We have been hearing this question more and more lately: "do you have a non-superwash?" While superwash wool takes color with incredible brilliance and depth, we love the texture, versatility, and durability of non-superwash wools.
We are so excited to share this yarn with you for the fall!
Intrepid is the non-superwash worsted weight yarn we’ve been searching for. It is an all-American yarn, from the Targhee sheep, to the processing, to the dyeing. Targhee wool has a great bouncy liveliness while still being soft.
Intrepid is a classic 3-ply worsted weight with a lot of body, perfect for warm and cozy textures in sweaters, hats, and more. We have been knitting it up in cables and can't wait to see what you come up with. It has a matte appearance and takes color a little more softly than our superwash yarns.
So what's a Targhee sheep?
The Targhee breed was developed beginning in the 1920s. The goal was a hardy multipurpose sheep well-suited to living on rangeland in the American west, thriving with relatively little human intervention. They are a cross between the Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Columbia breeds. The wool is typically between 22-25 micron, which is not quite as fine as Merino, but still next-to-skin soft with a lot of bounce and resilience.
Because Intrepid is such a traditional style of yarn, it will be easily substituted in many worsted weight wool patterns that are knit at 4-5 stitches per inch knit on US 7-9.
For some of our first samples, we've knit up an Ursina pullover in Fogbound. This worsted weight version of the ever-popular Ursa sweater is a great addition to your wardrobe, perfect for pulling on over a long top or high-wasted pants for extra warmth. Its flattering shape is sure to please, and it is snuggly-soft. Kind of like a sweatshirt disguised as a chic sweater.
We think you're going to love this yarn and we can't wait to see what you create! We'll have more designs and project ideas coming through this fall.