Monday, July 17, 2006

Entertain Me

Seriously friends - I am EXTREMELY bored, whiny, restless and needy today. Tomorrow's my day off. I want it to be today. I want to go knit - instead I need to work.

Wah, wah, wah. Did I mention I was bored?

So, here's my question to you.... what is your all time favorite yarn? For whatever reason - it doesn't mean it's the yarn you'd pick if you could only knit with one for the rest of you life - nothing that dramatic - just.... what's your gut-feeling favorite?

Mine is Cascade 220. Love it. Love the deep colors. Love how it knits up. Love the value. Love the vast numbers of colors in comes in.

There ya go - let's hear it. What is your favorite, and why?

Let the entertainment begin!

34 Comments:

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Karen said...

My favorite yarn so far is Bamboo by Southwest Trading Company. I love the way it feels and moves on the needles.

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger duchessofgravity said...

wow, one yarn for life...hmm. dang. i don't know if i can pick only one. sock yarn. sockotta. final answer :)

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Lynda said...

No, no - you're not stuck with your choice for life - just, for now, what's your favorite yarn?

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger jillian said...

BSA Cotton is way up there right now. Funny, just today I decided to use Cascade 200 for a log cabin crib blanket. Now I jsut have to pick the colors!

 
At 3:27 PM, Blogger Tam said...

Hands down, Noro Silk Garden. What it lacks in slinky softness, it more than makes up for in MESMERIZING colors and for creating garments that are snuggly warm without being suffocatingly hot. (At least this is true in MY climate. It would probably suffocate you in CA.) For the ultimate in colorful good looks I'd have to go with Noro Kureyon but it loses out on the "over all" title due to its scratchyness and general unwearability other than for outerwear. For socks, I'm a huge fan of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. You can tell that my priority is pretty colors! Okay, that's more than one already so I'd better quit. :-)

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger Sonya said...

I'm with you on the Cascade 220. Smooth, but soft, shows cables beautifully, great colors.

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger LC in Sunny So Cal said...

Rowan Cashsoft...LOVE it. would knit some PJ's and a robe of it if I could afford it!

Next time you're bored, call me...we'll meet in SP or something for lunch! :)

I had a wonderful visit this weekend with Julene (my CP roomie, remember her?) and her 2 daughters...gosh, we had a great time.

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger miss88keys said...

I'm at a bit of a disadvantage here. I've been knitting for less than a year so I haven't had much experience with nice yarns. I know I'd like to try the Cascade, the Koigu, Debbie Bliss, Rowan, etc.

So far, the nicest thing I've knit with is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Merino. YUMMY!

 
At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Beth said...

I'm with miss88keys - there are so many yarns I haven't used yet! I guess I would have to choose Cascade 220 for now, too. The colors are nice and it felts so well.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Lorette said...

How to choose, how to choose? Peace Fleece? Only because I love the names of the colors. And the lovely sheepy way it smells. It's a good thing I don't really have to pick just one.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Ruth said...

Right now I'm using Karabella Aurora 8, for my Backyard Leaves. This stuff is so cuddly and soft, it makes me almost forget about Debbie Bliss' Cash Aran (almost, but not really) =)

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino anything. I use Baby Cashmerino alot, but I guess for me Aran weight it would be. Now, to discover other colors in the Baby weight besides Pea Green. 3 baby sweaters from it alone.

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Right now I like Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. It's pretty yummy. Of course, I'm not actually knitting anything with it right now.

I like Cascade 220, too. Such a great staple- good price, big old balls of great color. There's a washable 220, too...

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger opportunityknits said...

my fave cotton is Sirdar Breeze / Rio and my fave wool is Jaeger merino. But that's only out of the limited yarns I have tried :)

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Too . . . hot . . . . to . . . think . . . (or be entertaining - LOL). But . . . maybe . . . Baby Cashmerino. So nice.

 
At 6:37 PM, Anonymous heather said...

Anything with Alpaca! Oh Cashmere too! Oh! I love silk yarn. Um, I need to think and get back with ya.....

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Donna Boucher said...

I think my favorite all time yarn is Sunshine Yarns stripey watermelon yarn. I just adore how my mittens turned out with that yarn. I adore hand dyed self striping yarn.

White. Green. Raspberry.

Delightful!

 
At 11:47 PM, Blogger Isela: Purling Sprite said...

