My Touch sample is the grey coloured yarn in the photo, although funnily enough, the colours you see here are pretty much all possum colours you can get from Touch (black, charcoal, cranberry and natural). It’s a limited colour palate compared to the other New Zealand possum yarn brands in the market. Touch also does one-off batches of hand-dyed possum.
With its 10% nylon content, this yarn has a slightly smoother texture than other possum yarns. I found it to be a light sport weight, between 4 ply and 8 ply. Touch Yarns recommends a 3.75mm needle for a stocking stitch tension, which is about right, although I think you could also happily knit with it in 3.5mm needles.
It’s a lovely yarn to knit. The yarn threads through the fingers very smoothly, creating a light, lofty fabric with even tension. Blended into the yarn quite tightly, the possum fur does not shed as you knit, which can happen (minimally) in some other brands. It’s one of the less ‘fluffy’ of the possum yarns, with a texture that’s similar to cashmere. I imagine this would suit people who do not like their yarns to have too much ‘halo’.
Despite the fact that the yarn is obviously good quality, and worthy of knitting, this yarn is not a personal favourite.
I’m afraid that my perception of this yarn is somewhat clouded by my unhappy experience in attempting to ball it. I hope that this is an unusual circumstance, and would love to hear from readers who have knitted this yarn too.
This is what I ended up with on my swift before I gave up in frustration:
I have not had this issue with any other yarn!
While I’m showing it to you, I shall tell you a very nice story about this swift. I was shopping in one of Wellington’s local yarn stores one day, and Frances (sourkraut on Ravelry), (who hand-turns very beautiful wooden spindles which she sells on Etsy, linked to here) was there too. We were talking about balling yarn, and I mentioned how I really ought to get a swift as I was sure it would make my balling experience more efficient. And Frances offered me her old one! Wasn’t that sweet?
So now, I’m the proud owner of a lovely homemade swift. It does its job wonderfully, and I can now ball yarn a lot faster than I used to.
Anyway, back to the yarn. One day, a lovely friend came for coffee and a knit. Here I have to say that this friend is slightly perverted. She happily pounced on the yarn (serving a time-out sentence in a corner to contemplate its bad behaviour), and sacrificed the next two hours of knitting time patiently teasing out the knots and balling it up while I looked on incredulously (and gratefully).
I don’t have this issue with Touch’s other non-fluffy yarns that in hanks. It’s just the possum and the angora blend hanks that I’ve found to be extremely frustrating to ball. Perhaps they should ball this yarn and not present it in hanks. Or maybe it’s just me.
So what shall I do with my yarn? If I had the stomach (and finances) to ball more of it, I think it would make a lovely lightweight winter cardigan or pullover that would be perfect for wearing to the office. But in my case, I believe a nice pair of gloves, or perhaps a scarf, is headed my way.
Touch Yarns possum:
Content: 60% wool, 30% possum, 10% nylon
Weight/Length: 100g, 459yd/420m
Yarn weight: sport
WPI: approx 14
Needle size: 3.25mm – 3.75mm (US 3 to 5)
Tension/Gauge: approx 24 stitches to 10cm (4in) on 3.75mm needles