Rohrspatz & Wollmeise in Twin

Yarn Review: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise “Twin”
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First Impressions:
You could beat someone to death with this skein. I’m pretty sure about it – and I’m not joking. These skeins are wound incredibly tightly (and gorgeously), and  you could do some serious damage with gorgeous yarn. These skeins also weigh in at 150g with over 460m/500 yards, meaning you can get long-legged men’s socks or possibly even two pairs of smaller-footed women’s socks, out of a single skein!

Preparing:
No issues.

Knitting Up:
This yarn definitely has oomph. The plies are wonderfully round and this shows off cabled textures really well. My biggest quibble with it (and it’s really a quibble) is that it’s a lot of very tiny threads as the plies, and if you’re using sharp needles as I was (my Hiya Hiya Sharps), you’ll split the yarn. A lot. I wanted the sharps because it was a lacy pattern, but I would definitely not suggest the Sharps – or a very sharp needle in general – in combination with this yarn.

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Wear:
As these are a gift for someone, I can’t comment on the wear – but as soon as I hear, I’ll update! Or I’ll just have to knit up another skein for myself. 😉

Fiber:
This is an eight(8!) ply yarn, with thread-thin plies. Lots of plies make for a plump round yarn and great cables, but mean you’re susceptible to splitting your stitches.

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Purchase Experience:
A very easy purchase from the Wollmeise site (they have the site in English and German); you can sort the shop by items available now (versus the ‘show everything’ default). This particular skein came from the “NIP” sale – Nobody Is Perfect – where there are dye hiccups, knots, or other problems with the skein. These problems are noted on the ball band, and in my case, the single knot happened in the last 10g of the skein.

TL;DR: Incredible stitch definition, great sock yarn for cables and textures.

Studio/Dyer: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise
Base/Line: Twin, 80% merino wool, 20% nylon
Weight: fingering – 150g with 510 yards/about 467 m
Colourway: Hummer
Put Up: skein
Purchase: direct from the R&W website.

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I've bounced around the world as tourist, exchange student, and now with a spouse visa in my passport. I've flirted with over a dozen languages, having longer and more intense affairs with some, and long-term relationships with a handful, even today. I have studied linguistics, history, and anthropology, worked in the fields of international relocation, cross-cultural training, and teaching ESL/EFL. Currently I do consultant work as an EFL teacher and as a proofreader/editor.

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