Mountain Meadow Wool Cody
100% American merino wool
Sportweight: US Needle 3-4
I've featured Mountain Meadow Wool company and its American yarns on the blog before. Today's Pick of the Week is their sportweight merino wool: Cody.
Cody is a soft, springy 2-ply yarn that comes in undyed natural colors and in eco-friendly natural dyes as well. The Geranium color is a warm, friendly red that immediately attracted me and I started a ruffled edge shawl that was inspired by a shawl worn by Kate Middleton, recent bride to Prince William.
I am using US 5 needles from my set of Addi Click Turbos, with a 24 inch cable to hold all of the stitches. I am in love with this yarn. It has a faint scent of lanolin that gives the yarn a rustic appeal and its incredible softness. There are tiny amounts of VM (vegetable matter) still in the yarn, because MMW uses a gentler cleaning process to preserve its softness. They are easy to remove and haven't bothered me.
The shawl is approximately half-way finished and it is light, warm, drapey and soft. Knit at a tighter gauge, Cody would make excellent textured socks or garments. Right now I am enjoying making a warm cozy wrap in time for the cool weather of fall.
At last, crochet hooks have been added to the amazing Addi Click interchangeable system. Addi Click Hook comes in a compact black leather case and holds 8 crochet hooks: from 3.00 millimeters to 9 millimeters. The first 6 sizes have the same brass coating as the Addi Lace needles do. The two biggest sizes come in a lightweight plastic that is easier on the hands than a metal hook would be.
There are no cables included in this set, as it is intended to be an addition to other Click sets. These hooks will fit any of the Click cables to form a regular crochet hook or a Tunisian hook for those unique projects. If you only want the crochet hooks and don't already have available cables, there is a simple enough solution.
The cable accessory kit comes with 3 cables: a 24' inch cable, a 32' inch cable and a 30' inch cable. It also comes with a connector so you can make an even bigger cable if need be. You can secure the free cable end with one of Addi's new Heartstoppers. These cute heart-shaped accessories click onto the Click cables to make sure your project doesn't slide off the cable!
Since the crochet hooks themselves are similar in size to normal crochet hooks, it is possible for someone to attempt to simply crochet without the cables. However, I personally wouldn't advise it because I think the uncovered end has too much potential to snag on your project or even end up scratching you. Besides, by adding this cable set, you can open up your crafting to Tunisian or afghan crocheting.
Also, here's a great tip for picking up a large amount of stitches, as for the edges of a blanket or the border of a cardigan; you simply unclick your Addi needle and click your Addi Hook onto the cable. The crochet hook makes it SO much easier and much less tedious than trying to pick the stitches through with the tip of your knitting needle. Once you're done picking up the stitches and you're ready to knit again, just detach the crochet hook and reattach your needle and you are ready to go!
I admit, I am a little bit of an Addi fanatic but I bear that badge proudly-after all, they're worth it! I'll end this post with a few more pictures of the set.