I mentioned on twitter recently that my order of Shelter arrived, and I’m so thrilled with it! I love knowing that it’s American wool, and I am so eager to see what I think of it knitted up.
If you’re thinking about purchasing some and don’t have one of their retail flagships nearby, and therefore can’t pet it before you buy it, I’d like to warn you that it’s not the softest yarn you’ll ever pet. In fact, as I feel a skein right now, it’s a little rougher than what I’m used to knitting with. It’s a very different feel from merino — especially most superwash merino bases.
But. That’s okay because I’m thinking it will soften as I work with it (if you’ve had experience with this yarn, please comment on this!). AND it’s okay because it has a feel to it that… how can I phrase this? …reminds me of American history, our roots. They didn’t have the luxury yarns we have today when they were knitting for soldiers fighting the War for Independence. And someday if the world keeps getting crazier, we may not have access to the rich yarns we’ve been importing from South America, England, etc. So to me, knitting with American yarn, no matter how soft or rough, is important. And I’m going to enjoy it!