Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Favorite Yarn to Knit With to Date!

Yesterday, I wrote a review of my least favorite yarn to knit with to date. So today, I thought it would be appropriate to share my most favorite yarns to knit with!

In general, I tend to gravitate towards using super bulky and bulky weight yarns. Super bulky and bulky weight yarns are great to make items with to wear during the colder fall and winter months. Additionally, due to their thickness, super bulky and bulky yarns are helpful in swiftly knitting or crocheting up projects for oneself or others.

With that said, I am a HUGE fan of Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn, which is a super bulky weight yarn from Peru that is made from 100% Merino Wool. The colorways for Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn are exquisitely beautiful!! The Malabrigo Rasta Yarn is soft to the touch and a great overall quality yarn. At this point in time, I'd say that Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn is my favorite yarn to knit with. Unfortunately, due to the price per hank for Malabrigo's Rasta Yarn, I've only used it to make cowls with verses using it to make larger projects like sweaters. 

I also really enjoy knitting with Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn, which is also a super bulky weight yarn with 80% acrylic and 20% wool fiber content. I've used several skeins of Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn to make at least 12 different knitted projects to date. Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn is a soft to the touch, comes in a wide variety of colorways, and is reasonably priced.

So, which brands of yarn do you love to knit, crochet, or craft with?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Least Favorite Yarn to Knit, Crochet, Or Craft With

Ugh, I've recently discovered that there are certain yarns I'd rather not use to knit with at all!! 

I'm currently knitting a top using Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn and I am not loving this yarn at all... The only positives I can write about Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn are that there is a wide range of spectacular colorways of this yarn, the yarn is inexpensive, and the yarn is easy to care for in that one can be put it in the washer and dryer. 

Otherwise, I am not impressed with Red Heart's Super Saver yarn. Red Heart's Super Saver yarn is a 100% acrylic, worsted weight yarn and has two qualities I don't like in yarn: 

1. It feels rough to the touch... Not something one wants to feel in a garment they'll be wearing close to their skin. 

2. I also have discovered that this yarn unravels/frays easily, which doesn't make the fabric look good and screams of cheap yarn!

I also recently tried knitting with Lion Brand's Landscapes Yarn, which is a worsted weight yarn and 100% acrylic. Lion Brand's Landscapes Yarn is soft to the touch and comes in beautiful colorways, but it didn't work up well either. I didn't like this yarn at all and gave up using it altogether and threw it out as it easily frayed and turned fuzzy while knitting with it.

The interesting thing is that I've used 100% acrylic yarn in the bulky or super bulky weight and have had positive results using the yarn despite it being 100% acrylic. But for whatever reason, using worsted weight yarn that is 100% acrylic simply hasn't worked out very well for me for the most part.

What's your least favorite yarn to crochet, knit, or craft with?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Yarn Documentary ~~ A Review!

Earlier this month, I watched a documentary called Yarn. It was really interesting to watch and it focuses on the lives of different fiber artists from around the world.

I liked watching the Yarn documentary because it primarily focuses on the lives of successful fiber artists verses focusing on how various types of yarn are made or specifically about knitting, crochet, macrame, weaving, and other fiber arts.

Yarn gave me a refreshing new perspective on what it means to be a fiber artist and how to think outside the box.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Yarn Garage Sale!

Items I bagged and labeled to be sold at the yarn garage sale.

A couple of weekends ago, a local yarn store in Walnut Creek, California hosted their annual yarn garage sale. They were allowing their customers an opportunity to sell any of their unwanted yarn at a discount for other yarn lovers to purchase at their storefront the weekend of Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9, 2017.

I decided to go through my extremely large yarn stash and weed out anything I no longer wanted to use and sell it at the yarn garage sale. One could also sell knitting books, knitting needles, and other knitting notions. I found 18 items in my personal collection to sell at this year’s garage sale. All profits on items I sold (minus a 25% commission to the yarn store for selling my items) are given in the form of a store credit to buy more yarn or other knitting supplies. Pretty cool, right? It's a win-win situation if you ask me.

I ended up earning $12.75 dollars, which equates to only about 25% of the items I wanted to sell. I used the money earned from selling my items toward purchasing a skein of Malabrigo's super bulky Rasta yarn in the Archangel colorway. The remaining items that didn’t sell, I left behind to be donated to a charity as I do not want to use the items any longer.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Finger Knit A Beanie Hat Tutorial!!

Wow, this instructional video shows you how to finger knit an easy reversible beanie hat. I didn't know you could finger knit something that intricate.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Here's What I Am Currently Knitting!

Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in the Minty Colorway

Right now, I have two major knitting projects on needles. I am in the middle of knitting two Cancun Boxy Lace Tops designed by Erin Kate Archer... One of the Cancun Boxy Lace Tops is for myself and the other one is for my mom.

I finished knitting the first panel for my mom's Cancun Boxy Lace Top last month. Click on the second link to see the colorway I am knitting for my mom.

I'm now knitting the first panel for the Cancun Boxy Lace Top I am making for myself. See the picture above. I love the beautiful color I am using to make my Cancun Boxy Lace Top... It's a beautiful bluish-green and reminds me of seaglass. 

Unfortunately, I am not loving the feel of the yarn I am using for my top. I am using Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn (worsted weight yarn) and it is 100% acrylic. This is my first time using Red Heart's Super Saver Yarn. Not only does this yearn feel kind of rough, it isn't the best quality. I find it frays easily and/or unravels during use.

I've used 100% acrylic yarn in bulky and super bulky weights with decent/acceptable results, but have found that 100% acrylic worsted weight yarn isn't so lovely in my opinion.

At any rate, I am hoping to complete both Cancun Boxy Lace Tops before summer is over, so that my mom and I may enjoy wearing them while it is still warm outdoors.

Monday, July 10, 2017

IKNITS Knitting Tutorial -Easy Fair Isle Tam on YouTube!!!

I've been wanting to knit a fair isle project ever since I started learning how to knit three years ago. I think fair isle patterns look pretty neat. But they also look complicated and intimidating to make. 

I recently discovered another helpful video tutorial from Christine at IKNITS on YouTube on how to knit an easy, fair isle tam from Lion Brand. Christine takes you step by step through the pattern in her video to help you make this fair isle tam.

I look forward to making this pattern down the road. I have so many works in progress as well as yarn stashed away for other projects that I am not sure when I'll have the opportunity to knit this fair isle tam.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

I Made Another Red Heart's Drop Stitch Scarf!

Last week, I finished knitting my third Drop Stitch Scarf using a FREE pattern I discovered on Red Heart's website.

This pattern is easy to make, even if Red Heart's directions aren't quite clear on how to make a drop stitch for the very first time.

I made my second version of the Drop Stitch Scarf using approximately 1.5 skeins of Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Lexington Yarn in the Irving colorway, which is a variegated yarn that makes use of orange, purple, blues, fuchsia, and white colors to make a really beautiful pattern. I really like how beautiful this scarf turned out... And the drop stitches and fringe add a wonderful dimension to make this scarf really stand out.

This was my second time working with Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Lexington Yarn, which is a super bulky yarn made with 85% acrylic  fiber and 15% wool fiber. The yarn feels soft to the touch. I am curious to see how well this yarn wears over time.

Until my next post, happy knitting and crocheting to you!!