12-year Field Test: Euroflax Linen Yarn
Twelve years later, I am back with my report on the durability of Euroflax linen yarn.
What I am about to report may astonish you—indeed it astonishes me even as I gaze at the photographic proof. No filters, no retouching. Take a look.
This isn’t one of those wimpy Consumer Reports laboratory tests. This is the real deal: twelve punishing years of hard and regular use of handknit items in an environment that can only be described as unforgiving, relentless, often involving toddlers, teenagers, and middle-aged men.
No human-shaped dummies were involved—all stress was generated by human-shaped humans doing the thing that humans do: wear stuff down, Grand Canyon style.
Exhibit A: Euroflax Hand Towels
I experimented with hand towel pattern ideas, back in 2004. Since then, these four towels have been a constant amenity in our guest bathroom, aka the bathroom where you go when you really want quality time all by yourself, aka the most popular room in the house.
These towels have been washed hundreds of times, left to dry on top of the clothes dryer all smoothed out, and they still look brand new:
What are you, Euroflax? Are you made of steely determination? Iron will? Pure grit?
Exhibit B: Euroflax Piano Bench Cushion
Hubbo plays the piano every single day. He comes home and starts playing whatever he’s got in his head. This piano bench is where he sits, every day.
I made this cushion in 2004 as an upholstered tribute to Hubbo’s grandfather, who played a lot of piano in his day. (Story here.) Sometimes you just want to memorialize somebody with a cushion.
You will notice that the sides of the piano bench cushion are deflating a bit. I’d go for a knife-edge cushion next time I make a memorial piano bench cushion. But what you’ll notice as well is that the Euroflax on top is not deflating, or tired, or stretched. It isn’t even worn. The colors are the same as the day I finished it. I find this completely amazing.
Why You Need to Know This
I mention all this because everybody needs to understand that this yarn is for the ages.
It will not fall apart. It will never die. Anything that you make with this yarn will last so long that your grandchildren will dig it out of your antique Container Company wicker storage bin a hundred years from now and screech with delight at the perfection of Grandma’s taste in yarn.