I got my hands on a few skeins of a new-to-me yarn this summer, MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino. MillaMia is based in Sweden, a country that knows its wool for good reason. ;) This soft, lightweight and springy yarn is a fun one to work with. It’s an ideal yarn for leveling up with your colorwork – its springy texture makes juggling multiple strands easier. It also comes in small, 50 g balls, so you can use a wide range of colors in a single piece without having tons of leftover ends to deal with.
The Yarn: MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino
Colorways pictured: Claret, Lilac Blossom, Petal & Daisy Yellow
Skein details: 136.7 yards / 50 g / 125 m / 1.75 oz. / 100% extra fine Merino Wool
Knitting needles: US 3, 3.25 mm / 25 stitches & 34 rows over 4 inches
Crochet hook: US F, 3.75 mm
Cons: I don’t think this yarn would hold up well to tons and tons of hard wear based on the limited tearing back I did during swatching and designing with it.
Pros: This yarn is 100% wool, but it doesn’t live up to all of wool’s stereotypes. For one thing, this yarn is genuinely super soft. It is gentle on the hands as you work with it, and finished items made with it are super kid-friendly. MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino also has a really nice twist to it that results in really nice stitch definition, almost like a cotton. Finally, the range of colors this yarn comes in are are great, with a range of both neutrals and bright colors to choose from.
Pattern ideas: This would be a great yarn to try if you want to make any of the super cute Christmas ornaments I’ve shared the last couple years, but want to work with a yarn that’s a little less slippery than the cotton they were all designed with. There’s also the latest free crochet pattern from Hands Occupied, the Granny Tassel Shawl, which was designed with this exact yarn!
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The two balls of yarn being raffled off are pictured below, in this fun Daisy Yellow color. :)