Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I Don't Hate Lionbrand

It's not my FAVORITE yarn, but I don't hate the stuff. I have a container full of it. Just wanted to clarify on my last post. In fact, I meant to add this to my last post but I forgot and was busy all weekend w/ Stitches and suddenly I have comments and I was afraid I didn't do a full disclosure. So here it is:

Like Yarn Coffee states, I think it has its purpose. I used it to make this shawl, which later on its own accord decided it wanted to be a bellydance hip scarf. An important trait of any bellydance hip scarf is that it be washable, cause, um, I sweat. This is done in Lionbrand microspun, which is very soft and comes in a variety of vibrant colors.

I think the color spectrum of Lionbrand is one of its best traits. In many of its yarns, you have a choice between several different shades of one color. Instead of being stuck with one green, you can choose from several different greens. This was one reason I was surprised by the dullness of the new hand dyed stuff. But, I have to say, every time I see the brown cashmere in the picture below, I like it.

I'll probably use my Lionbrand stash to make baby items, cause they also need to be easy to wash. But if money were no object, I would use Blue Sky Cotton for all baby items.

I've seen some really nice projects with Lionbrand stuff. Elinor is making the coolest blanket out of the chenille. Lolly is working on lovely kneesocks in Wool Ease. Ragan makes cool socks!

Now, if I could never use Lionbrand again, I wouldn't be too sad. But I can't guarantee that I'll never buy it again, just not too soon. I need to use up what I have and I did buy a *few* things at Stitches (which I'll talk about soon).


Sarah said...

I didn't think your last post was a rant against Lion Brand. I think it has its place....and it does!

Happy knitting.

Theresa said...

I don't think anybody thought it was a rant. I just wanted to fully disclose my Lionbrand use. Would have been less sloppy if I had done it all at once! Oh well, I find that I am blogging in short little bits of time and rushing to get done and always forgetting something. Usually I get back to fix my posts before anybody reads them, but not this time.

Elinor said...

Guess what I went and bought at Michael's today? Chenielle! Yay! J was whining at me the other day that he's starting to get cold when he sleeps. Uh oh. Must knit faster. ^_^

Ragan said...

Thank you for mentioning me in your post. :) I do tend to try their new colors when they come out with one, especially if I have a definite project in mind. I do use Lion and Bernat for baby projects. :) I don't think that you were really saying that Lion brand is bad, just that their new line looked dull and boring. The colors are dull, still won't buy them. :)
Nice scarf/belly dancing wrap!!!
Very bright!