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Because it's nice to know what other spinners think about a fiber you haven't yet tried, welcome to the brand-new Knittyspin Fiber Fiesta feature! Each type of fiber is tested by three average spinners, each with a different background and level of experience. Each spinner is provided with the same amount of fiber; everyone gets a different color. Their feedback is collected on a standardized form and summarized below.

Fiber that did not receive good feedback will not be featured in Knitty, in accordance with our review policy, so if a fiber is featured here, it means the majority of spinners liked it!

Items are rated on scale of 1-5. Retail prices are in USD.


deep love/total agreement/great

Name Shepherd WoolTop
Brand Lorna's Laces
100% superwash merino
Put up 5 oz bundles
# of colorways 108
Sugg. Retail Price $18

overall impression
how does it feel?
1= pot scrubber;
5= baby’s bum
how much predrafting was needed?
1= a ton – it was basically felt;
5= none – just sat & spun

how did it knit?
did the roving behave as you expected it would?
elaborate, please: We all saw big fluffy roving and thought it would produce fluffy yarn. We ignored that it was superwash.
It needed more twist than we expected.
overall rating
describe it in one word
  • satisfying
  • beautifully basic
  • fussy
how did you...  

spin it

semi worsted
ply it
1 person Navajo plied, 2 people two-plied
10, 11, 14
knit it