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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 10/28/2009 :  5:51:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This week I'm moving away from the crunchier farm yarns and toward the triple-sifted cake flours of the yarn world, starting with Tahki Lana. I was surprised (in a nice way) how pleasant and lively this yarn is even though it's spent time at a fancy finishing school in Italy.

In the world of sheep's wool, Merino is among the finest fibers available. Other sheep can be bred to produce comparably soft fibers, but Merino has been widely bred to produce soft fibers on a large scale—which is why the finer mass-produced wool yarns tend to be made from Merino. The law of supply and demand dictates it.

Still, not all Merinos are alike. Some can be over-scoured to the point of feeling dry and lifeless, while others can be left in a nearly raw state rich with lanolin and bits of grass. Tahki Lana sits happily in the middle, its organic Merino fibers feeling plump and full of life, yet with nary a scent or twig.


......full review

Clara
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hcdarmara@earthlink.net
New Pal

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Posted - 10/28/2009 :  10:13:40 PM  Show Profile Send hcdarmara@earthlink.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks like a lovely yarn. But, on the Tahki website, it's $9.85, not $8.95.
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Jane
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USA
4379 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2009 :  03:26:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jane's Homepage Send Jane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Still a bargain! I have to try it, Clara. I love the natural colors.

Jane

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Clara
queen bee

USA
4401 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2009 :  05:25:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Woops! Thanks for the correction - I originally linked to WEBS, which offers it for $8.95. Then I realized that Tahki does Shopatron and wanted to send folks there instead. But that's a mighty difference. Link changed back to WEBS...

Clara
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pressly
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43 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2009 :  08:03:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit pressly's Homepage Send pressly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another great review Clara, so helpful for those of us out in the rural sticks who rely on these before making our online purchases. ~Leanne
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NAL
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USA
2 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2009 :  08:39:50 AM  Show Profile Send NAL a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What a striking yarn!

RE Maine Morning Mitts - the pattern calls for worsted weight - might I ask what needle size you used with the Lana? (Realize this is subjective!)

Many thanks!
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Clara
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USA
4401 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2009 :  08:49:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi NAL! I used an 8 and probably could've gone down to a 7, but I wanted a little squish.

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NAL
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 10/29/2009 :  09:04:40 AM  Show Profile Send NAL a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Clara! I just might give those mitts (and Lana) a try!

Cheers!
NAL
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GFTC
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USA
6331 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2009 :  09:09:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I saw this yarn at String in NYC and it is very appealing.

Did you know that Tahki had a different yarn in the early 1990's also called Lana? It was a bulky wool, very soft, very nice, in wonderful colors but was discontinued at some point. I used it to knit a toddler sweater for my son who is now 21. The pattern was from the first Debbie Bliss book and all my notes are still in the book and I still have the sweater.

I look forward to knitting with the new Lana when I finish up my stash.



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okate2@earthlink.net
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Posted - 10/29/2009 :  09:09:11 AM  Show Profile Send okate2@earthlink.net a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So happy to see that the Yarn Scientist is back in the house. I learn so much from your rigorous testing and it's a service no one else really provides. The Takhi natural sounds intriguing. I was worried it was just another case of green washing. Thanks, Clara.
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CraftyGrammy
Chatty Knitter

USA
194 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2009 :  10:31:31 AM  Show Profile Send CraftyGrammy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara, that you for the review and most of all the link to download the Maine Morning Mitts. I just ordered a skein of Lara in light grey from WEBS and I am anxious to start my first pair of fingerless mitts. Let's see... that gives me just a short time before my yarn arrives to finish my wallaby.

Nancy
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empressgeorge
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USA
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Posted - 10/29/2009 :  5:31:20 PM  Show Profile Send empressgeorge a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here's my vote for cleaner water. I love working with Merino, and I am always looking for great quality organics. Thanks for sharing this yarn!
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GreenLady
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Posted - 10/31/2009 :  06:47:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit GreenLady's Homepage Send GreenLady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the review, Clara! I have a question, though: this yarn is spun in Italy, but where do the sheep live? If we're going to support clean water and such, it would be nice to know where exactly that clean water is. Alternately, if the sheep live in South America then the fleece is shipped to Italy then the yarn is shipped to the US we might be canceling out a lot of the benefits with all that transportation.
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Clara
queen bee

USA
4401 Posts

Posted - 10/31/2009 :  09:45:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As with everything "green" these days, the issue is mostly one of compromise. I can tell you that the largest supplies of high-quality organic Merino fiber come from Australia and South America. I don't know where Tahki sourced the wool for this, but one of those two countries is the most likely place.

We would need to calculate the square footage of space that these fibers took up in a cargo ship, averaged out with all the other things being transported on that ship, to figure out its percentage of the overall carbon footprint for that ship.

Whether the pollution from transportation is better or worse, more or less damaging, than the health effects of pesticides in groundwater... that's where it really has to become a personal decision.

Clara
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