Posts tagged ‘berroco’

A “Go To” Yarn Roundup

So I guess I sorta left the topic hanging yesterday. I gave all these criteria for my favorite yarns, now lets discuss what those favorites are!

Classic Elite Liberty Wool – $7.50/50g – 100% Superwash Merino Wool – Worsted

Ever since I first used this yarn about a year and a half ago this has been my favorite yarn to work with for any project requiring a smooth worsted wool. It has phenomenal stitch definition, is wonderfully soft, and has great memory. It was originally released in a pretty broad spectrum of colors, but it wasn’t until this year that they added some beautiful neutrals, thus solidifying it as my top favorite yarn.

Knit Picks Swish – $4.69/50g – 100% Superwash Wool – Worsted

Swish comes in at a close second. It has all the same features as Liberty Wool, but doesn’t seem to have quite the same quality. Which, as you can see, is reflected in the price. However, since it is cheaper, I do frequently consider it if I’m working with a smaller budget than usual.

Knit Picks Stroll – $4.69/50g – 25% Nylon, 75% Superwash Wool – Fingering

I haven’t found even a close competitor for this yarn. While there are other yarns that give stroll a run for its money either in the quality or luxurious feel of the yarn, none of them come close to the price. Every other sock yarn I’ve been tempted by is at least twice the price, and I really have a hard time spending $25 for a pair of socks on a regular basis. It does seem like there’s room in the market for a medium priced sock yarn. Knit picks will set you back around $10/100g, while every other brand costs $20-$25. I’d love to find some reasonably high quality sock yarn for around $15. If you know of any I missed, please let me know!

Knit Picks Gloss – $5.99/50g – 70% Wool, 30% Silk – Fingering

I love, love this yarn with no complaints. well, maybe one. It really should be made available in the stroll tonal colorways.

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes – $2.69/50g – 100% Peruvian Wool – Worsted

My favorite for any felting project. I haven’t tried Cascade 220 yet, so I can’t offer a good comparison. Anyone want to jump in on this one?

Berroco Lustra – $12/100g – 50% Wool, 50% Tencel – Single Ply – Worsted

This one is a bit different, but a lot of fun to work with. It has great stitch definition and the Tencel gives it a wonderful sheen.

Spud and Chloe Sweater – $15/100g – 50% Cotton, 50% Wool – Worsted

I like this one for baby knits that are intended to be a bit more heirloom quality. it’s incredibly soft, spun to be a bit hardwearing, and is thoroughly washable.

Berroco Remix – $10/100g – 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton, 24% Acrylic, 10% Silk, 9% Linen – Worsted

I was really surprised that I liked this one as much as I did. But I’ve now used it in three projects, and I always love the result!

I got a comment yesterday, but I’d love some other folks to jump in too. What are you favorite yarns? Why?

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May 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

A WIP and FO: I think I’m on a roll!

As expected, I’m making much better progress on this little sweater than it’s sister.

That probably has something to do with the fact that I’m hearing the tick of the clock roaring in my ear, and I’m getting increasingly motived by my ever growing pile of baby knits!

I finished this little sweater on saturday, and I’m in love! It’s made from Berroco Lustra, and while the picture doesn’t really do it justice, it has a gorgeous sheen. I haven’t put buttons on the side closure because I want to wait and give it a little more gender specificity. The most enchanting thing about this sweater is how LITTLE it is! I recently got some hand-me-down newborn girl clothes, and I knit the sweater to go with the smallest onesie in the bunch, since it’s quite likely I’ll have somewhat little babies.

I can’t wait to have a photo op with these little ones, I think only then will all this cute knitwear be brought to life in my photos.

 

 

February 20, 2012 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Simplicity

Like I said yesterday, I’m getting my baby knitting mojo on in a serious way. I’ve been pregnant for 7 months, and now, I’m finally giving these babies the knitterly attention they so deserve. I always work better under pressure, I guess this is no exception.

