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Nanaof6
06-10-2007, 10:04 PM
I am so new to this knitting world. DH wants to buy me yarn off of ebay. I have know clue as to what to buy and what to stay clear of. I see the names Lion Brand, Bernat, Four Season's Noblesse Superwash wool, Plymouth Encore DK. I what does DK mean anyway???

I have only use Plymouth encore colorspun for my shurg and bed socks and Fortissma Socka for my basic socks and Galway Colornep wool for my tote .

What do you use?

Jan in CA
06-10-2007, 10:33 PM
DK is a yarn weight. It's just under worsted. Here's a link;
http://www.yarnstandards.com/weight.html

As for the best yarns..that's a loaded question that you'll 500 different answers to. Everyone has their own favorites and likes and dislikes. :shrug:

That being said.. I love Plymouth Encore and most Bernat yarns I've come across have been good, but I certainly haven't tried them all.

Shandeh
06-10-2007, 11:57 PM
Nanaof6, do you have a yarn shop in your area? It would probably be a good idea to go there and look at yarn in person. You can feel it, ask questions, and get ideas by looking at pattern books they have.

Then, when you have a better idea of what you want, you can look on eBay again, and make a better decision.

Good luck!

Jeremy
06-11-2007, 11:46 AM
The best is the one you like the best and the worst is the one you hate. Its as simple as that.:shrug: There are some people out there that for whatever reason hate wool. I think the best strategy is to do as Shandeh says and go to a yarn store. In some ways its like wine tasting. After going around a while you'll develop your own "palate".

Liliyarn
06-11-2007, 11:46 AM
I ditto Shandeh. Also if you are really flying blind try, http://www.knittersreview.com/yarn.asp

Yarn reviews. It is still an opinion, but it can give you an idea.

suzeeq
06-11-2007, 12:38 PM
Also, some yarns are better for one project and the same yarn will be awful for another project. So it also depends what you're making.

sue

KnittingNat
06-11-2007, 01:48 PM
I'd advise the same as Shandeh...But...I don't have LYS at all and still i try to figure out what's what. First of all, i checked the weight system, so i'll know what garments i can make with different weights of wool. Then, IMHO, you should think if you're allergic to any of the yarn's ingredients. Some only see wool and start scratching, others can't touch acrylics... I would also browse this forum, because you can learn a lot from what people here tell about different yarns.
for example - I never saw Malabrigo, but i saw that everyone love it! And those who get it for the first time - never disappointed. So i have an idea and when i'll be able - i'm going to try it!
Good luck and hooray for the supportive DH :cheering::cheering::cheering:

cftwo
06-11-2007, 02:45 PM
I like to touch yarn - that tells me if I like it - and then you can get the same stuff off Ebay. Jeremy said it the best - the best yarns are the ones you like and the worst ones are the ones you don't.

If it helps, here are some yarns I've used recently that I've enjoyed working with.

Naturally Dawn (a laceweight wool/silk blend)
Geisha (a really soft bulky weight novelty yarn)
Lion Brand Wool Ease (I used their super bulky for an afghan)
Filatura Di Crosa Baby Kid Extra and Rowan Kidsilk (laceweight mohair yarns)
Little Lehigh Pebbles (a DK weight cotton/acrylic blend, better for knitting than crocheting)

At least, these are the ones I can remember. I also bought a bunch of Cascade brand wool yarn to make a sweater, but I can't remember which type it is.

Shandeh
06-12-2007, 02:26 AM
Here are some yarns that I have tried and LOVE. :heart:

