We are a group of friends who meet regularly to drink coffee, swap stories, and chat about everything under the sun. Oh--and we knit, too!
I love Koigu yarns, especially the heavier one - there are two weights...I also like Cascade220 and Galway. I really like all the smooth, worsted weight yarns in the entire world (ok, I haven't seen all these yarns but I know I like 'em) especially ones that are hand dyed or hand spun.
I guess I should answer my own question!I love merino wool and alpaca. Love cotton and cotton blends. Of course, I love silk and cashmere and all of those blends. I...like yarn. LOL The only stuff I really don't like is eyelash, fringe, etc. Novelty yarn. I also am not too fond of the non-merino wools and most mohair. I find them way too itchy.As for yarns I want to try, well, I am up for pretty much anything. I am happy to try whatever my secret pal loves or would recommend.
Some of my favorite yarns that I've tried are Green Mountain Spinnery's Cotton Comfort, Noro Kureyon, Lamb's Pride worsted and bulky, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, and Rowan All-Seasons Cotton.I've been dying to try Koigu (and now I can--thanks, secret pal!), other yarns from Noro, and Malabrigo.
I have so many favorites. I know, a contradiction, but I love them for different reasons. I have a deep and abiding affection for the heavy, "rustic" worsteds, like Peace Fleece and Bartlett yarns (91colors! Color is my thing.) And then there's that sock problem I have. . .trying to think of a favorite sock yarn is really hard. One of my favorites is Fleece Artist merino -- but again, that's as much for the colors as the lusciousness of the yarn. I've had fun this year buying on line from small dyers. Like everyone else so far, I would never say no to Koigu. I definitely prefer wool over other fibers, even alpaca. (Although I love alpaca for scarves.) I'm not crazy about knitting with cotton -- it dries my hands out, and there's one small scar -- from washing dishes! Housework is dangerous! -- that gets particularly irritated. I can, however, enjoy cotton long enough for a Katie dishcloth. No fluff! (Unless it's mohair.) No petroleum yarns. I love knitting with Lopi because it goes so fast, and I love Icelandic sweater patterns. Back to work now. . .
OK, I love smooth or smooth-ish wools best. I don't have a single favorite. While I love multi-colored yarns in the skein, I"m not ususally happy knitting with them (Koigu has been the exception to that). I don't like fru-fru novelty yarns.I'm looking forward to trying the unusualy fiber yarns I bought from Habu Textiles. One contains a metal and the other a paper. They'll be used together for a scarf. I suspect neither of these will become a favorite to knit with but you never know!It's usually the color of the yarn that makes it my favorite. I love Debbie Bliss' color sense as well as Kathryn Alexander's and Kaffe Fassett's............and I realize that those three represent quite a range! :)
Ok, ditto to what Gina said. As far as yarns I want to try? That heavenly stuff Gina has been using for her "Elizabeth" scarf is on the top of my list.
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