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queen bee

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Posted - 02/29/2012 :  8:55:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Many moons ago, way back in 2003 before a lot of our current knitting world even existed, I fell in love with a yarn from a ranch out in Oregon. Years have passed, many other yarns have come and gone, but this one is still around. Each season more lambs arrive, more bales of wool get sent to the mill, more yarn comes out.

So much has changed since 2003 that I thought this would be a good time to buy a new skein of yarn from Imperial Stock Ranch and see how it's doing. Please join me for a re-swatch.

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Posted - 03/01/2012 :  04:26:32 AM  Show Profile Send bethsmithpink a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you like knitting with Columbia, you should try spinning it. Fantastic to spin, bouncy and wonderful. Does great as a worsted or woolen spun yarn.
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Posted - 03/01/2012 :  06:32:52 AM  Show Profile Send drfuller a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Following on the love for Columbia wool, Clara, have you ever reviewed Cestari yarns? They have been around for over 30 years and sell a Columbia-Targhee blend yarn similar to Shelter.
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Posted - 03/01/2012 :  06:37:20 AM  Show Profile Send ceddy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love this yarn, I have a shawl on the needles now in Imperial Stock Company. I feel so elegant working with it and know the end product will be a show piece to be proud of.

It's also available from Patternworks.

Thanks, Clara, for showcasing this wonderful yarn.
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Posted - 03/01/2012 :  08:46:17 AM  Show Profile Send krispe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My first flock was made up of Columbia crosses which I loved dearly. Fabulous for spinning, weaving, and knitting. Sadly those wonderful animals are in the pasture above and I haven't been able to get any more to replace them. Now have blue-faced and shetland/BFL but still miss those Columbias.
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Posted - 03/01/2012 :  10:01:55 AM  Show Profile Send Lesliejo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much - I love these rustic minimally processed yarns. I would love to see the pictures - unfortunately, none of the links work.


True love is not about finding the right person; it's about being the right person.
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Posted - 03/01/2012 :  10:50:42 AM  Show Profile Send hkpdx a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love this yarn and the people that own Imperial Ranch are great.
When I first knit with the 2-ply, I thought it felt like knitting with chenille. I do think that it knits up like a heavy worsted/aran however.
I like the very slight feel of lanolin while knitting and it washes up well, just as you described.

Thanks for reviewing this yarn again.
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Posted - 03/02/2012 :  09:30:34 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Intriguing review, Clara. I'd love to see the knitted up and swatch pics, but the links aren't working. Any way to fix?

I love the idea that the yarn is created in a sustainable way and not produced by a large corporation. When I spend money on those kinds of things I call it "voting with my wallet," not my words, but they work for me.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
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