Wednesday night I was on my way to a meeting (yes, I was off my feet the whole time I was there, so no, I didn’t violate my bed rest mandate). And I realized I had nothing in progress to work on. So I grabbed some Berroco Lustra from the stash, and quickly sketched out a plan for a little raglan pullover in the car on the way over. I had had a little idea that had been marinating for a week or so, and this was just the time to give it a whirl.

By last night, this is what I had.

You know, I forgot how much I love simple raglan sweaters, especially for babies. I feel like you have the simplicity of structure similar to a shawl where you have a center spine and some edge stitches, and you work the stitch pattern between these boundaries. Raglan shaping also keeps your attention a lot like turning the heel of a sock. It just has a perfect little rhythm with the perfect amount of shaping to keep you from getting bored.

This little sweater is the essence of simplicity. It’s all garter stitch, with some ribbing down the “spines” separating the sleeve and body sections. Yet the rhythm of the pattern keeps my interest while relaxing my mind. It’s been a while since I’ve worked on a project that put my mind in the “knitting zen” mode. I seem to have a genius for over thinking everything I do these days, including knitting. Must be the hormones. 🙂

February 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm 2 comments

The Pile Grows!

I’m 31 weeks today. If they come the time most twins do, I’ll be holding two little babies in just around 4 weeks. I’ve spent some serious time over the last couple days in growing my little pile of baby knits. Today, I assembled the second of the two matching boy cardigans. It came out beautifully….

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Now time for the shawl collar. But look how much yarn! Oh no!

It turns out this sweater came out a bit bigger than I wanted it to, so I think i’ll wait on buying (yet) more yarn, and finish a couple other things that are more likely to fit them on their way home from the hospital.

But the pile continues to grow! So fun to see this little stack of little bits of knitwear.

February 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

Introducing the Grey Goose Cardi

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for some time. But that day is finally here. I’ve been talking a lot about Berroco Glint for the last few months, and now, may I introduce to you the sweater that shows of this yarn so beautifully, Grey Goose Cardi.

I’ve really wanted an elegant, drapy cardigan ever since I first saw them everywhere. When I clapped my eyes on Berroco Glint, the match was made. This is a wonderfully drapy yarn and the little bit of metallic gives it such an elegant look. It’s an incredibly versatile cardigan, that will add some spice to your wardrobe throughout the year. The top down construction and all over stockinette pattern makes it a super quick knit.

Sizes – 30 (34, 38, 42) (46, 50,54)” Bust
Sample size: 34” shown on a 34” bust. Suggested ease: 0”, If you are between sizes, choose the smaller size.

Required Materials:
• 8 (9, 11, 13) (15, 17, 19) skeins of Berroco Glint (80% cotton, 12% nylon, 8% metallic) – 141 yd / 50g. Colorway: Goddess
• Size US 6/4.00mm 42” circular needle, or whatever size is required to get gauge
• Size US 6/4.00mm 24” circular needle, or whatever size is required to get gauge
• 5 stitch markers
• Tapestry Needle

Gauge – 22 sts x 26 rows over 4” / 10cm in Stockinette stitch with #6 needles, block before checking gauge

Skills Required:
• Knit and purl
• Increasing between stitches
• Provisional cast on
• Binding off
• Short rows

November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

Podcast Episode 2

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Show Notes

Berroco Glint

Classic Elite Liberty Wool Yarn

Classic Elite Giselle Yarn

Knit Picks City Tweed Yarn

Kate Oats Master Charles Hat and Sweater Pattern


October 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Podcast Episode 1: Pilot

Yup, you read right! I’ve started podcasting in addition to blogging. 🙂 Check out my pilot episode.

I’d love your feedback on my very first episode. Leave a comment!

Show Notes

Berroco Glint

Spud and Chloe Sweater Yarn

Spud and Chloe at the Farm

Java Sock Pattern

Jojoland Melody Sock Yarn

Classic Elite Liberty Wool Yarn

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Yarn

October 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm 2 comments


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