Star Burst Shawl – Review

Shawls are not for grannies anymore.  Any and everyone can wear a shawl not only to keep warm but as a fashion statement.  Shawls don’t have to be boring and you can make one in any length by adding or deleting rows and adding embellishments.

With the Caron Cakes craze check out my post about the yarn here.  I wanted to use one cake because some of the colors are hard to find and I also wanted something short that could be worn as a kerchief.  The actual pattern is on Ravelry by Cre8tion Crochet called Shawl We?  Lorene is one of my favorite top 2 crochet designers.

Caron Cakes are exclusively sold at Michaels.  Premier also has one out now called Sweet Roll in 25 different colors and it’s 100% acrylic yarn unlike Caron Cakes that has some wool in it.  Sweet Roll’s are sold at AC Moore at Joann’s now.  After working with both yarns it’s hard to say which one I like best.  They both serve my crocheting needs.

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Let me know your thoughts on the Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll here and which one is your favorite in the comments.

Happy Hooking.

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There’s a New Yarn in Town

Oh Thursday, my Facebook exploded with this new yarn Caron Cakes exclusively sold at Michaels‘.  Everyone was oohing and ahhing and running out to see if the yarn hit their Michaels.  Yep, I’m guilty of that but I called the store before I dashed out on lunch.  After I got over the shock of the pretty colors I read that it was on sale, Buy 2 and get one Free, that was it for me.  I already knew the colors I wanted after I received confirmation it was my location.  These colors are absolutely amazing.

 

Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes

These pretty babies are made from 80% acrylic and 20% wool and weigh in at a whopping 7.1 oz.  The colors are so vibrant  and it is gradient yarn.  On the pattern included on the package, shows the color change gradient when crocheting in rows.  It is very soft and fluffy.  If you crochet every day you will be able to tell the difference in this yarn.  I’ve seen this type of yarn online before being sold overseas at a much higher price, I can’t think of the name right now.  It was a good idea to make cakes instead of skeins and the variegated yarn sealed the deal.  The kicker was the acrylic/wool dynamic duo!  This was a great marketing idea for Caron Yarns.  I can see the popular US brands following suit.

Now, I waited before I actually wrote and published this post.  I wanted to read the different reviews after people worked with this yarn over the weekend.  The reviews were both good and bad.  Most of the bad reviews were on the color change and the price.  For me, the color change was not that bad and it all depends on the stitch that you use.

Caron Cakes Tester
Caron Cakes – Cherry Chip

The V Stitch seems to work up nicely for this wrap or poncho I’m making.  Haven’t decided what it will actually be as of yet.  The price for me is kind of high and I don’t think I will purchase again unless it’s on sale.  If you have the chance make sure you check this yarn out for yourself.

Happy Hooking.  Feel free to leave your thoughts on this yarn.

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