Monday, July 14, 2008

Louet Mooi

Of all the new products we had the chance to check out at the TNNA Market back in June, there is no question that Mooi, a new yarn from Louet, was not only the most interesting, but the product that created the most buzz. The buzz was so loud that the folks at Louet went back to Canada and did everything possible to expedite the availability of this yarn from it's original ship date of late summer. Thanks to them for whatever hoops they had to jump through!




Mooi (pronounced "moi" - although I know we'll end up calling it "moo-ee") is the Dutch word for "pretty". It is a blend of 70% bamboo/15% bison/15% cashmere. I know, I was skeptical at first too! Don't let this ecletic blend fool you. It is incredible. What is really intriguing is that bamboo is dyed, while the bison and cashmere remain in their natural colorations. The bison also adds a bit of a soft "haze" to the yarn. Speaking of colors, although the palette only features 7 colors, they are spectacular. I have to give Josh, our photographer-in-residence a shout out for the excellent job he did in shooting this particular yarn. My monitor here at home (which is nothing special) shows the colors beautifully and you are easily able to see the bison fiber.



Mooi is a lace weight yarn, knitting at 7-8 sts/inch on a #2-#4 needle. It needs to be handwashed (of course) and each 100 gram hank contains 350 yards. Now, given the incredible fiber blend, you know we are dealing with a luxury product. The price per hank for Mooi is $49.95/hank, discountable. I know, even with the discount it's a bit extravagant, but this yarn is so totally worth it. Also, you need to take into consideration that just like products produced here in the U.S., Mooi is produced in Canada on Prince Edward Island and therefore a higher price point is to be expected.


Anyone else who has been able to see this yarn in person or stops by the store to check it out, please let us know what you! Leave me a comment!


Also, just a couple of quick shots from a fun family day yesterday at Fenway Park! It was a gorgeous day in Boston and at Fenway! Red Sox are leading the AL East at the All-Star break.



Happy times here in Red Sox Nation!



Kathy

3 comments:

Angie said...

Go Sox!

melissaknits said...

bamboo...
bison.
and
cashmere.

I need to see this.

Maaike said...

I was lucky enough to be in PEI a few weeks ago, and stumbled upon the producer quite by accident. Well, not really by accident, I was on a bit of of a fibre quest. She's got in any of the "artisan" booklets, I heard of them through word of mouth.

I got to tour the mill where they spin the yarn, and was enchanted by the lovely owners. I also picked up a few skeins of Mooi directly from them and am dying to start knitting it up. It is truly gorgeous stuff.

I also saw a few finished items that she had test-knit using the yarn, and it has lovely drape, sheen and is the softest thing I've touched in a while.

If you're going to spend 50+ hours knitting a lace weight anything, the investment in this yarn it totally worth it.

 
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