I know I did a vlog on this, but I much prefer writing to communicate my thoughts than to orally communicating them.
I have to say that my all time favorite yarn is Todd and Duncan’s Arran yarns. This yarn is Todd and Duncan’s 6 ply 100% cashmere yarn, and it is so nice to work with. When I was able to work with it, I was able to knit with it single ply (aka I only needed one cone at a time) the single 6 ply strand is about as thick as Bernat Baby Sport 3 ply yarns, but it is way softer and you can break the yarn with your fingers. I like Todd and Duncan yarns in general because they were easy to work with, they were amazing quality, and they are made in Scotland (If you don’t know me, I am a huge fan of Scotland and anything Scottish).
Now that I make my own hats and scarves for winter, I love using Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool. I have a couple of scarves and a few hats made out of it, and I love them, they are warm and cozy. It makes the best cold weather wear for the part of the country I live in, where we get plenty of rain throughout the winter months. Fishermen’s Wool still has its natural lanolin oil in it, it helps protect the wool and make it more water resistant. I live in an area where we have a fairly long rainy season, so having water resistant wool wear will come in even more useful. I also love the fact that it is 100% undyed wool. Being familiar with natural fibers and color bleed, I am a fan of undyed yarn that is its natural color. I am not a fan of the idea that the colors may possibly bleed if gotten wet, and the likelihood that they would get wet at some point because of where I live is pretty much at a 100% chance.
For making Hats and Sweaters for children in need my favorite two yarns are Red Heart Super Saver yarns and Caron one pound skeins of yarn. while red heart is still a bit less expensive for more yarn (you can get anywhere from 15 to 21 ounces for less than the cost of the one pound skein of yarn). I love the color variety that red heart has. While red heart skeins are smaller, and you need 2 or 3 skeins to make a sweater, that also kind of makes it nice with the color variety that they have so that you can mix and match colors and put different colors together to make a sweater for less than the cost of the one pound skein (all of my cost comparisons are based on where I normally purchase yarn). What I do like about the Caron yarns are they are thicker and softer than the red heart yarns, and because the skeins are one pound I don’t have as many ends to tuck in before sewing up the seams of the sweater, and that it is a good reason to make a knit pattern in the front to the sweaters to differentiate the back from the front of the sweater. I always use 100% acrylic yarn for the projects I knit for kids, mainly because it is machine washable and dryable. It is sturdier yarn for the wear that kids will put it through.
For baby blankets I love Bernat Sport Baby Yarn. It is three ply 100% acrylic yarn, which means that it is baby weight, so not as “sturdy” as the four ply, so it is good for baby blankets, and it also makes good hats. It is also machine washable and dryable which is important with babies, as they spit up, their diapers can leak, and they can have poop explosions among other things so having blankets that you can just put in the washer and dryer and have it come out a clean version of the way it went in (without shrinking and such) is a good thing.
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