Knowing that if you’re ordering from Tangled Yarn you don’t get the chance to touch and feel the yarns in person, I thought it might be helpful to do a mini review from time to time for those of you that haven’t had the chance to work with a particular yarn before. Today I start with SweetGeorgia Yarns, a gorgeous artisan yarn company from Canada.
tough love sock in basil & riptide
Mini Yarn Review: SweetGeorgia Yarns
I’ve long been a fan of SweetGeorgia Yarns’ super saturated colourways. They’re incredibly vibrant, and the yarns are a joy to knit with. When I had the opportunity to introduce a new line last year I knew immediately that I wanted to add Tough Love Sock to our offerings.
This past spring I decided to change things up a bit and add another one of SweetGeorgia’s yarns, this time opting for a heavier gauge with their Superwash Worsted.
superwash in ginger, pumpkin, oxblood, tumbles tone & auburn
One of the things that I appreciate most about the SweetGeorgia Yarns is that they’re great value for a hand-dyed yarn. The yarn is hand-dyed in small batches allowing care to be taken at every step of the dyeing process. Not only that, all bases are tested widely before being added to the SweetGeorgia range. They recognise that knitters pay a higher premium for hand-dyed yarn and so they want to be sure that you’ll get the most out of it with a yarn that lasts as long as possible – and ensures you enjoy your knits for that long too.
SweetGeorgia Yarns: Tough Love Sock
Tough Love Sock 80% superwash wool 20% nylon, 388m/425yds per 115g skein; tension: 30-32 stitches over 10cm on 2 – 2.25mm needles. £18.99/skein.
Wow. Where to start with this yarn? It’s an incredible workhorse yarn with the combination of superwash wool blended with nylon for durability. Knit tightly on 2-2.25mm needles it’s perfect for comfy socks meant to last, but can also be soft and drape-y knit at looser gauge for shawls or even light sweaters. This is largely due to the yarn’s 3-ply and tight (but not too tight) twist. And save those leftover bits, the bright hues are fantastic for colourwork of all sorts.
Coeur de Lion is a Shetland lace shawl by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. The pattern can be downloaded on Ravelry and requires two skeins of Tough Love Sock, shown here in Nightshade.
Brickletown Mitts is available to download on Ravelry. The designer, Elizabeth Doherty has knit these mitts on a 2.25mm needles for a tighter gauge and has used less than a skein of Tough Love Sock.
SweetGeorgia Yarns: Superwash Worsted
Superwash Worsted 100% superwash merino wool, 182m/200yds per 155g skein; tension: 18-20 stitches over 10cm on 4.5-5.5mm needles. £18.99/skein.
SweetGeorgia’s Superwash Worsted has fantastic stitch definition. The yarn is round and bouncy, and knitting with it is a delight. The variation of the semi-solid colourways shines on this yarn and the yardage is generous.One to two skeins is often enough for smaller projects like hats, mittens and cowls. Best of all, the merino means this yarn is wonderfully soft, but the superwash means it can stand up to gentle machine washing (although I always recommend hand washing with Soak in cool water to keep knits looking their best the longest).
Maize is a great one skein project for Superwash Worsted. Designers Tin Can Knits are huge fans of this versatile yarn. You can download a free copy of the pattern here.
SweetGeorgia's pattern North Wind can be download from Ravelry. A quick and simple one-skein hat that features a double-thick cuff to make your winters warmer.
The gentle variation that is a trademark of hand-dyed yarns is also evident with SweetGeorgia. When working with multiple skeins, or for something where you’d like a more even colour, I recommend working with two skeins at the same time and alternating them on rows. Otherwise, embrace the subtle changes of colour through the skein and know your knits will be as unique and individual as you are!
I'd love for you to try SweetGeorgia for yourself so I'm offering £2 off every skein of Tough Love Sock and Superwash Worsted until midnight Sunday 30th November, just use the discount code SWEET at the checkout.