The Yarn Detective: Nua Sport

April 29, 2020

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  • I am knitting the Arcade hat with Nua Sport right now and I couldn’t agree more that this is a superb yarn.

  • I always learn so much from your articles. I have a skein ready to be wound for the Arcade Hat. I wonder how long I will be able to resist ordering a sweater’s quantity? Will MDK ever be adding Carol’s books to the shop? After watching the Fruitty Knitting podcast I would love to jump into some more of her patterns. And Jillian, I have the cookie cookbook in my collection and use it often. Thanks for once again starting my day off on a bright spot despite the rain outside.

  • Great read. I’m loving this yarn. By the way, for cookies, check out Cookies by Dori Greenspan.

    • I have that one too. You could say I have a healthy stash of cookbooks in addition to my yarn stash.

  • Oh great, now I’m hungry for both cookies AND new yarn, and it’s only 7 AM on a rainy day. I can tell how this day will end….
    And as a spinner, I’m curious – how do they do that? Would you have to underply the 2-ply yarns before plying together? I’ve done cabled yarn but never anything like this. Fascinating!

    • Yes! A light twist on that first round of plying. I’m going to experiment with it too!

  • Jillian, love love love your analysis and writing! Off to order this yarn and bake cookies!

  • I can’t wait until mine arrives!

  • I’m always so timid to try a yarn like yak because I react so poorly to mohair this yarn is tempting however. And OH is there a recipe for velvety chocolate cookies to share?

    • I am very reactive to mohair, to angora, even to some merino. But yak is the softest yarn you will ever knit with–it’s like knitting with nothing.

  • I’ve just finished swatching (twice!) for the Trellis Top and I love this yarn! Thank you for explaining all of the reasons why I am so smitten.

  • I used this for a Woolly Wormhead hat pattern and it’s gorgeous: velvety, rich and deep. One day a sweater!

  • I knew I loved it, and now I know why. Thank you!

  • Oh gosh now I want ALL of this yarn…..

  • The names of the colors alone are enough to make me want to order them all and I don’t even knit with any yarn that small 😉
    And I bet you could get a handshake from Paul and a twinkle from Mary!!

  • I think sometimes that MDK is one of the best things around and then I listen to their suggestions for the Fruity Knit interview with Carol Feller and now this article on Nua yard and wish I had never heard of them. I know so little about the technicalities of yarn and knitting even though I have been knitting for a long time. I just never really thought about why a yarn does one thing and another one does something else. Same with the way a stitch is made.(bad thing) MDK has made me aware of my ignorance about knitting and has inspired me to learn and improve.(good thing). Carol Feller is one of the most interesting knitters and her knowledge is awesome. Same with Jillian Merino. I can’t help but ask myself why wasn’t I aware of all these smart people before. I think it is because years ago when I started to knit, all you had to do was be able to make a knit and purl stitch. Things were fairly simple. Things have sure changed and I for one love it. MDK has given me so much to think about and try. I love the newsletters, shop, artists, suggestions and all the other things they do to help me. It is not true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I am learning something new, enjoying it and improving my knitting every day. Thanks to MDK and all the people they bring into our lives to help us and enrich our being.

  • Now I want to check out Jillians site. Thanks again ladies

  • I love your food analogies for the yarns!

  • I LOVE the texture stitch! Do you have a pattern that uses it?

    • I think the stitch is called daisy stitch or lazy daisy, try putting that into a ravelry search and you should get patterns that use it 😀

  • Heavens, I didn’t realize I had a yarn dialect but you are speaking my language. And my feelings!

  • I’ve been a Carol fan since 2018; she was our instructor on a knitting retreat. I have a collection of her well written patterns and have participated in 4 KALS. Another starts on May 6. Try the Camira or Tabouli cardigans; the fit is perfect, especially around the shoulders. Her construction and shaping techniques are unique. I’m so used to working with her patterns now that I find it hard to follow others. Guess I’m spoiled. Also Nua is great to work with. The stitches even stand up after a frog making it easier to pick up! The Trellis top, Transom and Twining Wrap are on the project list. Now, my mouth is watering for cookies, my fav.

    • Just received my Nua Sport today. Oh my, it is such a wonderful yarn. I completed my swatch and gauge was perfect. Looking forward to the Refreshalong and making the Trellis Tee. I’m supposed to go to Ireland/Scotland in August (fingers crossed) and I would love to visit Carol Fellers shop while I’m in Cork. The plan is to get plenty of yarn while I’m there. Thanks for this post. It’s a big help in understanding fiber.

  • Carol Feller’s Nua is my new favorite yarn-I’m making her Tabouli cardi with lace and cables and stockinette and I’m actually dreading finishing it…I don’t want the pleasure to end. The luscious feel of the yarn flowing through my hands is therapy for these days of social distancing. I’m thinking I need another Nua sweater in my queue.

  • Please, what is that textured stitch called? I just finished Carol’s Waning Crescent sweater. What a joy to knit. Now to try that same yarn in a textured something and I’d love to try this particular texture and need to find directions. Thanks.

    • Daisy or lazy daisy stitch

  • Baking to me is a meditation and a prayer, much like knitting.

  • I do the exact same thing with swatches, because although I love knitting with wool it really does make me itch, so it’s good to know beforehand how many layers I’m going to need underneath.

  • Jillian, your yarn explanations are fabulous–meticulous and detailed yet easy to understand. I may get a skein, but the tweediness of this particular yarn just isn’t my thing. Waaaaaaaahhhh!!!!! I may change my mind once it’s in my hands.

  • Thank you for this article. I love the way Jillian talks about yarn! I am really tempted to try this yarn.

  • I thank you for the explanation. Is this a process carol does or is it the mill that produces. Just brilliant to have a cozy fabric that is light as a feather

  • Once again I am so pleased that you share your observations on yarn. I love your contributions to MDK!

  • I always learn from and enjoy your articles but today’s was special. The baking metaphors made me want to go bake but then I can’t knit…

    • I LOVE this yarn and did an Arcade cap, but now I’m on to doing the sweater from Refresh Field Guide. Do I need to alternate skeins if I have the same lot for all the yarn? I usually do this for hand dyed indie yarn, but do I need to do it for this?

  • Ok, hungry now! Thank you for this beautiful bit of writing. Nua is now on my list!