Normally the idea of a green sheep wouldn't be all that appealing, but Darlene Hayes of Hand Jive Knits calls her yarn made mostly from organic Columbia wool "Green Sheep" because the fiber is organically produced and dyed by hand in small batches and in an environmentally conscious manner.
Get it? Green Sheep. It's a cute concept, and a great yarn made from a sheep you might not have heard of.
Hayes tells me the sheep are raised in Montana and the yarn is processed in Canada using an antique spinning machine known as a mule spinner. She thinks it's one of only two left in North America and it was built in 1909.
- Content: 90 percent Columbia organic wool, 10 percent mohair
- Yarn Weight: Worsted
- Gauge: Yarn label says 3 to 5 stitches per inch on size 8 or 9 US needles; I got 4 stitches per inch (16 stitches per 4 inches) on size 8 needles
- Yardage: 230 per 4 ounce skein
- Color Availability: 11 colors
- Color Used in Swatch: Spring Grass
Hand Jive's Nature's Palette Green Wool Columbia Worsted is a very warm and fuzzy yarn. It's not for summer wearing, and I'd say it's not for summer knitting, either.
It was spring when I knit my swatch and my hands still got a little sweaty working with it (which may also explain why a bit of dye came off on my hands, but it easily washed away).
The yarn itself is springy and smooth, without a lot of scratchiness, but people who are sensitive to wool might find it a little harsh.
The yarn has nice stitch definition and a lovely range of colors running through the skein.
Uses for Nature's Palette Green Wool Columbia Worsted:
This yarn would be perfect for that sweater you wear in the dead of winter when it's almost too cold to get out of bed but you know you have to get up anyway so you want a sweater that's as warm as possible.
It would also be good for a blanket you throw on the back of the couch during winter and that you snuggle under while reading by the fire (though, frankly, that would be a really pricey throw, since this yarn retails for about $20 a skein).
It would also make lovely hats, mittens, scarves and other cold-weather ware, which would be much friendlier to the pocketbook as well.
Care of Nature's Palette Green Wool Columbia Worsted:
This yarn should be washed by hand in cool water with as little agitation as possible and air dried flat, like any good wool.
A little dye might escape in the wash (though I didn't see any when I washed my swatch) so keep an eye out.
Hand Jive's Nature's Palette Green Wool Columbia Worsted yarn has a really long name, but it's a great yarn for your dead-of-winter projects. It also gives you an opportunity to work with a wool that you might not otherwise get to play with, which is always a lot of fun.
If you can't splurge on enough of this yarn to make yourself a sweater (which I'm thinking seriously about), at least try it for a hat or a pair of mittens. Your warm extremities will thank you.