We continue our yarn spotlight this week with Organik, a single ply worsted weight yarn that we feel, sadly, does not get its fair share of accolades!
Organik began its life as a single ply 70% Organic New Zealand Wool, 15% Alpaca + 15% Silk and had a different "hand" than most other Fibre Company yarns (read: it was a beautiful yarn, but just wasn't as soft as people were used to!) and Daphne and Iain quickly went to work to find a source for a wool that was organic and had a soft hand. In early 2007, the "new" Organik with 70% Organic Merino, 15% Alpaca + 15% Silk and its corresponding colors were introduced to the market and we have never looked back!
Organik has the least Alpaca content of all of Fibre Company yarns, and its mostly merino content and smooth construction makes it great for items that need great stitch definition and/or items that need a lot of structure and shape. It, like all other Fibre Company yarns, is perfect for next to skin wear. Think sweaters, cables, hats, mittens, Fair Isle...pretty much anything you can think of! And, unlike many other single ply merino-based yarns on the market, the 30% alpaca + silk helps this single ply from pilling horribly. (The silk works double duty by also adding some nice sheen as well!)
One pattern that shows off the versatility of Organik is Kate's Herringbone Pullover. (Ravel it!). The slipped stitch colorwork on the front of the sweater looks great in the sharp contrast of Loam (dark brown) and Arctic Tundra (white) and the stitch definition makes the herringbone pattern really pop. The sleeves and back of the sweater are in stockinette stitch, which looks really great in the evenly spun yarn.