Yarn Review: The Fibre Co. Luma – Armpit Test

This week I’ve been wondering around with a square of knitting folded over the armpit of my bra.  This is not something I plan to mention at dinner parties.


The Armpit Test is the most reliable measure I have to assess the Luma yarn, sent to me by The Fibre Company, for prickliness and wear.  Lets get the prickle factor out of the way first.  I completely forgot about this swatch.  For me this yarn had no prickle factor at all. If you are sensitive this is a yarn to consider.


The swatch only really started to show signs of wear after it had been worn for three days.  The stitches started to get that flat look, common on cotton knitwear in high friction areas.  And it was only in a very small area that saw a lot of movement.  In a garment with positive ease, I think this yarn would wear well.  If you were planning to use it for something more figure hugging, you will see signs of wear after a few days.  I have put the swatch back in the wash to see if the yarn is returned to it’s former glory, and will show that in my round up on the next podcast.

There was one pill.  Frankly, I think that’s reasonable.


If you are looking for yarns with good ethical credentials,  The Fibre Company wear their heart on their sleeve.  I’ve seen some websites for yarn companies where they use all the right language, but don’t follow through with facts.  I really enjoyed the stories on The Fibre Company Blog, where I could make my own value judgement about their ethics.  Luma retails on the pricey side at £9.60 for 50g.  I would be spending £70 to £100 for a garment.  I thought it was a good quality yarn. It held it’s shape, seemed to wear well, was a pleasure to knit with, and came in a nice range of colours.  This is an investment yarn for enjoyable knitting, and a beautifully functional garment.


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