So what is the big deal, you might ask. - Well, firstly, as you may already be aware, I have a bit of a love affair happening when it comes to working with wool in general, and secondly, and more importantly - Paternayan is an amazingly beautiful yarn that I used for a couple of blankets and other smaller projects a few years ago before the company sadly had to close.
Paternayan comes as a loosely twisted three stranded yarn and you separate the stands the same way you would stranded cotton and silk.I am not sure how it would go on linen but it is my absolutely preferred yarn on blanketing and it is so lovely to handle - soft and smooth, and no where nearly as 'hairy' as Appleton crewel yarn. It is also firmer twisted than Appleton crewel wool (the one below in the picture to the right) so the stitches don't sink into the fabric as much, which gives the designs much more body. I guess you could compare it to the difference between stranded and perle thread.
So I have been in stitch heaven this weekend 'whipping up' a new project, but I can't tell you just yet what it is. Sorry.
I hope you too had a lovely weekend.