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Crystal Palace Maizy – A Yarn Review

Crystal Palace Maizy at Little Knits The new sock yarn by Crystal Palace, Maizy, is here – actually, it has been ‘here’ for a little while but I just have not had a free moment to take photos and post this review by Kersten.

Crystal Palace Maizy at Little Knits Before I click on paste and let you in on Kersten’s thoughts I must note that Maizy is a rather unique yarn with its 82% corn content (grown in the USA), and unexpected softness.  The remainder is elastic nylon which allows the knitted fiber to maintain its shape and gives it a bit of stretch.  With that here is what Kersten thought about Crystal Palace’s Maizy:  

Growing up, were you a Tony the Tiger or a Corn Pops fan? I was fed corn flakes, but yearned for Corn Pops. I also grew up in the Midwest where corn was a staple, not just for the kitchen table, but as a way of supporting the family. Around July, you could buy corn in roadside stands, 20 ears for $1, fresh from the farm.

Crystal Palace Maizy at Little Knits I was having all of these warm fuzzy thoughts when a ball of Maizy was tossed my way. Made by Crystal Palace, this is a rather unusual fiber: 82% corn fiber and 18% elastic nylon. Yeah, corn.

It instantly looked like a great alternative to cotton for tiny tot clothes.  Crystal Palace Maizy Baby Bootie - Little Knits I decided to try a quick pair of Better than Booties Baby Socks, from knittingdaily.com (and a prior IK issue). Winding the yarn was no problem. You may recall my recent trials with winding mohair. Let’s just say that all housecleaning supplies stayed in the closet.

The yarn is a ply of 4 double strands. This was a bit of a challenge with my cable cast-on. I had some issue with splitting until I loosened up on my vice-like tension. Things were much better after that. While knitting, the fabric was not as stretchy as anticipated. It does not have a hand as soft as wool, but it’s not too rough either.

Crystal Palace Maizy Swatch - Little Knits I knit the socks on #1 dpns which produced a fabric that was just a tad too dense. I then did a test swatch on #2s (I know, I know, backwards). Perfect.

Crystal Palace Maizy Baby Bootie - Little Knits I was a smidge apprehensive about dropping these into the washing machine. This was corn after all. I know what happens to Corn Pops when they sit in milk. Will my pieces turn to mush? I put on my Big Girl pants and did the deed. Beautiful! The fabric softened up and seemed to be a little more elastic as well…or it may have been my relief at not mixing corn bread in my washer. After blocking, the #2 swatch had a gauge of 26 stitches x 19 rows per 4 inches.

Crystal Palace Maizy at Little Knits Maizy would be a great alternative to cotton. The fiber is a bit unusual which I found intriguing…and so did my dogs. It was the first time I had to make sure they didn’t make off with my yarn!

 

New Sea Wool Colors & A Brief Review

I  have been digging myself out of a HUGE shipment of Fleece Artist & Hand Maiden yarns including Sea Wool – not a painful task, I assure you. 🙂 

Fleece Artist Sea Wool at Little Knits I do have a couple of new favorite colors including the one showing here called Blackberry and the other being Jester.  They just look extra pretty to my Spring/Summer eyes. 

Fleece Artist Sea Wool at Little Knits A quick reminder, Sea Wool comes with a free sock pattern called Bordello Socks – pattern printed on sock label (extra wide and printed on card stock, which will keep and it not flimsy). 

And, here is a quick feedback from Kersten, a customer and a friend of mine – thank you Kersten!  If you read our blog regularly you would remember Kersten’s Peru Luxury DK review.  Here is what Kersten had to say:

Anything named, See Wool, oops…Sea Wool is right up my alley. Not that I need the subliminal suggestion, thank you very much.  I love the pair of Jaywalkers I made with the sister yarn, Fleece Artist Merino, so I had high hopes for this one.  

Sea Wool is just a tad heavier than the Fleece Artist 100% merino.  A blend of 70% merino and 30% Seacell, it has a hint of shine and knits a garment that is ever so slightly silky.  Perfect for a pair of machine washable socks.

Sea Wool Pattern Closeup The pattern I used is one I tailored.  The construction is based on Widdershins, Knitty.com Summer 2006, and the pattern is a 3×1 rib. 

Sea Wool Sock Heel Closeup I knit my pair on #2 DPNs, which created a fabric that was neither too stiff nor too flimsy.  While knitting I noticed the rare slub of undyed fiber.  As the yarn is a variegated, it really was not noticeable in the finished product.  The slubs did remove quite easily with the flick of a needle.  The variegation was executed perfectly!  No color pooling at all.Kersten's Sea Wool Socks The label claims there are 385 yards to a skein.  I had plenty of yarn to make nearly-knee-high socks for my size 10 feet. That’s what I call a skein!KerstenPlease feel free to use all info and pictures.