Friday, February 17

when crap yarn finds it's calling

i will admit that i am a yarn snob when it comes to really inexpensive yarn like red heart and tlc. i have never been a fan of acrylic (my mom's fault, growing up we were not allowed to buy clothes made out of it! seriously i think she has an acrylic phobia). now that i buy my own clothes, i will admit that i do have some acrylic in my closet. however, nothing that feels rough like the red heart and tlc. that stuff is crappy.

now with that said, it won't keep me from buying it, because it has it's place (my hallowig is red heart). especially when they go and make it in a colorway that i can't resist. so the crap yarn that i had stuffed away in some tupperware (ohh it is sad, i don't allow it in my "good" yarn dresser!) finally found it's calling.

the counterpane bag from handknit holidays. i had been in great debate over what to use for that bag (it was a on my "must knit now" list). however, i did not want to purchase yarn for it. although i love the bag, 9 times outta 10 i will probably reach for one of my kate's over this thing, so why make it with yarn that costs as much as a kate? it is looking great, although the yarn is yuck to work with. but it won't be touching my skin so i think it is the perfect project for this yarn!

going to re-tackle the wrapped stitches on my socks today. with denise's helpful comment yesterday and this link i should be all set.

and in regards to yesterdays post, following the recipe on the side of your quality cocoa powder box (i use droste) should yield you some great hot chocolate! you should also know that this is sure to go on sale at some point for a price i can't refuse.


Blogger Lynda said...

Hey - you're making that crap yarn look might fine! Can't wait to see it finished. (I love how you don't let it in the drawer with the "good yarn"!)

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

All bags, no matter how fine, eventually touch the ground and/or come in contact with Mung (tm). Thus, TLC in a cute colorway (really love the blue + brown) is a most practical choice.


I keep my "bad" yarn in a shoebox so it doesn't contaminate my good stuff.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Knitterista said...

that's going to be gorgeous...the colors look awesome.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

That's a nice colorway for TLC. Hmmm...

11:30 AM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Are you making the bigger or smaller bag from the book? It does look good in those colors. . .

I really want to make a Hallowig in lime green - a color that you just can't find in a lot of non-synthetics.

12:09 PM  
Blogger maryse said...

ha! i promise not to use the stitch markers when knitting with the TLC. ha!

i made a scarf out of that exact colorway.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous diana said...

I like the colorway in the yarn. I have only knit one purse and almost never reach for it, but it's nice to have around.

3:01 PM  
Blogger katie o. said...

You are so funny with your hot chocolate obsession! I think you might be addicted to Williams-Sonoma, as well. Join the club! (Mi esposo y yo fight over the catalogue when it comes in the mail-wish we had a store within a 2 hour radius of our house!)

I bought Red Heart yarn for a goofy project I wanted to do that I really didn't care about keeping at the end. That's when I discovered what a yarn snob I'd become. Blech! The awful feel of the yarn against the needles, against the skin. That being said, the colors in your picture (the pale china blue and chocolate browns) are lovely-I can see how you would deal with the feel to get that look. It's pretty. :0)

5:26 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

I don't care for the cheap yarn either but I am sure tempted to buy some in that colorway. It looks great.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Brooke said...

That is really funny - I don't usually deal with the Red Heart either but have repeatedly been drawn to that exact Red Heart colorway. I have been wanting to put it to some use because brown and blue is my favorite color combo. I think it's going to be a terrific bag - I have an obsession with knitting bags, but usually felted ones. My grandma is hardcore old school and knit with nothing else when I was young. I have some guilt over not wanting to work with it. I have turned her on to some natural fibers since I took up knitting but would like to carry on the old family acrylic tradition to some extent so I like the idea of using it for projects that won't touch skin. I will have to give an acrylic bag a try. Please post and let us see the bag when it's all finished up.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Venus said...

Hilarious and so true. I do the same with those blasphemous Red Heart, TLC yarns. I know I will hate it, but once in a while, one will sneak through. It's looking great though, despite the yarn!

6:57 PM  
Blogger Knittripps said...

Kudos to you!

9:54 PM  
Blogger amylovie said...

Hello from a fellow yarn snob! The TLC colorway is gorgeous, I must admit.


4:51 AM  
Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

I also saw this colorway one time, and thought, "Wow....I could almost live with that..." Congrats on finding its true calling. What a cool idea! Also, if you don't mind a little zip in your cocoa, here's what we do over at LusciousGracious. Take some good (I mean expensive, very good) vodka and a Madagascar vanilla bean or two. Pour vodka into a glass jar. Slice vanilla bean length-wise once or twice, throw in jar. Cover well, let "steep" in cupboard a month or two (or however long you can stand not touching it). Strain through a super-fine strainer or unbleached cheesecloth, funnel into flask or small bottles (perfect for gift-giving), and pour a little into cocoa. Or Coca-Cola. Or cereal, or use with anything you are baking. Also good as shots. God, I miss vodka.
Sorry for the long post! But you get the idea...

4:24 PM  
Blogger Krisztina said...

The yarn is beautiful,i love it!!!

6:17 PM  
Blogger KackieC said...

I just bought Handknit Holidays because this bag is such a great use for a great crap yarn I have in my stash. I too segregated my crap yarns from all the others. I have boxes marked cottons, wools, luxury fibers, blends, and OTHER. The other is where I keep the lion brand and a massive stash of 7 different olive and pea green ribbon yarns I aquired during a momentary fit of poncho insanity at a LYS sale a couple of years ago.

11:11 AM  
Blogger Aunt Chrissy said...

I confess I like the Red Heart because I'm a cheapskate! And I mostly make blankets and ponchos so for that kind of thing the cheapie yarns actually work pretty well. As long as it looks good and as long as YOU like it, that's all that matters, right? :-)

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Siri said...

Outside of halloween costumes, I have very little use for acrylic yarn, but I saw that very same colorway the other day at JoAnn's fabric and immediately, "Oh, how unfortunate it's spoiled by being acrylic." But then I started thinking, "Well, maybe..."
Have you seen this post over at Larissa's blog?:

9:19 AM  

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