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    Swish Worsted Weight Yarn Review

    Swish Worsted Yarn from We Crochet in three different colours with a lime furls crochet hook.
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    I was recently sent some Swish Worsted Weight yarn from We Crochet (crochet.com) for a design and I decided to share with you my experience working with it in this Swish Worsted Weight Yarn Review.

    This yarn was provided to me free of charge but all opinions are my own.

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    Swish Worsted Weight Yarn in Wonderland Heather, Cobblestone Heather, Rainforest Heather. and Copper
    Swish Worsted Weight Yarn (from left to right) in Wonderland Heather, Cobblestone Heather, Rainforest Heather. and Copper

    Swish Worsted Weight is, like the name suggests a worsted weight, size 4 yarn. Swish Worsted weight is sold in 50g skeins and a 50g skein contains 100 yards of yarn. This yarn is 100% fine superwash merino wool which means it is machine washable and dryable. Let’s get into the knitty gritty of the label before we get into the review so we know more about what we’re talking about.

    We Crochet Swish Worsted Weight:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 33. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Fine Superwash Merino Wool
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 50g
    • Yardage: 100 yd / 91.44 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5.5 – 6.5 mm (I – K)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4 – 5.5mm (US 6 – 9)
    • Crochet Gauge: 11 – 14 scs = 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 4.5 – 5 sts = 1″
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    First off, I want to talk about just how many colourways are available for this yarn. I got to try 4 different colourways and they were all absolutely beautiful. I got Wonderland Heather, Copper, Cobblestone Heather, and the Rainforest Heather. I am a total sucker for a beautifully heathered yarn and these are no exception. The Wonderland Heather and the Rainforest Heather were my favouriets. The heathering just adds so much depth to these colours and I just can’t get enough of them. There are a few other coloursways I’ve got my eye on on their site because I’m probably going to need to make a few more things soon with this yarn.

    rainforest heather yarn close up
    close up image of wonderland heather swish worsted weight yarn

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    How Does It Feel?

    I hear from a lot of people that they are hesitant to order yarn online because they want to be able to touch the yarn. I get it. I’m a serial yarn squisher and have definitely put off some online orders just because I wasn’t sure if I would like how it felt.

    Throw any ideas of scratchy wool out the window because this yarn is buttery soft. According to the We Crochet site, it’s made using a high grade merino wool (20.5) microns. This is the high end of the fine merino wool grading scale which means it’s really soft but still very durable and can be suitable for outerwear garments, if that’s your thing. This yarn is so soft, that I’d be confident making something for a baby to wear next to skin without concern that it would be irritating to their skin. I have a pattern coming out soon using this yarny delight and I’ve worn these items next to skin and it was absolutely delightful.

    Drape? Stitch Definition?

    I absolutely loved working with Swish Worsted Weight. It has good stitch definition without being too soft or to harsh. And the drape? Lovely. Just lovely. I used a 5mm crochet hook for my design and after I blocked it, I fell in love. I am hoping to start another design with it soon with a larger hook and I can’t wait to get started. I can just imagine what it’ll look and feel like and it’s dreamy.

    Close up image of the stitch definition in a crochet swatch using this yarn

    If worsted weight yarn isn’t necessarily what you’re after, We Crochet also offers this yarn in DK and Bulky weights. They also have Swish Fingering weight but that’s only available in bare yarn currently. I loved this yarn and the fact that it’s machine washable means that it’ll be working it’s way into my regular rotation of faves that I reach for when crocheting.

    Thanks for checking out my yarn review. Have you tried Swish Worsted Weight yarn yet? What did you think? What would you make with it? Let me know what you thought in the comments below!

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    July 2020 Knitcrate Unboxing & Review

    July 2020 Knitcrate contents
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    The July 2020 Knitcrate came a bit later than expected but as my husband said, better crate than never. The purple tonal yarn that came in the July 2020 Knitcrate is absolutely gorgeous and worth the wait. Keep reading to see my review and grab your exclusive coupon code to save on Knitcrate.

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    I was so excited to find out that this month’s yarn was 100% organic pima cotton. I love pima cotton yarns and the tonal purple colour on this yarn is gorgeous! I have to hide it from my daughter or else she’s going to want it for her.

    If you haven’t tried Knitcrate before, it’s a monthly subscription service that sends you hand-dyed yarns, a pattern book (1 crochet pattern, 1 knitting pattern) using those yarns and a little extra something fun. This month’s little extra was a 6.0mm tunisian crochet hook. Since I am learning to do tunisian crochet, I was super excited to see this. There was also an added bonus pattern using this yarn and the tunisian crochet hook so I may give that one a whirl.

