my favorite yarn.)
Basically it LOOKS like Noro. So if I’m in love with a yarn that LOOKS like Noro, then I should love Noro, too, right? Wrong. Noro doesn’t FEEL right. It’s a little too rough/scratchy for my taste. But this- this is perfection. Soft and pettable, but strong. And I love most of the colorways. It is 23% wool and 77% other things. Mostly acrylic, cause I’m an acrylic girl! I still have six or so balls of it in different colorways. (My goal this weekend is to find out just how much I have, snap pics, and add it to my Ravelry stash.) The one in the upper left corner of the pic is Universal Yarn, which is 30% wool. I think 30% is about my limit for personal items. I live in Tennessee (and not the mountain-y part), so it gets very hot here. And we have mostly mild winters, so 30% wool is about all the weather will let me have.
The majority of this type of yarn in my stash is Debbie Mumm Traditions, which WAS a JoAnn’s store yarn. It’s discontinued now. I found the Universal Yarn (Classic Shades) on a trip to KnitWitts in Evansville, IN. Lion Brand also has one, called Landscapes, but theirs is 100% acrylic. (I will have to try it, but I’m a little afraid that it won’t wear the same, because there is no wool in it. Plus- it only has seven colorways.) Speaking of- Lion Brand calls it roving yarn, which is weird to me, because I’m used to roving being bulky, super bulky, and OHEMGEE THAT’S HUGE. The idea that you could have thin roving just doesn’t compute in my brain. But- if roving is a category, then it is worsted roving. (Because if you’ll remember- worsted is my favorite yarn weight.)
Most of it says hand wash, but I’ve machine-washed it, and it turns out fine. I just don’t add heat. So machine-wash cold, and dry flat. No tumble dryer.
The comments on Traditions are less than flattering. Since it is more roving than yarn, you will have a problem with tinking or ripping back. The wool makes it stick to itself, so you will have to tug at it, for it to let go. Also people have had problems with the core showing. I have not had this problem. It does bunch a little, but you can control that. Basically- touch it as little as possible in the knitting process, and you’ll be fine. I would advise not using it for complicated patterns, though. Huge cables or lots of lace won’t work. It’s just not that type of yarn. It is perfect for garter, stockinette, or ribbing, though.
So basically- I like the softer Noro knockoffs. (And for the record- I love most of the Noro colorways. I just can’t stand the feel of it. If they ever figure out how to make it softer- I probably will become a Noro convert.)