Yarn Review

Finished the first Gryffindor sock! Whee! 4th time’s the charm apparently. I’m very pleased with the pattern and the resulting sock. Seriously loving this yarn too. It’s the first time I’ve knitted with this particular brand, but it definitely won’t be the last. Yummy!

In Sockapalooza news, my downstream pal finally received her package! I was so worried that it was held up in customs or lost. Such a relief! And she appears to like her package! Yippie! My upstream pal contacted me last week to let me know that I’m not forgotten and that she is almost done. I hope to have my package within the next week or so.

In other news, Honey & I have been catching up on episodes of Flight of the Conchords On Demand, thanks to the encouragement of Joanne. OMG! This is my favorite show right now (aside from Dr. Who). So incredibly funny! And the song spoofs are brilliant! The stars are a comedy team from New Zealand, and the premise of the show is that they are a band from New Zealand trying to make it in New York City. Honey says that it shows everything about the music business that Spinal Tap missed. The “Bowie” episode is particularly great. Here’s a little taste… (Psst, this isn’t for the kiddies!)


It’s that time of the month. I received my August sampling yesterday.

First off is Tara By GGH. This is 72% cotton/28% nylon. The yarn is a bit fuzzy and very springy! While fondling it I kept thinking this would make a super comfy robe, and at $7.35 a skein that isn’t an unreasonable project.

Next is Organic Worsted Weight Columbia by Nature’s Palette. This is 90% Organic Columbia Wool/10% Mohair. This is a very rough, scratchy yarn. Not suitable for garments, but I believe it would felt well. Although, at $20 a skein you are better off sticking with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes for your felting project.

I saw this review of the yarn that is of an entirely different opinion from mine, but I can’t help think the reviewer was swayed by her liking for the manufacturer. I love that it’s made with organic yarn and natural dyes. The color is beautiful, but I don’t think the product justifies the cost.

Lana D’Oro By Cascade Yarns. 50% Alpaca/50% Wool. When I saw the Alpaca content I thought this would be softer than it is. I would say it’s slightly rougher than merino. It has a nice luster and I believe would give excellent stitch definition. At $6 a skein, this is a good buy and would be great for a man’s sweater.

Lastly, Ty-Dy By Knit One Crochet Too. 100% Cotton Yarn. Very soft, smooth yarn. Lovely colors. Nice twist, so there shouldn’t be too much splitting. The $12.85 price tag is a little high for my taste, but it definitely is a high-quality yarn and I don’t think the price is outrageous.

I recently joined the Yarn of the Month Club and received my first package on Friday.

The samples are all linen blends and not yarns that I would typically knit with.

This is Cinnabar by Louisa Harding, 30% Viscose/25% Cotton/15% Acrylic/10% Silk/10% Linen.
Very rich colors on this yarn, but definitely not a yarn I would ever buy. It looks like the type of yarn they make tassels out of for very expensive, very stuffy draperies. (bleck!)

This is Damask by Rowan, 57% Viscose/22% Linen/21% Acrylic. I have to say I like this one & am anxious to knit up a swatch. The colors are very rich & jewel-like. The viscose content makes the yarn somewhat silky. It’s a very pretty yarn that I probably would have never picked up otherwise.

This is Kidlin by Louet, 53% Kid Mohair/24% Linen/23% Nylon. Very soft yarn. However, the plys are not holding together well. I think it would be a nightmare to knit with, although the finished product would probably be quite lovely. I am reserving judgment on this one until after swatching.

This is Korella by Gedifra, 53% Linen/47% Acrylic. This yarn is quite lovely. The acrylic content tones down the roughness you get with some linens. First impressions are that it would give very nice stitch definition.

All in all my first batch of samples is somewhat a mixed bag, but I guess that’s the point! I’m really looking forward to future deliveries! 🙂

WIP, FOs & other Yarn porn will be up in the next few days.

I’ve finished the first Swirling Lace Anklet for my downstream sockapalooza pal! Whee!
I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern and I think it turned out beautifully!

The pattern is very easy and quickly memorized, so it knit up rather quickly. I highly recommend it.

I think the yarn color compliments the pattern well. I hope my sp likes it.
Now to cast-on it’s mate.

It’s almost like I knew what I was doing!

The color is still off on the computer, but you get the idea. I’m so happy with the results of this dye, even if the results aren’t exactly what I was thinking. I wanted the 3 stripes to be more distinctive, but I’m liking the subtleness of this striping much better. It gives a soft transition between the 2 distinct colors! Yippie! I will definitely be doing more with this “colorway”.

I’m going to order more of the bare yarn from Knitpicks this weekend and then play with mixing flavors! Who knew dyeing could be such fun! XD

Unfortunately honey was unable to repair the charger for my camera and I have to hunt down a new one. Initial searches seem to indicate the charger is going to run about $40, which is almost half of what we paid for the camera 2 yrs ago. Granted, we did get an excellent deal because it’s a good camera. It’s a Sony Cybershot 5.1 Megapixel and it also records short movies. So, I will just have to suck it up and spend the money (cheap, aren’t I)!

In knitting news, I have been doing quite a bit. Recently I designed a pattern for footies to use up left over sock yarn. I knit 2 pairs and they are very comfy. I will post the pattern & pics once the aforementioned charger has been obtained.

I also am making a pair of fingertipless gloves (not fingerless, since I am knitting the fingers up to the last joint). I need something for work, since it is always cold there and my hands tend to get like icicles after a few hours. I want something that is going to cover as much of my hands as possible and still let me feel the keyboard.

Last week I went into a fit trying to find something to knit on needles larger than size 2s. I’ve been making so many socks lately & I really needed something to work on that was, ya know, BIG. I had to swing by Jo-Ann Fabrics to pick up a new set of needles for my sewing machine, and wandered over to the yarn section.

It’s been a long time since I browsed their yarn selection.. at least a few years. I was surprised to find that they are trying to get on the “good yarn” bandwagon. They are now carrying a line of yarn under the brand name Sensations. Some of the yarn is on par with Lion Brand, but a few collections are quite nice. Much better quality than I’ve seen from them before. I actually picked up a few skeins of the Bellezza Collection Dolcetto in light blue (the skein on the top in the pic below) and am making a scarf. I must say it is knitting up quite nicely and is very soft! The yarn is made in Italy, and is 54% wool, 24% nylon & 22% cotton. I don’t know how well it comes across in the pic, but there is a slight heathered quality to the yarn.
Jo-Ann’s isn’t about to become my primary yarn source, but it’s nice to know that I can find some half-way decent yarn there in a pinch. 🙂