Debbie Bliss (http://www.debbieblissonline.com/yarn/index.htm) - anything by this company is wonderful, but my absolute favorite is PURE SILK :heart::heart::heart:
Berroco Cotton Twist (http://www.berroco.com/yarns/cotton_twist.html) - perfect worsted weight yarn for summer knitting, with a lovely sheen
Malabrigo (http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/yarn.html) - gorgeous, soft, and satisfying when you knit
Berroco Peruvia (http://www.berroco.com/shade_cards/peruvia_sh.html) - a LOT like Malabrigo :heart:
Patons Grace (http://www.patonsyarns.com/product.php?LGC=grace) - summer knitting and baby items
Lamb's Pride (http://brownsheep.com/lp.htm) - excellent wool yarn
Bernat Baby Coordinates (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=babycoordinates) - perfect for baby blankets
Bernat Baby (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=baby) - SO SOFT!
Bernat Cotton Tots (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=cottontots) - soft, easy to use, and makes lovely fabric
Bernat Handicrafter (http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=handicraftercotton) - perfect for dishcloths
Lion CottonEase (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/newcottonease.html) - baby items
Lion Incredible (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/incredible.htm) - fun to knit with for fast summer projects
Lion Wool Ease (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/woolease.htm) or Plymouth Encore (http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cYarn.yarnDetail&yarnid=000055&searchcollection=000005)- perfect for hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, sweaters
Berroco Plush (http://www.berroco.com/shade_cards/plush_sh.html) - makes a SUPER SOFT, cushy fabric
TLC Amore (http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/Knitting/Medium+Yarns/TLC+Amore.htm) - I like to double-strand this yarn to make soft, cushy scarves
Lisa Souza Hand-dyed Sock Yarns (http://www.lisaknit.com/yarn/animalfibers/sock.html)
Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn (http://brownsheep.com/wls.htm) - my favorite soft sock yarn
Lang Jawoll (http://www.royalyarns.com/UniqueBoutiques/lang_jawoll.htm) - my favorite standard sock yarn

Here are some yarns that I have tried and HATE. :ick:
Lion Trellis (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/trellis.html) - needle always gets stuck in ladders
Lion Homespun (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/homespun.htm) - hurts my hands when knitting, and splits easily
Lion Microspun (http://cache.lionbrand.com//yarns/microspu.htm) - splits easily, and VERY hard to weave in loose ends
Red Heart Super Saver (http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/Crochet/Yarns/Medium/Red+Heart+Super+Saver+(Economy).htm) - hurts my hands when knitting, cheap looking
Red Heart Baby Clouds (http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/Knitting/Super+Bulky+Yarns/Red+Heart+Baby+Clouds.htm) - too thick, inconsistent, and hurts hands
Any brand of chenille yarn - hurts hands, stitches come loose and get out of shape
Any brand of eyelash yarn - I only use this for children's clothing, and only under protest. :teehee:

geekgolightly
06-12-2007, 02:56 AM
if oyu want personal opinions to get a gauge of whats out there...

my personal favorites are (im big on colors and feel)
SWTC - karaoke (http://www.soysilk.com/karaoke.html). soft with gorgeous colors. light worsted wt. the mermaid mix colorway is breathtaking in person

jitterbug sock yarn (http://www.colinette.com/sess/utn;jsessionid=15466e4220a9bd3/shopdata/0020_yarns/0007_wools/0005_jitterbug/product_details.shopscript?article=0005_Jitterbug% 2B-%2BGauguin%2B%3D28JIT-100%3D29) - again the colors along with a nice subtle sheen, super soft and machine washable

manos del uruguay (http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/yarndetail/1082) - stunning colors. single ply bulky thick and thin yarn. amazing. i LOVE this stuff

i appreciate serviceable yarns such as encore, but im not in love with encore. it gets the job done and done well, but i love amazing colorways. encore is a good yarn to use for most items that will be worn often or by kids or if there is a budget.

Shandeh
06-12-2007, 03:00 AM
Those are GORGEOUS, geekgolightly! :inlove:

geekgolightly
06-12-2007, 03:07 AM
Those are GORGEOUS, geekgolightly! :inlove:

i know. i want to eat them up! and i love your first pick; the debbie bliss alpaca silk, too. it's indescribably soft. i like the feel of it running through my fingers. i've only used it once and i keep petting it hoping to come up with an excuse to buy it.

Braden
06-12-2007, 03:27 AM
Here's the list of love and hates:

loves:

Just about any KnitPicks yarn you can get your hands on.

Malabrigo

Bartletyarns 2 ply fisherman's wool. My favorite yarn for oversized, weekend sweaters.

Punta del Este Just our yarns Mericash (a single ply merino/cashmere blend. love it.)

Just about any Morehouse Farm yarn you can get your hands on. I especially like their laceweight. It looks a little overspun on the skein, but it's really not.

