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redheadrachel
08-04-2007, 06:21 PM
Everyone, I have a confession to make: I absolutely love Lily Sugar 'n Cream.

I know, I know. And I really have been getting into loving really nice, cool yarns lately. I've grown to learn the difference and appreciate quality products and quality craftsmanship. And I've been shelling out a bit more for nice sock yarn and the like.

But I'm using Sugar 'n Cream for the first time, and I LOVE it! Maybe it's just the first time I've used 100% cotton, but I feel like I'm making something so durable and useful. I'm not even a fan of dishcloths/washcloths, but I want to make them because I'd love to do it with this yarn. It's just great. I'm just using a their super simple teapot cozy with size 7 needles, but I really just LOVE it! I can seriously see myself making EVERYONE some a couple washcloths. I think with some nice soap or something, that'd be a GREAT gift :) What do you guys think?

I love Sugar 'n Cream. There. I said it. :pray:

cinnamon_girl
08-04-2007, 06:57 PM
It's so funny you should post this. I just bought Sugar 'n Cream but haven't tried it out yet. I used to think people talking about making washclothes or dishclothes was kind of boring (and I'm afraid to admit, a waste of time). There were so many other things I wanted to knit.
But I ran into an older, wiser, knitter a couple of weeks ago who was making some really pretty cotton washclothes to give with a nice soap as gifts. They looked so sweet and finally the light bulb went off for me. Quick, portable projects, try out new patterns and ready supply of nice little gifts. What took me so long to get on this bus:shrug:

So I'm excited to hear of your pleasure with the Sugar 'n Cream and I'm looking forward to trying it out later this week. But first I've got to get my first sock of my first pair done!!

Post a pic when you get a chance.

stirsmommy
08-04-2007, 06:59 PM
I think that would be a perfect gift. I am doing washcloths and soap for a couple of people who have birthdays close to Christmas. I saw a really cool cable and lace washcloth that is 10x10 in a magazine today (can't remember which) that I need to go back to Barnes and Noble to get. It will be perfect with some sort of nice handmade soap.

zip
08-04-2007, 07:02 PM
I love it, too! I've never knitted with it until this week. I delivered my SO to the airport on Thursday morning and started a grandmother's favorite dishcloth (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/%7Edishbout/kpatterns/grfavorite.html) while he drove. I finished it that night after work and can't believe how much I love it. I've been wondering whether it was the yarn or the addi turbos that made it so easy.

I felt like such a dork for loving it so much. :rofl: But I want to make twelve more.

redheadrachel
08-04-2007, 07:06 PM
haha We're like newly converted Sugar 'n Cream loving dishcloth knitters, coming out of the closet. :roflhard: Glad to see I'm not the only one! :woot:

aineepooh1
08-04-2007, 07:45 PM
I love it too.. i buy the BIG balls at HL ( they come in a 3 pack) 2 solids and 1 varigate.. and I can mix and match til my hearts content.. I have made crocheted/knitted squares out of them and a few washcloths.. I just love em too~!:heart:

annomalley
08-04-2007, 07:45 PM
Seems like there is a dishcloth thing going on that's catching. :happydance: I just caught the bug myself. I got hooked on them because they're quick, they're small, you can design your own, you don't have a lot of wool/wool blend sitting in your lap when it's 90+ degrees out with 100% humidity, and it's a good way to use up the cotton I bought to knit a tank top (which didn't turn out). So far I've done two garterlac dishcloths (http://criminyjickets.blogspot.com/2006/07/garterlac-dishcloth.html), one based off a stitch pattern in the Reader's Digest Ultimate Source Book of Knitting and Crochet Stitches, (http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Sourcebook-Knitting-Crochet-Stitches/dp/0762104058/ref=sr_1_1/105-7750794-3661208?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1186270993&sr=1-1) and now I'm working on a ballband dishcloth (http://www.canadianliving.com/CanadianLiving/client/en/Crafts/DetailNews.asp?idNews=236610&idSM=307)

Mine are all going to my mom for Christmas as part of a goody basket of new kitchen towels and things like that. She just remodeled her kitchen and they will look nice in her bright new kitchen.

stitchwitch
08-04-2007, 07:53 PM
I've been hooked on dish cloths all summer. I bought a boat load of S N' C before summer in a variety of different colors and I've whipped out a bunch of dishcloths. I need more though. :teehee:

redheadrachel
08-04-2007, 07:56 PM
Hmm, what about those little modular knitting squares? I think those would make the dishcloths look especially interesting! I've only done them with sock yarn and size 2 needles though... anyone know how many to cast-on for a regular sized washcloth?

newamy
08-04-2007, 07:59 PM
Sugar and cream is great. So many colors. So inexpensive. I've made a bazillion dishcloths out of it. And a dish towel. I once made a little patchwork mitered square purse for my daughter out of it. Triple it up and you can make a bath mat. And cute little washable baby hats, bibs. Whole baby outifts. Check out Mason Dixon Knitting, they use a fair bit of cotton in their book- only Peaches and Cream.

