As I took my skeins of the new Spirit Trail Fiberworks Verdande out to wind, I could hear Carly Simon warbling in my head, “Anticipation … anticipa-a-ation, it’s makin’ me wait.” I had waited a good long while to put this new yarn through its paces.
Verdande did not disappoint. The worsted-weight big sister of Birte, Sunna and Nona, Verdande is pleasantly plump. The twist makes the yarn well-rounded and Verdande doesn’t think about splitting ~ not even for a nanosecond. For my test, I used plain old slick-finish original Addi Turbo needles. The pattern is Susanna IC’s Geada from Twist Collective. I liked it for a test knit because it
incorporated cables into the lace, allowing me to do different things within the same project. As is my habit, I do not use a cable needle, increasing the occasion for splits in the yarn, if a yarn is so inclined.
Verdande knitted up like the wind,
wicked fast. The entire project used two skeins plus 40 grams of a third skein, leaving plenty of yarn for a set of mitts or a hat or whatever other accessory you might like. Like all of Susanna’s patterns, it was written without so much as a comma out of place. The I-cord bind-off will prevent any rolling of the neckline in the finished piece, and it provides a tidy edge that makes my obsessive heart go pitty-pat.
I confess that I do have a tendency to block lace a little ~ ahem ~ aggressively. This is why I appreciated Susanna’s schematic of the finished dimensions, which allowed me to block this shawl to the precise desired measurements without over-blocking it into some enormous flapping pterodactyl thing.
Yarn: 520 yards Spirit Trail Fiberworks Verdande, colorway Tuareg Blue
Blocked measurements: 11 in at side edges, 17 in at center point
Project marriage score: 9.5
I loved knitting with Verdande. I would next want to use it in a less lacy shawl – something like Terra, Ashby or Barbara W, perhaps, to take advantage of its lovely drape and warmth that come from its cashmere and silk. On the other hands – plural – some nice mitts would be cozy, too. Or a cowl. Or … you get the idea. Good thing I have my own skeins in the stash to play with soon.