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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.

    Check out the video review of this Loops & Threads Flecks yarn:

    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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    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).

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    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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