Usually, when a product claims a consumer opinion in its very own name, I get suspicious. Case in point: “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” always makes me say, “Wait, I really can believe it’s not butter. How dumb do you think I am?”
Which is why, when a co-worker showed me some yarn she bought recently, I was suspicious. The name of the yarn? “I Love This Yarn!” It even had an exclamation point. I mean, come on. How desperate are the marketing gurus at the yarn company to actually make you say how much you love the yarn just by saying the name of the yarn? You know?
Then, Co-worker let me pet the yarn (SO SOFT). Then, Co-worker showed me a hat she had made out of the yarn (great stitch definition, and SO SOFT). THEN, Co-worker told me that she washed the hat she made out of the yarn, and it washed beautifully (AND GOT EVEN SOFTER).
Needless to say, I had to get me some of this yarn.
I have to say for the record that this yarn is 100% acrylic. I also have to say for the record that if I hadn’t seen it for myself on the label, I never would have known. I have never worked with 100% acrylic before, because the ones I’ve found have either felt squeaky, or oily, or they catch on my fingers funny (that last one is Caron’s Simply Soft, which I know has a huge following, but there’s something about the ply that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I touch it – I don’t know, it’s just me).
I picked up a couple of skeins of “I Love This Yarn!” at Hobby Lobby last weekend, and used it make my crocheted beanie. It was a dream to work with, and the result is a super soft hat. There’s a ton of yardage (well over 200 yards) and you can’t beat the price (less than $3). I went out today and bought a couple more skeins, “just in case.”
One note: this yarn does have dyelots, so if you decide to make a larger project (this would make a fabulous afghan) be sure to buy enough. I’ve read a few reviews on Ravelry that mention that this yarn grows a bit if you make garments, so keep that in mind.
I can’t believe this wool-loving girl found an acrylic yarn that she likes working with. Looks like the marketing gurus got the name right with this one!
NOTE: I’ve signed up for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) which means I’ll be posting each day in the month of November. Stay tuned for more attempts at craftiness of all varieties this month while I try to find blog fodder expand my crafty horizons.
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