Sunday, April 8, 2018

Review: Synchrony Yarn from Brown Sheep Company

Today, I will be reviewing Synchrony, a DK weight yarn from Brown Sheep Company. Disclaimer: I received this complimentary yarn in exchange for a review. I am not being paid to write this review and everything shared here is my real opinion. Big thanks go out to Brown Sheep Company for providing me with yarn to test.

With the winter doldrums of the Pacific Northwest finally wearing off, I've been feeling pretty bold lately. I'm enjoying trying new things, being adventurous, and getting the most out of life. This new attitude has also been reflected in my yarn and pattern choices. When I was presented with the opportunity to try Synchrony yarn, I got really excited. All of the colors are so fun! It was really hard to decide which one I wanted. Also, I don't normally work with DK weight yarn. I've done a lot with bulky, worsted, and fingering weight yarns, but not DK. What a perfect opportunity to play with something new!

Synchrony is 60% Pima Cotton and 40% Merino Wool. This makes it both sturdy and soft.

Since I've been in such a party mood lately, the colorway I settled on was Soiree. I totally love it! It is bold and exciting. Plus, I've always found marled yarn to be very attractive. The yarn wound very easily, with no snags.

Crochet is my first love, so I decided to choose a crochet project for it. I finally settled on Fat Bag, a free pattern by Samanta Maragno. The original pattern makes a large bag. However, I'm being bold! I decided to try the pattern with DK and a smaller hook in the hopes of making a small purse. It went wonderfully! Even though the direction of the twist made the plies come apart a little while I crocheted, I had no issues with the hook catching. It was very smooth and enjoyable to work with. I think the bag turned out super hip! The pooling is very even, producing a modern finished item.

This yarn is awesome and I'd happily work with it again. It took so much less yarn to make my purse than I expected, so I have a whole hank left. I am currently knitting with it, which is just as pleasant as crocheting with it was.

I'll have to share my improvised knit bag with you when it is complete. In the meantime, here is some info on Synchrony and Brown Sheep Company:
  • Brown Sheep yarns is a family-owned and operated company located in Mitchell, Nebraska. 
  • Synchrony blends pima cotton and merino to create a springy yet sturdy yarn. 
  • In DK weight, Synchrony pairs perfectly with our Cotton Fleece and Serendipity Tweed yarns.
  • The mill employs sustainable practices such as recycling 70-90% of their daily waste water.
  • Brown Sheep Company buys the majority of their wool directly from the growers who have a variety of good wool breeds such as Corriedales, Rambouillets, and Columbians.
  • Not only are Brown Sheep yarns excellent for knitting and crocheting, they are great for weaving as well! They also offer roving for handspinners.