How fun is this yarny life we lead? We get to play with some of the most beautiful textiles, colors and bases. Adding to the fun, I was contacted by Jonathan Berner of MJ Yarns and asked if I would like to review a skein of his gorgeous yarn. Who would I be if I turned down this offer, not me that's who. In addition Jonathan has generously offered up a skein for one lucky winner. Exciting, right?
How about if I tell you bit about MJ Yarns and the lovely skein I reviewed first.
Hello, MJ Yarns Simple sock in the color Fruit Juice! This fantastic cake has been my bestie this week. Simple sock is a super-wash Corriedale wool with nylon. If you have ever worked with Corriedale you know that it can sometimes come across as rough, not this one, it is soft as all get out. The feel of the yarn is reminiscent of Opal in the way that you know this sock is going to last. Score, as I plan to wear the heck out of these beauties.
Now check out the colors in this skein. Every color is represented above and with short color repeats to prevent pooling. Look Ma, no pooling! What we have here is a quality sock yarn with phenomenal colors. Life is good with these socks.
Now that the yarn received a thumbs up from me, let's get to know a bit about the dyer of MJ Yarns from Jonathan himself.
"I've learned that, if a situation isn't working, change it. I had been knitting for years by this time and found every bit of joy in it that I could hope for. I began to wonder how I could turn this passion in to a career. I talked to several people in the industry, most notably Maggie Casey. She was clear- dye yarn. Life has also taught me to listen to the people who have experience. I listened and MJ Yarns was born."
"A while back, I had an experience knitting with a hand dyed yarn that was incredible. Every inch of the yarn was a moment of discovery. The way the colors blended created a rich and inviting yarn. I wanted to recreate that for people. My yarns are made in a labor and time intensive process that layers between 3 and 7 colors to make each bit of yarn complex and interesting. In addition, the short color runs create an overall color feel that becomes ever more complex as the viewer steps closer to investigate.
In addition to color, my yarns are usable and accessible to all knitters. There's no need to fight my yarns to force them to work for the final product. They're designed to be practical and oh so heavenly to touch."
What's in the shop?
Silken Lace~ is a gorgeous two ply yarn with an 80/20 blend of merino wool and silk. In lace, a two ply yarn is ideal. It has wonderful drape but enough strength to deal with the abuse of being pulled through several stitches at a time.
Simple Sock~ is a basic workhorse yarn with a surprising drape and hand. The superwash Corriedale (a stronger breed of sheep) means the wool will hold up over time and the nylon adds the strength needed for hard wearing socks or gloves. Despite all that, this yarn is surprisingly soft and lovely to handle.
Rustic Fingering~ Blue Faced Leicester (BFL). Rustic Fingering is a gorgeous two ply yarn with loose spun plys giving it a hand spun appearance. It is 100% Blue Faced Leicester. This incredible fiber is surprisingly soft for its higher micron count and has a silk like sheen. It’s perfect for any number of projects, from blankets and scarfs to fingering weight lace.
Thank you Jonathan for this wonderful opportunity to review your beautiful yarn.
Giveaway time! How would you like to win a skein of MJ Yarns Opulent Fingering in Cerulean Twilight? Leave a comment sharing with me your favorite colorway in the shop. The giveaway will close at midnight PST on 11/1. I will run the entries through Random Number Generator and announce the winner on 11/2. This giveaway is open world-wide, meaning I will ship outside of the U.S. if needed. :)
Have the best day today!