The magical qualities of Nymph make for some great summer knitting

Welcome to another exciting week at KNITmuch, where I’ll be knitting with Rozetti Yarns Nymph.  Nymph combines 84% cotton with 16% polymide for an irresistibly soft yarn that is great for all ages.

There are several sources for the definition of Nymph, but all say that they are defined as mythical minor deities represented as beautiful maidens inhabiting and sometimes personifying features of nature such as trees, waters, and mountains. Some go on to say they are sexually mature and attract the attention of men – like the story of Daphne and Apollo, but the story I like the best comes from a site called Lotus Laura . . .

“These magical spirits are neither good nor bad, neither benevolent nor evil — they do not perform miracles or play tricks on humans. Rather, they are beings of nature, and so they are concerned with keeping everything balanced.”

Nymph also refers to insect larva, but we won’t go there, so beautiful maiden it is.

Knitting with cotton means that summer has arrived, and this yarn is sure to please for a variety of projects. It’s soft to the touch, but also soft in its color pallet. Nymph is available in 7 different colors that are suitable for all ages. Taiga (blue), Salvia (lavender), Swan (white), and Goblet (gray) are my color choices for this week.

Nymph is available in 7 different colors . . . Taiga (blue), Salvia (lavender), Swan (white), and Goblet (grey) are my color choices for this week.

Each 1.75oz [50g] ball contains 125yds [115m]. This DK-weight yarn has a light chainette construction, with soft fibers blown through for a gorgeous halo. Rated as a Light (3), the recommended gauge and needle size is 21-24 stitches x 29-32 rows over 4”[10cm] using a US 5 – 7 [3.75 – 4.5mm] knitting needle, and 16-19 stitches over 4”[10cm] using a US G/6 – H/8 [4 – 5mm] crochet hook.

Let’s take a close-up look at an individual strand of Nymph. You can see the chainette construction and the feathery halo of the blown fibers.

A close up look at an individual strand of Nymph in Taiga reveals the chainette construction and soft halo of the blown fiber.

Caring for Nymph is a breeze – machine washable in cold water, and tumble dry at low heat, which is perfect for summer wear. My own preference for knitted cotton items is to only tumble dry until damp, then lay flat to finish drying. I find that best for shaping garments and keeping knitwear looking like new for a longer period of time. Nymphs are known for longevity, so that fits right in.

Tomorrow is swatching day, but not just your regular swatches. I have some interesting project(s) in store for Nymph this week. Yes, I know that project(s) seems strange. What started out as a single project morphed into two, but more about that later. I hope you’ll join me for the balance of the week as I explore knitting with Nymph.

This is part 1 of 5 in this series

Go to part 2: Knitting swatch squares with Nymph over different pattern motifs

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