It’s really hard to pick a favorite yarn, but all of us here at Spinning Yarns tried. Here’s some of our favorites to knit with and why…
Margot – Rowan Wool Cotton
Ahh, how I love Wool Cotton, let me count the ways. I’ve made such a variety of things from this yarn – a vest for Rick, a baby sweater for Bruce, several hats for friends. I keep eyeing the cabled cardigan in Pam Allen’s Lace Style with this yarn for myself. Rowan yarns always have fabulous colors and this is no exception, subtle taupes, steely blues, grassy greens. It’s a finer gauge then I usually knit with, about 22-26 stitches over 4 inches, but I love the look of the finished garment. Plus it wears like a champ, no pilling and the cotton wool blend has the perfect bounce. The cute little balls are $9.95 for a bit over 120 yards. Every season I’m excited to see the new colors of Wool Cotton.
Rick – Harrisville Highland Pure Wool
With it’s subtle heathered colorings, this light worsted weight yarn is perfect for a variety of projects. I have two sweaters knit from this 100% wool and have found them to be warm, soft, and durable over the years with no pilling. Our son has two zip-up-the-back hoodies made out of it and it wears smoothly through the beatings of a toddler. For just $8.95 a skein and 200 yards, this yarn is my favorite with it’s huge range of colors (all of which can be special ordered). Best of all – it’s made here in New Hampshire! - Rick
Kim – Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece
Cotton Fleece by the Brown Sheep Company is a yarn consisting of a perfect blend of 80% cotton and 20% wool. The wool perfectly balances the cotton contributing tho the wooly spring missing from the cotton. This yarn has a beautiful drape, is a delight to knit with, comes in a great color range (all of which can be special ordered) and is under $10 for over 200 yards. Cotton Fleece washes and dries, coming through a trip in the machine better than it went in. I’ve knit sweaters, blankets, and vests. I’m thinking of trying some slouchy socks in it. Cotton Fleece is the perfect yarn – cozy, dependable, durable, delightful. My personal fave! - Kim
Kerri – Malabrigo Merino
"Malabrigo is my favorite yarn for so many reasons. I love the feel of it even though it's 100% wool; it's super soft. The color is ultra rich and I love the variation thoughout the individual skeins, I've used it for felted bags, socks, scarves, and mittens. I'm planning on knitting a sweater with it. Everyone should try this medium worsted weight yarn. You can't beat 100% merino wool at 215 yards plus for $10.50. Maybe it will become your favorite, too."
Bruce – Berroco Plush
All right, Bruce hasn’t officially voiced his opinion, but as his mom, I know what he likes. Hands down, his sweater knit from the Berroco Plush is the best. This ridiculously soft nylon yarn comes in fun kid’s colors, both solids and multis. No one could ever claim it’s scratchy with a very fluffy and cuddly texture. Though the label does not indicate machine wash, his sweater has made numerous trips through the machine and then in dried flat. It still looks good as new. It knits up quickly as a bulky weight. Skeins run from $9.50 to $10.50 with about 90 yards. As soon as Bruce outgrows this sweater, I know I’ll have to whip up another! - Margot