Add to Cart
"As knitters and crocheters, we naturally ogle and are drawn to soft and beautiful yarns. But many of us have also had the feeling of feeling ‘duped’: you pick up a beautiful yarn only to discover that it falls apart/is too scratchy/ felts… or just plain lets you down. And we don’t want that to happen again, do we?
We know this feeling all too well. We’re knitters, too.
We wanted the perfect merino yarn. Obviously, it’d be soft (merino usually is). But it also had to be pill-resistant (merino, because of its short staple length, tends to pill a lot). And it had to be machine-wash and dry. Oh, and from sheep that were happy and treated well. It was a tall order, but also a sweet story, let us tell you how Gems was born!
Once upon a time… the founder of Louet North America (and Dave’s mom!), Trudy Van Stralen, was a spinner. When we had the idea for creating a 100% merino yarn that was machine wash and dry, she developed the yarn by spinning samples and sending them to the mill. As a result, Gems is one of the only worsted spun yarns on the market and one of the only commercially-produced yarns that mimics many ‘handspun’ characteristics in terms of bounce and ply.
Why worsted spun? When a yarn is worsted spun, all of the fibers are aligned, and lay together nicely. It means that the yarn has a fabulous stitch definition, and is also ‘prickle-proof’. Some customers pick up Gems and feel how soft it is… and don’t believe it’s really wool! It is! It’s a 22 micron, 100% merino made from South African wool from non-mulesed sheep.
The minimum staple length for the merino used in Gems is 90mm (3.6″ long), which is VERY long for a merino (known for it’s short staple lengths!). The short staple lengths that many other yarns feature means that merino has developed a reputation for pilling… that’s because the short fibers easily work their way out of the twist and create a ‘pill’. Not Gems. While every yarn *can* pill, ours is pill-resistant, a much harder-wearing yarn than any other Merino yarn on the market."Gems is custom spun for Louet North America. It is worsted spun with a tight twist to minimize pilling while maintaining a high elasticity. The yarn is then steamed for the softest touch. This combination allows for excellent stitch definition.
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:||South Africa|
|FIBER:||100% Merino Wool|
|BALL or SKEIN:||Skein|
|BALL or SKEIN WEIGHT:||100 grams|
|BALL or SKEIN LENGTH:||370 yards|
|KNITTING NEEDLES:||US 2-3|
|KNITTING GAUGE:||6.5-7.5 sts = 1"|
|GARMENT CARE:||Machine Washable|
|RECOMMENDED USES:||Baby Wear and Socks|
|FREE PATTERNS AVAILABLE:|