Jan 9, 2009

This Yarn's for Me

Last year, I blogged about my stash. You know, those lovely bits of yarn sitting around waiting to be crafted into a hat, a shawl, a little girl's dress. So, when I was recently asked what yarn I preferred if I could crochet only with one brand of yarn for the rest of the year, I thought, damn, that's a tough one. I don't know if I can limit myself to only one yarn.

Take for instance, cotton. Bea
utiful mercerized cotton possessing a depth of color and silky softness. My personal favorite? Gong by Ornaghi Filati.

I'm just now starting to work with wool.
Several years ago, I had made a few hats and scarves with that old standby Patons Classic Wool. Nice yarn but it was just so boring. I also tended to stay away from wool because several pieces were inadvertently felted. Color me stupid in that it wasn't until 2008 that I realized that superwash wool even existed. I've added sock weight wool and wool blend yarns to my stash. My favorite: Claudia's Handpainted Yarn, a merino wool yarn with beautiful colors.

Eco-friendly yarns like bamboo and linen, and blends such as bamboo-wool, wool-cotton, cotton-acrylic tend to be my "go to" yarns and can quite readily be adapted for most projects. I do not have an aversion to acrylic if it is a good acrylic, like Bernat's Barella 4 yarn, whose versatility makes this a good choice for a one-yarn stash from which to make hats, scarves, sweaters, bags, etc.

But life is not about standbys and making do. At least not everyday. I want to grow with my craft, so, if I have to choose a single yarn to fuel my crochet habit, then it would have to be Berroco Comfort. It's soft, economical, versatile, and available in a number of colors. Now, if I could choose (and afford) a single brand of yarn, it would be the entire line of Claudia's Handpainted Yarns.


inkberryblue said...

I wouldn't find it easy to pick just one yarn either...but if I had to it might be Jet, a beautiful alpaca/wool blend that comes in gorgeous colours and is beautifully soft to wear.
I haven't seen any of Claudia's Handpainted yarn yet...I might have to search some out... =]
Happy weekend!

VicJoRob said...

Is this perhaps Patons Jet yarn? I looked it up and agree, the colors are gorgeous. I'm going to have to check it out.