South American Goodies

Last week, someone gifted me two 100 g skeins of this:

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This yarn is Reginella Rueca made in Chile. It is a 100% wool that is super soft and quite fluffy. The yarn does has varying thickness throughout the skein (see below). Normally, I would not buy yarn like this on my own. I like my finished project’s tension to look very even throughout the garment. Never the less, the yarn was free and a quick Ravelry search (granted it was one vote) gave it 5 stars. IMG_7301[1]

I pulled out my size US 19 needles (aka the biggest ones that I have) and cast on 16 stitches. I intended on making a cowl as I had only 200 g of yarn to work with. I didn’t want to use just basic stockinette so I racked my brain for a simple and slightly textured pattern. I immediately thought of the broken rib stitch used in the Graham beanie and got to work.

Man using big needles and bulky yarn was a challenge of fine motor skills. Throughout this project I felt very clumsy. It was like I was just learning to knit haha. The needle size was also a huge contrast from the needle to yarn ratio I have been using lately (think US Size 2 needles and fingering weight yarn). By the half way point, I had gotten the hang of it and the rest of the project went a bit more smoothly.

The cowl came out nice. It is thick and cozy with a pop of color. I don’t think I will be wearing it as it is too warm here (think low 60’s). However, it will go into my gifting bin with the hope it will eventually find a nice home.

So would I use this yarn again? Probably not. I am not a bulky yarn fan and the finished look is too wobbly for me. Despite this, It was a fun knitting adventure 🙂

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