Meet the Yarn: Cloud

Over the next couple of months, I will be sharing short posts about each of our yarns in a lead up to our sweater KAL/CAL in October. Many of us at the warehouse will be knitting a sweater during that month, whether from a pattern or the 30 Day Sweater plan, and we hope you'll be joining us!

When Sabrina first decided to start dyeing Cloud, she wasn't sure what to call it. The only thing that seemed fitting was to call it Heaven. It was Chris from Urban Sheep that told her "it's as soft as a cloud," and the rest is history.

  Glacier Point  by Irish Girlie Knits, shown in Charcoal, Taffy, and Seaside.

Glacier Point by Irish Girlie Knits, shown in Charcoal, Taffy, and Seaside.

Cloud is a light fingering-weight yarn. Although it works well in some lace-weight applications, it is slightly too heavy to be considered a lace-weight, due to its body and bounce. It is a soft two-ply, and unlike most of our other yarns, it is plied for luxury rather than heritage. It is not plied so loosely that it is difficult to knit with ("splitty"), but it is also not plied tightly enough to really resist showing wear over time. 

It has good stitch definition for lacework, and is great for light shawls and sweaters. Sabrina had originally advised against using it for socks, but then Purl Soho released the Perfect Fit Socks. Knit at this gauge, she was impressed with the crispness, and now we are happy to advise that with proper care, you can create incredibly lightweight and luxurious socks with Cloud. 

  Perfect Fit Socks  by Purl Soho, shown in Seaside. 

Perfect Fit Socks by Purl Soho, shown in Seaside. 

Each skein has 575 yards, which will knit a medium-sized shawl. Sweaters can be knit from just 2 or 3 skeins. 

 Knit an Anthi in any size written, in fewer than 3 skeins!  Anthi pullover  by Hilary Smith Callis, shown in Mulberry. 

Knit an Anthi in any size written, in fewer than 3 skeins! Anthi pullover by Hilary Smith Callis, shown in Mulberry. 

It is our lightest weight MCN. MCN is our shorthand for our Superwash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon blend. What's great about our MCNs? Obviously, the inclusion of Cashmere lets you know that this yarn will be soft. Our mill also works to find the highest quality Superwash Merino to supplement that softness. Cashmere has a short staple, so the addition of a high quality Nylon adds more strength to the yarn. 

Find Cloud today at your LYS or online. If your LYS doesn't carry Cloud, or not in the colorway you'd like, be sure to ask them about placing a special order for you!