I don’t usually wax poetic about a specific brand of yarn. It makes me feel like a (unpaid) corporate shill. But in this case, this yarn is so exceptional, so weird, and so awesome that I can’t help myself.
Mom bought me a handful of skeins of HPKY’s Rome yarn for my birthday. And when I opened the box, I immediately put down the project I was working on to start knitting with the Rome Yarn.
At first glance, Rome looks like unspun pencil roving, but when you start working with it, you realize it’s incredibly strong and totally not split-y. When you look closer, you see that it’s actually really cool space-aged yarn. What they’ve done is take a super-fine nylon fiber and knit it into an I-cord. Then, they filled the little knit tube with the alpaca and merino. See? (It’s crazy hard to photograph, but this was the best I could do. If you squint really hard, you can kind of see the I-cord stitching).
Because the alpaca and merino fibers haven’t actually been spun together, your finished project ends up extra fluffy and cuddly. I made the HPKY Bias Shawl with my Rome yarn, and it’s the warmest, most wonderful thing I’ve made in a long time. The squishy-ness of garter stitch combined with the fluffiness of the yarn makes it unbelievably lovely.