This is Lightyears DK in the colorway Hercules Swirling. In fact, this is the early stages of Valerie DiPietro's Quadrille. But I want to talk about the yarn.
The first thing I noticed about Lightyears DK was its incredible softness. The second thing was its roundness, which is a strange thing to stand out in a yarn. I know most yarns are round, but this yarn stays round---is in a way firmly round while still being squishy and compactable. This leads to great stitch definition, which makes it a fitting yarn for this corset, or any pattern using cables.
Alcidina's cosmos-inspired colors are amazing, too. I chose a rather neutral, light color for my corset, but now that I know how lovely this yarn is I will look into projects that will shine in some of her other colorways, for example, Fantasy Sculpture and Rotten Egg Nebula---or some of the Lightyears fingering weight colors such as Spotlight, Orion Abstract, and A Younger Generation of Galaxies. Her other yarns are also worth a try. If the bases are anything like the quality of Lightyears, I'm sold!
This arrived in the mail a week ago, but I'm just now getting around to writing about it. It's yarn for my Quadrille bodice from Needles and Artifice!
Three skeins of Alcidina's Lightyears DK in the Hercules Swirling colorway. I was uncertain about the yellowness of the color, but the description assured me it was "tawny" and indeed it's a beautiful blend. Ordering online when you haven't seen the color in person is always risky, but looking at the inspiration photo made me comfortable that I would love the hue. I wasn't wrong.
Incidentally, this photo was taken with the yarn under an Ott-Lite full-spectrum lighting . . . WITH a flash. The color came out much truer than without.
I can't wait to get it wound and start my project. My knitting schedule is pretty crowded, so I don't know how soon I'll be able to cast on, but I admire the yarn every day.
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