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Archive for September 7th, 2007

I cuddled with this yarn…a lot. It drapes beautifully, too. I knitted both the Simple Knitted Bodice and the Sahara with this yarn (in Morroccan Blue and Gloxinia, respectively), although I’ll probably rip up the bodice (turned out too big, but then I wasn’t trying it on as I knitted – beginner’s optimistic mistake, lesson learned). You get great stitch definition with this yarn and the yardage is one of the most generous out there when it comes to silk yarns.

Now, I was trying to save a buck (or many, in this case), by substituting Asteroid  (also beaded) for Rock Star, but I’ve now learned my substitution (yarn) lesson, too. This yarn was so much thicker than the Pure & Simple, that it only worked to use it for the purl rows. Beautiful yarn, though. Next time I can afford it, I’ll use Disco Lights (because of the yardage) instead.

Now, the only problem for me will be blocking it, since I don’t want to ruin the yarn (and I’ve never blocked before), I’m extra apprehensive about it (or getting it right, rather).

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Lana Grossa Royal Tweed

How awesome is this yarn! Super soft and easy to work with. Of course, I got a little worried when I saw how “squiggly” this yarn was, but it knits up beautifully with great stitch defenition. I knitted the Fitted Tunic with this yarn (in color 34, a mellow yellow), and it’s my favorite knit so far.

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Casade Magnum

This has got to be the fluffiest and softest yarn I’ve touched in a gauge this big. And all the colors! Super easy to knit with, but WILL break if you tug too hard on it (I did this several times). I initially got this in the darker brown, to make the Better Sweater, and I got some more yellow later on to make a chunky winter sweater – lovely. The sweater didn’t turn out as shapely as I would have liked (fitting), but that obviously has to do with my knitting and not the yarn. This has not been blocked yet either, so I’ll be back updating my reviews as I block the finished knits. 🙂

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Cascade 220 Quattro

I got 10 skeins of this yarn at Knit Happens for $1 a piece, in the color Fiji (red/pink/beige mix) – what a steal (that’s 2 sweaters right there)!

So far, I’m almost done knitting Stefanie Japel’s Boatneck Bluebell with this yarn, and it’s gone fast. I was initially afraid this yarn might split because of its constuction (several different colored plies together), but it didn’t. It’s not the softest wool, but I could easily wear it on my skin without problems. My only complaint is the pink in this yarn, but at $1/sk, who cares?!

This will also be the first sweater I’ll be blocking (ever) and I’ll be able to review the EZ sew blocking board, too, at that point.

Now, keep in mind that I’m a fairly new knitter (or rediscovered, if you will), so I’m still a bit cluesless about how things SHOULD be when it comes to yarn and fibers. Meaning that, if it’s easy and nice for me to deal with, it has to be almost fool proof for the majority of knitters out there.

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