Hint: The colors do fade with washing to prevent this soak finished item in 50/50 vinigar and water for about 15 minutes then wash. It sets the color and helps it last a bit longer- though a dish cloth will still fade eventually with use.

syndactylus
08-04-2007, 08:53 PM
my mom, when I first bought a bunch of cotton to knit a shirt and it was evilly thwarting me, told me how much she hates cotton.
will never knit with cotton again.
doesn't even like to be in the same room with cotton yarn.

then she gave me a couple of dish towels from sugar and cream and offered to knit me a bunch of swiffer covers with it too.

so I asked her what about the cotton.
and she said, oh well that's different.

(& also, silver recommended it separately. but I didn't know it was the same yarn.)

so I think I will try some too. when I recover from this other cotton.

panchita
08-04-2007, 09:25 PM
I, too, adore Sugar 'n Cream!! :inlove: I've made potholders with it by doubling it up on size 10 or 10.5 needles with a reversible stitch (seed stitch is my favorite, but I've also done a diagonal garter stitch (which my mommy loves!). I can get 2 8" square potholders out of one skein of variegated "super size" yarn.

P.S. They have a new stripes line of yarn. I couldn't find it on the Lily website, but I saw it at Jo-Ann and again at this website (http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/yarn-bernat-sugarncream-stripes.html). It seems really cool and gives a different effect than the variegated ombre yarn. I haven't tried it yet, but I might try it for some baby hats.

redmom37
08-04-2007, 11:33 PM
Me to I love it it's so easy to knit with & I use it for every thing!. washcloths, tank tops, sweaters, every thing!.

SabrinaJL
08-05-2007, 12:07 AM
Me too! I have it in like 10 different colors. I like it for market bags.

My confession is that I love Caron SS. It's one of my favorite yarns and I don't care what anyone says about acrylic. :p

KnittingNat
08-05-2007, 04:59 AM
Me to I love it it's so easy to knit with & I use it for every thing!. washcloths, tank tops, sweaters, every thing!.
Can i really make a sweater with that or should i get more expensive cotton? I saw this really cute pattern on Knitty for DH and i can get Peaches and Creme. Will it be soft enough against the skin?

Mirl56
08-05-2007, 10:01 AM
I just picked up some Peaches & Cream - I think I got it at Walmart. It's even softer then the Sugar & Cream.

knitwit628
08-05-2007, 10:03 AM
My confession is that I love Caron SS. It's one of my favorite yarns and I don't care what anyone says about acrylic. :p

I love Caron SS too! It comes in so many colors, is soft, and affordable. It may be acrylic, but you can make so much out of it.

I haven't used Sugar 'n Cream too much, but I think it is very useful.

clifcris
08-05-2007, 10:06 AM
I decided to learn to knit about 7 months ago because I moved to Florida and couldn't find my favorite Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth there. I've used this cloth for dishes for ages and hate to use anything else. Since then I've knit many dishcloths and gave them as presents. Result....I'm hooked on knitting now and have several other projects on the needles. Yeah for Sugar 'N Cream.

Eloewien
08-05-2007, 10:22 AM
I make stuffed critters out of it for kids- incredibly durable and washable :) Wool you would have to worry about felting, but not with the cotton. I also make purses out of it- again, cute and durable!

dustinac
08-05-2007, 10:31 AM
I use it for dish rags... I need to make a dishrag for myself but seems someone is always waiting for more :teehee:... I although I have to admit lately I've been using Plymouth's Fantasy Naturale the colors got me... but still love the sugar n' creme too...

I love Caron Simply Soft... I have a ton in my stash and I make slipper socks, sweaters for my kids, and now handbags out of it... great stuff :thumbsup:

Ingrid
08-05-2007, 10:31 AM
I'm using some older Sugar 'n Cream sport weight for a back scrubber/washcloth/soap set as we speak! I've also made a baby blanket and sweater from it. No complaints here.

rosefields
08-05-2007, 10:31 AM
Hint: The colors do fade with washing to prevent this soak finished item in 50/50 vinigar and water for about 15 minutes then wash. It sets the color and helps it last a bit longer- though a dish cloth will still fade eventually with use.


Thanks for the tip! :yay:
I had made a couple dishcloths with this yarn and the colors bled together! I will use your suggestion next time!