    Purple yarn that came in the July 2020 Knitcrate

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    The July 2020 Knitcrate was done in collaboration with Michelle Costa of Stitch & Hustle and the yarn selection was awesome. As I said about, it’s a 100% organic pima cotton. The yarn, is a DK weight and each 100g hank (there were two in the box) has 266 yards/242 m of yarn. It’s machine washable but needs to be lain flat to dry. The yarn colour has wonderful depth and it is dreamy and soft.

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    July 2020 Knitcrate Pattern Book and Extra

    The patterns in the book this month are all shawls. There is a knit shawl, a crochet shawl and a bonus pattern for a tunisian crochet shawl. I’m not personally a big shawl person but I’m personally tempted to make the tunisian shawl to test my new tunisian skills and I’ll possibly gift it to a family member that would put it to good use.

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    Bernat Blanket Breezy Yarn Review

    Three balls of Bernat Blanket Breezy and Bernat Blanket Breezy Watercolor yarn
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    During my last trip to Michaels, I got a bunch of new yarns and as always, I wanted to share my experience with these yarns with you. The new yarn I’m talking about this week is Bernat Blanket Breezy. This yarn was released around the time that the pandemic hit here in Canada and I am finally able to give it a try and see what it’s all about. I love Bernat Blanket yarn so I knew I was going to have to give this new Bernat Blanket Breezy yarn a try eventually.

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    Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s go over the yarn label info so you can get an idea of what we’re talking about:

    Bernat Blanket Breezy & Breezy Watercolour:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 2 Solid-colours in the Breezy and 8 variegated colourways in the Breezy Watercolour. The Yarnspirations website shows that the Blanket Breezy is a self-striping yarn and is available in 10 different colourways there. Check them out HERE.
    • Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 250g
    • Yardage: 530 yd / 484 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5 mm (H)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 5mm (US 8)
    • Crochet Gauge: 12 sc x 13 rows= 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 16 sts x 20 rows = 4″
    Bernat Blanket Breezy yarn in blue

    When I picked up my Bernat Blanket Breezy and Breezy Watercolour yarn, I was lucky enough to find it on sale for $5.99 Canadian ($11.99 regular price). Looking at the Michaels site today, it looks like this product is being cleared out, likely to make way for the new Bernat Blanket Breezy yarn found on the Yarnspirations site that has the product changing from solid or variegated coloured yarns to a self-striping cake. If there’s anything Bernat is known for, at least in my mind, it’s their self-striping yarn cakes.

    This yarn is a boucle-style yarn and it’s really light weight. It doesn’t really feel like a medium weight yarn when you’re working it up. It feels smaller than that. Because of the boucle, you’re going to be getting almost zero stitch definition. I did a swatch in this yarn using single crochets, half double crochet and double crochets and didn’t love it. If anything, I’d probably make my entire fabric in single crochets, just to make it simple. I work with faux fur yarns a lot and I found locating the stitches in this yarn more difficult than with fur yarns. This is due to the face that the thick strand on the fur yarn is missing from this product and so you can’t rely on feeling your stitches like I do with fur yarn. If being able to see your stitches as you work is something that is a make or break it point for you, then this isn’t going to be worth the investment for you.

    Blanket Breezy yarn and a furls Crochet hook

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    Bernat Blanket Breezy Watercolor
    Bernat Blanket Breezy Watercolor is a variegated yarn

    The yarn is soft and has some pretty and enticing colours. I bought 3 balls in shades that would work well together but ultimately, I don’t know if I enjoy it enough to go back to it any time soon. I’d rather stick with my beloved normal Bernat Blanket or Bernat Blanket Stripes and enjoy making my project than to work with something I just didn’t love.

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    Loops & Threads Flecks Yarn Review

    Michaels Loops & Threads Flecks yarn in Seafoam and a crochet swatch.
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    During my last trip to Michaels, I was fortunate enough to arrive just as they were putting out some of the new yarns for Fall 2020. I can’t resist a new yarn so I filled up my cart with lots of new yarny goodness. One of the yarns I picked up was Loops & Threads Flecks which actually launched in the spring of this year but I hadn’t really gotten a chacne to see it thanks to COVID-19 and being stuck at home. I figured I wouldn’t be the only one to have not had a chance to see it so I thought I’d share a review of the Loops & Threads Flecks yarn here for you.

