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Yarn Review: Cotton Classic by Tahki Stacy Charles

Posted by yarnberry on May 17, 2007

Here’s an example of a mercerized cotton like I posted about yesterday. I’ve been using Cotton Classic in the beginner crochet class I’m teaching, and I have to give it a rave review.

The Scorecard for Cotton Classic by Tahki Stacy Charles

Fiber content: 100% mercerized cotton

Gauge: Advertised as 20st to 4″ on a 4mm needle. My swatch was only 3.5″ wide on a 4mm needle.

Colours: Vibrant and lustrous, with a wide range of choices.

Yarn feel: This is a great yarn for beginners, especially crochet beginners. The yarn has a woven/braided texture, so it doesn’t split easily. It is a little easier to split with knitting needles, but with a crochet hook it’s very easy to grab. Although it has a silky appearance, the yarn is not too slippery and friction keeps it secure on the needle or hook. The texture makes it very pleasant to work with.

Washing and wearing: It washes and blocks very well, and does not appear to lose colour when washed. I haven’t put it through much wearing yet, but it seems to be a tough yarn that won’t pill easily.

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Yarn Review: Estelle Watercolours

Posted by yarnberry on October 3, 2006

I’m using Watercolours by Estelle yarn for the Sweet sweater, and I’ve really been loving it.

It’s mohair/acrylic, and has a different texture than other mohairs I’ve worked with. The fibres are long and straight, so they’re a bit easier to untangle if I need to pull out a few stitches. Although I wouldn’t want to try and pull out more than a few.

The dark colours (merlot, navy) and highly saturated colours (geranium) are especially impressive, and very lustrous. The variegated pastel colours are a little more flattering to my skin tone, and remind me of a Monet painting.

I was finally able to get a few decent photos of the yarn today. I picked up an additional colour, Blues Teals, for the edging of my sweater.

Blues Greens on the left (shade 21) and Blues Teals (shade 27):

Blues Greens alone:

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Yarn Review: Sirdar Country Style DK and Madil Eden Print

Posted by yarnberry on September 13, 2006

I’ve finished a second version of the ruffle scarf I’ve been working on — hopefully I’ll be able to post some photos of it tomorrow. I’ve enjoyed working with the Eden Print, it’s very smooth and the colours are gorgeous, although it’s easy to snag individual threads with the hook (even more so than the King Cole Smooth, which has the same problem).

I haven’t enjoyed the Sirdar Country Style very much. The end result is very nice, but I found working with it very rough on the fingers.

Now I’m working on an idea for a big square scarf using Paton’s Divine and Glitallic. Maybe a huge version of a lacy granny square.

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