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Come on now, admit it, you thought I’d forgotten all about these swatches, didn’t you??? Well, I have to admit this one sat on my needles for several weeks before I finished it off.

The yarn is item number NP36 from Lacis, “pashmina (cashmere)” from Nepal. I wasn’t really attracted to this yarn at first, as it’s a marled gray color and it just didn’t beg to be knitted up. Maybe that’s why it sat in its plastic bag for so long, half knitted? But I finally dragged it out last week, then gave it a bath last night after the finished swatch had sat for 3 or 4 days, waiting. So what’s my evaluation? – You’ll have to click to learn…>

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Lacis NP39 Super Lamb, 3.25mm needles

Lacis NP39 Super Lamb, 3.25mm needles

When I ordered this yarn, the description I had was “a fine 2-ply laceweight worsted spun yarn made from Merino Lambswool”, but the order confirmation listed it as “Super Lamb 2/24 waxed wool”. Waxed? That was worrisome. It didn’t feel so bad when I took it out of the packet, and it definitely doesn’t feel waxed or otherwise artificially stiffened.

But… this was not a pleasant yarn to work with. I will admit that I have been spoiled by cash-silk and merino lately, but it truly felt like I was working with the string one would truss a roasting chicken with. My other problem, apart from the feel, was how easy it was to split the plies apart. Granted, I’m using KnitPicks Options circulars, so they’re nice and sharp, but it seemed at times like looking cross-eyed at the yarn made the plies separate. The photo here shows that this separation even persists after blocking. Yes, you have to get close to the knitting to see it, but it’s not nice.

Enlarged portion of the Super Lamb swatch

Enlarged portion of the Super Lamb swatch

A wee bit of research (actually, just googling Super Lamb yarn) suggests that this may well be a JaggerSpun yarn; if it is, it’s Superwash, so safe both for washing and for drying. The colors available are lovely, but having worked with this to swatch a sample I think I’d rather try dyeing something else than knitting a whole project with it.

Blocking was quite easy, and while it contracted a little bit while I unpinned it, the swatch did keep its shape fairly well. Comparing the photos of this swatch to any of the others, I think it’s clear that the Super Lamb gives you nice crisp stitches, with no fuzz that might obscure the pattern.

Would I knit with it again? Probably not. I need to enjoy the yarn as it goes through my fingers, and this one didn’t fit that.

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