I confess. Yes, I've been swatching with this new Ceramic yarn from Needful Yarns. It's supposed to keep you 5 degrees cooler -- because it has ceramic (clay) in it......and it helps protect you from the UVA and UVB rays.
Carolyn at Main St. Yarns let me swatch this up for her to see how it knits up. Because it's silky, I knit this swatch on a 5 mm wooden needle -- it's sort of strange to knit -- as you put your needle into the stitch to knit it, the stitch pulls "yarn" from the surrounding stitches and seems to stretch -- but it isn't really. A bit disconcerting at first, but you quickly get used to it.
I found that it caught a bit on my wooden needles -- so maybe I need to try some nice bamboo needles with this yarn. I'd like to use it for a summer top -- to help keep me cool - why not?
This is a lovely red shade, but of course, I want the ORANGE (is there any other shade?)