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Bernat Denim Style [Jun. 26th, 2007|09:30 am]
Yarn Critiques

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Brand of Yarn: Bernat Denim Style
Yarn Content: 70% acrylic/30% soft cotton
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: H [8]
Hook/Needle Size Used: H [8]
Craft: Crochet
Experience at Craft: Learned as a child, picked it back up and have been going steady for three years.
Pros: It's soft and isn't painful on the hands. There's a bit of stretch to it, and it's reasonably priced while feeling very nice.
Cons: It seems to shed intermittently. The first project I worked with it left me covered in bits of yarn lint, but I didn't get any lint on me during the second project. The stretch can be a drawback when it comes to purses, as the weight in the purse will cause the yarn to stretch out and accommodate.
Overall impression: I like this yarn. I think it's a good yarn for hats and blankets, and the price is reasonable. I like the softness and the easiness of working with it, and I can always keep a lint roller handy if I need to clean up.
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Patons Classic Merino Wool [Jan. 3rd, 2007|04:11 pm]
Yarn Critiques

[mood |accomplished]

Brand of Yarn: Patons
Yarn Content: 100% Wool
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: 7
Hook/Needle Size Used: H (8)
Craft: Crochet
Experience at Craft: I learned when I was very young and have been continuously crocheting for more than two and a half years. Before that, it was on-again, off-again.

Pros: It was softer than other wools I've worked with and easy to manage. It didn't come out of the skein tangled, and it wasn't scratchy.

Cons: There were a few sections of the yarn that hadn't been spun properly. I would be working right along, and the yarn would slowly increase in size for a few inches before decreasing back to the size it had been before. It didn't hamper my work, and it isn't obvious in the finished project, but it did make for a few thicker stitches.

Overall impression: I really do like this yarn. The hat I made is reported to be very warm, and it looks good when it's worked into a project. The above-mentioned un-spun portions of the yarn were surprising but not deterring. It's also a reasonably priced natural fiber. It's $5.99 for 223 yds, and I had enough for a hat and a good-sized scarf.
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(no subject) [Dec. 10th, 2006|02:17 am]
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Brand of Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazareth (Aran) (worsted weight)
Yarn Content: 100% domestic wool
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: US Needle #8 (no crochet hook size recommended)
Hook/Needle Size Used: US H 8 crochet hook
Craft: crochet
Experience at Craft: more than fifteen years (though I admit to a big gap in the middle there until I picked it up again about a year ago)
Pros: not very scratchy, easy to work with, I got an entire hat with ear flaps out of one skein (184 yards), textured stitches show up well with this yarn, didn't tangle much at all
Cons: every once in a while the crochet hook only catches one strand of the yarn (so you have to watch for this a little)
Overall impression: I will work with this yarn again. It worked up really fast for worsted weight yarn (mostly because it was easy enough to work with that I could move quickly). The had I made with it turned out pretty warm for a one layer hat. It looks like it will felt nicely, too (though I haven't tried that yet).
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Plymouth Yarn, Baby Alpaca Brush [Aug. 14th, 2006|06:26 pm]
Yarn Critiques

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Brand of Yarn: Plymouth Yarn, Baby Alpaca Brush
Yarn Content: 80% Baby Alpaca/20% Acrylic
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: I-hook
Hook/Needle Size Used: I-hook
Craft: Crochet
Experience at Craft: Learned when I was six, on and off until I was 21, almost constant practice for the last two years [I'm 23].
Pros: The yarn is slightly fuzzy but still very easy to work with. Warm. Works up very prettily. Comes in easy to handle skeins.
Cons: Frogging was a bit difficult, as the fuzziness of the yarn caused tangles, and the yarn is a touch scratchy.
Overall impression: I very much liked the yarn overall. It was, with the exception of a few tangles, very easy to work with, and it built up into a nice project. It seems quite durable and still lightweight.

