The past few weeks I have been getting a lot of questions about my Eclipse Bases, so I thought I would make a quick post to talk more about them. Additionally, at the end of this post I will be talking about various projects I have made using these yarn bases. Some of the patterns and project links will link back to Ravelry, and I will let you know ahead of time before clicking on them in case their website is causing you to have visual problems. If I can link to other sources outside of Ravelry, I will try to do so.
I named this base Eclipse for the black and gray striping effect that happens when the mills spin all three colors of the natural Peruvian highland wools together, creating what the industry likes to calls zebra stripes. These skeins are honestly beautiful even when they are not dyed and I keep meaning to add some undyed skeins to the shop. The bases comes in both fingering and worsted weights and its spun as a two ply. It really has a lovely springy feel to it that is just perfect for sweaters, colour work, etc. And it reminds me so very much of a handspun yarns.
Here are some stats about each of the bases:
- Eclipse Fingering: is a 2-ply fingering weight yarn that is 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. Yarn comes in skeins of 437 yds/ 100 grams.
- Eclipse Worsted: is a 2-ply worsted weight yarn made of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool. Yarn Comes in skeins of 218 yds/ 100 grams
Since both bases are not a superwash treated the colors can sometimes dye a little more muted than on other bases I carry. It also means that the colors have a tendency to bleed more when the yarn is wet. And when it comes to washing you items made with this yarn bases, I would also suggest gently hand washing with a little wool wash in cold water and drying flat. Also, try not to agitate too much when washing because you also don't want to accidentally felt your completed project (which I may or may not have done). Unless you want to felt your project, then this is the perfect yarn base for it.
Because it is a highland wool it still has some of the wooly features to it. Which mean it has a more natural rough feel to the finished wool than say some of the superwash bases you might be used to. I do notice that that "scratchy wool" feeling tends to dissipate the more you work with the wool. I also sometimes like to soak my projects in a little wool conditioner along with the wool wash to help soften things up too.
I will say that unique striping in this yarn really does make some of the colors dyed on it really pop. As well as adding some added depth and texture to the overall look of the colors that have been dyed on it. Because the colors added tend to be a little more muted, I also tend to oversaturate this yarn base with colors. I don't necessarily do this all time, but you can see the difference in colors between dye batches that are highly saturated and those that are not. This also means that even though I wash my yarns before selling them, those that are highly saturated will be bleed colors more than say lighter more muted colors.
And because the dye tends to spread out more on this yarn than say a superwash base, speckles really don't show up well on it. But I think that using speckling techniques on this particular base would not only muddy the colors but also take away from the lovely zebra striping that is already taking center stage on this yarn base.
Now to the fun part- Projects! I have made several projects already using this base to kind of highlight how the yarn may look when worked up in various ways. One of the questions I get asked often is" will the stripes on the skeins pool? And the answer to that is: it really depends on the project.
If you are using this yarn base with another project and alternating between the two skeins, that will for sure help to break up any potential color pooling that might occur. This can be seen in my The Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry where I used 1 skein of my Eclipse Fingering and 1 skein of my Snug fingering bases together. You can see more images and details about how I used two colors instead of three on my project page here on Ravelry.
Another fun project that I made using the Eclipse Worsted was my Free For All Cowl by Jen Peck (please keep in mind this link will take you directly to the designers pattern page on ravelry). This is a free pattern and I loved how the simplicity of the stitches not only helped to highlight the beautiful striping in the yarn but also helped to keep it from pooling in large areas.
And lastly my Northern Winds Shawl by Nataliya Sinelshchikova (this links to designer page on Ravelry). This has to be my favorite shawl so far and it's perfectly cozy and warm for chilly evenings. The construction of this shawl is interesting which i found to be fun and challenging for a triangle shaped shawl. Because I also used a darker tonal color on my Eclipse Worsted base, I wasn't too concerned if the darker stripes on the yarn base would pool into larger areas. The triangle construction and increases did help to break up the pooling in some areas as well.
But I like that the pooling in this project gave the overall look of this shawl a kind of magical stormy feel. Which I think really matches the spirit of tha pattern. And since the edging on this shawl was worked separately the darker and lighter colors in the eclipse based created this really neat striping effect on the bottom border.
Well, thanks for sticking with me to the end of this long post. I hope it all makes sense. It's late and the brain fog is a little thick after writing all of this. And I hope that the information I provided was helpful in some way. If you still have any questions or concerns about this base just let me know by contacting me through the contact form on this website.