Yarn Profile: Heirloom Breeze
Soft and warm with a rippled look and stretchy feel, Breeze is predominantly cotton with 30% wool and a mere 0.4% lycra for elasticity. It is manufactured in Australia and, thanks to the Internet, is easily available the world over for less than $4 per skein.
Although I've been known to hesitate where cotton yarns are concerned, Breeze left me pleasantly surprised. It's available in 14 cheerful colors, and for this review I used Red (008).
Because it evens out under tension, Breeze gave me few if any challenges while knitting. I only had one snag, and that was in my first few rows while I was getting used to the yarn.
Although maintaining an even tension was a bit tricky because of the yarn's elasticity, my knitted fabric looked perfectly even and steady.
Blocking / Washing
Once dry (which took quite a while), I could see that the rippled surface of my swatches had relaxed slightly, creating a more cohesive fabric with a softer look and feel
But with its wool and lycra, Breeze bounces back time after time beautifully. In addition, the wool content adds a reasonable (but not overbearing) degree of warmth without a hint of scratchiness.
Depending on the color yarn and style garment you choose, Breeze will work equally well for babies, children, teens, and adults.
The yarn's crinkled texture makes even standard stockinette look lovely, although it'd support a medium degree of knitted embellishments without looking too cluttered.
I should note that Breeze is also distributed to shops in the U.S. through Russi Sales, where the retail price runs between $6 and $6.50 per skein. If you're weary about buying yarn sight unseen, you can find a shop nearby and check it out for yourself before you buy.
With the Australian prices, a medium-sized woman's jacket will only run you US$69, while a short-sleeved shell barely scratches the US$30 mark. This leaves plenty of money to cover the modest international shipping costs.
22 stitches per 4 inch square using US 6 (4 mm) needles
Average retail price
$3.35/skein through Ozeyarn.com in Australia; in U.S., $6 to $6.50/skein
Weight/yardage per skein
50 g. / 105 yards
Country of origin
Suggested wash method
Warm hand wash in gentle soap, warm rinse well. Normal spin, do not tumble dry. Dry flat, protect from direct sunlight. Do not bleach. Warm dry iron.
Color used in review