So this week I have primarily been knitting for the business. That means lots of washcloths and bath mitts. I use only natural fibers and although cotton is cheapest, I do use soy, bamboo, flax, linen, and even corn when I can get them and afford them. This year I have started keeping a book of all the yarns I find and use, as well as their prices and yardage, so when I find a sale I have a good idea if it is a good sale or not. I have over 50 different yarns that I have worked with so far this year alone.
So to keep with this weeks yarny theme I am reviewing a few of my favorites and linking to a few places to get them if I can.
So first up are the good ol’ staples of Sugar & Cream and Peaches & Cream. They are a great cotton yarn, wash well, and seem to hold their colors well too. I put a few others in this same category, Bernat Handicrafter Cotton, and Village Yarn Craft Cotton. To me they all feel the same; the colors seem similar, for all I know they are all made by the same place, just packaged different. So I tend to pick these up when they are on sale at my local AC Moore, Michaels, or Joanne Fabrics, but online I like Herrschners and Elmore-Pisgah.
One of my favorite that is still reasonable priced, and usually I can get three washcloths from a ball, is Reynolds’s Saucy. I get it at my local yarn shop, The Needle Arts Studio in Emmaus, PA, and I have also found it lots of other places. Since I typically don’t buy it online I have no link for ya, sorry.
And lastly, the yarn that I would make all my washcloths with, if I could afford to… Plymouth Yarn Royal Bamboo. Soft and delicate it just feels so luxurious. Unfortunately, I could never make a profit if I made everything from this, so I watch for sales (sorry to admit but typically yarn shop going out of business sales are best) and pick up all I can when I can afford it. You can go right to the Plymouth Yarn web site and search for a store in your area that carries it. It would cost a fortune, but I have a deep desire to knit a long sleeved night shirt from this, its that soft…