Before I had my hands on habu yarn, I've heard mixed reviews from a handful of people. And much of it seems to relate to its pattern and not so much about the yarn. During my last visit to stitches, I accidently overheard a brief conversation between two knitters at the habu kiosk. (hehehhe...I wasn't ease dropping, it's just so happen that I was there) Anyways, this lady in black was telling her girlfriend about her experience with the sweater kit she purchased years ago. She said she was very excited about kit when she bought it. As a fairly competent knitter as she claimed herself. She didn't think that she's going to have any problem until she finally cast on the sweater. All those charts and numbers doesnt really make any sense to her. After many hours of trying to decifer the pattern, she said she only managed to knit about two inches. She claimed that the way the pattern is written is just far too complex and confusing. She told her friend, she gave up. And no matter how much she love that sweater, it may never see the light again eventhough it cost her bomb.
After what I heard from the lady in black, I actually felt a bit uneasy. Wasn't sure if I'll will end up like her. But at the same time, I was smitten by all those one of a kind textures and ever so inspiring knit kit habu offers. I have to admit, I'm a total impulse buyer at times. There are many magazines and yarn that I purchased in the past that I felt in love and soon forgotten. Finally after hours of pondering. I picked up a scarf kit and some other habu goodness to try out my luck. Frankly, first impression was like knitting with some dental floss. Felt rather strange switching from an aran weight to such fine yarn (the silk stainless steel and super fine mohair). After playing with it for several nights, I began to get used to its fine gauge. My experience with habu yarn and it's pattern is very positive thus far. So much so, that I ordered another sweater kit and acquired lots of fascinating fibers .
Pattern: Kusha Kusha Scarf kit from Habu Textile
Yarn : Silk Stainless Steel in black & Super Fine Merino Wool in grass green
Needles : various sizes
Cost for this project : $25
Scarf size: Before felting appro 60", after felting appro 40"
Notes about this project...this is a great starter kit if you would like to learn about japanese schematic knitting style. It's a great little project before jumping onto a bigger one. I know it can be intimidating working with such fine yarn, but once you get use to its gauge, I can assure you, it gets a lot easier.
Modications...No mod. I washed and felt it with soap and hot/cold water for about 3-5 minutes. My scarf turned out a little shorter than what I had imagine. So if you like it to be a little longer, you can always add a few more inches before felting. By the way, there are quite a bit of left over yarn from the kit, probably enough for another scarf.
Verdict..love it! It's so organic, so tactile and sculptural like one of the knitter commented. I probably took about 20 shots of the finished scarf. Each and every angle is so unique.