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    Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s go over the yarn label info so you can get an idea of what we’re talking about:

    Loops & Threads Flecks Yarn:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 10
    • Fiber Content: 79% Acrylic, 21% Polyester
    • Weight: 4 (medium)
    • Ball Size: 300g
    • Yardage: 590 yd / 539 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 5 mm (H)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 4.5mm (US 7)
    • Crochet Gauge: 4 sc x 4 rows= 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 6 sts x 8 rows = 4″
    Close up image of a ball of Flecks yarn from Loops & Threads

    When I picked up my Loops & Threads Flecks yarn, I was lucky enough to find it on sale for $5.99 Canadian ($11.99 regular price). $5.99 for 590 yards of worsted weight yarn? Sign me up! So I grabbed two balls of the Seafoam thinking that I could definitely find something to make with that kind of yardage and headed home.

    In the skein, the yarn is silky soft and has a subtle sheen. The flecks are pretty and in different pastel colours. They all remind me of Easter to be honest. But, they’re great baby blanket colours. As far as value goes, the yardage is great and when you can get it on sale, like I did, it’s a pretty decent deal.

    I started on a swatch with my new Loops & Threads Flecks yarn, thinking that I may use it to make a baby blanket for a friend that is expecting. The first thing I noticed about working with the yarn is the strand construction. The strand is made up of very thin, threads, plied together. Have you ever used Caron X Pantone yarn? This strand is constructed just like Caron X Pantone. Because of that, it has a tendency to split as you are working with it. I was able to get past that and started trying a few different stitch patterns that I had in mind for my blanket.

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    Loops & Threads Flecks yarn and a crochet swatch
    Loops & Threads Flecks yarn crochet swatch

    No matter what I tried, I couldn’t find something I loved. The yellow flecks really took away from the stitch patterns and instead of working with the main colour of the yarn, it felt like it worked against it. After working with the yarn for a while, I started to notice how the colours for the flecks were apparently through the full strand and not just where the flecks where. I understand that they need to work the flecks in there somehow and having this strand of colour hidden in the plies is sometimes how it’s done, but in spots, the seaform green was overshadowed by the yellow. Now, this may not be something you’ll experience with all of this yarn but it was my experience with the ones I purchased. Every swatch looked more yellow than seafoam and in the end I decided to try a different yarn to make my baby blanket with.

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    The Loops & Threads Flecks yarn was silky soft and could have made a decently sized baby blanket or lapghan had I been able to get past the colour clashing and the flecks. The flecks in yarn seemed much heavier in the swatch than in the skein which is part of why I think I just couldn’t get into working with this yarn. The main teal colour is normally one of my faves but all that yellow just didn’t do anything for me.

    So, for now, my Loops & Threads Flecks yarn has been relegated to sit in my stash until I can decide what to do with it or eventually donate/gift it to someone.

    What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

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    Caron Anniversary Cakes Yarn Review

    Picture of a smiling woman holding a Caron Anniversary Cake
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    I can’t resist a new yarn. I just can’t. Call me a yarn addict and I won’t deny it. Since I can’t go and take a romantic solo stroll down the yarn aisle at Michaels right now, I tend to stalk peruse the yarn page of the Michaels website when I get bored. So when I was scrolling through the Michaels website and happened upon a new special edition Caron Cake – the Caron Anniversary Cakes I knew I had to find it. This yarn isn’t listed for sale on the site and it says it isn’t available in store. But like any self-respecting yarn addict, I know that my local store probably has this either in the back or on display. Obviously this means I’m going to have to go out to look for it. Ladies and gents, I went, I saw, I rescued a new yarn baby. And quite a baby she is… let’s review shall we?

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    At the time of writing this, you can’t find anything on the Yarnspirations website or social media promoting this product. So, score for us! We’re going to get to see this first!

    It’s How Big?

    The new Yarnspirations Caron Anniversary Cakes are a whopping 1000g cake. That is 2.2lbs of yarn folks! In that 1000g, you get 1061 yards/970 meters of Super bulky (6) weight yarn. That’s a lot of yarn. But let’s get to the point that will be the real reason this yarn stops you in your tracks: it’s price tag. The Caron Anniversary Cakes yarn is retailing for $39.99 Canadian plus tax. I used a 30% off coupons and after taxes paid just over $31 Canadian. When I first spied this yarn on the Michaels website a few days ago, they hadn’t completely input all the information for it. All I could see was that it cost $39.99. In the picture it looked like your standard Caron cake but with a label that said Anniversary Cake. Once I found out how much yarn you get, the price tag started to make sense.

    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blueberry Birthday next to a coffee mug to show the size difference.
    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blueberry Birthday next to a coffee mug to show the size difference.

