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, 08:19 AM   #11
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We don't get that here in the UK that I know of so I've never worked with it. I have heard its ok tho.
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:22 AM   #12
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I don't use it. Simply because the regular Red Heart is a really rough acrylic and I can't stand the way it feels sliding through my fingers, or against my skin. Natural fibers just feel so much better. I also don't like the way the rough acrylic looks, the finished item just dosen't look as nice as something made with a better yarn. Before I was a knitter, I was a crocheter. The Red Heart Acrylic was all I used for crochet. it Dried out my hands a lot, and was extremely itchy. The only reason I stuck with it was because I had no idea of what wonderful yarns are out there.
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:28 AM   #13
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I used the regular Red Heart once and found it to be too scratchy for my taste, but I recently took a gamble on some Red Heart Soft and wow, is it ever nice to touch. I'm still not the biggest fan of the normal stuff, but I've definitely changed my outlook on Red Heart as a whole because of their new lovely soft yarn. Even if it is ewwwww acrylic - I've never been a fibre snob.
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:21 AM   #14
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I used to use Red Heart all the time back in the day. When I took up crocheting again last year after many years hiatus, I noticed there was a much greater variety of yarns. I crocheted my Ripple Sweater with some Berroco Softwist, Trendsetter Dune, and LionBrand Microspun. After that, it was no going back. I picked up some Red Heart and, without exaggeration, it felt like it was going to scrape my skin off my finger as it ran across it. It is just too harsh for me now. Funny how it didn't feel too harsh before, only after working with something different for a while did I begin to notice.

I do like and use Caron Simply Soft. Even for it, though, I can tell it's all acrylic. It has a plastic-y feel when you rub it in between your fingers, and a kind of . . . squeakyness when knitting or crocheting with it.

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Old 11-22-2006, 10:58 AM   #15
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Like somebody else up there said, there's Red Heart... and then there's Red Heart.

They've got a few yarns I rather like. (What can I say? I started out a crocheter! You can take the crocheter out of the Red Heart, but you can't take the... wait, that doesn't make sense. ) Anyway, Bijou is really pretty, Symphony is nice and soft, and the Soft yarn is decent/similar to Simply Soft.

As for the Super Saver, I don't care for it; just doesn't feel very nice IMO. If I had to go for a low price worsted acrylic, I'd rather get TLC (even if it's also made by Coats and Clark) or Caron Simply Soft.
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:12 AM   #16
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I like their "Luster Sheen" for lacy scarves. It is acrylic, but smooth and a fine weight. Other than that, no I am not a fan. The heavier weights feel too scratchy for my taste.

My Mom uses only Red Heart Pound of Love for her afghans - it holds up well and feels nice and soft after many washings. But then she lives in a small town in the country and has only a WalMart where she can buy yarn.

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Old 11-22-2006, 11:36 AM   #17
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I've used it, but I prefer Caron's Perfect Match for my cheap yarn. I don't know what the difference is, but it feels softer to me. I have made a few afghans with both and I just like Caron's better. It is true that they both soften up after washing. I'm not ashamed. If someone wants a warm or super soft blanket, I'll go buy some fleece and tie it together. If they want something really pretty that I spent a lot of time on, I'll give them something knitted with cheap yarn!

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Old 11-22-2006, 11:48 AM   #18
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oh my, i'm embarassed now...i didnt know it was soooo unpopular! some ppl are saying its too scrath, which hasnt been a problem for me since its what i started out with. walmart is just aobut the only place i have to buy yarn, but i think even they have some other brands, though i wouldnt know which to buy. same goes for michaels, but they dont have that gr8 of a knitting supplies selection anyway. i used to have this wonderful stroe called A.C Moore, they had tons of brands there--but super saver was the cheapest so thats what i bought . plus i didnt know which size needle to use with the others.

come to think of it i do remember my mom saying my scarves were to itchy to wear...

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Old 11-22-2006, 12:10 PM   #19
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I'll knit with anything that will bend around my needles. I've even considered trying to use some of the spanish moss that seems to cover my backyard every time the wind blows hard.
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Old 11-22-2006, 12:25 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by madametj
oh my, i'm embarassed
Don't be. Lots of people use it and love it. And if what's available in your area is limited, how were you to even know that there was anything else out there?

I think that a lot of the knitters here really enjoy the knitting process -- with includes experiencing the sensual properties of the fiber they're working with -- and that comes across in their yarn preferences. Now that you're a KH member, you'll learn a lot more about different yarns, and find out where you can shop for them online. Try some out and see what you think. There's no guarantee that you'll prefer them over Red Heart -- it's hard to beat the availability (since you can buy it locally), durability, and machine-washability. Then again, you maybe turn into a fiber snob and never go back.

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