I am a bit of a yarn snob. Things have to feel a certain way and be natural fibers and it’s just a mess. Ask anyone that goes yarn shopping with me. This is my page of yarn notes of various yarns I have tried. Remember, these are my opinions and other people may feel differently. I will be adding to it as I experiment with more yarns.
LILY SUGAR ‘N CREAM – I love this stuff. Inexpensive cotton yarn that works for just about everything. Comes in a good variety of colours in different skein sizes. Biggest complaint is that not all colours come in all skein sizes. Some come in 2.5 oz while others comes in 4 oz. Very few select colours come in cones and ‘jumbo’ skeins.
PEACHES & CREAM – This stuff is like that relative of Sugar ‘n Cream that no one talks about. It’s 100% cotton, and could easily be mistaken for Sugar ‘n Cream. It’s seriously a cheap knock off … or the Sugar ‘n Cream yarn that didn’t past inspection that got repackaged. It’s cheaper than Sugar ‘n Cream, and I know some people love this stuff, but after purchasing a cone of the stuff I will not buy it again. It is constantly splitting.
DEBORAH NORVILLE EVERYDAY YARN – Purchased this because I couldn’t find grey cotton yarn. I like this yarn. It’s very soft and easy to work with. It even frogs easily. Two complaints: 1. It’s hard to find. Seems Joann’s is the only place that carries it if you don’t want to order it. 2. It’s acrylic and will never decompose. My inner hippy hates me for using this stuff.
LION BRAND 24/7 – Another cotton yarn. This yarn is a bit lighter weight than Sugar ‘n Cream. It’s also mercerized and has a slight glossy sheen to it. Very easy to work with, finished projects look really nice, and it doesn’t split no matter how small of a hook you use. Biggest complaint is it only comes in 24 colours. Imagine that…
BERNAT BLANKET YARN – Needed for a pillow project. The texture makes me think a chamois cloth and sponge got together and had an unholy offspring. Takes a minimum of an 8 mm hook. Is much harder to work with than it looks like it would be. Do not recommend using with a magic ring. When you pull the ring closed the yarn tail likes to break before the ring is fully tightened. Again, my inner hippy hates me for using this stuff because it’s polyester and not a natural fiber and it is never going to decompose. Thank the yarn gods that this stuff is a center pull skein because it would never go through the yarn winder.
BERNAT SOFTEE BABY YARN – I bought some of this to make slippers out of. I ended up giving it away after about 20-30 minutes of trying to work with it. No matter how loose I made my starting row of stitches I had to struggle to get my hook in the second row. The stuff fuses together like it’s made out of glue or gum or something else sticky and it doesn’t want to come apart once it’s together. I found it to be frustrating to work with it. Too bad, because it’s soft. I like soft. It’s actually almost too soft to work with.
LION BRAND BABY SOFT YARN – Honestly, I would rather jab myself in the eye with a crochet hook that use any nylon acrylic blend. I used this stuff once and still have nightmares about it. It was a very traumatic experience and if this was the only yarn left in existence in a post-apocalyptic world and we had to make our own clothes out of it, I would go naked. Nylon stretches and this stuff takes a lot of patience to work with to keep stitches even. I imagine that using this stuff is pretty much what it’s like to crochet with strips of colourful pantyhose. 0/10. Do not recommend.
Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton – This is the first wool yarn that I have ever used. It’s a bit stretchy but not in the say way that the Lion Brand Baby Soft Yarn is. This yarn is actually pleasant to work with, once you get used to it. I’m actually not surprised, seeing as how it’s imported from Australia. What’s surprising is that it’s sold by Joann’s. You would think that a yarn sold by Joann’s that claimed to be Australian would have the raw wool imported and then some American company would spin it, dye it, and do all the other weird stuff to it that we do to things here in the US. Nope, it’s from Australia, where they take their sheep and wool business very seriously. This stuff has gone through some certification process in Australia that the rest of the world wouldn’t understand because because they aren’t Australian. I’m pretty sure Australia would go to war over their sheep. In short, this is high quality yarn…and it’s very soft. This is proof that wool yarn isn’t always itchy. However, I do not recommend buying it off their website. Internet pictures do not represent the true colour of the yarn. Some of the colours are pretty close, other’s aren’t. Take the colour ‘Iceberg’ for example. It looks to be a very pale blueish grey on the web. Nope. Not even close. It’s a very light lavender.
Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK – This is where I ask why this yarn has to be between $11 and $15 depending on where you buy it. I want to use this yarn for everything…and I mean EVERYTHING. After moving I went to check out the local yarn store and bought every skein of this in mint that was in the store on a whim because I loved the colour. No idea what I was going to make out of it, but now that I have found that project I have fallen in love with working with this yarn. I think I am going to have to check out other Debbie Bliss yarns.
Caron Cakes – No, I’m not going to bash everyone’s favourite colourful yarn. I seriously love the colour combos found in Caron Cakes cakes. I finally gave in and probably bought an excessive amount of the yarn in the last two days. I’ve been holding out because it’s not a 100% natural fiber. I was complaining about this to a friend of mine. I would really love it if someone would make something like this in 100% cotton. Anyway, my friend said to me, “But it’s 20% wool.” I reminded him that the other 80% was a polymer. His response? “It’s a natural fiber…in a chemistry lab.” What I took away from this was that science allows us to have this yarn. Now, the Caron company has stated that this particular blend of wool and acrylic allows for these wonderful colours that they have given us, and it keeps the yarn from splitting. As I write this I am on row 6 of a scarf and I have not had any problems at all with the yarn splitting or coming apart or doing all those weird things that yarn does. So, Caron is onto something there. I do agree with all the reviews that I have read of the the yarn that you get a rather abrupt colour change with it. The colours don’t fade together like they do with variegated yarn. IMO, the colour change isn’t all that noticeable once the project is finished. I don’t find it to be the softest yarn but it’s not offensive either. It softens up really nicely when you steam block your finished project. That bit of scratchiness that you have while working on it is gone. It’s a little different to work with than other yarns I have worked with and it’s taken some getting used to. The crochet hook doesn’t slip through as easily as I am used to. I love the colours so it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make.