When I first saw Yummy by Universal Yarns it was on a hank with a test label that had no specifics about the yarn itself that is, no info on yardage, fiber content or gauge. But I fell in love anyway. I liked the tight spin of the yarn, the deep jewel tones of the colors, and the subtle silky sheen.
Yummy comes in big 4 ounce hanks (approx. 130 grams), with 370 yards per hank, which is more than enough for an average size pair of adult socks. This beautiful yarn is hand-dyed – label reads ‘pot dyed’ – by Turkish artisans and has beautiful color quality and depth. And, a must for me when it comes to sock yarn, it is machine washable. Please don’t let all this sock yarn talk limit you, Yummy would also work great for any lace weight project that can be worked with a hand-dyed multi color yarn.
Of course, every good new yarn deserves a good review and this is why we called Samantha, our no-nonsense reviewer and this what she had to say:
My first impression looking at the Yummy was all about the colors. Rich and vibrant, the whole skein is saturated with colors ranging from a warm plum through a bright pink to a spicy coral. The yarn made me want to pick it up and start knitting with it, just to see how it would come out. I also noticed that Yummy was smooth, silky smooth with a tight twist and none of the beaded effect that some sock yarns have. There’s no halo or fuzziness to this yarn, although in some lights it does appear to have a subtle sheen (EDITOR’S NOTE – actual skeins received does have a very slight fuzz/halo). The sample skein had no content listed, but it feels like a high quality merino.
I like socks that are woven fairly tightly, so I swatched it with a size one needle. I used a set of double point needles with Canadian sizing, so it was actually a 1.25mm set. I got 7.5 stitches and 10 rows to the inch and liked the smooth, polished look of it. However, even by my standards this was not comfortable going and I switched to a 1.50 set of needles for the socks (there is no American equivalent, they are both loosely referred to as a size 1). On these, I got 8 stitches and 12 rows to the inch.
Since my double point needles are quite pointy, I was amazed and delighted to find that this yarn doesn’t split at all. I knit an entire sock without ever splitting a stitch, even when I was watching TV and not looking at my knitting. It’s the tight twist that does it and boy, does it make a difference. The finished product is smooth and with superb stitch definition. Even my husband (a non-knitter), looked at the swatch and was impressed. He couldn’t quite say why but finally said that it looked clean and sharp,” which it did. Cables worked in this yarn would pop , as would any stitch pattern. The downside of this, of course, is that any mistakes are instantly obvious – no fudging with this yarn.
Yummy stands up quite well to washing and blocking. I used cold water and a mild soap to wash my sock, then rolled the pieces up in a white towel and gently pushed out the water before laying it out and nudging into shape. The yarn didn’t seem to get any softer, but it was soft to start with. In truth, it didn’t really change at all – a plus if, like me, you don’t want to guess at how the final product will look.
The only negative I found with this yarn was while I was grafting the toes. The tight twist on this yarn makes it tend to twist back on itself. This isn’t much of a problem while knitting, but it created some problems on a darning needle. I would definitely knit with Yummy again and I am anxious to see the rest of the available colorways. I can already picture a sock with cable rib and little cables running down the sidesâ€¦ .
PS. I know, I could not do 10 posts in 10 days – major burn out as I have tons of new stuff that I have to photograph and share with you, which made the 10 for 10 deal impossible. Sorry.