Lisa

Samsam
08-05-2007, 12:01 PM
I know!
I make little hot plate holders out of them and coasters :happydance:

Debbie
08-05-2007, 12:09 PM
AND ... they now have a SELF STRIPING !!!! I am making a beach bag from pinks right now!

ah
08-05-2007, 12:39 PM
Michael's had giant balls of Sugar n Cream for $5 not too long ago. I have never used it but how could I resist. I am happy to learn that it will be so useful.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
08-05-2007, 12:55 PM
i also love the lily sugar and cream. I made the all occasion tote on the Lionbrand website for a friend's daughter last year and it's holding up beautifully. my ONLY complaint with it was that even though it claimed to be the same dye lot when i purchased it... one ball was slightly lighter so i used it at the top to make a lighter colored stripe, she loves it :)

giedre11
08-05-2007, 03:46 PM
Another vote here for sugar 'n cream, also peaches 'n cream! It's a lot of fun to try out different stitch patterns for the washcloths. I use my addi turbos for these...normally I don't care for these needles as I find them a tad too slippery, but for the cotton they're great. I just got some peaches ' cream yarn in on cones. Great price. The only thing I'd recommend is that you watch your colors. What I mean by that is that on the website the colors are clear, but in real life those colorways without white in them tend to be muddy colored. If that's what you want it's great. My fav color right now is rosewood with it's soft variegated pinks, white and tans!

stitchwitch
08-05-2007, 05:20 PM
I love it, too! I've never knitted with it until this week. I delivered my SO to the airport on Thursday morning and started a grandmother's favorite dishcloth (http://www.jimsyldesign.com/%7Edishbout/kpatterns/grfavorite.html) while he drove. I finished it that night after work and can't believe how much I love it. I've been wondering whether it was the yarn or the addi turbos that made it so easy.

I felt like such a dork for loving it so much. :rofl: But I want to make twelve more.

I've been knitting that pattern (thanks) today while putting up crown moulding. I knit a little, have to help out measuring and holding the moulding then I go back to knitting. :teehee: I guess I'm multi-tasking.

aineepooh1
08-06-2007, 02:17 PM
Elowein... WHAT animals did you make for the kidddies? and it held up really well.. I am gonna be an Ainee again and I would love to make some Cute soft, durable baby toys...
I forgot who posted but thanks for the Vinegar soak... to make it set.. I had heard that it bled and now I know how to stop it before it starts...
Can't wait to find the self Striping Snc .. how cool is that???
thanks guys ... as always you are a Treasure TRove of informations
ainee

syndactylus
08-06-2007, 03:00 PM
if I already finished something - red and white - is it too late to put it in vinegar now?

KT120
08-06-2007, 03:05 PM
Syndactlus I would think you would be able to soak it in the vinigar combination still. Then again, i've never done it before so what do I know?

Ok, I just bought my first ball of SnC this weekend as I want to attempt to make the washcloths for my brother. I have never knitted these up before and I hope to do some for myself eventually so I can test out their durability. I would also love to have something small enough to take with me everywhere in case I have to wait anywhere.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
08-06-2007, 03:28 PM
KT, these hold up REALLY WELL. I have hot pads, pot holders, and dishcloths (mostly crocheted) that i've had for nearly 8 years now that are still going strong.. a little faded perhaps, the dishcloths are starting to show a bit of wear, but they're still working fine.

aineepooh1
08-06-2007, 03:48 PM
EIGHT years... later??:passedout:
WOW~!

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
08-06-2007, 04:13 PM
that's why i prefer them to store bought ones. I also have yet to have my hands get hot when using the pot holders.. i've also made my MIL a set of both pot holders and hot pads (what i do on the pot holders is just make a square the same size and then sc around the edges to join and add a little loop to hang them)

kbagel
08-06-2007, 04:35 PM
Talk about a great gift...I found this pattern after looking at the Lily website. http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=136. If the link doesn't work, it's a pattern for bath mits. This would be super cute for birthdays or christmas or whatever with some really nice soaps. In fact, I may have just figured out what to give my sister for Christmas.

rainberry
08-06-2007, 05:47 PM
I like Sugar n Cream too. Today since the SnC at Hobby Lobby was only $1.11 I bought some black yarn and I'm going to make a ballband dishcloth with the black and some SnC in the Playtime color. It will be pretty.

redheadrachel
08-06-2007, 05:54 PM
Cool! Right now I'm making a small tea cozy for my teapot with Sugar 'n Cream in Cherry swirl, and it only takes one ball! So I spent about $1.50 for this great tea cozy!!! Really exciting stuff. And I made my first dishcloth two days ago with it, I just casted on 55 and did one of those mitered squares. It came out really nice, and I'm just really excited about this stuff. Obviously S'nC won't work for a lot of stuff, but it's perfect for its purpose - it has a great little niche ;)

Wench
08-06-2007, 10:36 PM
My confession is that I love Caron SS. It's one of my favorite yarns and I don't care what anyone says about acrylic. :p

I am SO glad I'm not the only person who likes this yarn! I love to use it for baby blankets and such - soft, cheap, and 100% machine washable and dryable. No way to go wrong.