Web's Valley Yarn Stockbridge- great stitch definition (I use it for a lot of aran sweaters)

Jamieson and Smith 2-ply Shetland wool

Alice Starmore Hebridian 3-ply

Karabella Aurora 8

Maine Merino

Koigu Kersti (it's a bit splitty, but great for cables)

There are many more, but those are my absolute favorites. I love all wools and natural fibers, and don't get me started on sock yarns, you'd be reading this all day.

hates:

Any synthetic yarn. Any.

Any eyelash yarn (that's about covered in #1, but...)

A super bulky yarn (except for a brushed yarn)

That's about it!

Yas
06-13-2007, 10:03 AM
Wow! Sandy, thats a big list . And I'm so disappointed that we don't get any of those the best or the worst out here:(.
Yasmin

Luvmyrottnboy
06-13-2007, 02:48 PM
You know I make 99% of my yarn purchases on line...it is kind of like a "hobby" of mine to find yummy yarns at reduced prices. Buying yarn on line can be a bit dicey but I can't think of any major disappointments. I got so much info from knitting forums I kind of knew ahead of time, you know?

Anyway favorites:

Cotton - King Tut, hands down! Love the sheen, drape, extraordinary colors.

Cotton blend - Valley yarns Goshen. Cotton, modal and a bit of silk. Yummy! Noro Lily which is cotton/silk blend, just lovely.

Wool - Noro Kureyon, Big Kureyon and all Noro wool blends.

Wool Blends - Cascade Bollicine Holiday. Wool and acrylic blend which is very nice.

"Workhorse" yarns - TLC cotton plus, Paton's shetland chunky, paton's merino.

As I get more confident in my skills I plan to splurge on Tilli Thomas silk and other ritzy stuff:drool:

GinnyG
06-13-2007, 03:37 PM
There are no Bad" yarns, only yarns for which the prefect project has not yet been found:happydance:

I buy yarn from ebay all the time, it is an opportunity to get different yarn and save money. If it arrives and I decide it's not what I wanted for a paticular project then I add it to my stash till the right project comes along!

useratl
06-18-2007, 10:53 AM
:scratchinghead:
If you ever see Yarn Bee PLAYFUL, avoid it like the plague!

Hobby Lobby clearanced that stuff out, and I stocked up on it, having not used it, and every day is another disaster. I'll eventually probably just suck it up and do some lame garter stitching, but even at 50 cents each, I actually regret it.

yuk.

ArtLady1981
06-21-2007, 03:15 AM
The best is the one you like the best and the worst is the one you hate. Its as simple as that.:shrug: There are some people out there that for whatever reason hate wool. I think the best strategy is to do as Shandeh says and go to a yarn store. In some ways its like wine tasting. After going around a while you'll develop your own "palate".


I agree with Jeremy!

I personally love soft, yummy yarns.

It is like wine tasting! Everyone develops their own palate over time ....and exposure to different offerings!

Good analogy, Jeremy! :thumbsup:

ironmaiden
06-21-2007, 08:30 AM
Hmm... well from experience, I bought a lot of 6 skeins of this pretty light green wool on eBay and when I received it, it was so rough and scratchy that the only thing I could possible use it for is maybe a beach bag. But handling it is so uncomfortable that I probably never will.

So I ditto going to a yarn shop and touching the yarns before making a decision.

ironmaiden
06-21-2007, 08:32 AM
Mmmm King Tut - I was in NYC last week and had a chance to visit Seaport Yarns (once I found the place, it's like they don't really want you to go there lol) and touch and see this brand for the first time - the colors are so beautiful.

Shandeh
06-21-2007, 12:56 PM
Hmm... well from experience, I bought a lot of 6 skeins of this pretty light green wool on eBay and when I received it, it was so rough and scratchy that the only thing I could possible use it for is maybe a beach bag. But handling it is so uncomfortable that I probably never will.

So I ditto going to a yarn shop and touching the yarns before making a decision.

If you have the patience, you can do the following to soften up the yarn a bit:

Wind your skeins into loose hanks, using the back of a chair or a yarn swift.

Fill a large pot with lukewarm water, and stir in some hair conditioner. Enough for about 6 heads of hair. Make sure it's mixed in real good. Then wait for the water to stop moving.

