Ideal yarn is made by Bergere de France a family run yarn manufacturer in North East of France. And ideal it is. It is perfect for any project. Little did I know that this yarn has been around for a long time, the company was founded in 1946 already, and the rest of their selection is objects for trying in the future for sure.
Ideal has an interesting mix of synthetics and natural fibers, 40% wool, 30% acrylic and 30% polyamide. It is a 4 ply yarn, doesn't split when you work with it and it is really soft and keeps its shape. The colors are pure bliss and you have 32 different shades of the rainbow to choose from. It is a sports weight yarn which means it is a fine yarn that you work on a 3-4 mm needle or hook and you can gently machine wash it in cold water, max 30˙C.
I buy my Ideal yarn from LoveCrochet.com who ships worldwide and has great quick service. I should add that it is probably a wonderful yarn for Fair Isle knitting if anyone is interested. It is not an overly cheap yarn but well worth the investment. I've learned my lessons on cheap yarn... When making creations to become heirlooms or gifts you don't want it to loose shape or get all fussy and ugly. The extra money spent on quality pays back big time in the long run.
I have some left overs from the Gypsy blanket project and a while a go I invested in some new earthy colors as well. I think I will use up the scraps making a granny shawl for a lady my Mom knows... It will be a very special project in that case as this lady is in a very particular situation... Now I am off to start on this shawl I think... What are you up to this Sunday?