Monday, March 28, 2011

2KCBWDAY1 A Tale of Two Yarns - day one of knitting and crochet blog week
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.


  1. I hope you feel better today, and I love your ravel avatar XD

  2. I love sock yarn too, for all the reasons you mentioned! :D

    I've never knit with fun fur, but it looks like it would be very hard to knit with it!

  3. I totally agree with you on both counts. Love me some sock yarn, and will buy it just because I like the color while not such a fan of the fun fur. I'm not saying it doesn't have it's uses, I just hate to have to use it.

  4. Hi thanks for passing by my blog today. I need to look at sock yarn (wool) a bit more and yes, wool is more a generic term for anything you knit with.


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