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Incyanity yarn review

I’d like to introduce you to a new Canadian indie yarn hand-dyer, Cheyenne Brammah of Incyanity!

Cheyenne is a long-term customer of mine and she sent me some test skeins of her hand-dyed yarn for my feedback before she launched her shop. But, as always, the following is based on my honest opinions, and I’ve been waiting for the launch so I could tell you how much I enjoyed these yarns!

Cheyenne has a great eye for colour, and choosing her palettes from her own nature photography is inspired – each shade tells a colour story, illustrated by the beautiful photos. Just look at these stunning yarn/photo combos in the lush launch colourways:

Incyanity yarns (photos by Cheyenne Brammah)

I always appreciate bringing inspiration from the natural world into my designs, and looking at these yarns together with their inspiration photos makes my heart happy.

My Experience

Incyanity yarns

Incyanity yarns come in 100g hanks, and are dyed onto high quality bases (currently merino/silk, merino/nylon and merino/bamboo are available). I chose a merino/nylon (teal) and a merino/silk (purple) to test, both in fingering weight – the perfect weight for crocheted shawls!

My yarn was securely packaged and arrived in perfect condition. They looked lovely in the hanks, and even more stunning once I’d wound them into cakes. This is some seriously pretty yarn…

Incyanity yarn

The tonal teal is a lovely shade. It’s just varied enough to provide some fun tonal changes while you crochet, but not so busy to distract from a beautiful stitch pattern in the finished piece.

Note: This shade is a preview of an upcoming colourway. It’s bluer than the Canyon Cascade colourway, but otherwise similar in the tonal variation.

Incyanity yarn

The variegated Amethyst Sky is gorgeous in the skein and absolutely stunning after being wound. Just look at those rich purples tempered with icy blue – this colour scheme could have been designed just for me!

Note: The yarn base felt very nice to me, but Cheyenne wasn’t satisfied with the softness or sheen, and she has since found a vastly superior base for her Incyanity silk blend yarns. You can see how much more pronounced the sheen is now by comparing the same yarn in the shop with the photos of my test skein πŸ™‚

Incyanity yarn in Amethyst Sky colourway

It can be a challenge to find the right stitch pattern for a very variegated yarn in crochet, so I tested it out with this linen stitch swatch to see how the colours would play together. Very pretty! I can definitely see this as a lovely hat or cowl. But, in the end, I chose an unfussy lace stitch pattern for this skein (see my shawl below!), and I think the result is beautiful like this too.

Verdict

I really enjoyed working with both yarns. They felt soft and bouncy, they didn’t split at all while crocheting, the yarn colours didn’t fade at all after soaking (a very important test!), and both blocked out beautifully.

And I think the results speak for themselves – the two shawls I made from my yarn are just gorgeous in these rich colours:

Diamond Lace Wrap crochet pattern by PlanetJuneSweetheart Lace Shawl crochet pattern by PlanetJune

Left: Diamond Lace Wrap; Right: Sweetheart Lace Shawl

If you’re looking for a high-quality, stunningly-coloured, nature-inspired hand-dyed yarn to elevate your next crochet or knit project, I recommend you check out Incyanity πŸ™‚

5 Comments »

  1. Erica said

    Oh la la! That purple skein is drool-worthy!

  2. .: petrOlly :. said

    Lovely! I love the colours and the idea of presenting them next to the nature photos. It makes me want to just drop everything and start a new shawl πŸ˜‰

    But: how did you work with it? I thought you were allergic to wool/animal fibres?

    • June said

      I was a little worried too, but from past experience, I know that merino blends aren’t itchy at all – merino is much finer and softer than regular wool. And I don’t know if it also has less lanolin, or if the yarns are just too smooth to activate my allergy, or if the hand lotion I’m using is a sufficiently effective barrier (or a combination of all of those factors), but I didn’t have any problems!

  3. Michelle said

    That yarn is just gorgeous! My yarn budget is not usually that much, but I will keep it in mind for special projects!

    • June said

      Hand-dyed top quality yarn is definitely a splurge purchase, but it’s a lovely treat – if you’ve only ever worked with craft store yarn, it’s worlds away from that. I’d recommend you go into a local yarn store and just try stroking all the different yarns some time to feel the difference. πŸ™‚

      But, for everyday, luckily my accessories patterns also work well with budget-friendly acrylics and other inexpensive options too! I’m never going to turn into a yarn snob – you can make beautiful projects using yarns from all price points.

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