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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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Finally Yarn Overload

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could find the yarn mother load.  Often in the crochet groups someone will post a picture of their mother load stash, whether it be given to them, found at Goodwill or Estate Sales.  I’ve been to Goodwill a few times and I never find anything.  While in one of the crochet groups someone posted their picture of their yarn score from OfferUp.  OfferUp is basically your typical buy and sell from people in your area.  There are many sickos out there, so be careful, and if it looks to good to be true leave it alone.

*Disclaimer:  I’m  not endorsing this company.  I’m sharing my experience only.

I was able to find something on the first try.  I was lucky enough and met a nice woman who could no longer crochet due to a hand injury.  For the $20 I paid I was overjoyed.  I told her the yarn was going to a good home.  The bag was huge and I did not expect that much yarn.  The yarn selection was definitely something that I would not normally buy.    That’s a huge plus because it will force my creativity with the textures.  There were many brands that I’ve heard of and quite a few I’ve never heard of.

Good Find
Yes, I will organize this one day I hope

Bored on a Saturday I picked out some bulky yarn and started a “listening” to movie on Netflix.

The yarn was from Blue Sky Alpaca, yay a company I’ve never heard of.  It’s 50% alpaca/50% wool super bulky yarn that comes in 24 colors.  I tried searching for a price on their site and didn’t find one.  The skeins are 45 yards and you will need plenty if you are making something larger than a cowl.    The cowl I made used 3 skeins with about 12″ leftover.    Overall it’s a very good quality, high end of the scale yarn.  The downsize of this yarn is the shedding.  By the time I finished my red shirt had white strands all over.  Maybe overtime it will stop shedding.  It’s no biggie to me.

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I was finished way before the movie was over.  I love instant gratification and cowl making satisfies my needs.  In between projects I find myself making a cowl.  A cowl would make a last minute gift.
Enough of the blabbing and on to the pattern already!
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Supplies

  • Blue Sky Bulky Hand Dyes

50% alpaca 50% wool

45 yards/100 grams

    • (3) Frost
  • Q Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

dc – double crochet

st – stitch

Notes:

  • Ch3 count as stitch

Gauge:  4 X 4               6dc X 3 rows

Instructions:

Row 1:  Ch22  (loosely), dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next ch, dc in each st from hook, turn.

Row 2:  Ch2, dc in each dc from previous row to end, turn.

Row 2-21:  Repeat Row 2 or until desired length.

Finish off and with wrong sides together whipstitch short sides and weave ends.

Soft & Warm Cowl

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Happy Hooking!