Then carefully push the yarn down into the water, and get it thoroughly wet. Take out the yarn after it's soaked through, then rinse it in another pot of water which is the same temperature, then gently squeeze it dry between two towels. Then, hang it to dry in your shower, with a weight to stretch out the yarn to keep it from kinking up.

The conditioner will soften the wool the same way it does your hair.

ironmaiden
06-21-2007, 01:08 PM
That's good to know, though I doubt I'll end up doing it. But still, thanks for sharing!

Shandeh
06-22-2007, 05:51 AM
You're welcome.

I just updated the post I made, because I forgot to mention that the yarn should be RINSED after soaking in the conditioner water. Also, be careful to NOT agitate the water, or you could felt the yarn. :wink:

Nitaks2
06-22-2007, 06:48 AM
I'll try just about anything once..but, I learned the hard way that it's torture for me to even dare mess with Homespun...ugh...my hands and fingers cramp up SO bad, I've got tears rolling down my face! NOT a good idea..

Although I'm still a newbie, I seem to have the best luck with acrylic worsted, cotton worsted, and baby sport yarns so far...- So, I don't think I'm much help..

Nita

finnertones
06-23-2007, 12:36 AM
I was looking at your yarn suggestions and saw that with a particular brand of yarn you always got ladders. Have you found that angora/merino yarn has this downfall? I can't for the life of me knit this up without ladders. I just had to clip off a section and throw it away because I had worked it over too much ripping it out to try again.

Tanks,Hollie

Shandeh
06-23-2007, 12:59 AM
I was looking at your yarn suggestions and saw that with a particular brand of yarn you always got ladders. Have you found that angora/merino yarn has this downfall? I can't for the life of me knit this up without ladders. I just had to clip off a section and throw it away because I had worked it over too much ripping it out to try again.

Tanks,Hollie
Which yarn are you using?

knit4u
06-23-2007, 09:42 AM
Hi Ladies,

I have the advantage of having a wonderful kady who is in Philadelphia & is a Plymouth Yarn Co. distrubutor. Since I am a business, I am able to purchase my yarns wholesale, which is a blessing, because we all know how much importanted fancy yarns can cost. I have knit with other brands of yarns as well..Lion Brand Wool Ease is great, especially when you can get it on sale..I have also used Trendsetter yarns in combination with another yarn. I love to combine textures when knitting scarves or shawls. I'm currently knitting a child's (size 2 for a boy) sweater using Plymouth's Sockotta & Plymouth Alpaca. I just love making baby & children's items!
As another poster said in an earlier thread, there are so many yarns out there in the marketplace, you just have to find 1 or 2 or 82 LOL:lol: that you feel comfortable with!
Have a happy knitting day!:cheering:

Shandeh
06-23-2007, 09:47 AM
What a blessing, knit4u!!!

rorygilmore
06-23-2007, 10:04 AM
I love knitpicks yarns and Noro but those are the only good yarns I've tryed. I all so like cotton yarns like Peaches n' Cream and Sugar n' Cream. I don't like the frizz yarns, I bought a few skein of some at walmart awhile back and it was a nightmare to knit with. I don't remember what brand it was now.

MrsJSD
06-23-2007, 11:48 AM
Go here
http://www.knitpicks.com/content/index.php/cat/articles/yarn-weights/
for a good discussion of yarn weights.

knitpicker
06-23-2007, 12:30 PM
My advice is to not buy yarn off the internet. Go to your local yarn shop where you can touch all the yarn and also receive expert help when needed for free. Everyone benefits.

salos
06-23-2007, 01:15 PM
I was a little disappointed with Caron's Perfect Match. It is a good yarn, but it fuzzed up too much after washing.

I like Dazzleaire, which they don't make anymore. You can find it on Ebay sometimes.

peaceknits
06-24-2007, 10:37 AM
This is my first message on this site. So glad for all the information I have learn from this wonderful site and all the wonderful people that contribute. I am also glad you ask that question. It is the same question I was going to ask. Have knitted for a couple of years and bought way to much yarn on ebay looking for the best yarn. I also have visit many yarn shops and I still do not know what is some of the best yarn to use. Would like anyone who has a favorite to let all the new knitters know what their favorite yarn is and why and what the worst yarn is and why. I know we all have different opinions but if a favorite yarn keeps coming up it would be one I know I would try using. When one spends so much time knitting or in my case many times unknitting having a really good yarn makes knitting a wonderful pleasure. Thanks for all who gave their personal opinion on their favorite yarn. Knit in peace and joy!