Raspberry61
08-07-2007, 07:49 AM
I have no problem admitting that I love sugar n cream yarn and have for years! I leanred to knit making all kinds of dishclothes with many different patterns and stitiches. I have also crocheted (yes I crochet too) some cute and sturdy totes with it too. It's great stuff!

I adore expensive yarn just as much as the next knitter, but I think places like Hobby Lobby, Michaels and even Walmart has some worthwhile and fun yarn. I am not a yarn snob I guess. LOL.

Oh yeah, I also love Caron yarn too! It's great for scarves and gloves. So soft!

panchita
08-07-2007, 10:43 AM
Talk about a great gift...I found this pattern after looking at the Lily website. http://www.sugarncream.com/pattern.php?PID=136. If the link doesn't work, it's a pattern for bath mits. This would be super cute for birthdays or christmas or whatever with some really nice soaps. In fact, I may have just figured out what to give my sister for Christmas.

I made one of those!! It was my first non-scarf project. It's really great and hangs in my shower. I love that it can switch off between hands (so both pits can get scrubbed!).

cookworm
08-07-2007, 12:57 PM
I have hot pads, pot holders, and dishcloths (mostly crocheted) that i've had for nearly 8 years now that are still going strong

WOW! I wondered how this yarn held up long term as dishcloths.

I like this yarn a lot!!! I've made a tea cozy with it, a small area rug for my mom's kitchen, and a shawl for myself. It gets so soft after you wash it, and you just can't beat the price! The variety of colors it comes in are so great too--something for everybody! I thought about making some washcloths as gifts with some fine soap, and I'm glad to hear many others think that would make good gifts, too. I'm glad to see others really like this yarn, too! :happydance:

kaytee
08-07-2007, 01:00 PM
Lily Sugar and Cream was my first yarn to knit with!! I made a washcloth. I love to work with it, I have many skeins just sitting here waiting to be knit. I also have used Peaches and Cream which is also 100% cotton.

newamy- thanks for the tip!!

mari_13
08-07-2007, 01:40 PM
I love Sugar and Cream because it can take a beating and still hold up after a wash. When my mom uses my dishcloths, she wrings them out and stretches them to like twice their regular size. After a wash, they're good as new! Even DH LOVES my dishcloths and is always asking me to make more! My mom and BFF have orders in as well!

I used to think knitting dishcloths were useless and pointless until I made one out of boredom. They are the best! I'm never turning back to storebought!

cookworm
08-08-2007, 12:23 PM
I want to make this (http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/BK4K-0605003.html) washcloth soon as a gift. :inlove:

ekgheiy
08-08-2007, 04:08 PM
Me too! I have it in like 10 different colors. I like it for market bags.

My confession is that I love Caron SS. It's one of my favorite yarns and I don't care what anyone says about acrylic. :p
:teehee: I'ma shout it to the world.... Me too!!! :woot:

Hazelgil
08-08-2007, 04:20 PM
Sugar and Cream isn't available in the U.K, but i have got a huge lot from the U.S that i bough specially as we don't have an equivilant.
I used it to make a scarf for mu bf and he loves it, and i loved making it. It's so wonderful to knit with.

betty bat
08-08-2007, 05:38 PM
I'm in both the Sugar 'n' Cream AND the Caron Simply Soft camps. The Craftster website (www.craftster.org) is having a "knit-along" with 50 different dishcloth patterns - take your pick! I'm making one with a coffee cup for my coffee-drinking nephew and one with a kitty for my cat-loving niece. See, I may not like real cats, but I like the knitted ones!

Also, I learned to weave last summer and both the Sugar 'n' Cream and the Caron Simply Soft are recommended for low cost weaving yarns, as well! Sugar 'n' Cream is good for woven placemats.

ekgheiy
08-08-2007, 07:51 PM
Caron SS Lovers,

Adorn Magazine has a fair isle vest (http://ekgheiy.blogspot.com/2007/07/fair-isle-vest.html) written for Caron SS. And Knit 'n Style June 2007 also has a vest written for Caron SS.


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stirsmommy
08-08-2007, 08:48 PM
I am going to be using it to make the Cables and Lace dishcloth in Sept's Creative Knitting. I think at 10x10 it would make a good face cloth for mom and I can make a few and pair it with a nice homemade soap for her bday.

Orangey
08-09-2007, 12:41 AM
I love SnC as well. I keep coming home with more and more. DH is is like "more yarn?!" I just cant help myself! lol
I've been making baby bibs and burp cloths and some baby washcloths. Im thinking about making a baby blanket next.

Kels Joy.
08-09-2007, 03:21 PM
haha i definately bought two huge skeins of it like a few months ago, and because i had no patterns, i was just making really easy cable bags, held together by a button, and i love it! its so much fun to knit with because the feel of 100% cotton is amazing. :muah: