Published on May 14th, 2012 | by Rita0
Stitch in Style with Lantern Moon
It is my great pleasure to talk to you today about some amazing items, and the amazing company behind those items. It’s no secret that I love to knit. I’m always on the lookout for great knitting bags, needles, patterns and yarn to use. (Especially the yarn.) While many people in the knitting community may consider Lantern Moon a household name, there is absolutely good reason for non-knitters to be aware of them as well, and I will be happy to share exactly why. First though, the needles! The yarn!
Lantern Moon is a company that makes some of the most beautiful knitting needles I’ve ever seen, out of woods like rosewood and ebony. I had the privilege of trying out the stunning ebony interchangeable needle set, along with some lovely silk/merino wool by Fyberspates, with colors by the illustrious Ysolda Teague.
For those unfamiliar with ebony, other places you’re likely to encounter the wood is on the fingerboard of classical stringed instruments, and on piano keyboards. It’s that beautiful black wood, that is unlike any other wood. Historically, ebony was harvested in unsustainable ways, leaving it now a difficult wood to come by. Lantern Moon goes above and beyond to ensure that they are using wood that is grown and harvested in sustainable ways, in keeping with the recommendations of the Forest Stewardship Council.
The needles themselves are nothing short of a work of art. The set is complete with ten sizes between 3.5mm/US 4 up to 9.0mm/US 13, and has four cords, 17″, 24″, 32″ and 40″. The connections between the needle and the cord are gold-plated, and have a smooth, tapered, threaded junction. Occasionally the needle wants to try and unscrew itself, and for that Lantern Moon has included a small tool that slips into give you a bit of torque and traction when tightening the cord to the needle. It works like a charm!
Until knitting with these needles, I was a staunch metal needle user. I’d little use for wood needles at all, in fact. These needles have opened a whole new world to me. The ebony is nearly as hard as metal, and has a little more grip. It’s not as sticky as bamboo, and the needles have a much more substantial feel to them than your average wood needle. It’s honestly the best of both worlds, and I’m delighted to use them. This needle set is a once in a lifetime purchase, and while $350 for knitting needles seems spendy, remember that you will only need to do it once. The true beauty of interchangeable needles is really apparent once you’ve got them at your disposal.
The name of the yarn is Scrumptious, and it’s nothing short of that. 55% merino wool and 45% silk gives this yarn the memory and texture and everything lovely about wool, but with the beauty of silk. It doesn’t grow as much as silk alone does, and it’s not quite as springy as plain wool, but close. If you ever needed a “dressy” wool, this would be your yarn, right here. It’s a delight to knit with, soft on the hands, and results in a gorgeous, shimmery fabric. I tried out both the DK, which is actually a worsted weight, and the laceweight. The lace is plied, and the DK is a single ply, so the stitches have very different looks to them, as you might imagine.
I promised that there is a good reason for non-knitters to know about Lantern Moon as well. This company has ahigh regard for heritage textiles, and the ancient practices to produce those textiles. They actively support the artists who pass the knowledge of this textile production from one generation to the next. These fabrics are often stunning pieces, whether bags, shawls or bracelets. Perfect gifts for those who don’t know the first thing about knitting, as well as purchases that anyone can feel good about.