This review is long overdue - and I want to apologize for the delay, as I was given this yarn to review MONTHS ago. I'm not gonna pepper this with excuses, but I did want to do this yarn justice, and I felt that until I couldn't.
Let me start with the yarn, this is Briggs and Little Country Roving - when I first got the call for reviews, I Was skeptical, as I don't normally use bulky yarns, and frankly I was expecting a scratchy wool. I took a risk, and said yes. I couldn't have been more wrong.
Here's the spec list from the Briggs and Little website:
"COUNTRY ROVING – 100% Wool, 5 Strand, 11 sts = 4″ (10cm) on 7.5mm needles, 155 yds (141m)/8 oz (227g) Roll. Put up in an 8oz. (227g) roll
This yarn is suitable for: mittens, thrums, outdoor sweaters, vests, hats and crafts
Country Roving has 16 shades available"
When I opened up the package, I was thrilled to see the burst of color! I chose the mustard yellow so I could step out of my black and grey box that I've put myself in over the last few years. First, I was intrigued by the structure of the yarn, 5 strands of pencil roving, lightly (if at all) twisted together. While this makes for a not-so-sturdy yarn, it certainly makes for a lofty yarn. Secondly, I was surprised by how soft it was!
Recently, I have stepped away from knitting and crochet design, and have been focusing heavily on weaving and sewing, so I decided that I wanted to weave this yarn. I broke out my Zoom Loom, and got to work on a swatch. By doing the first warp layer, and then using the second warp layer as a guide for needle weaving, I created a bulky Zoom Loom square. Since I had complete control over the tension of the yarn, I didn't have any problem with breakage, and it was actually quite easy to weave with. I love the textile it created, almost a basketweave! Honestly, If I could trust my cats with woven wool (they like eating holes in it) I'd weave some throw pillows to add a punch of color in my studio too!
This is where part 1 ends. I have ambitions for this yarn: A handwoven jacket or vest, but I haven't quite worked out how I will accomplish this. For a large men's vest, I'd have to weave a ton of squares, but I am not sure this yarn will hold up to the tension of a rigid heddle or floor loom. Needless to say, I need to explore this yarn further to see what it can do! Who knows, maybe a wall hanging would be better....