Monday, March 28, 2011
A Tale of Two Yarns – 2KCBWDAY1
Part of any fibre enthusiast’s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.
This is going to be a rather quick post, because I picked up a stomach virus over the weekend, and it's late, and I'm tired.
I'm not going to single out a favorite yarn, because it will probably be the last one of it's type I've worked with. I love, love, love, hand dyed sock yarns in deep, rich colors. Especially deep dark blood reds! Sock yarn as a category to me is the most versatile category. Beyond the obvious socks, I make fingerless gloves, hats, scarves, shawls, tea cozies, you can even make lightweight sweaters. And for heavier items you can double the yarn. And since socks are meant to be worn in a high wear area, the yarn is durable, much of it is actually machine washable although I can't bring myself to do that.
My least favorite yarn, although I will work with it occasionally when required for the finished object I want is fun fur. It is a pain in the ass to deal with, for me it always seems to develop tangles, it is really easy to drop a stitch, I'd rather start over than frog or tink with it. My next least favorite yarn which I swore I would never knit with again is boucle. i get my needles caught, it tangles, it's hard to frog or tink, and I just don't enjoy it. Since I am more of a process knitter than a project knitter there really isn't a point in yarn you don't enjoy, since the process is more important that the final project.