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October 22, 2017

From Sally — Light and Airy Kobolt

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 1:47 pm

I just finished knitting a sweater out of  Woolfolk Luft.  This is an unusual yarn.  It consists of a threadlike cotton webbing surrounding unspun merino — so unspun it almost looks like dryer lint.  Very expensive dryer lint.  That does not sound like a ringing endorsement but let me be clear:  I love this yarn.  It’s incredibly soft, does not seem to want to pill, and feels light as air.  Here is a close up of the yarn in two colors (yes, I bought more).  The cotton webbing is always the same color — it creates a marled effect on dark merino and recedes on a light color.

And here is a close up of the blue yarn with the webbing cut away and the unspun merino feathered out.  As you can see, there is almost nothing to it.


Finally, here are some shots of my finished Kobolt, an oversized funnel neck designed by Sarah Solomon.  This was a quick, easy knit.  My only modification was to add some extra length.  I’ve included a rare “modeling” shot.  You may want to avert your eyes!


  1. The sweater is beautiful – looks great on you! Thanks also for the “show & tell” about the yarn.

    Comment by Mary M — October 22, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

  2. Thanks for showing us the insides of this intriguing yarn.It’s good to know it resists pilling; it sounds like a smart purchase. Your sweater looks lovely and very wearable.

    Absolutely no need for anyone to avert their eyes. Do you say that to be funny? I’m kinda over the idea that a woman who isn’t a supermodel shouldn’t be seen in photographs.

    Comment by LaurieM — October 22, 2017 @ 5:34 pm

  3. Thank you so much for modeling the sweater. It looks great! I always am grateful when people include a modeled shot on their Ravelry page. It is so helpful when I’m deciding whether I want to knit something. I can see what body types a sweater flatters. I can get a much better idea if I’ll enjoy wearing the sweater and thus if it’s worth my precious knitting time.

    It looks WAY better on you than on your dummy! I can see why you like this sweater.

    Comment by Pam — October 23, 2017 @ 2:30 am

  4. Wow. Just wow!

    Comment by Susan — October 23, 2017 @ 8:04 am

  5. Who sits around and makes up this stuff?? Cotton webbing…Merino fluff? The yarn industry is a constant amazement to me. The results are BEAUTIFUL on you. You are a GREAT model. Everything so interesting.

    Comment by Chloe — October 23, 2017 @ 10:07 am

  6. Very interesting, I usually think of cotton/wool blends as being less cozy, but this looks different with the cotton webbing just holding the merino fluff together. As for the modeling shot, you should do it more often – you’re a natural!

    Comment by Pru — October 23, 2017 @ 11:49 am

  7. …hubba-hubba….very form-fitting…

    Comment by Matthew Olson — October 23, 2017 @ 5:33 pm

  8. Hey, great modeling shot! Looks so good!

    Comment by Nora — October 24, 2017 @ 12:37 am

  9. You sure know how to break a knitter’s “no more new yarn purchases” vow.

    Comment by Gretchen (aka stashdragon) — October 24, 2017 @ 12:26 pm

  10. Love the sweater! Love it on you, too! Might have to try this someday! Thanks for modeling it for us. I agree with the others that it really helps to see the yarn knit up and on someone!

    Comment by Kathy W. — October 24, 2017 @ 9:48 pm

  11. Beautifully knitted and modeled. Love your posts!

    Comment by Sherry B. — November 2, 2017 @ 9:14 am

  12. This sweater looks fabulous on you! The fit is PERFECT! So helpful to see the yarn knit up and on a real body! Thanks, Sally!

    Comment by Kathy W. — November 13, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

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