    Check out the video version of this yarn review and see a crochet swatch:

    Caron Anniversary Cakes Value

    Once you get over the initial shock of the price and look at it more critically, it doesn’t really seem like that bad of a price. Your average Super Bulky ball of yarn tends to have around 85 – 130 yards of yarn (generally) and can retail between $7.99 – $11.99/ball. For example: Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick has 87 yards to a 150g skein and on their site it retails for $7.99 USD. To compare apples to apples here, let’s say that $7.99 is $10.53 CAD (using today’s exchange rate). If I were to spend the same on Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick, I’d get 3.79 balls. For easy math, let’s round that up to 4 balls of yarn. So 4 balls of Mandala Thick and Quick would cost me $42.12 and I’d get 392 yards. The Anniversary Cakes will get me 669 more yards for the same price. So if you can get past the initial sticker shock, there is some value there. I’m not putting down or disparaging my beloved Mandala yarns, purely using them as a comparison to show the value of the Anniversary Cakes.

    Yarn Label Information

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 10
    • Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic
    • Weight: 6 (super bulky)
    • Ball Size: 1000g
    • Yardage: 1061 yd / 970 m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 8 mm (L)
    • Suggested Needle Size: 8mm (US 11)
    • Crochet Gauge: 8 sc x 9 rows= 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 11 sts x 14 rows = 4″

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    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blue Birthday top view.
    Caron Anniversary Cakes in Blueberry Birthday top view.

    For those of you that haven’t seen/heard/tried a basic Caron Cake before, this is a self-striping yarn. The Caron Anniversary Cakes are no different. I picked up the colourway called Blueberry Birthday and it has 3 different colours that alternate throughout the ball. This yarn is machine washable and dryable but as with all acrylics, you shouldn’t place a heat source like your steamer or iron on the yarn unless your wanting yarn soup.

    What Can I Make With It?

    I think the answer to this question is that it depends on you and how much work you want to put into it. For fun, I took a quick spin on the Ravelry site to see what kind of projects I could find that use 1050 yards (or close to it) of Super Bulky Yarn. There were a surprising amount of plus size garments that can be made using this amount of yarn. Now, would I want a garment made in a self-striping yarn, as it comes out of the ball? Probably not. But that’s my personal preference. I like to take self-striping yarns apart to control the colour changes or group the colours together to get larger blocks of colour. You could definitely do that with his yarn and get yourself a super cozy colour blocked sweater that’ll last you all winter. If garments aren’t your thing, you could try a floor pouffe, lapghan/blanket, ruana, one of those popular pocket shawls or more. Hell, put this baby on the floor and use it as a foot stool. Kidding, Kidding. … well mostly. There’s a lot that can be done with this kind of yardage so be creative and happy hooking.

    What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

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    Sweet Snuggles Stripes by Loops & Threads Review

    Close up image of a ball of Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Yarn
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    During my last trip to Michaels, I was fortunate enough to have gotten there just as the fall lines of yarn were being put out for shoppers. I may have purchased far more yarn than I planned to but hey, at least I can share what I bought with you here. One of the yarns I purchased was the new Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and I’ve worked with this yarn quite a bit since purchasing it so I wanted to share my review of Sweet Snuggles Stripes with you.

    I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with blanket yarns. My personal favourite blanket yarn is the Bernat Blanket. I love how quickly I can make a blanket with it (and amigurumi too) but, I struggle with it’s lack of stitch definition. Last summer I needed to make an obsence amount of baby blankets for baby shower gifts and using blanket yarn helped me pump out over a dozen blankets in just a few short months. (You can find my go-to baby shower blanket pattern HERE and a free amigurumi pattern using blanket yarn HERE).

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    Before we get into the nitty gritty of the review, let’s go over the yarn label info so you can get an idea of what we’re talking about:

    Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes:

    • Current Number of Colourways Available: 14
    • Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
    • Ball Size: 200g
    • Yardage: 87y/80m
    • Suggested Hook Size: 11.5mm
    • Suggested Needle Size: 12.5mm
    • Crochet Gauge: 4 sc x 4 rows= 4″
    • Knitting Gauge: 6 sts x 8 rows = 4″

    Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Vs. Bernat Blanket

    So when I saw that the Michael’s brand Loops & Threads had come out with a blanket yarn, I was drawn to it and had to check it out. The Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn was on an endcap and there were so many pretty colour combos it was hard to choose. This self-striping yarn is incredibly soft and it felt like love at first squish. I didn’t love the yardage though. Each ball of Sweet Snuggles Stripes yarn has only 87 yards/80m to a ball. It’s a size 6, jumbo weight yarn (as with most blanket yarns) but the price tag is the same as a ball of Bernat Blanket. So here in Canada, Michaels sells a 300g ball of Bernat Blanket yarn for $11.97 and that 300g ball gets you 220 yards/201 meters of yarn (I didn’t even need to look at a label for that… that’s how often I’ve used this stuff lol). Sweet Snuggles Stripes is a 200g ball and it’s regular price is $11.99/ball for the 87 yards. I was fortunate enough to get it on sale for $6.99/ball. Sorry Sweet Snuggles Stripes, but Bernat beats you on value.

