Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky has the same soft wool as Northampton, but in a bulky 4-ply that will fly off your needles. You may also want to try Northampton which works up at 4.5-5 sts = 1" on US 7-8 needle.
Note: This yarn has been discontinued and inventory is limited.
I knit with this yarn every day--literally. The quality is very consistent. The only "knots" that occur are tiny and very tight, can be knitted over, and disappear into...Read complete review
I knit with this yarn every day--literally. The quality is very consistent. The only "knots" that occur are tiny and very tight, can be knitted over, and disappear into the fabric. The yarn is springy and easy on my hands for a bulky yarn.
I've noticed that some colorways are slightly thinner than others (midnight heather is one). Some are softer than others (gold heather comes to mind). And I really wish the colors included yellow and orange. But overall, I consider this yarn to be a durable, reliable workhorse yarn and a great value. So much so that I've got a massive stash of about 80 skeins for charity knitting.
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Color is nice, but not pleased with feel
I have used this to make a feather and fan scarf for my daughter and that went fairly well. Then I got some Midnight Heather to make a scarf for her boyfriend. UGH....Read complete review
I have used this to make a feather and fan scarf for my daughter and that went fairly well. Then I got some Midnight Heather to make a scarf for her boyfriend. UGH. The color is fine, but the feel is a bit rougher than the cream that I used for her. Also, every skein I used had nasty felted joins that felt like PLASTIC. Not pleasant at all. And annoying to try and knit with them there. I am not sure how this is going to wear - as it feels a bit stiff and manmade instead of a soft and lofty wool.
I nabbed the last skein of a nice discontinued color for a cowl my daughter requested. The second I touched it, I could feel the difference between this and merino, which I often use. It's not nearly as soft, I'm not sure I'll use it for the cowl. But I got a couple of skeins in Jade to make more felted slippers, and this should be awesome for that. The Jade is a nice muted green leaning toward blue.
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend