Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Basic Yarn Information
Fiber content: 70% Acrylic/ 30% Alpaca
Skein yardage/weight: 120 yds/100g/ 3.5 oz
Recommended hook size/gauge: 6mm US J How many ply?: 2 ply
Manufacturer's suggested retail price and/or actual price: $3.99
Care of Yarn
Washing: Hand wash
Drying: Air dry flat
Any special requirements:
How does yarn/project look/handle after being cleaned?: Seemed to shed less
Did the color run when washed?: No
How easy is it to crochet with? It was easy to work with, slight splittage
What about ripping out? It was forgiving after ripping out
Any stretch? yes
Does it produce fuzz/lint? A Lot
Does it pill? N/A
How does it wear? Nice drape
How does it look crocheted? Great stitch definition
According to Knitter's Review, alpaca fiber is reportedly softer than cashmere. And at first touch, I agree. It is a very soft yarn. Alpaca is a hollow fiber, similar to angora, making it far warmer than wool. It is available in 8 color ways. I used the a light pink color called Peony. I picked a light color because from first glance, I noticed that the darker colors seemed to shed.
I swatched using Clover Touch hook in size J in a single stitch. The swatched worked up easily and moved softly through loop after loop. I did notice how it shed. Of course I was wearing a black shirt. By the time I was done with the swatch, it looked like I was covered in long cat hairs. It also made my nose itch immensely.
I washed the swatch in cold water and some baby soap. I noticed as soon as the swatch got wet, the hairs became even more loose. After I blocked and dried the swatch, I noticed a dramatic decrease with the shedding. It still remained intensely soft.
After I experienced the intense shedding. I really began to dislike this yarn. I really wanted to like it...thought it would make a great scarf, since it is so soft. But after the shedding, I concluded that it would not make a nice scarf accessory since it would probably ruin your shirt with hairs. After I washed the swatch and it dried, I began to change my mind. Washing did decrease the shedding which made me like the yarn once again. It is my first time working with Alpaca....and could not imagine how much more it would have shed if it was more of an alpaca blend than acrylic. I have to say, it was one of the softest yarns I have worked with to date. I would buy this kind of yarn again, but I just would not wear black :)
More reviews to come in the next days....
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Yay....I am so proud of my first "mitten" I actually made a thumb!! It is also full of decreases and shaping. I have never had to sew a seam until this mitten. This is a bath mitt made out Sugar n' Cream twist with a single stitch. It will go with my collection of wash cloths. I am thinking this would make a nice gift with some washcloths and some soaps in a basket for someone. Or even a baby shower gift with some baby wash and baby powder. The possibilities are endless. This makes me sooooo excited for my fall crocheting. Do you know what this means? I will be able to make myself a pair of mittens. I have already started looking for the perfect yarn. Check out this review by Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review. This review makes me want to order the $45 minimum to qualify for free shipping at Knit Picks. I am thinking this would be perfect for some mittens....what do you think? Just thinking about ordering yarn makes me giddy. Ah, how can I be thinking of wool mittens in this 90 degree day here in the New England?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
And as we were exiting the park, we noticed this beautiful manarch butterfly. My youngest wanted to keep it.As far as my crocheting...I started another washcloth made out of Peaches & Cream in yellow. More to come....
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
- I signed up on June 14, 2007
- I am # 9196 on the list
- 3080 are ahead of you in line
- 9540 people are behind you in line
- 32% of the list has been invited so far
Looks like I will be waiting another 5 or 6 weeks at least. But, from what I hear, it is well worth the wait!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Then...I got to my stuff!!!! I first found this little crocheted doll. Isn't she so cute?
Lilacs are my favorite flowers...cardinals remind me of my grandfather and the G-I-N-A necklace is such a cute touch. As I continued on...I found some lovely, lovely cotton yarn in the greatest colors. I received 2 Sugar 'n Cream Denim Twists, 2 Sugar 'n Cream natural twists,1 Sugar n' Cream Crafter's Cotton, 3 Peaches & Creamin Pink Lilacs, 1 Peachs & Cream in each of the following colors: Yellow, Daisy Ombre, White, Lilac Ombre, Red and Baby Green. 2 Bernanat Cool Crochet inTie Dye Shades, Bernant Dewdrops in white, and a huge 1 pound Peaches & Cream in purple/white.
And it does not stop there.... I got a booklet of dishcloth patterns, Hooked on Crochet Magazine, Tear off Patterns from Peaches & Cream, An Elmore- Pisgah Catalog, and an Almond Joy/Mounds cookie recipie...YUM. Aren't I a lucky girl?Thank You so much Mary Jo...this has been awonderful first swap experience.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Isn't it just perfect? It matches almost perfectly. Last night, I measured the fabric and pinned the lining in the bag. Tonight I will attempt to sew in the lining. I have not picked up a needle and thread since 7th grade home economics class. My mom gave me a refresher course on the whip stitch. We shall see what happens.
I signed up for Summer Cotton Swap at Crochetville. I have a super partner from Florida. The requirement for the swap is to buy $25 worth of cotton or cotton blends and send it to our partner by August 8th. I purchased some yummy yarns and packed up the package and sent it out this past Friday. I added some extra goodies in the package...but I can't reveal those quite yet. I am so excited to receive my package. I am eagerly awaiting and stalking the postman daily!!!!!