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Yarn choices

I’m starting to compile a list of the weights and amounts of yarns I need for certain projects. I am going to Maryland Sheep and Wool in a few weeks, and last year I didn’t have a list, and ended up with yarn that I will probably never use. It bummed me out, for sure. I have realized over the last 6 months or so, maybe more, that I HATE BULKY YARN. I don’t know why, but anything over worsted is just…blech. I don’t want you to be offended if you love it, I just…don’t and I don’t know why. Really, worsted or aran is too thick for my liking usually, but I also want to try to knit a sweater at some point and don’t want to dive right in with a fingering weight sweater. That will come later. There are times I have and will continue to use bulky or heavier yarns, but they are few and far between. I have a coworker that can’t stand the fine yarns that I knit with (sport weight is fine?) and that’s how I feel about her heavier yarns. The baby blanket I am planning on making is worsted, and I do have some worsted in my stash, but I also have some acrylic bulky floating around that I bought when I was a brand new baby virgin knitter. I won’t use it. I don’t know what to do with it. I have given a bunch away to a former coworker for her nephews but other than that… I have no idea. It’s just taking up space. Maybe while I am off for surgery I will clean up the stash a bit. I’ll need somewhere to put the new yarn anyway. Are there any weights or styles of yarn you dislike? Do you know why or is it random?

 

FYI – I also hate cotton yarns so my husband will never get his Hitchhiker’s towel he wants for hiking. It kills my hands and I don’t even know what to do to fix that.

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5 thoughts on “Yarn choices

  1. I’ve given away bags and bags to nursing homes. Many of the residents crochet or knit and don’t have the disposable income to always buy yarn. I still have some tubs of acrylic to give away…I use most weights of yarn, but super bulky hurts my hands, so I take long breaks from it…My Husband buys a lot of Malabrigo Rasta, because he likes the colors…I have a mitten partially done for him…..and cotton can be tough on the hands…

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  2. I am one that loves all weights of yarn 🙂 However, I never want to knit a full shawl or anything else with just lace weight. I don’t mind putting a lace weight with another yarn and mixing them together; and I have done that with great success….just please don’t ever ask me to make a lace weight shawl 😀 That definitely kills my hands. I know that when I knit with cotton, if I use bamboo needles, my hands hurt too. However, when I use metal or plastic needles, it doesn’t. Have you tried that? I think wood grips the fibers too much and metal or plastic allows the yarn to just slip.

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  3. Maybe a school that has a knitting club is around to take the acrylic? I donated all of my scraps, except fingering ones, and my Clover Takumi bamboo needles to the children’s center that used to take care of my kids in the city. Maybe a preschool would have need for it? I also know there are church or charity groups who need yarn to make things for charity.

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  4. I don’t knit with bulky yarns very much either, i like fingerling to dk, tho I have occasions to knit with worsted weight. As for the acrylic, you might see if a local elementary school is taking donations for their art teacher. 🙂

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