Yarn Profile: Cornelia Hamilton Heaven's Hand Wool Classic
But this Swedish knitwear designer has another side to her aesthetic as well, one that thrives on smoother classic yarns that let the stitch—rather than color—play center stage.
Something else you may not know about Hamilton? She has her own line of yarns that retail widely throughout Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. Finding Hamilton Yarns in the U.S. is a little trickier, but I finally got my hands on some at the most recent Vogue Knitting Live in Los Angeles. She has three yarns in her line, a mulberry silk, a recycled sari silk, and a 100% hand-dyed wool. I naturally chose the wool.
But something about this yarn feels slightly different. The fiber. It may just be my imagination, but this yarn seems to have greater crispness and luster to it. It feels a hint bulkier and airier than the Cascade. On her Web site Hamilton identifies the fibers as Corriedale, which is essentially Peruvian Highland wool.
Whatever the breed of wool, the fibers have splendid loft and character. They aren't scratchy as much as they are lively. The personality of each fiber gives the skein a marvelous squeezability, resisting compression in a way that bodes well for this same yarn knit up into clothing and worn on our bodies.
My skein had no knots or irregularities, and the knitting was easy. The fibers have a good amount of "grab" to them, giving each ply sufficient cohesion to prevent snagging. My stitches looked smooth and even, and I was able to knit and purl by touch alone without any problems.
Blocking / Washing
I dropped it in its warm soapy bath and waited for it to sink beneath the bubbly surface. It sat there for a good minute before finally surrendering. When it did sink, it released a barely visible puff of yellow into the water before rinsing clear and blocking back to a perfect square.
By the time it had dried, the swatch had relaxed and matured into a cohesive piece of fabric. There was no change in stitch or row gauge.
It's a strong yarn that wears well. Just trying to tug this yarn apart was a struggle.
Initial abrasion quickly produced one faint pill, but after that I huffed and I puffed and I could not wear this yarn down. The fabric softened and its surface grew slightly blurrier, but that was all.
Meanwhile, the hand-dyed colors have a friendly mottling that keeps them in the same hue while avoiding any stronger variegation that would produce jarring horizontal stripes in your fabric. I should also note that there are several "natural" colors that would be fantastic for anyone seeking an undyed palette.
This is the yarn I want to use for that mythical cardigan I'm always talking about, the one that you put on in the morning before making your first cup of tea. It has enough strength and character to withstand the slings and arrows of whatever the day may throw at you.
Heaven's Hand Wool Classic
18-20 stitches and 24-26 rows per 4 inch (10cm) square
Average retail price
Where to buy online
Knot Another Hat
Weight/yardage per skein
100g / 219 yards (200m)
Country of origin
Manufacturer's suggested wash method
Hand wash, dry flat.
Color used in review
Source of review yarn