Almost a year ago now, I wrote about my search for the perfect yarn for me.
Well, since then things have changed a bit and I thought an update was in order. (You can read the original post here.) Let me be really clear upfront – these are MY opinions. You may disagree and that is totally fine. These are just my musings.
The reality of the past year is that I haven’t used my choices much at all. I was surprised when I thought about it too.
So why not? Firstly, let’s look at the acrylic yarns.
I am not using any straight acrylic anymore. I bought some of the Sirdar Snuggly and other top rated in my test – the Wendy Peter Pan. I used them but I found that while they are really soft on the ball, when worked they become stiffer and not so soft. The stitches are also sometimes lost in the fluffiness of the yarn. I find myself just not touching my acrylic basket of yarn at all.
I have since used a couple of acrylic blends that I’ve found to be quite acceptable. If you’re after a chunky yarn, you might like the Stylecraft Life Super Chunky. It’s 75% acrylic and 25% wool. I made a couple of cowls with it and found it worked up really well.
On to the wool. I still love the Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury yarn. This is the one of my recommendations from the test that I still use. I made my To the Sea pattern with it and this sweet baby vest as well. (Pattern is Milo by tikkiknits.) It works up well, it’s soft and durable.
I have found some other great wools since my test. One I am very excited about is White Gum Wool. It is a the upper end of the scale price wise, but it is so lovely. I recently ordered a sample card and the feel is just incredible. I have touched some much worn/washed garments made with it and they look like new and feel amazing still. I think I will use it for my first non-baby scale knit. Soon.
Ok, so now let’s look a the cottons. Truth be told, I reach for cotton yarn above all others for my crochet. I love the feel, the stitch definition, the drape and the colours. It’s my go to yarn. But which one?
Well, I still adore the Debbie Bliss Cotton DK. I have used it for a few projects. Still great. I have some for a cushion I am knitting for one of my kids. (Must get to that soon).
I am not using the Rico Essentials cotton. I bought a rainbow of it, and it’s almost gone but it’s not my cotton of choice anymore. I found it not soft enough when worked for my purposes, and a bit splitty. The colour range is brilliant though and for some projects, it would be great, but not for blankets which is what I am mostly about these days.
What am I using? Most often I am using Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Cotton. I love the soft, drapey feel of it. I find it’s not as splitty. It feel’s more natural. I love the stitch definition. The colour range though is not great. That’s my only gripe about it.
Another notable cotton yarn is Cascade Ultra Pima. The colour range is amazing. The difficulty I’ve had has been getting my hands on it. Luckily, I recently found Little Woollie who is in Australia too. Julie has a beautiful blog that you most likely already know about, but her shop now stocks a great range of the Cascade Ultra Pima. I had to get some. I have used it before and while It’s not quite as soft and drapey as the Bendigo cotton, and is more expensive, I think it will be just fine.
I have also used and quite liked the Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK. Colours are great, price reasonable and while it’s a little splitty, it’s not too bad. The feel and drape is very similar to the Bendigo Cotton and it is ever so slightly thicker. I made this project bag using it. (Pattern from A Creative Being Blog)
So there you have it. I wonder what I’ll be using this time next year?