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    A Study of Rauma Yarns: Colorwork Swatches in Strikkegarn and Vams

    A Study of Rauma Yarns: Colorwork Swatches in Strikkegarn and Vams

    Strikkegarn

    After Gammelserie and Finullgarn, Strikkegarn is thicker still. I love the roundness of this yarn but was a little concerned that the strong stitch definition would prevent the fabric from meshing together as much as the others. I was pleasantly surprised!

    I knit Strikkegarn in Color 100 (white) and Color 185 (deep forest/teal green) on a US 6 needle and got a gauge of 21 stitches and 24 rows over 4inches. Despite being thicker and rounder than the previous two yarns, Strikkegarn created an even, well-defined colorwork fabric. The motif can’t be as detailed as when you use a thinner yarn, but I think you can get nice detail with this yarn. 

    In colorwork, I’d love to make a cardigan with Strikkegarn. It would be weighty enough for a solid sweater (I like a little heft in my sweaters!), but not so warm that it would be uncomfortable indoors. It would also make a solid hat or mittens, and would be both durable and water-resistant if knit at an even tighter gauge than I knit it. 

    A colorwork swatch in green and white knit using Rauma Strikkegarn

    Vams

    Colorwork in Vams highlights its loft and squishiness. It feels completely different from Strikkegarn and meshes the fabric together even more than Finullgarn did. 

    I knit Vams in Color 003 (very light grey) and Color 404 (dark blue) on a US 9. My swatch has a gauge of 18 stitches and 20 rows over 4 inches. I think this is the most cohesive fabric of any of the four yarns and has the fluffiest feel to it. Even in colorwork, it feels fleecy, more akin to roving than to spun yarn. For that reason, the motif appears a little fuzzier around the edges than the crisp motif in Strikkegarn. 

    Vams in colorwork would make the coziest winter hat. Generally, with the gauge I got, I would feel comfortable substituting Vams into a lot of colorwork patterns that call for Lettlopi (but always swatch!) and expect to get a fluffier fabric than Lettlopi can be. 

    A colorwork swatch in blue and white knit using Rauma Vams

    Conclusion? Over all four yarns, I found that knitting with Rauma I was more relaxed with my needles because the yarn takes care of itself – even if you drop stitches, they stay put! This can be great for people with arthritis or just trying to avoid hand fatigue when knitting colorwork. Also, these yarns knit similarly to the Shetland yarns we carry, but with Strikkegarn and Vams you can knit thicker (and quicker) projects. 

    If you missed my first blog post series where I swatched each of the Rauma yarns, you can find Part 1 with swatches and thoughts about Gammelserie and Finullgarn here, Part 2 on Strikkegarn and Vams here and my look at colorwork using Gammelserie and Finullgarn here
    Kelsey Peterson is a knitter, eager student of yarn construction and sheep breeds, and employee of TWT. She is on Instagram as @kcrp.making and on Ravelry as yellowpaperfish.

     

    Lambing Season with Rachel on Fair Isle

    Lambing Season with Rachel on Fair Isle

    Thank you for joining us! We're delighted that Rachel @Barkland Croft is checking in again from Fair Isle. This month she's giving us a peek at lambing season. Be sure to watch Rachel's previous video to learn more about her if you missed it.

    If you are enjoying this series, be sure to stop by the shop and visit our blog where you can also read about life on Orkney with our friend Isla plus, hear more about what's happening in the shop.

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    Shopcast 142: Are you an adventurous knitter? Plus a Jamieson & Smith and Spindrift comparison.

    Shopcast 142: Are you an adventurous knitter? Plus a Jamieson & Smith and Spindrift comparison.

     

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    What am I wearing?

    Multicolored Tapestry Cowl If you post a picture of your Tapestry Cowl, use #tapestrycowl so we can see!


    Vanilla Sweater in Rauma Finullgarn 4128

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    This episode’s customer question: What DK weight yarn is good for cables?  

    Rowan Felted Tweed 

    Blacker Swan DK 


    My latest WIP:

    Neckline for a cardigan I’m designing in Rauma Vams.

     

    Da Crofter’s Kep by Wilma Malcomson. Pattern found on Shetland Wool Week site in Jamieson’s of Shetland original colors and The Woolly Thistle varieties.

