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Sheep(ish) Yarn by Vickie Howell for Bernat

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Sheep(ish) Yarn by Vickie Howell for Bernat

Sheep(ish) yarn by Vickie Howell for Bernat.

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Vickie Howell has said that she wanted to create a yarn inspired by the colors, style and sensibilities of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, and with her Sheep(ish) yarn, part of the Stitch. Rock. Love. line by Bernat (formerly with Caron), she's done that with a sparkly, wooly twist.

The yarn is a mix of acrylic and wool with a bit of shine that makes it a lot of fun for everyday accessories, kid's clothes and items perfect for a night out or a Mad Men-themed party.

Specifications

  • Content: 70 percent acrylic, 30 percent wool
  • Yarn weight: medium
  • Gauge: Ball band says 17 stitches and 22 rows per 4 inches on size 8 US (5 mm) knitting needles; I got 19 stitches and 22 rows on size 8 needles
  • Yardage: 167 yards per 3 ounce skein
  • Color availability: 21 solids
  • Color used in swatch: Red(ish)
  • Care instructions: machine wash cold, gentle cycle, dry flat, do not iron

Knitting

Despite being mostly acrylic in fiber content, Sheep(ish) has a really nice feel in the skein, on the needles and in the swatch. It gives the impression much more of wool yarn that of acrylic, which many knitters will appreciate.

Sheep(ish) is what you might call a roving yarn, meaning that it's a lightly spun singles rather than a plied yarn. This makes the yarn a little thick and thin, and a little splitty, but it's nothing that can't be dealt with by paying a little attention while you're knitting. This is not a yarn to use while knitting in the dark but it's fine as long as you can see what you're doing.

The yarn is a little shiny and a little fuzzy, but it's really soft and smooth. The stitches are pretty even for a yarn that's not completely even in thickness.

It curls considerably in Stockinette Stitch, and while it calmed down some after a wash it began to curl up again after a few day's sitting.

It could just be my imagination, but the water seemed a little pinkish (pardon the pun!) when I soaked my swatch. If using a dark color, you'll want to wash your swatch and double check the color fastness before you wash a finished object with other clothes.

Uses for Sheep(ish)

Like any soft, washable yarn, Sheep(ish) would be a great choice for children's clothes, blankets and accessories. The wool adds a bit of warmth and coziness without a tickle of scratchiness.

And the sparkle is a fun addition that also makes it a good choice for accessories for grownups or even a party-worthy top.

Bottom Line

Another great feature of Sheep(ish) is that it's a great bargain; a skein of 167 yards costs just $3.99 as of this writing (check out the store locator for where to buy). So even a full-sized woman's sweater wouldn't set you back a ton.

The nice range of colors means you'll find lots of uses for this retro-inspired yarn with a bit of modern flair. If you need washability but like a little wool -- and a little sparkle, too -- this yarn is a great option.

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