Here we've got two skeins of Maxi Wool (100% wool, bulky weight) and one skein of the rather fascinating Fur Wool (97% wool, 3% nylon.) I nominated the chartreuse skein of Maxi as my test skein, and swatched that puppy up:
This stuff just screams "I'M WOOL!" It feels hearty and chewy and even has a little bit of a sheepy scent to it (which is a good thing!) It's not as soft as merino - few things are, after all - but it would be wearable next to the skin in less sensitive areas (or on less sensitive people.) With my baby-wimp skin I'd probably shy away from using it for a cowl, but for mitts or a jacket? Wonderful. As you can see from the swatch, it suits a simple stitch like garter or stockinette a bit better than cables, as it's a squooshy yarn rather than a pop-y yarn. I'm particularly fond of the garter.
The Fur Wool, now there's an interesting beast! I thought it would feel like the synthetic furry yarns of yore, but it doesn't at all. It's much more like petting an actual sheep! It reminds me of running my fingers through my grandmother's hand-hooked wool rugs. I didn't swatch it up, as I wanted to pass the skein to one of you without rumpling it, but as you can see from the projects on Ravelry, it very much looks like sheepskin (or perhaps... a poodle pelt? Heh.) I would describe as a luxury novelty yarn- it looks more hearty and chic and authentic than the synthetic stuff. It definitely feels more authentic, and is a bit less soft than it looks- this is another one I'd use on a less sensitive body part, or over an underlayer. I think it'd look great as a trim on some sort of accessory, paired up with the matching Maxi.
So now the fun part... who wants it?!?! You get one skein each of Maxi Wool and Fur Wool in the color "Marni" (the red shown above.) Comment on this post and tell me your ideas for using this cool furry stuff, and in a week (Nov 14th) I'll pick a winner at random! (Make sure to tell me how to contact you in case you win! Very important!)
Thank you to Blue Water Fibers for providing the yarn for this review/giveaway!