How do you chose the yarn for a project?
Do you go with whatever the pattern uses?
What if you aren't using a pattern?
Do you prefer costly or inexpensive?
Does it depend on the project?
Or who it's for?
I mentally separate projects into 2 categories: 1. Warrants expensive yarn, and 2. Doesn't warrant expensive yarn. I'm carefully avoiding the word, "cheap", because I have some great quality yarn that didn't cost much.
I'll tackle category #2, inexpensive, in this post, and the costlier yarns in my next post.
I have a couple of go-to solutions. The first is Knit Picks DK Swish.
It's merino wool, it comes in lots of colors, it's soft, it's machine washable AND machine dryable, and the price is great. I love it. I have a ton of it. I use it for most of my "experiments", even ones I know I should use worsted for. Knit Picks does have worsted wool in the same colorways, I just feel like I should use up some of my DK before I buy more.
I've made a lot of things with it, including my pillow-in-progress:
And this baby blanket:
The second is Lion Brand Yarn, which I often don't like that much. However, their store is right near where I work, and I just can't stop myself from walking in there. It offers the immediate gratification I can't get from an online site like Knit Picks. It also gives me the opportunity to touch the yarn before I buy it. I've made some nice things with their yarn.
microspun in "sterling". It works up slightly shiny, which is just right for an evening bag. But it tends to separate a lot when you crochet with it.
I've also used some yarns from Red Heart. I made this baby blanket with their Soft Yarn:
It's nice and soft, but it lacks the specialness of wool.
And I made this throw:
with their Super Saver yarn. The fabric it creates has a nice feel to it, but I hated working with it, because it's quite rough-I found it uncomfortable for my hands.
That's it for today. Next time: Costly Yarns
Saturday, December 11, 2010
This is my attempt at a throw pillow. I had a little, unrefined pillow from Ikea, just waiting to be put to good use,
a bunch of yarn in different colors leftover from my niece's baby blanket,
and my in-laws were coming to visit. Thus, a crocheted pillow.
First, I made up a pattern for the hexagon.
Then, I got bored with the color combination I was using, so I decided to make each side of the pillow different.
Then, I couldn't decide how to attach the hexagons, so I did that differently on each side, too.
On the purple side, I wove the individual pieces together after they were all finished.
On the pink side, I attached the hexagons as I made them.
Now, I'm in the process of weaving in the loose ends-my least favorite part of crocheting.
The pillow was inspired by a beautiful pillow I saw on flickr, with lovely cable stitching between hexagons, and some contrast color edging.
Here's my current dilemma:
I need to figure out how to attach the top and bottom parts. Should I continue in the light blue color, or change colors? What kind of stitching should I use? Should I include edging? And finally, should I have a button closure, so the pillow can be removed, or should I just close the whole thing up, since the yarn can be machine washed and dried anyway?
Any suggestions would be welcome. Also, I'd love to hear about similar conundrums.