    A ball of Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes Yarn

    What Does it Feel Like?

    This yarn is CRAZY soft. As I worked with it I wanted to just keep touching it. It kind of feels like chenille and velvet had a baby and made this yarn. I personally think it’s softer than Bernat Blanket yarn but the value of the Bernat Blanket can’t be beat on this one.

    Colour Changes

    This is honestly what sold me on giving this yarn a try. My Aunt and I both use Bernat Blanket yarn alot and the colour changes in the Bernat Blanket yarn tends to become a topic of discussion anytime one of us is using the Bernat Blanket Stripes. The colour changes are ugly and tend to be two ends of yarn wrapped with some thread to hold them together. Not pretty. To be honest, I cut those parts out and just sew in my ends, which, I guess defeats the purpose of the self-striping yarn, but I buy self-striping yarn for the colour pallettes. The colour changes in this yarn are abrupt BUT they are clean. The colour stops and starts on the same strand and there are no ugly joins. I knew my Aunt would love that so I picked it up to show her.

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    The jags of colour in Sweet Snuggles Stripes are short. I tried a ridiculous amount of hook and stitch combinations to try to get an end of row colour change that would result in a project big enough to be used (I was aiming for a small blanket for my daughter) and just never found anything that worked. I ended up trying a mitered corner which, was very pretty but the colour changes happening all over the place made it look sloppy and I lost steam. Bernat Blanket yarn I’ve almost always been able to get at least 3 full rows of stitches in a lapghan size project before having to change rows. The more I worked with the yarn, the more frustrated I became and the more convinced I am that this yarn is better suited for knitting projects.

    Crochet swatch worked up in shades of purple Sweet Snuggles Stripes
    Crochet swatched worked up in Sweet Snuggles Stripes

    I bought 4 balls of this yarn to make a blanket for my daughter and after using up two full balls of the yarn, I doubt I’ll get a project big enough for her to use (she is 3). Since I cannot return the yarn, I may turn it into a comfy play mat for her to lay on in her room while she plays. It may make a fun and super-sized amigurumi as well but my need to control the colour changes makes me not overly ambitious to start something like that with this yarn right now.

    Check out the video review of this Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes and see the swatch I made with this yarn:

    At the time I did my video review, I mentioned that this yarn may be great if you were to have a solid coloured yarn to work into your project with the Sweet Snuggles Stripes. A solid coloured Sweet Snuggles yarn has since become available on the Michaels website. It has a bit more yardarge (109 yards) than the Sweet Snuggles Stripes so investing in a couple of those balls may make this yarn salvageable for me. I estimate that I’d probably need another 3 more balls to make something useable but that starts to make this a pricey blanket.

    Overall, I really want to love this yarn because it is so soft and those clean colour changes are big plus. But when I can get a similar product with better yardage for the same price, it’s hard for me to say that I would be willing to make Loops & Threads Sweet Snuggles Stripes part of the regular line up of yarns I would use. At the end of the day, value wins out for this yarn addict.

    What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? Are you ok with mid-row colour changes? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

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    Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion Yarn Review

    Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion laid out displayed in a group with a text overlay indicating this is a yarn review.
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    Lion Brand has a brand new Landscapes yarn available: Landscapes Fusion. At the time I’m writing this, the Landscapes Fusion hasn’t even hit Canadian store shelves yet and I’m so excited to share this new Landsapes yarn with you.

    Thanks to Lion Brand for supplying this yarn or my review. This yarn was supplied to me at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    The Lanscapes Fusion yarn is a single-ply roving style yarn that comes in a skein. It’s a size 4, medium weight yarn that’s a 100% acrylic. The yarn is soft to the touch, and as you’d expect with a roving style yarn, has a bit of a fuzz/halo around the strand. Since the yarn isn’t plied, it isn’t prone to splitting.

    Each skein of Landscapes Fusion is 100g and contains 109 yards/100m of yarn. The care instructions state that this yarn is machine washable but should be laid flat to dry.

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    The original Lion Brand Landscapes yarn is also a single-ply roving yarn but, it’s colours produce a striping effect in your projects. The Landscapes Fusion however, is a variegated yarn so it won’t produce stripes like the original Landscapes yarn would. On the Lion Brand website, there are currently 6 different colours to choose from. I was sent the Morningside and Washington Square colours to review.

