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« on: February 16, 2009 05:48:36 AM »

Hi everybody! A few months ago, I decided to teach myself to knit. So far, I truly love my new hobby. But the thing is...I am having such a hard time finding yarn that is reasonably priced and good quality. So I was hoping you guys could share your favorite brands for your different yarn choices. I have been searcing the web and of course, I am practically stalking the local craft stores....but with money being so tight, I was hoping to get some sense of what products are worth it before I plunk down the money. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2009 06:37:14 AM »

As far as "cheap" yarn goes, I like Caron Simply Soft for acrylic.  I am making an afghan out of this and it is so soft!!  I like the Patons Classic Wool, I just have a hard time finding it in colors other than natural or gray around here.   Finally found some at JoAnn's yesterday in some of the prettier colorways.  Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Jiffy are good chunky yarns (a bit fuzzy, but good).  I recently fell in love with some Berocco Peruvia from my LYS that is fantastic.  I'm using it for a wrap and it is beautiful.  A bit more expensive, though.  Meh.  I never make anything for myself, so I figured I could splurge a little.

« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2009 09:05:33 AM »

I do love Caron Simply Soft, as long as you don't mind the fuzzy halo it gets from a little use. I'm also a fan of Vanna's choice, I adore the colors it comes in.

As for much nicer yarn, I like berroco brand. You can get good yarn as long as you aren't tooo particular in your LYS orphaned bin, on ebay, and on clearance online. Sometimes I'm willing to buy a whole bag and then http://www.discountyarnsale.com/ is a great resource.

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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2009 02:16:03 PM »

I third Caron Simply Soft.  I've made two raglans for my four year old boy, and he loves them.

Also, www.knitpicks.com is awesome.  Their Wool of the Andes is great for felting.

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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2009 06:53:47 AM »

If you want to shop online both www.knitpicks.com and www.elann.com are great sites for good quality and inexpensive yarns.
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2009 07:12:54 AM »

Have you check out the closeouts at yarn.com (Webs)?  You wouldn't believe the beautiful yarns they have for a small fraction of the original price, they also offer discounts on their regular priced yarn.  You can also get the same closeouts and discounts at their retail store in Northampton, MA.
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2009 06:08:06 PM »

Thank you so much everybody!!
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009 02:19:02 PM »

Thanks for asking this. I didn't realize until I started (like, just now) how expensive this stuff can be. I am balking at all the patterns that are calling for 8 or 10 things of yarn.
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