Day One: 28th March. A Tale of Two Yarns.
Part of any fibre enthusiastâ€™s hobby is an appreciation of yarn. Choose two yarns that you have either used, are in your stash or which you yearn after and capture what it is you love or loathe about them.
Yarns I don’t like is easier than yarns I do. You’d think it’d be the other way around, but there are far more yarns in my “would use again if I happened to have it” category than there are in my “I’ll never use anything else but this” category. Actually, there aren’t any in the second.
As Lion Brand’s site says: “Soft, silky and beautiful! A uniquely textured yarn that works up quickly and easily. From shawls to sweaters to throws, this yarn can’t be beat for softness and sheer touch-ability. With solids, heathers, and beautiful self-striping â€œpainterlyâ€ colors, Homespun comes in gorgeous shades youâ€™ll love.”
This is true. It is a beautiful yarn. It’s very soft and cuddly, and the skeins feel nice rubbed on your face. I found it a real pain to work with, though. Homespun is a flammÃ©-type yarn; a loosely-spun core wrapped with thread. When I crocheted with it, the core ended up sliding along the thread until I had a stretched-out section of nearly parallel core-and-thread, and a section of core that was so bunched up along the thread it looked like a stack of tires. It may be fine for knitting, or for people who don’t crochet with the yarn held as tightly as I do.
As for the Red Heart . . . there’s not a heck of a lot I can say about it, since my feelings against it aren’t nearly as strong as for the Homespun. It felt slick and slightly greasy, not nearly as soft as the Homespun despite being sold for baby items. It was very hard to see the stitches, and got caught on the hook. It squeaked.