I have been reading a lot of Clara Parkes and her Knitter’s Review, especially the yarn reviews. I knit with a lot of different yarns for a multitude of purposes and have decided to write my own yarn reviews.
Oct 16/2010: The Malabrigo yarns are amongst the most talked about and stashed yarns on Ravelry, with good reason, the colour range and softness make them a must have, must knit kind of yarn. Some knitters have experienced problems with pilling, due to the softness of the yarn – So I have tried them out for myself – It was love at first stitch.
This yarn is soft, very soft, great loft, and did I mention soft – both versions! The worsted took a lot of ripping out and casting-on at the beginning of a pooling project – both the hat and scarf and did not show any signs of pilling and fuzzing, which I had been expecting. Merino and other soft fibres often pill faster than many of the hardier fibres. This is due in part to the shorter length of the fine fibre and way the fibre has been spun. Malabrigo yarns appear to have a very soft spin and the resulting soft hand or feel. With wear I could see this becoming even more soft and perhaps developing some pilling. I would not let this keep me from working with the yarn, the colour palette and softness are incredible and the yarn has developed an incredible following – for good reason. This yarn creates projects that are a joy to knit, from first stitch cast-on to last stitch cast-off.
Malabrigo Baby Merino – 50grs, 470 yds, 100%merino
Heaven! Crisp stitch with soft hand and incredible yardage. The Malabrigo mills seem to know what they are doing with the production and quality of the yarns they produce. No downside for the yarn as yet – I’ll let you know what I think after blocking!
Oct 3/ 2010: Today I will start with both ends of the knitting spectrum, CashSilk Lace by SweetGeorgia and Briggs and Little Sport.
I have just started knitting a square shetland style shawl with this yarn and I am loving the hand and the big payback for your time and effort. The yarn is a fairly loosely spun 2-ply. I haven’t had any problems with splitting or fuzzing as yet, even though I have ripped back my start 3 times trying to find a lace pattern to suit the project I was creating. I am using a fairly large needle for this weight of yarn, 3.75mm, and the fabric being created has great bounce and body.
The colourway that I am using is Espresso, one of SweetGeorgia’s suble colours with the depth of colour apparent even in the photograph. All of her colourways have this richness (this is my second project with one of her yarns) and I am looking forward to knitting with more of her yarns. Very satisfying yarns to knit with.
These are just my opinions of the two yarns. They are very different from each other, and yet they both offer a very satisfying knitting experience.