Day 14: What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?
I know exactly which yarn I am going to bash. Well, in defense of the yarn, I must confess something. I am a bona fide tight wad. I will take it as cheap as I can get it…well, most things. But, when I was learning how to knit a few years ago, I was trying to build my stash and was finding supplies in places I never thought I would find them!
I was shopping at a local Big Lots store and found, of all things, yarn! I was in heaven! Each skein was about 50 grams and sold for only $1! I must have put about 30 in my cart, two of each style. As I found much better quality yarn, the Big Lots yarn fell to the bottom of the stash and was forgotten about. Until this year.
I have been on a stash busting thing, trying to get rid of the lower quality yarns I purchased in the beginning. This yarn was one of them.
The yarn brand is Gala Yarns and claims to be 100% Acrylic (which I don’t doubt), but all the yarns in this line are claimed to be 100% recycled. At the time I purchased it, all I knew was that I loved the color and it was oh, so soft!
Well, eventually I found a project for it!
It was a test knit and when I thought a cowl with leaves, I thought of this super soft, buttery, burgundy acrylic. The knitting process was nice, it felt so good in my hands, but alas, there was one problem.
Despite the anti-curling edging added by the designer, the cowl curled. Even after being blocked, steamed and left alone for months…it curls….
There is nothing worse than a curling piece that you spent so much time on! I am absolutely not casting blame on the designer…this is purely the fault of the yarn.
So, while I love the way this yarn feels and looks, the curling makes it unwearable and thus, is my least favorite yarn.
Eh, you get what you pay for!