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Going Yarn Shopping

yarn shopping

I’m going Yarn shopping next week! YAY! It’s one of my favorite things to do! Sooooo… the other night I was putting together my shopping list and boy I stressed myself out! There’s so many beautiful yarns out there and I want to try them all, problem is my budget won’t allow me to.

What I ended up doing was narrowing down my list to yarns that I need vs. what I want. I’ve been able to try some different yarns lately so it has opened up my mind to wanting to somewhat “upgrade” from the inexpensive brands. Don’t misunderstand me, nothing is wrong with the low budget yarns, I still have brands that are my “go to” stash. I just want to expand my crafting with more luxurious, designer yarns especially now that I’m knitting!

Skeins of yarn

I’ve been using “Big Twist” chunky yarns from Joann’s. I got introduced to this line a couple of months ago and it reminds me a lot of Red Heart with Love which is my favorite go-to worsted weight yarn. It has the strength of a # 4 medium yarn, but with the softness too. It’s a bit on the expensive side so saving up those Joann’s coupons would come in handy. But, Big Twist is a little more affordable and I love the colorways it comes in.

I also want to purchase Lion Brand’s Hometown USA yarn. I love the softness of this and I need more to crochet a 2nd pillow for my seating room chair. It’s a #5 weight, perfect for scarves and afghans. It’s also good also for loom knitting because you can knit with one strand of yarn instead of two.

The third one on my list I haven’t tried yet but I can’t wait to get. It’s Lion’s Pride Woolspun. It’s a #5 bulky yarn and a wool blend (80% acrylic, 20% wool) and one of the collections are neutrals and anybody who knows me knows I love neutral colors.

The last one is also one I’ve never tried. I’m hoping to find Butter Cream Alpaca yarn because I have been wanting to try alpaca for knitting. I’m not sure how soft this brand is but Joann’s carries it.

Yarn Hanks vs. Skeins

Hanks are usually yarns hand spun, rolled and twisted and can be bought at yarn shops. They must be wound before you can use them, but I haven’t seen much of them in craft stories like Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, or Michaels. So, I’m hoping to visit some local shops so I can use my yarn swift to wind them into cakes.

{ Check out the video below to see a demonstration of winding yarn hank into a ball }

I’ve only been able to uses my swift once thanks to my recent online purchase at Knit Picks! And, they sell yarns in hanks but also I learned about Wool and the Gang, however I think they are a UK company and I really don’t want to purchase outside the U.S.

All of these yarns are machine washable on delicate and some are dryable, but laying them to dry is always a good practice.

{ TIP }: Super Saver Yarns can Get Soft Too

One tip I’d like to share with you and it came from a great friend of mine. If you purchase Red Heart Super Saver yarn and make anything with it, you can get it soft by putting it into the wash (I would recommend washing it alone), don’t use any detergent, just use Downy fabric softener. Wash it on the delicate cycle. Then, you can dry it in the dryer, but I only let it stay in for an hour. It will be so soft! I did this with a blanket, hats, and scarves.

Here’s the video I promised!

Anyway, I’m excited and I promise to take pics of the yarns I get and write up a future post!

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