    Two balls of Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion yarn in the colour Washington Square in a crochet swatch

    The recommended hook size for the Landscapes Fusion yarn is 6.5mm (6mm needle for all you knitters out there). You can definitely get away with a bigger hook with this yarn. The crochet gauge information on the label (using the recommended hook sizes) is as follows:

    • Crochet Gauge: 12 SCs x 15 Rows = 4″
    • Knit Gauge: 16.5 STs x 22 Rows = 4″

    See the video review of the Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion Yarn and see it in action:

    To be honest, I typically don’t like many variegated yarns. I fall in love with the colours and they way they look in the skein but then hate the way the yarn translates into stitches. But, the Landscapes Fusion in Morningside delivered exactly what expected when I crocheted it and I fell in love with the colours all over again. For the first time EVER, I actually still liked a variegated yarn after crocheting with. It definitely got the creative juices flowing and now I can’t decide what I want to make with it because I have so many ideas.

    Crochet swatch with a Furls Crochet Hook with the new Landscapes Fusion yarn in Morningside

    The yarn was so soft and pleasant to work with. As mentioned above, I didn’t have any issues with splitting or snagging when I worked up my swatches. The yarn has a soft sheen which is more noticeable once you work it up into a swatch.

    When planning your projects using this (and any other roving yarn), it is important to keep in mind that roving yarns generally tend to pill more than plied yarns. I personally would use this yarn for projects that aren’t going to see a lot of wear or abuse. There are few things more disappointing than putting your time, love and energy into a gorgeous garment with a beautiful yarn, only to find out that you need to shave it after wear.

    Three skeins of the new Landscapes yarn from Lion Brand and a teal Furls Crochet Hook
    Landscapes Fusion in Morningside (left) and Washington Square (right).

    If you want to check out the new Lion Brand Landscapes Fusion yarn, you can check it out through my affiliate link HERE. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases made through this link (at no expense to you) which helps me to continue to provide free content like this and free crochet patterns.

    I have a bunch of ideas for designs to make with the Landscapes Fusion in Morningside! What do you think I should make? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? ‘d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

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  • Product Reviews

    Mandala Watercolors Yarn Review

    three cakes of Lion Brand Mandala Watercolors yarn side by side.
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    Lion Brand has a brand new Mandala yarn available: Mandala Watercolors. At the time I’m writing this, the Mandala Watercolors hasn’t even hit Canadian store shelves yet and I’m so excited to share this new Mandala yarn with you.

    Thanks to Lion Brand for supplying this yarn or my review. This yarn was supplied to me at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

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    The Mandala Watercolors yarn is a single-ply roving style yarn that comes in a yarn cake. It’s a size 5, bulky weight yarn that’s a blend of 75% acrylic, 15% wool and 10% nylon. The yarn is soft to the touch, and as you’d expect with a roving style yarn, has a bit of a fuzz/halo around the strand. Since the yarn isn’t plied, it isn’t prone to splitting.

    Each Mandala Watercolor cake comes in a 100g size ball that contains 164 yards/150m. The yarn is machine washable on the genry cycle and needs to be laid flat to dry.

    Top view of the Mandala Watercolor in Icy Grape, next to a furls crochet hook

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    The recommended hook size for the Mandala Watercolors yarn is 6.5mm (6.5mm needle for all you knitters out there). You can definitely get away with a bigger hook with this yarn. The crochet gauge information on the label (using the recommended hook sizes) is as follows:

    • Crochet Gauge: 14 SCs x 20 Rows = 4″
    • Knit Gauge: 11 STs x 12 Rows = 4″

    This yarn is dyed to mimic an almost hand-dyed, hand-painted yarn and the colour changes happen pretty gradually. Mandala Watercolors is currently available in 6 different colours on the Lion Brand website. I had the colours Icy Grape, Quarry and Teaberry to check out for my review. The Teaberry was definitely my favourite of the three with the Quarry being a close second. The Icy Grape colourway had a beautiful shade of purple but it had some light brown spots of colour which weren’t visible on the site which, i my opinion took away from the gorgeous purple that they used.

    Two cakes of Lion Brand Mandala Watercolours in Quarry with a furls crochet hook.

    Check out the video review of this Lion Brand Mandala Watercolors yarn and see me try the yarn for the first time:

    When planning your projects using this (and any other roving yarn), it is important to keep in mind that roving yarns generally tend to pill more than plied yarns. I personally would use this yarn for projects that aren’t going to see a lot of wear or abuse. There are few things more disappointing than putting your time, love and energy into a gorgeous garment with a beautiful yarn, only to find out that you need to shave it after wear.

