A Tale of Two Yarns - 2KCBWDAY1

Welcome to the start of the 2 Knitting and Crochet Blog Week. If you're wondering what the weird code is (2KCBWDAY3), it's a tag so that other bloggers can find those of us who are doing the same thing!

I'm not the most impressive knitter/crocheter and I have my fingers in a lot of other pies but I loved being part of this last year and I'm hoping to enjoy it as much now in 2011.

Today's theme is a tale of two yarns. I'm going to discuss one yarn I love and one that I kinda like, but sometimes is just not right.

The One I Love

First off, let's talk about Araucania. These guys make some delicious yarns but my favourite colourway has to be this one:

Cottons are famous for not having that much give when knitting so when I decided on the pattern I used a slightly larger needle and it's coming along nicely, it's easy to knit with and has a lovely drape. The only problem is that it seems to be in hibernation... I am really bad with sticking to a large project. I started this in July last year and I haven't got really far at all. Maybe I should have just kept it as a stashed yarn and taken it out to marvel at it's beautiful colours every now and then.

The One I Kinda Love

Acrylics. I know, it's naughty especially for an environmentally savvy girl like me but sometimes I just can't help myself. I'm not the richest chick in the world and as a result, sometimes I buy nice bright and soft acrylic yarn can ease my yarn buying blues. They're great for crochet and knitting and I've made some fab projects with acrylics.

Sometimes though, it's just not good. Sometimes a pattern can be so nice that you need to invest in a quality yarn to help it's beauty shine through, like this one from Son of Stitch 'n Bitch:

So there you have it. My love affair with Araucania and my love/hate relationship with the boring old acrylic.

See you tomorrow!


Stacey said...

Oooh... Araucania, good pick! I love their yarns!

agirlinwinter said...

I love Araucania too. Have you seen http://www.celticove.com/acatalog/Discount_Clearance_Yarns.html ? They usually have plenty of Araucanoa on sale...

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