- 60% cotton 40% microfiber
- Made in Peru exclusively for Valley Yarns
- 50g balls --- 117 yards per ball
- suggested gauge - 5.5 stitches per inch
- price: US$3.49 available in 25 colors
The days lengthen, the air is softer, and thoughts turn to lighter, lacier garments for warmer weather. There are plenty of glitzy, ritzy or just plain ditsy novelty yarns out there, but everyone needs some good, solid yarn basics in their repertoire. Cotton Classic by Tahki has long been a favorite of mine, but all-cotton garments can get heavy in anything but the tiniest of sizes, so I've been searching for a lighter, blended yarn. Longmeadow is a house brand from the folks at Webs . The 60/40 cotton/microfiber blend was appealing, so I took some out for a spin. The recommended gauge of 5.5 spi (stitches per inch) puts Longmeadow in the sportweight category. It consists of 3 strands of (somewhat) loosely plied yarn. Because of the looseness of those plys, it can be splitty -- it wasn't a huge problem in my crochet project, but I did notice it. It's quite soft, and has a 'cottony' feel -- puffy, with just a tiny hint of fuzz. My first thought was that it would be a great yarn for babies/children's wear -- and then I noticed the care symbols on the label. HAND WASH -- DO NOT TUMBLE DRY This takes it right out of consideration for kids wear, and frankly, just how many of us want to hand wash warm weather clothes for anyone? Too bad, I've enjoyed working with it -- just how did I miss that little fact when I ordered the yarn? I decided it might be worth testing it though, so I made a crochet swatch, measured it and sent it through my front loader's light wash setting (warm water). It looked pretty good coming out, so I threw caution to the wind and tossed it in the dryer too. Results? Minimal shrinkage (less than 1/4 inch in each direction for a 7x6 swatch) and no visible pilling. I was using white yarn, so I don't know if there would be any color loss. Now, my swatch wasn't huge, and my treatment of it was on the gentle side, plus I only sent it through one cycle, but I think it might be safe to upgrade the care of this yarn from hand wash to machine wash - gentle. I still would avoid it for heavy use, heavily laundered kids wear, but I'll probably use it again for a summer tank top for myself. Disclaimer: These were my results, but please do your own testing of swatch before committing your time and effort to a project! Naturally, I'll be using my 'after laundering' swatch to calculate my gauge. In short, I found it to be a pleasant yarn to work with, available at a reasonable price in a range of colors that appeal to me. The laundry issue may loom large for many knitters/crocheters though, so proceed with caution. As always, your mileage may vary.