    If you want to check out the new Lion Brand Mandala Watercolour yarn, you can check it out through my affiliate link HERE. I may earn a small commission on qualifying purchases made through this link (at no expense to you) which helps me to continue to provide free content like this and free crochet patterns.

    Two cakes of the yarn being reviewed in Teaberry with a furls crochet hook.

    I’m thinking I may possibly work up a quick design with the Mandala Watercolors. What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

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  • Product Reviews

    Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Bobbin Yarn Review

    close up image of Premier Anit-Pilling Everyday Bobbin Yarn and a furls crochet hook.
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    I was recently able to make a quick trip to the Michaels for some supplies. I know that around this time every year they start to put out the new fall lines of product so I figured my trip for supplies could do double duty and I could get a sneak peek of what’s going to be available for fall yarns. Although things weren’t fully put out yet, I immediately noticed and was drawn to an end cap display for a brand new yarn I haven’t seen before, from a yarn brand that I haven’t had the opportunity to try before. It was Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Bobbin.

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    The first thing I noticed was it’s unique packaging. The yarn it packaged on a large spool, similar to a bobbin of sewing thread. On each bobbin, are 3 different, coordinating colours. All the bobbins that I saw had two solids and a variegated colour. The packaging has a hole at each end of it which can be used to place the spool on something that spins. I don’t know if that is the original intent of the design but that’s what I would use it for. Did you ever see that picture that went viral on Facebook a while ago of a woman using a toilet paper roll dispenser to hold her yarn while she crocheted? I’m envisioning adding this the Premier Anit-Pilling Every Day Bobbin to a papertowel dispenser and and working away, tangle free. The wide base of the bobbin would likely help prevent it from going too far if you just laid it on the table however, putting it on a papertowel dispenser just seems more fun.

    Top shot of the bobbin used in the premier anti-pilling everyday bobbin packaging

    The other fun thing I noticed about the design of the packaging is that, taking further inspiration from sewing thread bobbins, the ends of the yarn are all nicely tucked up under the label at the top of the package, held in by the label and some notches cut into the top of the bobbin. No more yarn barf! I found my ends relatively quickly and was ready to get started.

    The yarn itself is soft and plush. It’s a worsted weight, when using one strand of the yarn. It is 100% acrylic and it has a plied construction. If you have ever used Caron X Pantone yarn, it has a very similar strand construction and feel. It has a loose ply and it is a bit prone to splitting because of that but overall, I still enjoyed working with it. One spool comes with a total of 543 yards (498m) of yarn which is 181 yards (166m) of each colour.

    Close up of the side and yarn on the Premier Anti-Pilling Everday Bobbin

    The recommended hook size for this yarn is 5.5mm (5mm needle for all you knitters out there). You can definitely get away with a bigger hook with this yarn. The crochet gauge information on the label (using the recommended hook sizes) is as follows:

    • Crochet Gauge: 12 SCs x 15 Rows = 4″

    Check out the video review of this Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Bobbin yarn and see me try the yarn for the first time:

    The yarn is anti-pilling and after checking the Premier website and some of it’s other anti-pilling yarn lines, I found that this yarn has a cool feature. If the yarn ever does pill, throw it in the wash and the plies will come off in the wash. Now that sounds cool up front because it means my project can look new, longer. I’m not sure what that will mean for my poor washing machine if I used a lot of this yarn and did this often though. I’m working with this yarn right now and am looking forward to giving this a try and to see how often it’s necessary.

    Here in Canada the Premier Anti-Pilling Everday Bobbin was selling at Michaels for $14.99 CAD at the time I purchased it. I had a 30% off coupon that I was able to use for my purchase. My initial thought at the cost of the yarn was “wow, that’s a bit expensive” when I saw that it was a 100% acrylic yarn. But, considering it’s anti-pilling and it has 550 yards, it isn’t too bad, especially when you’re able to possibly grab it on sale and/or utilize a coupon.

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    I’m thinking I may possibly work up a quick design the Everyday Bobbin. I picked up a bobbin in the colour Peacock and I love it so I’m just itching to do something fun with it. What do you think? Have you seen this yarn? Have you tried this yarn? What would you make with it? I’d love to hear from you and know what your thoughts are so leave me a comment in the comment section below.

    New Bobbin Yarn in Peacock from Premier

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  • Product Reviews

    The Hook Nook Tools Review and Giveaway

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    We Crochet has recently launched a fun new line of products for crocheters on their website from social influencer and designer Jessica Cary of The Hook Nook. They’ve sent me some items from the Hook Nook tools product line to check out and share with you all. You can keep reading to check out a run down of what they sent and my review of The Hook Nook tools and accessories I was sent. A video review is available as well so you can see me open the products and check them out for the first time. Check out the Hook Nook Tool Shop HERE. I’m also giving away an epic Hook Nook Tools Set! Keep reading to learn how to enter.

