This post will probably be more of a rave than a review, because I absolutely adore this yarn. Paton’s Dreamtime Merino 4ply is my go-to baby yarn; it’s soft, durable, and – mostly importantly – machine washable.
I’ve used this yarn for four projects and it’s been a success each time (I did use it on another project that wasn’t a success, but that wasn’t the yarn’s fault; it was mine). It has enough stitch definition to knit lace and enough bloom to make lovely colourwork – what more could you ask for in a yarn?
Well, more colours would be nice. The colour range is mostly ‘baby pastels’ (you can see it here). I’ve used ‘Donkey’ and ‘Charcoal’, both of which had a lovely almost tweedy look to them, and the Deco Green is kind of nice, but it would be nice to have something a bit more, well, colourful.
A last ‘pro’ of the Dreamtime is durability. The recipient of my Baby Fair Isle Cardigan reported back that her daughter wore it a lot and it still looked great. She was disappointed when her daughter grew out of it and asked me to make another. Which was definitely a vote of confidence in Dreamtime!
There are some truly wonderful projects on Ravelry in Dreamtime, including:
- BagheeraNZ’s Cruden – a colourwork vest
- MieliJo’s Statis – a sweater with colourwork on the yoke and cuffs
- OmaRapeti’s Grey summer romper – a cute baby romper
- Manimoneyma’s Bubbles – a frothy, circular shawl
- Emerald Empress’ Springtime in Bloom – a petaled triangular shawl
Dreamtime is available at many wool shops around Australia and New Zealand.