Hook Fight! (& Yarn Review)

Ok, so it’s unfair to call it a fight, battle or war since wars usually leave people buried and destitute, it’s really a challenge, it just get’s my juices flowing to be in Design Wars. There’s just something about the heat of battle, the strategy, the confines of one type of yarn, the freedom to create and the fact that there are others competing within the same parameters that makes this event exciting.

As usual Red Heart Yarns is our sponsor and this time we have chosen their Boutique, Unforgettable line to work with. I must confess though, that this was already one of my new favorite yarns before the challenge started (hehehe). I mean, just look at the colors!

So here is my take on this yarn… It is 100% acrylic, though it looks like a wool/blend yarn. For some this is ideal. In many ways this yarn imitates a hand dyed, slightly thick/thin, lightweight roving wool.  It is incredibly soft and because it is not spun tightly there is a fluffy roving like quality to it, and I cannot tell you enough about how much I appreciate the artistic colorways.

In my project for DW7, I used 7  different colorways (see how clever I am? Seven colors for DW7? Oh nevermind, I really do these things for my own entertainment anyway), and they work very well together, but the range of color in each skein alone will make even one or two skein projects look amazing. This is one of those yarns where you really cannot guess how your work will look until you use it. With each skein, I tried to figure out what was going to happen next in each section of my work and it was beautifully unpredictable, but completely cohesive.

I will not state cons about this yarn, because the only ‘issues’ I had with it, were standard for a yarn of this texture. Due to it’s roving nature, it is easily split by your hook when working with it and if you have not been very precise when making your stitches, this may cause issues if you have to frog some of your work. It also sheds a bit (again, common in a loosely spun yarn).

WARNING: Graphic Photo. No yarn was harmed in the making of this blog post.

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We have all completed our designs and we are working on getting professional photographs of everything. I really can’t wait to see all of the designs together, it’s astounding what ONE type of yarn can actually do.

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6 comment on “Hook Fight! (& Yarn Review)”

  1. Gail,

    Gee Thanks. . . . I have a room full of yarn waiting to become Things, and you make this new yarn sound so great that I want to rush out to buy several skeins! It sure is pretty and I love the way it looks.

  2. vicki,

    I used this yarn last year for some fingerless mitts. I love the color run in it. It was a bit splity when knitting with it. I would give it another try for another project! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!
    Vicki

  3. Tanya,

    Thank you for your take on this yarn. I always like to know as much about the materials I have to work with, and now my knowledge base has been increased.

    I will you all the best in this upcoming challenge. I know I will see lots of awesomeness from you all.

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