    These products were provided to me free of charge but all opinions are my own.

    Before I get started in the review, I want to note how excited I am that We Crochet is making so many tools and accessories accessible to Canadians that were previously only accessible to the U.S.. Hook Nook tools were previously available for purchase only at Joanne’s stores, which we don’t have in Canada. So if you’re Canadian and have been drooling over these tools on Instagram, you can get them shipped directly to your door and they’re qualifier for free shipping, is really reasonable for shipping from the U.S..

    Check Out the Unboxing of The Hook Nook Products I Received

    The Hook Nook Crochet Hooks

    Blue Hook Nook Crochet hook in its packaging.

    We Crochet (crochet.com) has a few different types of crochet hooks from The Hook Nook available on their site. Some of which include a interchangeable crochet hook set, jumbo crochet hooks and standard plastic crochet hooks. I was sent a 6mm (J) plastic crochet hook. The hook itself was really comfortable to work with and light in my hand. The handle of the hook is longer than other hooks that I’ve used so it could be comfortable for people with large and small hands alike. There were no obvious rough spots that would be an issue while crocheting. Overall, it’s a pretty and good-quality crochet hook. They come in a full range of sizes on the Crochet.com website. You can check them and the other crochet hooks in The Hook Nook product line HERE.

    Skein Savers

    Gold and Marbelized Hook Nook Skein Savers from the Hook Nook Tools line of products

    The Hook Nook Skein Savers are fun and cute. They remind me of the hair elastics I used as a kid that had little plastic balls on them. But the little balls on these skein savers have skipped the neon and polka dots of those 90’s hair elastics and opted for more mature patterns like marbeling and matte gold. The Hook Nook Skein Savers are made to wrap around your skein of yarn to prevent it from unravelling. I’ve used mine to hold cakes of yarn together as well as to hold multiple mini skeins of yarn together to keep project colours together. They were particularly handy for that use and helped me keep those minis more organized in my on the go project bag. There are another line of skein savers that have faux fur balls on them that are fun as well. You can check out The Hook Nook Skein Savers HERE on the We Crochet website.

    Project Labels

    A set of project labels available in the new Hook Nook Tools product line available at Wecrochet.com.

    Also available from The Hook Nook is a range of project labels. There are currently wooden project labels, faux leather project labels and some fabric project labels. I was sent a set of the faux leather project labels.

    The faux leather project labels that I was sent contained 6 labels in 3 different shapes/sizes with 3 different sayings on them. The sayings were:

    • Hooked on You
    • Hand Crafted for Less Than Minimum Wage
    • One of a Kind and it Took Freaking Forever

    The labels themselves were soft, smooth and of good quality. The largest labels would be great to be added to blankets and the smaller two labels could be used for a variety of projects. The sayings are fun, sassy and relatable for not just crocheters but a wide-variety of crafters. Check out the Hook Nook Project Labels HERE.

    Bent-Tip Tapestry Needles

    Hook Nook Bent Tip Darning Needles

    The Hook Nook Tapestry Needles were my personal favourites. I can’t live without my bent tip tapestry needles and these tapestry needles were fab. The set comes with 6 gold tapestry needles in 2 different sizes. The tips are bent at a much bigger angle than any other bent tip needle I’ve tried.

    Beyond the needles themselves, the needles come in a small, sealable container. The container has a pretty gold rose on the cap and has a hexagonal shape to it. I mention the shape of the container because I thought it was a pretty cool design feature. All my other tapestry needle containers are round and that means that they can be prone to rolling off tables. The hexagonal shape of this container makes it much harder to roll so no more searching on the floor for fallen tapestry needle cases for me. You can check out The Hook Nook Tapestry Needles HERE.

    You can check out the full line of The Hook Nook Products HERE on the We Crochet website.

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    Hook Nook Tools Giveaway!

    Set of Hook Nook Tools and Accessories laid out on a white backdrop
    The Hook Nook Tools & Accessories up for grabs in the giveaway!

    The lovely folks over at We Crochet have generously provided some Hook Nook goodies for us to giveaway to one lucky reader! The giveaway package includes:

    • A Set of Skein Savers
    • 3 Enamel Pins
    • A Set of Darning Needles
    • An End Weaver Tool
    • A Notions Kit that includes: Scissors, Stitch Markers, Darning Needles, A Measuring Tape and a Zippered Storage Pouch

    The Hook Nook Tool Set Giveaway on The Loopy Lamb is open to Canadian and U.S. participants and ends Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 11:45pm Eastern Standard time.

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