Sophistication assumes the slightest touch of rustic.
Vintage No. 2 contains deluxe long-staple fibers from a few hand-selected fleeces with an added touch of cultured silk. The resulting blend balances a shimmering-soft hand with surprising strength. The yarn is loosely spun with a subtle thick-and-thin texture, yet it knits up into a durable fabric with crisp stitch definition and lovely drape. It is perfect for cables, and lace work.
This blend comprises 40% Cormo x Merino lamb's wool, 35% superfine Shetland, 15% prime alpaca, and 10% cultivated silk. The Cormo x Merino superfine lamb's wool comes from Marshall, a lamb hand-raised in the Hudson Valley. As with all Vintage fleeces, it was hand-selected as the best of its kind and for the unique qualities it contributes to the final blend of fibers. Marshall's wool is sleek but sturdy, with long fibers that are extremely soft but resistant to pilling. The Shetland fleeces are even softer, providing phenomenally light and warm fiber that assures both body and drape. The prime alpaca fleece comes from Angel, and won Best in Show at the 2016 Garden State Sheep Breeders Fleece Show.
Small quantities of Vintage No. 2 have been hand-dyed in soft, complementary colors.
CIRRUS (variegated) - charcoal and blue grey
BRACKEN (variegated) moss green with tints of rust
PERSIMMON* (semi-solid) - cool orange
POOL (semi-solid) - clear pale blue
APPLE WOOD* (solid) - muted chartreuse
*PERSIMMON and APPLE WOOD derive their base colors from botanical natural dyes (brazilwood and apple bark, respectively), and the final colors are achieved with tints of primary acid dyes. As with all natural dyes, minimal amounts of dye run-off may occur when washed.
It is pre-washed, but swatching and blocking are always recommended.
Gauge: 20 - 23 sts = 4" (10 cm)
Weight / Yardage: 2 oz /140 yds (56 g / 128 m)
Care: Hand wash in cool water and dry flat