Thursday, November 7, 2013

Erika Knight Yarn Review & Giveaway!

I was recently sent a few skeins of Erika Knight's lovely British wool yarn to check out and pass on to you guys!



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!

51 comments:

  1. Boot toppers look perfect to me!

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  2. It obviously wants to be knitted up as a red fox.

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  3. Pretty yarn. I'd make a cowl. Texture mixed with the fuzziness. Would be interesting. I love the red color.

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  4. A lovely cowl, or mitts... or a beanie..oh, it is so lovely

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  5. Oh my gosh!! Stunning! I would make up a critter with it...a furry fox or for a squirrel's tail!! Thank you for the chance!

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  6. I'm thinking a lovely scarf or cowl!

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  7. I concur....a critter would be fun....maybe a hat...I love hats and cowls...and fingerless gloves...

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  8. That furry stuff would be an awesome trim for the stocking I'm knitting my niece!

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  10. Oooo! I would totally make the boot toppers I saw in the Ravelry projects you linked to! (Forgot to add my contact info: nkfoster21 on Ravelry)

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  11. I would use it to make my grandson a friend...to love until it became real. But since it's a red color, it may end up as MY friend! LOL

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  12. I would love to make a little furry gilet for my sheep obsessed toddler, who aspires to actually be one when she grows up! Knittingpuffin on Rav.

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  13. novelty yarns aren't my favorite, so I'd probably use it to line something, like a hat or mittens. hmm, or slippers! it could be my own dark fluffy secret. and it's mostly wool, ouais!

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  14. I am totally into hats (that's why I am always reading your blog) so probably a hat! anne0731 on Rav

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  16. Given the season, the color, and the furriness, I'm thinking some type of Santa-like hat. Maybe with a big pompom?

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  17. A trim on some boot cuffs I think. Or some kind of toy for son!

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  18. I think it would make a lovely cowl or hat, it looks so soft!

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  19. i've been wanting to make a sheep or bear recently..but since the Fur Wool is hand washable, I'm assuming it would full, so I would do a tiny swatch to see what it looks like when fulled and then knit an item with the regular Full Wool and some fulled Full (say that a few times real fast! the color is beautiful, though and since my skin is sensitive to wool (but I FORCE it to be exposed to once in awhile), I would knit something that would not touch my neck. hmmmm those Russian cowls...where there are rings tangled together...

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  20. Great looking yarn! I would make mitts or boot toppers. Thanks for the chance :-)
    chels580 at yahoo dot com

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  21. Hmm... first idea that comes to mind would be to use the "fur" on the cuff of a hat and use the other skein for the body. Could maybe do the same thing for mittens? Email or I'm sjn821 on Rav. Thanks!

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  22. My next project is using some Colinette Point 5 that has been hibernating in my stash for almost a decade to make another http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/us/pattern.php?id=4267&lang=us of these vests but longer and with pockets. I was going to extend the collar, too, to make it wide and floppy, but if I won the fur wool, I would make the collar with this instead and maybe use the maxi wool (good yardage for a super bulky!) as an accent border for the rest of the sweater. (julianne on Ravelry)

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  23. (comment for Allysa Meinburg who doesn't have a blog account)

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  24. I'd love to try both! Most likely for a cowl or mittens.

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  25. Hello boot toppers! I heart you!

    Michelle.cincichick@gmail.com

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  26. that would make the best and most ridiculous slippers ever. on a less ridiculous but still awesome note, fox face. boot toppers would probably be the least ridiculous option and/or best looking option. thanks for the awesome give away! contact by any means via the associated google account!

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  27. I would make a pimpin' scarf for me to wear to college next year.
    A soft red base with a furry trim i think.
    luke@sexyninjamonkey.com

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  28. Mobius. fluffy with my black leather jacket, with my Chanel red lipstick.

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  29. I'd knit Erika Knight's Fur Cuff mitts for some furry woolly goodness!

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  30. a cowl because i love to make cowls and this looks like it could combine well to make a bright, pretty one!
    mbcollins@comcast.net

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  31. a dear friend of mine goes by the nickname "mr. fox", as in the fantastic one. i've knit her a number of things over the last couple of years, and with the exception of a couple bow ties, they've all been fox-related. i'd probably knit her either an adorable stuffed sleeping fox (which hopefully her cats left alone), or a face mask since she's also a stand-up comedian and hilarious drag king who often uses costumes in her acts :)

    sunflowerknit on ravelry

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  32. I would have to make a red squirrel for a lovely young lady at work that has the nickname "Red Squirrel" :)
    The fuzzy yarn would be too perfect. jaydawnrn on ravelry

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  33. I'd want to create some sort of ushanka-inspired hat, definitely.

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  34. I would make a lovely red hat with furry trim to go with my younger daughter's red coat.

    greyowl60@yahoo.com

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  35. I think I would use the furry stuff as cuffs on mitts

    katepricey on rav

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  36. I would make a garland of little hearts for a Christmas or Vday decoration
    goDanago on ravelry

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  37. I want to make a scarf. NOW!!!

    thefingerpainter@gmail.com

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  38. Hm, I think the furry yarn would make a lovely, pettable pony plush. (I was gong to say hedgehog, but red hedgehogs are not common...cinnamon hedgehog? ^_^ ).

    lizdistracted on ravelry
    dragoncrimson at yahoo dot com

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  39. Since it's colder in Minneapolis than even I was prepared for (thank you, Old Man Winter), I'm thinking leg / calf warmers (you know, for under slacks; not necessarily to the knees) and a very warm hat. Brrr, bring on the wool!

    In case the sign-in goes sideways, this post is from QAGeek @ Ravelry.

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  40. A hat of course. (Oh, wait, isn't that my response for ALL yarn?)

    writinwater@live.com

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  41. I would knit an awesome hat! Especially since we're getting snow now!
    Vivaciousknitter on Ravelry

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  42. I would use the furry yarn as trim on the edge of a hat and mittens. If the yarn doesn't seem soft enough for the intended wearer I would knit a lining for the hat in a soft yarn.

    If there's any left over, stuffed toys!

    I'm Goodstuff on Ravelry.

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  43. I would love to mix it up on a scraf.

    sherryglover1 on Ravelry

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  44. I'd hold the two yarns together and make a cool textured cowl of some sort ... or do the same for a really rad accent pompom
    (kniterror on rav)

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  45. Leg warmers most definitely!
    jewall@rocketmail.com

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