Monday, March 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Yarns (or maybe three or four) [2KCBWDAY1]

As part of the 2nd Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog week hosted by Eskimimi Knits, hopefully I will have daily posts for all of the topics.

Today's topic is a Tale of Two Yarns. This supposed to be about yarns you love to use, dislike, etc. As a crocheter and not a knitter, different yarns seem more appropriate to knitting than crocheting, mostly due to splittiness. No this isn't a word, but all crocheters know what I am talking about. With that being said, the yarn I dislike immensely for this one reason is Patons Kroy Sock Yarn. Perhaps while knitting with this yarn, it doesn't happen, but when using with a small hook, this yarn was so awful, I gave it away. I was so frustrated with the constant splitting while crocheting, I just gave up, something I rarely do.

Now to faves. First, let's talk big box yarn. Whenever I have a a baby gift to make or something I want to try out, I reach for Caron Simply Soft. One reason is that it is versatile as far as washing/drying and it is super soft and I have never found a knot or anything in any of the skeins. They have a variety of colors to choose from and, compared to Red Heart Super Saver, it is super soft.

Preferences: Single ply wools. I love Malabrigo for its softness and colorways, but could never afford all the skeins I would need to make myself a sweater with it. I love Noro Kureyon for its amazing colorways, but dislike the sometimes knots (okay, almost always knots) and vegetative matter found in the yarn. I also dislike when I get that big clump of unspun yarn. Noro always requires winding before any project, but when all is said and done, oh the colorways. Knit Picks Chroma worsted has some wonderful colorways and I've only used one, has the thin/thickness that isn't nearly as bad as Kureyon, no vegetative matter to be found and of 6 skeins, two did have knots in it joining colors. I haven't used enough of it to pass any judgment on Chroma, but as a Kureyon alternative, you do get twice as much yarn for the same price. As for colorways, I don't think anyone can ever beat the amazing color combos of Noro Kureyon.

As I write this, I am now wondering about the tsunami/earthquake and nuclear issues Japan is facing, what will happen with the Noro line, as I am unsure of where they are located in Japan and other issues regarding production of Noro.


Shannon said...

Well, I currently live in Japan about 50 miles south of Tokyo. The Noro factory is located in the Aichi Prefecture which is Southwest of where I'm located. They are far enough away that they are probably unaffected by the earthquake, and they are certainly out of the zone for radiation exposure.

I've yet to buy Noro yarn... mostly because I'm new at crocheting, and just don't know how I would use it. I've heard it is great, though, and that I should give it a try. So, I plan to do so before I have to move away from Japan.

Cris said...

From 1 crocheter to another... splittiness is a word.

And a note to Shannon - thank you for the information. i did not know where Noro was located either.

Deneen said...

Thanks for the info Shannon. I honestly never thought about the Noro and Japan until I started writing the post.

Voie de Vie said...

As a fellow crocheter, I can absolutely vouch for the fact that different yarns handle differently, depending on the craft. My favorite example is LB Wool-ease - so splitty when I used it for crochet, but much better when I knit with it. :)

And thanks to Shannon for giving us all that tidbit about Noro's location. I actually like Kureyon (knots, vegetative matter and all!) and am thinking about all of Japan at the moment.

CrochetBlogger said...

Love your post for Knit and Crochet Blog Week (which I'm also participating in this year!) Lovely choice that you've mentioned here. I'm so curious about Noro after several people mentioned it in the KCBW posts today.

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