peaceknits
06-24-2007, 10:46 AM
This is my first message on this site. So glad for all the information I have learn from this wonderful site and all the wonderful people that contribute. I am also glad you ask that question. It is the same question I was going to ask. Have knitted for a couple of years and bought way to much yarn on ebay looking for the best yarn. I also have visit many yarn shops and I still do not know what is some of the best yarn to use. Would like anyone who has a favorite to let all the new knitters know what their favorite yarn is and why and what the worst yarn is and why. I know we all have different opinions but if a favorite yarn keeps coming up it would be one I know I would try using. When one spends so much time knitting or in my case many times unknitting having a really good yarn makes knitting a wonderful pleasure. Thanks for all who gave their personal opinion on their favorite yarn. Knit in peace and joy!:hug:

knit4u
06-24-2007, 11:06 AM
Hi Shandeh,
Nice to meet you & thank you for responding to my thread. Have you every used Plymouth Galway yarn for any of your lovely projects? I made a beautiful Aran style afghan for my daughter as part of her bridal shower gift. I have a website www.veronica-sews.com (http://www.veronica-sews.com)
where I display the afghan...I will be starting a baby blanket using Dreambaby DK in the very near future..just finishing a child's sweater. Are a store owner/teacher of knitting or a knitter for pleasure? You have so many wonderful suggestions & ideas for our fellow knitters! Thanks for sharing & have a wonderful Sunday.
Veronica

knit4u
06-24-2007, 11:20 AM
Hi All,

Has anyone seen some of the gorgeous Plymouth Yarn Co. Fall '07 yarns? There are some outstanding Alpaca's..check them out.

Have a happy knitting day!:hug:
Veronica

Shandeh
06-24-2007, 05:47 PM
Hi Shandeh,
Nice to meet you & thank you for responding to my thread. Have you every used Plymouth Galway yarn for any of your lovely projects? I made a beautiful Aran style afghan for my daughter as part of her bridal shower gift. I have a website www.veronica-sews.com (http://www.veronica-sews.com)
where I display the afghan...I will be starting a baby blanket using Dreambaby DK in the very near future..just finishing a child's sweater. Are a store owner/teacher of knitting or a knitter for pleasure? You have so many wonderful suggestions & ideas for our fellow knitters! Thanks for sharing & have a wonderful Sunday.
Veronica
Thank you for the sweet encouragement, Veronica! :muah:
(Nice to meet you too!) :)

I've never tried that yarn, but I've used some other Plymouth yarns. I'll have to check it out, because that afghan of yours is GORGEOUS!!!! :inlove: (I've attached a photo so we can all see it here.)

I am not a shop owner, but my cousin is! She owns Cottage Yarn (http://www.cottageyarninc.com/) in Mint Hill, North Carolina. I sometimes hang out there, just for fun. I was interested in working there at one time, but just couldn't handle the physical work involved of setting up displays and stuff. So, I prefer to just be a friend of the owner. :thumbsup:

Shandeh
06-24-2007, 05:49 PM
I tried to add the photo, but it didn't work, so here it is.

Knit4u's GORGEOUS afghan!

Shandeh
06-24-2007, 05:55 PM
Would like anyone who has a favorite to let all the new knitters know what their favorite yarn is and why and what the worst yarn is and why.

There are some of us who did just that on the first page of this thread. :thumbsup:

Doodknitwit
06-24-2007, 07:12 PM
If you tick with the more well known labels I think you will be happy... the less expensive yarns from the big box stores looks good at first but with washing I've found most do not hold up.... It takes so much work to knit :X: an item to have it fuzz or worse after a washing or two.:eyes:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
06-24-2007, 07:55 PM
The best is the one you like the best and the worst is the one you hate

where would we be without you, Jeremy??? :hug:


If you want to try different yarns that aren't too expensive, browse the kintpicks line; I think the general opinion here is that their yarn rocks!
My personal favorite is the Alchemy silk ... but alas it is not in my budget.

salos
06-27-2007, 12:46 PM
Knit4u, that aghan is so beautiful. :thumbsup: :muah: