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Favorite Yarns

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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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Project of the Week: July 31st, 2013

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This week’s Project of the Week is a size 8 sweater for World Vision’s Knit for Kids Project. For this sweater I am using a skein of Caron One Pound yarn in Sunflower and a bit of Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Shocking Pink in the front sleeves.

I really like the texture of the Caron One Pound skeins of yarn, they are thicker and softer than the Red Heart yarn, yet cost more, at the store where I typically buy my yarn. As for the Red Heart yarn I am using, I love the color, but it is a thinner rougher skein of yarn. I know I mentioned last week that it is hit and miss with the texture of Red Heart yarn, and this skein is a “miss”.

Today has been overcast pretty much all day. It feels more like Mid – September than the end of July. But that is fine by me, I prefer the cooler weather with overcast skies. It makes for  better knitting weather.

Beings as I got the front sleeves started yesterday, I have been working on the sleeves today, and I am working toward getting the done today, we’ll see how I do on accomplishing that, as I would like to have this project done this week.

I have also been thinking about projects for the near future and what yarn I want to use for what sizes. I am thinking about once I get this sweater done making a size 6 sweater, so that I will finally made at least 10 of each size.

Those of you who have “liked” my Facebook Page, and have been following my blog for any length of time, will have figured out, is that I have been making a lot more of the bigger sizes because I had knit up a ton, well not a ton, but primarily a bunch of size 4 sweaters tailed by size 2 sweaters, and I have been working on getting an equal amount of each size knit up, so that there is not this huge disparity between how many of the smaller sizes I have knit up and how many of the bigger sizes I have knit up. Honestly if I were to have another disparity between the sizes, I would prefer it to be that I had way more size 8’s and size 10’s than size 2’s and size 4’s. The smaller sizes are fun because they knit up quickly, and use less yarn, which is why I had made so many of them in the beginning, but as I have gotten older, it has dawned on me that there are older and bigger kids, that really need sweaters too. I also wonder how many people do knit up primarily the smaller sizes because they are quick, easy and cute.

I also took a little time to update the pictures of the sweaters from 2011 and 2012 on my Facebook page, so they are labelled with the size and the date they were completed.

That’s all for this week’s, Project of the Week update. Thanks for reading my Posts, and if you haven’t “Liked” my Facebook page, and you have a Facebook account, I’d greatly appreciate getting more likes on my page. Thanks!