So this year I am kicking off Knitting and Crochet Blog week with a post about yarn. I never really paid attention to all the different sorts of yarn before I got into knitting. I thought that you could only knit with wool and that all yarn was the same. My first attempt at knitting – which was disastrous- was with a remnant of yarn my mum had, a blue chunky mix of wool and acrylic- I still have it and would probably be able to make something out of it now.
Once I got into knitting I went a bit mad and bought a lot of wool without really knowing what to do with it. I also bought on the cheap, this is why now I am left with a huge stash of cheap acrylic yarn (one of the reasons behind a Project a Week!). For special projects such as my snood and my little cape, I treated myself to some special wool: Rico Design in black/white/grey tones and Emu Snowball in Red, and I felt the difference. Working with them was a real pleasure, and kept my hands warm during winter!
This year though I didn’t knit with chunky wool and found myself using smaller needles. I also discovered that I do like knitting with acrylic. I haven’t gone mad about a special yarn yet, but on the other hand there is a yarn I’ll probably never use again: Rowan Bamboo Tape! What a disappointment. I ordered it online and got 4 balls in pale pink. I started a trendy chale with it but soon stopped. It didn’t feel right at all for me. It felt... cold and synthetic, and then some of the yarn got tangled, so I gave up. I probably didn’t pick the right project for this yarn.
Considering my limited skills in knitting, I don’t see the point in buying expensive yarn unless it is for a specific project. I’m happy with my cheap acrylic, which gave me a few hats, purses, slippers, a bag, Kermit the frog and so on!!!
Until next time,