View Poll Results: do you use red heart yarn?
Yes 14 12.28%
Yes, i dont spend much on my yarn 5 4.39%
No 35 30.70%
No, red heart is sooo cheap! 11 9.65%
Sometimes, its ok... 49 42.98%
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:24 AM   #1
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red heart yarn
in one of the topics i saw that 1 person said that the worse mistake theyd made was buying red heart yarn. this kinda confused me, since red heart yarn is just about the only yarn i use, seeing as i dont really care to (or really think i should) spend a lot of money on yarn.

so now i ask the question: do you use red heart yarn?
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:36 AM   #2
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That was me....sorry. It isn't because it is cheap that I don't use it...I just don't like it. I was being rather tongue in cheek when I said that. I do sometimes use some of the less expensive yarns and have an afghan that i love and cherish made from red heart that my grandmother made. I just prefer not to use red heart when i am knitting. if i am going to use one of the less expensive yarns it would be simply soft or something along those lines. It really is just a preference issue for me.
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:42 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by brendajos
That was me....sorry. It isn't because it is cheap that I don't use it...I just don't like it. I was being rather tongue in cheek when I said that. I do sometimes use some of the less expensive yarns and have an afghan that i love and cherish made from red heart that my grandmother made. I just prefer not to use red heart when i am knitting. if i am going to use one of the less expensive yarns it would be simply soft or something along those lines. It really is just a preference issue for me.
there's no problem with that. i was just curious....
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Old 11-22-2006, 01:55 AM   #4
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I like it because it can take a beating which is great because I can practice and frog on it forever....and teach friends things with it too.
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:01 AM   #5
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I don't really use it anymore. I used to use it a lot, but I don't like it as much as some of the other nylon/synthetic blends I've seen and felt, like Patons, and Bernat. I like really soft stuff that's within my budget. And now that I knit more often and I know the difference of the feel, I really would rather not knit with Red Heart yarn. I mean, some of it is nice, like I like Light and Lofty, but I really don't like just "acrylic" labeled yarn in general.
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:01 AM   #6
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For the most part I don't like it. It's not very soft and it doesn't feel good on my hands when knitting. That being said my stepmom crocheted me an afghan out of some new Red Heart called Red Heart Soft...and it IS! I might do charity stuff out of it, but still probably wouldn't use it for myself. There are plenty of other yarns that don't cost a lot more and are heavenly!
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Old 11-22-2006, 02:03 AM   #7
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There's Red Heart, and then there's Red Heart... and TLC. I made a nice fuzzy sweater from Symphony. Red Heart Soft is very soft, similar to Caron's Simply Soft and Bernat Softee Chunkee. It's in between thickness to those. And I'd like to make a sweater with TLC Amore - I think it'll be nice especially in a multicolor.

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Old 11-22-2006, 02:36 AM   #8
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I started to use Red Heart for my Christmas scarves for my pets. However I couldn't stand it. It dried out my hands. I spent more time putting lotion on my hands than knitting. I am using Bernat Berella instead. It's not as bad. When I started to knit I used the Bernat. But I try to use natural fibers as much as I can.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:39 AM   #9
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Yes, it's all I use. Not that I can't afford more expensive natural fibers, I just don't care to use them. Red Heart softens up when washed and creates a very durable fabric.
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Old 11-22-2006, 08:09 AM   #10
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Honestly, I've never tried it. My first yarn purchase was from an LYS -- I felt so overwhelmed and intimidated when I went in there that I didn't do much exploring. I asked the nice lady to suggest something and ended up with a wool/acrylic blend -- it was cheap and I liked the color. I came online to look for videos because the book I was trying to learn from wasn't very good, and I found this place. I learned about KP and ordered some WOTA which I liked much better because it was softer and a lot springier, which made it much easier to work with. (I also really liked the price!)

Anyway, as I continued to read through past forum threads, I quickly learned that that Red Heart and acrylics in general, were not very popular. One "exception" that a few people mentioned was Caron Simply Soft, so I went to Joann's and bought some. Unfortunately, I didn't care for it much because it wasn't very stretchy, which made it a lot harder to knit with, in comparison to WOTA. It also felt a little weird on my hands... I can't explain it.

I've never liked wearing wools very much but I really prefer knitting with them -- lately I've been favoring superwash yarns for practicality -- and especially merinos, for obvious reasons. Cotton just doesn't do it for me -- at least I haven't found one that does. People keep talking about Plymouth Encore as a nice blend so I've been meaning to try it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
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