Yarn Review: Mountain Colors Twizzle

Posted by Underground Crafter on January 9, 2014 | Short Link

Back in November, the folks at Mountain Colors Yarns sent me these two hanks of a new-to-me yarn, Twizzle, to play with.

Mountain Colors Twizzle

I loved the look of this yarn so much that I had to snap a picture right away in the post office.  Twizzle is very soft – a fiber content of 85% Merino wool and 15% silk will do that.  The beautiful colors, which unfortunately, are not perfectly captured in this picture, are hand painted.  According to the Mountain Colors website, Logan Berry, on the left, is a “20 Year Vintage Color” and includes reds, tangerine, and purple.  Swift Current, on the right, includes dark navy blues with deep purple, pink and green.

It didn’t seem right to review a yarn without actually trying it out, so my first step was to wind the yarn.

Mountain Colors Twizzle Swift Current

I’m happy to say that both skeins wound up quickly and there were no tangles or knots in the yarn.

Since it was so close to the holidays, I decided to try the yarn out by making a holiday gift – a crescent shawlette for my sister.  I cast on about 10 times, experimenting with different needles and stitch patterns until I could find the right tension and a stitch pattern simple enough to showcase the yarn but interesting enough to keep me from napping.  Through all the ripping back and re-casting on, the yarn kept its shape and didn’t pill or split. 

Twizzle has a great feel, and unlike many soft yarns, it didn’t seem too loosely spun.  The colors are great and I love the tweedy look.  According to the website, it’s the “wool yarn plied with a strand of silk that creates a heathered effect.”

Soon, a lovely shawlette was flying off the needles.  A little too fast, actually.

Crescent shawl blog

In my haste (and because I was watching a very dramatic television show at the same time), I didn’t leave enough Swift Current to bind off with.  I didn’t want to rip back (after all, who wants to redo that last row of the shawl, the one with tons of stitches, again?), so I decided to try out the Logan Berry for the bind off.  Surprisingly, the two colors combined beautifully.  So much so that neither my sister nor mother realized it was a different color on the edge.

Mountain Colors Twizzle Shawlette flat

Each hank is a healthy size – 100 grams and approximately 250 yards.  The Mountain Colors website recommends size 4-6 (3.5-4 mm) needles, but I used size 11 (8 mm) needles.  I think I would probably use a size 9 (5.5 mm) for knitting a hat or scarf.  Admittedly, I tend to have a tight tension, but even Ravelry calls this a worsted weight yarn.

If you want to try out some Twizzle for yourself, you can find the list of shops carrying it here.  Mountain Colors also has 8 Twizzle patterns available where the yarn is sold, including the Twizzle Beanie (a one skein project) and the Back to Basics Pullover, which are also available online.  Overall, I would recommend Twizzle as an excellent luxury yarn.  It’s beautiful but also has enough yardage for you to make a nice project (such as my shawlette) with one skein.

Now I just have to wait and see what that Logan Berry skein wants to become…

Mountain Colors Twizzle Loganberry

 

Full disclosure: Two free skeins of Twizzle were provided by Mountain Colors Yarn. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

 

 

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