In Which I Espouse The Virtues Of A Selection of Yarns

Gentle reader,

I’m a bit slow on the uptake with this one, but a while back I wrote an article for Pip Lincolne‘s Good Stuff Holiday Guide. In my article, I write about six of my favorite yarns and why I heart the gosh-darn crap outta them. It’s not a definitive list because I tried to cover a nice spread of fibre types, weights and prices – not all of my faves made it in – but they’re all worthy of the praise.

Image Credit: Pip Lincolne, Meet Me At Mike's

Click the pic to go read it! My article is on pages 98 – 99, so have yourself a bo-peep.

And, just for fun, I’ll pick a random person who comments on this post and I’ll send them a ball of one of the featured yarns. Ooooh! (Sure, one ball won’t make anything massive, but you can squish it to your heart’s content and knit or crochet a swatch to see if you like it and then you’ve discovered a new yarn, and that’s fun times!). I’ll probably do a random number moment, but if you really crack me up or something, I might pick a winner on merits. ^_~

Robbie from Knitxcore also wrote a piece! You can check it out on pages 6 – 7.

– R

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17 thoughts on “In Which I Espouse The Virtues Of A Selection of Yarns

  1. Yarn reviews!! Love them, how did I miss this in Pip’s magazine!? Could we and some yarn friends do a regular review someplace? Finding fab yarn is like finding fab blogs, you need a trusted pal to point you to the good stuff. I have found some good stuff along the way, and nice suprprises, but some disappointments too.

    I’m thinking that Morris Norway would be good for a chunky jumper or cardigan to make for next winter. I’ve used the Morris Estate and Woollahra and liked them both, although the Woollahra needs gentle treatment or else it can <>! I was trying the make the decreases on my hat nice and neat so gave the yarn a little tug and it snapped right off. I used a ball of Estate to make a little bear egg cup cosy in a browny mousey colour called Mouse. The name makes me smile, and the colour is just a little bit heathery, which I like…

    ps: I notice you seem to like green. Me too! Although I think I might make something blue next.

    • I’m knitting a Rowan cardigan pattern in Norway 10 ply, and it’s to die for, and so far it actually has a really nice drape and isn’t too bulky. The 14 ply would make some lovely chunky knits. Estate is an excellent all-rounder, and is awesome because of the color range. Mouse is a popular with all of us at Morris.

      Yeah, the Woollahra can be a bit brittle until it’s knitted up. I ADORE it, but I crocheted with it once and never again. Or at least, not amigurumi again. Something looser would be nice.

      Green is my favorite!

  2. I’m still trying to make my way towards your article. The Trouble is, my satellite internet connection is SLOW – so it’s a no-go until the new month clicks over. I have enjoyed Pip’s magazine very much – she’s a wonder isn’t she?! For my own yarn loves, they’re all lace weight right now, given that I’m knitting a lace scarf, so I’ve bought Alpaca/silk, Kidsilk haze and Baby Merino. I have a wishlist for Cashmere – it will take some financial wrangling and biting a bullet for me to buy it – however I’m sure I won’t resist the temptation forever!

  3. I have got to get to a Morris and sons someday soon. I have used the Loyal and thought it was great, and Cleckheaton is always good, but I want to try the Norway for a EZ inspired chunky cable jumper.

    Next time I’m in Melbourne, next time, you just can’t squish things through the internet.

  4. Knit a Katamari and squish to your heart’s content. Mmmm, yarns… Filatura Di Crosa Zara & Zarina, a joy to knit with; Noro Silk Garden, my favourite scarf is made of this; Stansborough Mythral, picked up during last trip to Wellington – in which I avoided all things Lord of the Rings-ish, with the exception of this yarn; Naturally Karamea, such useful possums; Rowan kidsilk haze, for it’s ability to leave bits of itself all over my clothes in ways that my cat couldn’t even begin to contemplate; and, finally, Patons Sugar and Spice and Sirdar Double Crepe which both live fondly in my memories and, in the latter case, still on my person in the form of ’60’s pattern jumpers knitted by my mum in the ’80’s.

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