What a Yarn
There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative.
I think my all time favorite winter garment yarn is baby alpaca. It is as soft as cashmere, but highly renewable. It doesn’t have that scratchy-ness of an regular alpaca may have, although I suspect the reason being that the local alpaca yarn are probably hand processed so there are more guard hair mixed in, because commercial regular alpaca is just as soft as baby alpaca. One brand that comes to my mind is Misti Alpaca. I used their bulky weight yarn to make the Irish Hiking Scarf awhile back and it’s been my winter stable wardrobe since. Another yarn I used to make my winter stable sweater is Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL (Aran weight). The way it’s spun make it handle like a beautiful merino, but it was mostly alpaca. And my newest favorite alpaca yarn is Schaefer Yarn Judith. It is DK weight and has a super soft hand. I like DK weight yarn because it can make such a fine details, give the garment a polish look. I just happen to have some Judith in Ash colorway, and I plan on making the new 2010 summer Interweave’s Essential Cardigan with it.
When it comes to summer garment yarn, I think my absolute favorite is Kona Bay Cotton. Sunflowerfairy turned me on to it and I can’t have enough of it! Sadly, it has been discontinued. The yarn is like BUTTAH! It is so soft on your hand, you feel like it’s going to melt! And the garment washes and dries very well in conventional washer and dryer. I made Rusted Root with it and I just absolutely love it! I have some stash left and I really should plan on making some new summer tops with it.
I really enjoy the Knit and Crochet Blog Week! The topics make me reflect on every thing I made and consider the stash I have. I had so much fun I think I will answer the wild card question in another post too! 🙂