    Jamieson & Smith: https://thewoollythistle.com/collections/kits/products/da-crofters-kep-yarn-set-jamieson-smith?variant=39731796443288 


    Lovage by Marie Wallin from her Windswept book


    In the Shop:

    52 Weeks of Shawls by Laine Live April 30th and available now.


    Blacker Gotland in DK (a bit left!) & Blacker Jacob in 4-ply & DK.


    Two-Color Tapestry Cowl Kits.


    Shetlands Wool Adventures Journal Vol. 01 & 02 Live May 28th

     


    Pom Pom 37-Summer is on pre-order. Live on June 2nd .


    By Hand #15- Rhode Island 


    Laine 11 


    Biches & Bûches La Petit Lambswool 4-ply, fingering weight in 14 colors.  NEED LINK

    Silk Mohair in 9 colors.  NEED LINK


    Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift 


    NEED SHETLAND MAP if we’re using one.  Placeholder exists TC: 36:39:00


    Jamieson & Smith 


    Pewter Buttons 


    Exmoor Sock Yarn is in stock 


    Buness Tam - Sold out but sign up to be notified when it is back in stock 


    Audrey in Unst by Gudrun Johnson  


    Thank you for watching!  If you go out, wear a mask & take your knitting!

    Corinne's gold bangles from yearlyco.com

    Video editing:Erika Jones www.helloerikajones.com

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    Greetings from Orkney!

    Greetings from Orkney!

    Hello,  I want to say a big thank you for giving me such a warm welcome.  I have loved reading your comments here on the blog and chatting to you on Instagram.  Many of you have visited Orkney in the past while so many of you have ancestors here.  Some of you have asked questions about life here and I hope to cover as many of these as I can as we go along in the future. 

    One of the things I had  really wanted to show you was all the lovely daffodils that appear at this time of year.  Even the verges of the small narrow roads are awash with the bright cheery yellow of this spring flowering plant.  Sadly though, before I had chance to take some photographs, we had a week of gales, freezing temperatures and winterly showers.  They just didn’t stand a chance especially with the high amount of salt the gales had whipped up into the air.   Those that were in bloom or just about to flower are now looking very sorry for themselves and are brown and wilting.  

    Daffodils on the isle of Orkney

      

    Wilted daffodils in the snow

    However, I noticed today, while enjoying a cup of tea up in Tam the Van (at a beautiful beach in the West Mainland) that those plants that were later flowering and so we're nicely tucked up and protected when the wintery storms hit are now bursting into flower.  I hope that means some of those along the verges will have survived too.  In Orkney the appearance of daffodils signify the end of the long dark days of winter, the prospect of summer and the many hours of day light that brings. 

    In crafty news a lot has been happening.  I finished a jumper and have started to learn a few embroidery stitches however it’s very early days on the embroidery front. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my happy jumper Finished Object (FO) photos!  I have posted all the information on my FO post but the design is Vinterskov by Karie Westermann.  Even in the summer it can be cool here so I know it will get lots of wear over the coming months.  I am off now to start my homework ready the 2nd half of my online embroidery workshop, wish me luck! 

    Isla in her new sweater sitting happily on the rocks in Orkney.

    Until next time take care

    Isla


    If you would like to see more of Orkney and what I am up to you can find me on Instagram as @islap1k1.  

     

    If you missed Isla's first blog post here at The Woolly Thistle, you can find it here. 

    A Study of Rauma Yarns: Colorwork Swatches in Gammelserie & Finullgarn

    A Study of Rauma Yarns: Colorwork Swatches in Gammelserie & Finullgarn

    As many knitters know, one of the strengths of “woolly wool” is using it in colorwork. The wooly fibers tend to grab each other more than a merino or a superwash yarn, so the resulting fabric is more consistent, clear, and meshed together into a cohesive fabric. 

    After knitting swatches of our four Rauma yarns for two previous blog posts, the first post discussing Gammelserie and Finullgarn and the second post discussing Strikkegarn and Vams, the next logical step was to knit swatches in colorwork! This is a common use for Rauma yarns historically, in Norwegian-style sweaters, Selbu mittens, and warm socks, so I wanted to explore them for myself. 

