Yarn Profile: Northwest Angora
Note: Unfortunately, as of January 2003 Northwest Angora's Web site has been discontinued. Northwest Angora may be gone, but this review can still help you understand what to look for in an angora yarn.
The fiber combination is subtle and unusual: angora for softness, merino wool for elasticity and strength, and a smidgen of silk for good measure. There's nothing scratchy or irritating here. Northwest Angora currently only offers this specific blend in grey and silver, but please don't let that deter you.
I can honestly say that this yarn is more satisfying to work with than cashmere. If you think of it that way, the $12 you'll pay per skein is a true bargain.
Learn more by reading our profile of Northwest Angora and its founder, Gretchen Beedle.
The merino and silk tame the angora fluff, helping give it an overall solid, substantial feel while maintaining a buttery softness.
Knitting was much too slippery with Addi Turbos, so I switched to Clover bamboo needles, which grabbed the yarn perfectly.
Blocking / Washing
There was no fading, or if there were, I couldn't tell since the yarn is light grey. However, the swatches did expand slightly to a gauge of 21 sts per 4 inch square (from a previous 22 sts). Chances are you'll be using this yarn for scarves or other small items where gauge won't be so critical, but do keep this expansion in mind.
The swatches softened and became increasingly fluffy with wear. The only sign of age came as occasional flecks of silk separated slightly from the yarn.
Because of its lightness and moderate loft, this yarn would have only a medium drape. Still, any type of textured stitches or lacework would show nicely.
As for its use, the $12/skein pricetag is somewhat limiting. It'd be best used for socks, scarves, or anything else you'd wear against your skin. If you just use it for special details on other projects, one skein can go a long way.
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angora, merino wool, bombyx silk
22 sts to 4 in square using US 5 needles
Average retail price
Weight/Yardage per Skein
2 oz/140 yards
Country of Origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
None given. Use common sense: Handwash gently in lukewarm water with mild soap, dry flat.