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« Topic Start: September 07, 2008, 04:04:38 pm »

< pirate voice > Yarrrrrrrrrrrrn!

What are the brands of commercial yarn that make you drool?

I currently have 5 balls of Soft Boucle on my bookshelf waiting to be crocheted into a jacket.
I have also been seduced by Patons Bamboo Silk despite it being 6$/50g; I'm buying one ball at a time using coupons.

Two of my standbys are Patons Grace and Bernat Cool Crochet. Especially the latter, even though hardly anyone carries it around here, but I absolutely love the variegated colors it comes in. Though apparently they've discontinued my favorite colors.  Sad

And then there are the ones I'd like to try sometime, Bernat Masala (which is self-striping and looks like mohair but is synthetic) and Bernat Organics Soy (which I will make either a cami or a baby dress out of, I haven't decided yet).
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« Reply #1: September 07, 2008, 04:31:33 pm »

< pirate voice > Yarrrrrrrrrrrrn!

What are the brands of commercial yarn that make you drool?

I currently have 5 balls of Soft Boucle on my bookshelf waiting to be crocheted into a jacket.
I have also been seduced by Patons Bamboo Silk despite it being 6$/50g; I'm buying one ball at a time using coupons.

Two of my standbys are Patons Grace and Bernat Cool Crochet. Especially the latter, even though hardly anyone carries it around here, but I absolutely love the variegated colors it comes in. Though apparently they've discontinued my favorite colors.  Sad

And then there are the ones I'd like to try sometime, Bernat Masala (which is self-striping and looks like mohair but is synthetic) and Bernat Organics Soy (which I will make either a cami or a baby dress out of, I haven't decided yet).

I am not really a knitter so I can't answer, but I do have a question for you, since you seem to have a passion for yarn.  Grin   Have you tried any of the recycled yarns like banana fiber or sari silk?  I have a craft kit for making a scarf and I was thinking of using some, but wondered if either was too coarse or hard to work with.
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« Reply #2: September 08, 2008, 02:20:15 am »

Have you tried any of the recycled yarns like banana fiber or sari silk?

I've never knitted with either, but I've felt up a lot of yarn.  Banana "silk" is as soft and yummy as soy silk (at least the brands I've fondled).  Recycled silk (a.k.a. "Sari Silk") comes in a number of grades, some very pliable and smooth, others that are as scratchy as burlap.  Check www.recycledsilk.com for info.

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« Reply #3: September 08, 2008, 02:39:55 am »

What are the brands of commercial yarn that make you drool?

Oh, I'm such a yarn ho, you have no idea.

In natural fibers, I'm crazy about Pagewood Farms sock yarns.  I also love simple, inexpensive wools and wool blends like Patons Merino, Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool, Lamb's Pride, and the all-time favorite Cascade 220 for hand-painting/dyeing.  I also love Noro Silk Garden, most stuff made with cashmere (Karabella...<drools>) or silk.  Oh, and bamboo.  And rayon.

In synthetics, I really like Dark Horse Yarn "Fantasy".  It's super soft for baby sweaters and the like.  I love touching anything with a high microfiber content.  Lion's Microspun is a good example.

My addiction has become such a burden I find I must learn to spin my own in order to support the habit.  Wink

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« Reply #4: September 08, 2008, 06:59:04 am »

I've never knitted with either, but I've felt up a lot of yarn.  Banana "silk" is as soft and yummy as soy silk (at least the brands I've fondled).  Recycled silk (a.k.a. "Sari Silk") comes in a number of grades, some very pliable and smooth, others that are as scratchy as burlap.  Check www.recycledsilk.com for info.

Thanks for the tip!
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« Reply #5: September 08, 2008, 08:40:46 am »


In synthetics, I really like Dark Horse Yarn "Fantasy".  It's super soft for baby sweaters and the like.  I love touching anything with a high microfiber content.  Lion's Microspun is a good example.


Oh yeah, I like microfiber too ... until I have to put it on a hook  Tongue The soft poufy fuzzy ones are *impossible* to work with. Wool yarn is generally out of my price range, but I did crochet a pair of socks with Sisu sock yarn (I think that was the name).
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« Reply #6: September 08, 2008, 11:01:26 am »

Wool yarn is generally out of my price range, but I did crochet a pair of socks with Sisu sock yarn (I think that was the name).

You should check out Webs.  Their closeout section is full of phenomenal bargains on natural fiber yarns.  And once a year Cascade 220 goes on sale for ridiculous prices.  Wink

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« Reply #7: September 09, 2008, 06:49:48 pm »

Oh yeah, I like microfiber too ... until I have to put it on a hook  Tongue The soft poufy fuzzy ones are *impossible* to work with.

I knit and crochet with novelty yarns (here's a stuffed toy I made with a double thickness of wool and a nylon novelty eyelash yarn).  It takes practice, but eventually you get the hang of it.

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« Reply #8: September 15, 2008, 04:17:09 am »

I knit and crochet with novelty yarns (here's a stuffed toy I made with a double thickness of wool and a nylon novelty eyelash yarn).  It takes practice, but eventually you get the hang of it.

Brina

I can't knit or crochet worth anything, but I do want to compliment you on the toy.  It is super cute.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9: September 15, 2008, 03:45:02 pm »

It takes practice, but eventually you get the hang of it.

I'm not sure I have that much patience  Smiley. Luckily the piece I'm working with has a pattern I can feel, so I'm not trying to squint all the time.
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« Reply #10: October 09, 2008, 07:47:36 pm »

What are the brands of commercial yarn that make you drool?

I'm still a yarn noob. I usually pick stuff up at the yarn shop based on color and feel. I really only know what I don't like working with... acrylic makes my fingers itch, and I have this hemp I've been using to make a purse... totally durable, but very difficult to work with. The individual strands of the yarn like to separate.

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