Well, that little swatch of Blacker Yarns Brushwork has been riding round in my armpit for three days, and there is absolutely no change. Take a close look. Can you see a difference? It doesn’t even look like the yarn is even thinking about piling.
So basically the armpit test consists of tucking the swatch into the armpit of my bra for three days running. This gives an indication of how the yarn might wear over time, and how soft the fabric is against the skin.
The other day I mentioned that, in the hand, Brushwork is softer than the shawl I have made of pure Shetland yarn. It does have a very slight prickle factor, but nothing that would stop me wearing against my neck. The Scottish Bowmont breed is a cross between the Saxon Merino and Shetland breeds, and you truly get the best of both worlds with this yarn. Almost Merino soft, but with the lightness of Shetland.
If I were planning a sport weight garment (and didn’t already have two jersey quantities of Blacker yarn in my stash), this yarn would be in my cart now. It comes out on the 28th of September, and will be retailing for £8.40 for a 50 gram ball. The price tag makes it a yarn I’d have to save up for. And, I know I’ve said this before of Blacker’s yarns, I think it’s totally worth it.
Last year I was a little underwhelmed with Cornish Tin II, but this year the folk at Blacker have really cracked it. This is a special yarn, for a special favourite garment, that will be warn for years and years.