This weekend is your last chance to see the Elba Trunk Show and save on this beautiful and interesting yarn. Like its cousin, Maya, Elba is a knitted yarn. What this means is that rather than being plied, or twisted, from several strands of finer yarn, a single fine strand is knitted into a tube to make the yarn. It's like a teeny tiny flat I-cord.
This yarn production technique is one way of giving cotton yarn some bounce. As I mentioned a bit ago, cotton fiber is very inelastic, but this yarn is basically made of knitted fabric, so it has the same body and springiness that a knitted swatch has. It's comfortable to wear and keeps its shape well.
Elba's construction also makes it nice and light. Each 50 gram ball has has 137 yards, which is 40 to 60 percent more yardage than other worsted weight cottons have. So, even a long sleeved, heavily cabled sweater in Elba is going to feel light and cool against your skin this summer.
It has great stitch definition too. Look how the pattern of knits and purls really pops in this cute polka dot effect fabric.
I like Elba a lot, but it's not one of those showy yarns that jumps right off the shelf, but I promise you will like it. You'll like knitting it, and you'll like the fabric it makes. And you'll like wearing it come summer. I want you to try it so much that I'm offering you 10% off Elba now through Saturday. Come see the garments and get started on what will be one of your favorite summer sweaters.