    Gammelserie 

    Gammelserie is the thinnest and tightest twist of the four Rauma yarns that The Woolly Thistle carries. It is frequently used in colorwork socks and mittens, especially with detailed, fine-gauge designs.

    I knit Gammelserie in Color 403 (very light heathered grey) and Color 476 (deep olive green) on a US 2 (2.75mm) needle and got a gauge of 32 stitches and 37 rows to 4 inches. Because of that tight gauge, I could knit a very detailed pattern over a small distance but the fabric didn’t feel too stiff or inflexible. The fabric feels pleasantly thin even with the floats behind and it would be comfortable for socks.

    Gammelserie would be ideal for any colorwork project that you want to be thin, durable, and finely patterned. Socks come immediately to mind, but also maybe a lightweight T-shirt?

    Rauma Gammelserie Colorwork swatch

    Finullgarn

    Finullgarn has similar yardage to Gammelserie, but it is noticeable squishier and thicker. With the looser twist, it tends to not be quite as durable as Gammelserie, but it has a loftier feel ideal for mid-weight garments.  

    I knit Finullgarn in Color 400 (white) and Color 459 (navy blue). Using a US 4 (3.5mm) needle, I got 25 stitches and 29 rows over 4 inches. The fabric is a little thicker than the Gammelserie fabric, but also has a little more gentle fuzz. It created a detailed, crisp colorwork motif and feels like it would be a little warmer than Gammelserie. 

    This Finullgarn fabric would be great for mittens and is often used in Selbu-style mitten patterns. It is also commonly used in many Scandinavian-style all-over colorwork sweaters. As many of you know, it is also used in the Tapestry Cowl to great success!

    Colorwork Swatch of Rauma Finullgarn in 400 & 459
    In my next post, we'll look at Strikkegarn and Vams and how they work for colorwork and in the coming months, I’ll explore the full range of these yarns, including their use in colorwork, marling, texture, and at the edges of their gauge ranges. If you missed my first blog post series where I swatched each of the Rauma yarns, you can find Part 1 with swatches and thoughts about Gammelserie and Finullgarn here, and Part 2 on Strikkegarn and Vams here. I hope you'll continue joining me!
    Kelsey Peterson is a knitter, eager student of yarn construction and sheep breeds, and employee of TWT. She is on Instagram as kcrp.making and on Ravelry as yellowpaperfish.

    Shopcast 141: Just keep knitting!

    Shopcast 141: Just keep knitting!

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    What am I wearing? My Seaweed Slipover by Wilma Malcolmson knitted in Jamieson's Spindrift

    FO: Monochromatic Two Color Tapestry Cowl. Kits are now available as of April 23 at 8pm and not on the 30th!! Oops! Kits for the original Tapestry Cowl are also available now.  If you post a photo of your Tapestry Cowl, use #tapestrycowl so we can see!

    Jamieson & Smith tour : Yarns & Patterns

    Silver Forest Sweater by Jennifer Steingass (@knit.love.wool) Kit

    J & S Heritage

    Fair Isle Kep kits

    2-ply cones

    52 Weeks of Shawls by Laine Live April 30th

    Laine 11 Live May 7th

    By Hand #15- Rhode Island Live early May

    Shetlands Wool Adventures Journal Vol. 01 & 02 Live May 28th

    Rowan Felted Tweed

    Rosamund Sweater by Marie Wallin

    Coco Knits Accessories are here!

    Blacker Gotland is coming in 8 colors & naturals! Jacob in 4-ply & DK

    Faire Magazine

    Shetland Wool Week 2020

    Mittens From Around Norway

    Socks From Around Norway

    Da Crofter’s Kep by Wilma Malcomson in Jamieson & Smith & Jamieson’s of Shetland.

    Felix Sweater by Amy Christoffers @SavoryKnitting

    Felix Pullover or Cardigan Yarn Set Treelight Yarn Set by Jennifer Steingass

    Pewter Buttons in sets of three, 12 varieties

    Star Cardi kits are launching April 30th!

    What am I knitting? Bluebird Cafe Sock by Olivia @thishandmadelife

    My Ridiculous Ranunculus in John Arbon Devonia 4-ply

    Thank you for watching! If you go out, wear a mask & take your knitting!

    Corinne's gold bangles are from yearlyco.com

    Video editing:Erika Jones www.helloerikajones.com