I felt it coming on.
A full-blown case of yarntoxication, brought about by Brigantia. Brigantia is the newest Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn, a blend of 85% Polwarth and 15% silk. Polwarth is a breed of sheep, but there’s not much of it that gets spun up for knitters. Those spinners tend to hoard it all for themselves. Now I know why.
My test project was Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Mountain Ash shawl. It starts with hundreds of yards of garter stitch, which allowed me to really get a feel for Brigantia. This DK blend does not split and you can knit for hours without looking at your hands. For its apparent lightness, the silk also gives it warmth ~ something to keep in mind if your personal thermostat runs hot. (Mine does not.) I appreciated the lap blanket it became during the damp wet weeks before MDSW. The hefty 600-yard put-up seemed like the skein-that-would-not-end. But it did, about six rows before the knitted-on lace border for the large shawl.
I assure you, this lace border eats yardage and you won’t have as much left as you think you will. I used Addi Turbo US 6 needles for the entire project to see how Brigantia would perform lace tricks without extra-sharp tips. Beautifully. Nary a split anywhere.
The Persian Nights colorway, a ringer for Crayola blue-violet, did not bleed at all in a nice sudsy bath. For blocking, I wanted to maintain the squishy integrity of the garter stitch and still be able to open up the lace edge, so I ran a lifeline through the stitches where the border joined the shawl and pinned that in place before pinning out the lace points.
Brigantia was happy to oblige: it took the blocking wonderfully and held it well, likely because of its silk content. Unfortunately, my overtaxed brain failed to remind me to photograph the full shawl on display in the STF booth or anywhere else off the pins. Sigh. I hate it when that happens. Suffice it to say that the finished piece has wonderful drape and leaves me thinking that a whole shawl in Brigantia ~ like Juneberry Triangle or Terra or any one of about a zillion others ~ would be just ducky.
The official 411:
Pattern: Mountain Ash
Yarn: 1.75 skeins Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia
Needle: Addi Turbo US 6
Pattern mods: None
Project marriage score: 9
It’s a good thing Brigantia is the STF Knitting Club selection this month. That means there’s more en route to my house. Because
there’s already a skein chez Owl earmarked for an Isla Wrap I know will chase off the fall chill nicely. And there are these other skeins that vaulted into my carry-on before I left for the airport.
Keep an eye out for Brigantia on this page, where it should appear in late May/early June. You won’t be disappointed.