Yet-to-be-appreciated Yarns, Part 1
Some great but yet-to-be-appreciated yarns
This season there have been a lot of changes in the yarns available for knitters. There have been a lot of yarns discontinued, and a lot of new introductions. In times of economic uncertainty, it’s no surprise that crocheters and knitters return to their favorites. But there are some that I have tried, and deserve a closer look.
Tweed is a trend, and this yarn is much more than a rehashed version of other tweeds. Donegal has a DK gauge, but it is thick and thin (sometimes very thin). If you are an intermediate knitter who hasn’t worked with thick and thin yarns, you will have to pay attention. Donegal fulls on blocking, meaning that what looks like holes as you knit will fill in more solidly after blocking. This quality makes Donegal an interesting choice for crochet, too! A big plus–This is a yarn that is a man magnet! I have a pullover OTN for John, and when our two sons were home for Christmas they both immediately snatched it up saying “this is nice!” (and they live in CA & AZ–not sweater country) Just be sure to stick to the darker, neutral colors. After showing off the patterns in the Lang Vintage book, they were all judged to be winners by my houseful of men. The 50g skein has over 200 yards, so it goes a long way.