A number of times I've been approached by new or new-ish yarn companies, who are trying to get their name out there.
KPC - Knit-Purl-Crochet YarnsKPC yarns generously offered to send me a sampling of their yarns all the way from Hong Kong.
Using the same factors I used to evaluate MJ Yarns from Jonathan, here's how the KPC yarns rate in my estimation:
Durability - Not Evaluated. I haven't had the chance to try out this yarn. Four balls isn't really enough to start a project with.
Uniformity - Very high. Exceptionally fine consistency in the two DK weight yarns I got to see (100% Ultra Fine Merino and 30%Cotton/70% Merino blend)
Color/Dyeing - High. KPC has a wide variety of colors, many I think are beautiful. The orange one in the photo is 100% Ultra Fine Merino in their Saffron color. It's more orange than they show on their web site, but less orange than my photo would indicate. But it's got a great tweediness to it that I like a lot.
Put-Up - Good to Average. 50 grams, 136 yards, in a beautifully wound center-pull ball that is secured with the logo'ed ribbon. 136 yards for me is too small, especially if I'm going to knit a sweater in all one color. The Ultra Fine Merino is very smooth...almost slippery and the balls often unwinds, so the ribbon used to secure the balls is a great idea.
Retail Availability - Low. The only place I could find to order this yarn was directly from the distributor in Hong Kong. Not sure if there are any North American stockists yet, but I couldn't find one.
Tactile Pleasure - Very High. Both yarns (Novomerino and Glencoul) are soft as cashmere in the ball. I would imagine I would love working with either or both of these yarns, even on a large-scale project.
I've checked off another Work-In-Progress by finishing up spinning Lulu the Llama from Teri's farm, Wunsapana Farms.
First of all, I finished spinning the singles and then the plying went very fast.
The resulting yarn is 8.3 ounces of pure llama, two-ply yarn...about 508 yards of yarn in total (which classifies it as a worsted weight yarn).
Despite scouring the fleece twice before carding it, there is still quite a bit of dirt in the yarn, so I will scour/degrease it once more and then I will probably dye it. There is a beautiful haze on this yarn that will show up as a very soft and warm looking knitted fabric. I can't wait to use this.