I love Aurora 8. The feel of it is heavenly

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

love the Morehouse Merino for simple mittens and such. The Koigu, well, that has to be my all-time fave. Another close one would be the Blue Sky Alpaca and Silk (for a great drapey garment). Their BSA Cotton is to die for, too. Should I go on? . . . Because I could...There is just too much to love! (And don't get me started on the sock yarns. Oy.)

Oh, and Noro makes this yarn called Transitions that is special.

And Allhemp. I love it for summer garments or wraps that are airy and can take a lot of machine washing, etc. You gotta love the allhemp. And as long as you are loving that stuff, you gotta try the Euroflax linen (nice).

Ok...can't think of a favorite. May I be excused now?

 
At 4:26 AM, Anonymous le chat qui coud said...

my favorite yarn : well, i don't meet her yet!

I don't have a lot of choice here so it's always the same kind of yarn...

what a pitty!

You make me dream with your favorite one....

 
At 5:41 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

My favorite yarn is any yarn that isn't found in the one store in my town...which happens to be a fabric store with limited yarn!

 
At 7:37 AM, Blogger Marsha said...

I recently tried Debbie Bliss' Baby Cashmerino recently and knit a baby bonnet. It was lovely and I would love to knit a sweater for me! I love Brown Sheep's Worsted for felting (just wish it weren't in skeins with the cheap plasticky label!) and I recently finished a pair of socks from the Blue Moon Socks That Rock medium weight and loved that! But I also love many of the others mentioned. Isn't it great to have soooo many choices?!!

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger amylovie said...

Winter knitting - Louisa Harding Kashmir

Summer knitting - Rowan Calmer

Both have a braided construction that is so spongy and comfy

Amy

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger Charity said...

I haven't had a lot of exposure to the yummy yarns yet, but right now I'm quite taken with KnitPicks Shine sport.

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger jennifer said...

too many all0time-favorites to list, although at this very moment, it is truly blue sky cotton. perfect for the season, divine colors, and just the right weight. mmmmmmm.

loko at you and kaity with all that cascade... make a girl jealous!

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Hmmm, I live Cascade 220 as well. It knits so well and is so affordable. I have to say that I'm loving cotton Fleece too!

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous amanda cathleen said...

ohmygoodness!! I have no idea, really, I can't pick just one! Ok.. well.... maybe I really like the 50/50 kid merino that Autumn House Farms has. It has a great hand, and blooms wonderfully.
Hard question Lynda : )

 
At 7:56 PM, Anonymous Jeanie said...

GREAT question Lynda! Like everybody else, I have a TON of favorites and they tend to change on a daily basis.

For me, I think I tend to "categorize" my yarns into different types such as "practical" or "luxurious" and have favorites in both categories. For practicality, I love TLC Cotton Plus -- you just can't beat it for the price, it's washable, and it "feels" pretty good. Another one of my favorite "cheapie" yarns is Caron Simply Soft for the same afore-mentioned reasons. Knit Picks Shine is another one of my inexpensive favorites. In the "luxurious" category, I adore anything with cashmere in it such as Debbie Bliss Cashmerino or Rowan Cashsoft. Another favorite "luxury" yarn is Artyarns Regal Silk. Love, love, love it! Just wish I could afford enough to make an entire "garment" out of it!

I know there's probably a BUNCH of OTHER favorites I'm forgetting to mention, so maybe you should re-ask the same question in a couple of months. It would be fun to see if people's favorites change seasonally.

 
At 8:51 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

Wow... it is so hard to pick just one favorite!! I love Rowan's Felted Tweed - the fabric is sooo soft and I love the texture of it and all the little flecks of color. But then I'm also a huge fan of KidSilk Haze... there is nothing better for a lighter than air lace shawl. Just don't ever have to tink it!

And I'm using DB Baby Cashmerino right now for the little sheepie dress - it's heavenly to work with.

I am quite a fickle yarn mistress - I can't pick only one!

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger Mia said...

OMG.. you crack me up! Those first two paragraphs sound like something I've probably said a thousand times :::laughing::: Being bored sucks :-)

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Marion said...

Oh, this is tough. Either Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock or Karabella Vintage Cotton.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Brooks Fiber Farm Four Play

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Right now its Cotton Classic because I'm knitting mitered squares and love it but last week it was Rowan wool cotton.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Cherice said...

Oh my, my favorite yarn? I like soft, I like natural fibers. Right now I'm knitting my mother in law a shrug out of Mission falls 1824 wool and am quite liking it. It is one that I'd buy again (and again and again)

 

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