And the finished projectCollapse )

And a picture of the yarn labelCollapse )
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Bernet Softee Chunky [Jul. 17th, 2006|03:02 pm]
Yarn Critiques

[mood |pleasedpleased]

Brand of Yarn: Bernet Softee Chunky
Yarn Content: 100% Acrylic
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: J-Hook
Hook/Needle Size Used: K-Hook
Craft: Crochet
Experience at Craft: Learned when I was six, on and off for awhile, steadily on for just over two years.
Pros: It’s a soft acrylic and incredibly durable.
Cons: Does not block [a con for all acrylics, really], could get a bit fuzzy.
Overall impression: Overall I really like this yarn. I’m using it for a purse pattern, and it’s held up remarkably. I had to frog the same section of yarn two or three times, and the yarn never split. It got a bit fuzzy here and there, but nothing that couldn’t be worked through. I think working a hook size larger than recommended made the project work up faster because I could clearly see what I was doing. It was also very soft to work with and didn’t squeak; a definite advantage for acrylic, in my book.
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Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran [Jul. 16th, 2006|10:12 am]
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Brand of Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Yarn Content: 55% merino wool, 33% microfibre, 12% cashmere
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: US 8
Hook/Needle Size Used: US 6
Craft: Knit
Experience at Craft: I learned to knit over 10 years ago, but I have been knitting seriously for 4 years.
Pros: Very soft against the skin. Has beautiful color choices, and excellent pattern support from Debbie Bliss herself and from many other designers.
Cons: This yarn wears pretty poorly. I made a sweater with it last year, and it has pilled a lot. It looks really old, but I only wore it for a season. This is really a shame, considering how expensive this yarn can run (over 6 USD per ball, though you can get it cheaper on ebay).
Overall impression: If you have really sensitive skin, this is a good choice. Otherwise, I would pick something less fragile. I am disappointed, because the DB merino yarn was much better wearing. But now this seems to be her main yarn line.

Link to the FO done with this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/quincy134/Photo4.jpg
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(no subject) [Jul. 12th, 2006|09:00 am]
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Great idea for a community! there are so many yarns tat I have, shall we say, strong feelings about. I'm going to review one that I've always hated until a couple weeks ago:

Red Heart Classic Yarn

Machine wash and dry
100% acrylic
Solids: 3-1/2 ounces (99 grams) 198 yards
Ombres: 3 ounces (85% grams) 174 yards
4"=17 stitches on size 8 needles. Suggested crochet hook: I9

Hook/Needle Size Used: Variable for me, usually a crochet hook J or so
Craft: crochet
Experience at Craft: errr, lots of years (> 30 but that makes me sound so old. I learned when I was really really young!)
Pros: stiffness and ability to hold shape also quite readily available at most large craft stores and online.
Cons: sticky to use in the heat
Overall impression: I've purchased this yarn several times because it is quite inexpensive to buy in bulk and comes in lots of colors. Unless you crochet a fairly open pattern, your object will end up being quite stiff. However, since I've recently started crocheting more sculptural objects, it's perfect for things where you want shape and not drape. So, for people doing amigurumi (vowels in the right place?), hyperbolic planes, bowls, bags, etc. it's great. However, for clothing or tight afgans I find it unsatisfactory.
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LB Woolease [Jul. 11th, 2006|11:18 pm]
Yarn Critiques
Brand of Yarn: Lion Brand Woolease solids
Yarn Content: 80% acrylic, 20% wool
Recommended Hook/Needle Size: J/10 (6.0 mm)
Hook/Needle Size Used: H/8 (5.0 mm)
Craft: Crochet
Experience at Craft: two to four years
Pros: Color selection, general availability, and value
Cons: Yarn splits too easily
Overall impression: I mostly use Woolease when I'm figuring out a pattern design for a more expensive wool brand. It has good color selection for playing with color patterns and will resemble most 100% worsted wool brands in texture and drape. The biggest issue I have is that the yarn splits too easily, making ease of crochet jarring and inconsistent. Hooks, especially, medium to small sized hooks, get caught up in the plies of the yarn and can pull the plied loops of fabric out of place. Overall, a good yarn to play and experiment with.
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Welcome to yarn_crit [Jul. 11th, 2006|11:02 pm]
Yarn Critiques

[mood |busy]

Be a fine human being and read the rules before you post. I won't hesitate to delete entries that don't follow the rules. I want this to be an open discussion about yarn that has been properly critiqued by people who have used the yarn, not a place for people to ask about the best type of eyelash yarn. Want to find out if it's the best? Try it yourself and let us know what you think.
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