Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-30-2006, 07:04 PM   #1
Shavon
Casting On
 
Shavon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Homespun yarn substitution?
Let me first say that I was very happy when I did a search of posts on this site and found out that I was not alone in my dislike of working with Lion Brand Homespun yarn!

Several months ago, I started making this Homespun Ripple Afghan from a simple bonus pattern in the Boye "I Taught Myself Knitting" book. The yarn got on my nerves then, but I thought it was because I was new to knitting (just learned in February). After knitting about 18 inches of the afghan, I realized I screwed up somehow (I think I skipped a row of the pattern and I had about 6 inches of right side that should have been wrong side ) and I was too irritated with the yarn, so I just unraveled the whole thing and said I would redo it....eventually.....

So this evening, many months later, and apparently suffering from selective amnesia, I picked up this yarn and my pattern and was determined to get started on this afghan again. But after 2 rows in garter stitch, all of my memories came back to me and I said 'I can't take this anymore!!', slid the yarn off the needle and threw the yarn across the room. This yarn makes me feel and makes me want to I absolutely LOVE the colors of this yarn and I LOVE this pattern and this yarn looks and feels SO nice in the skein....but me thinks I will end up making some scarves with it instead.....eventually....err....maybe

Can someone tell if there is any yarn out there with the pretty, wavy colors of Homespun, in a soft bulky weight, that is not so annoying to use? Or even worsted weight, because I've adapted some blanket patterns in the past using slightly larger needles and 2 strands of worsted, when I'm too cheap to buy the nice bulky yarn. And maybe I'm just too tight of a knitter to ever use this kind of yarn well, but I can think of nearly 20 different types of yarns I've used, and this is the only one that has annoyed me into fits.

Thanks!
Shavon is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 08-30-2006, 08:28 PM   #2
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,241 Times in 1,838 Posts
I hear you!! There are tons of beautiful yarns out there, but to be honest I'm not sure of one that will substitute for Homespun. I'd rather knit with used dental floss than Homespun, though. Just wanted to second your opinion of it. It lures people in with it's pretty colors, and then bites you in the butt.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2006, 11:02 PM   #3
suzeeq
Knit On!
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,451 Times in 6,035 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
I don't know what size needles the pattern required, but I found that using large ones, like 11s worked okay with Homespun. Okay, because sometimes I'd get a tip splitting the yarn. I can't imagine working that stuff with anything smaller.

I don't have an answer for you about a possible sub for it though. The colors are very pretty.

sue
suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2006, 09:46 AM   #4
LoAnnie
1st Leg of the Journey
 
LoAnnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 178
Thanks: 55
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
...
I hear you on the Homespun. Silly me, new knitter, I picked up something that I thought was pretty in the store to learn on. New knitters tend to knit very tightly, which is very bad for Homespun. I am still bound and determined to finish this scarf. I have gotten fed up with it and started and finished another project since then, now starting back on the Homespun scarf.
LoAnnie
__________________
Round and round we go, where we stop noboby knows.

LoAnnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-31-2006, 10:00 AM   #5
Pixywhispers
Turning the Heel
 
Pixywhispers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 977
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to Pixywhispers
A couple of Christmases ago my dh knew I had gotten the knitting bug and went out and bought, are you ready? TEN skiens of the blue and pink Homespun! (or the baby version) LOL I asked why he choose it, he said "Cause its expensive and I knew you bought expensive yarn." LOL This man cant buy a good gift to save his life. I love him and now make sure I send hints via email of what I need. It is still in my stash as I cant imagine knitting ten skiens of it (especially in that color way), LOL anyway I think I found a Granny in town who will knit with it.
__________________
Candace


There is a time to be born and a time to die. A time to laugh and a time to cry, but there never seems to be enough time to knit.-Anon. (or to visit KH!)

Come visit my blog.
Pixywhispers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2006, 12:21 AM   #6
Mrs.H
1st Leg of the Journey
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Blacksburg, SC
Posts: 108
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The problem I had with my shawl(homespun, of course) was stitches getting stuck together. I wound up doing unintended knit 2 together's, but I didn't catch on that I had done that for several rows. I also noticed that it tends to have a bad case of the fuzzes, and to sag under it's own weight, stretching the shawl out of shape. I won't be using it for anymore garments. I've got 9 more skeins of homespun, I think I'm going to make a afghgan out of it. Something basic since it doesn't do well outside of a garter stitch.
Linda
Mrs.H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2006, 07:50 AM   #7
LoAnnie
1st Leg of the Journey
 
LoAnnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Houston, TX, USA
Posts: 178
Thanks: 55
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
...
I've found that even with garter stitch it is hard to work with. It bunches and fuzzes badly. The bunching, I know, is because I knit too tightly. But Homespun is a hassle. At least I only bought 2 skeins, and I'm about half-way through the second one. I don't think I'll be buying any more. I bought it before I found KH, so I'm sure I will avert disaster by asking more questions.


LoAnnie
__________________
Round and round we go, where we stop noboby knows.

LoAnnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2006, 08:32 AM   #8
kellyjo32
Knitting the Flap
 
kellyjo32's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Maryland
Posts: 380
Thanks: 1
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I crocheted an afghan with Homespun, and it wasn't too bad. So then I tried to knit with it, and yes, (see my signature) I hate Homespun now. The horrible sweater I'm doing is driving me crazy, but DH says I must finish it, it's just a matter of seaming now. Great, seaming homespun sounds like soooo much fun.
But I got some free stuff from them too, because I wrote in with a sample of some horrible quality control issues, and they sent me 4 skeins. I'm going to crochet two baby blankets with it. That shouldn't be too bad, and won't take as long either.
But I feel your pain with Homespun!
__________________
My Blog
Find me on Ravelry
On the Needles:
Monkey's in STR Titania
My So Called Scarf in Manos del Uruguay 115 (Flame)
Wonderful Wallaby in Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Dale of Norway Sheep Sweater
kellyjo32 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2006, 08:57 AM   #9
cheesiesmom
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: michigan
Posts: 779
Thanks: 52
Thanked 35 Times in 31 Posts
Shavon, if you were going to knit an afghan with Homespun, you must have quite a bit of it. I recently was able to destash my Homespun on E-bay. (Greater Fool Theory: If you were dumb enough to buy it, there's someone out there who is dumb enough to buy it from you.) At least I was able to buy some nice sock yarn with what I received from the sale of the Homespun.

I have to agree tho'-- beautiful colorways.

I was able to successfully knit this shawl http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/...ngleShawl.html.
Lion has tons of patterns for Homespun. Maybe you could find something else to make.

I have a whole book of plus size sweaters that uses Homespun. If anyone has a viable substitute, I'd be interested, too!
cheesiesmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2006, 09:54 AM   #10
Pixywhispers
Turning the Heel
 
Pixywhispers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 977
Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to Pixywhispers
Does Knit Picks have a substitute? Maybe you can email Kelly or is it Kellie over at KP and tell her we need a substitute.
__________________
Candace


There is a time to be born and a time to die. A time to laugh and a time to cry, but there never seems to be enough time to knit.-Anon. (or to visit KH!)

Come visit my blog.
Pixywhispers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Homespun Yarn Jackie M. General Knitting 22 02-14-2010 08:30 PM
Lion Brand Homespun Substitution 2sweetgirls38 General Knitting 8 01-17-2008 09:13 PM
Homespun Yarn tewzers2 How-to Questions 5 12-02-2007 12:23 AM
Homespun Yarn phoenixjen How-to Questions 16 06-01-2006 07:33 AM
HomeSpun Yarn bjhac2010 General Knitting 3 12-30-2004 10:27 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:34 AM.