Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Softest Yarn?

I love soft. Soft makes me happy; soft makes me feel cuddled & warm. I wear velvets & soft cottons & I love to use soft yarns when I knit . I have been making numerous pairs of my current favorite fingerless mitt pattern to have on hand for holiday gifts this year. I found the pattern on Knitty. It's called "Fetching"& was designed by Cheryl Naimath. Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn is what the pattern calls for but I have been using similar weight yarns from my stash. I decided that I wanted to use Cashmerino & I went to my LYS to purchase some. They didn't have any so I bought Rowan's Cashsoft instead. I also ordered some Cashmerino from an on-line vendor - knowing that I could have a pair made from the Cashsoft before the Cashmerino arrived.

When the Cashmerino arrived I loved the colors & the weight was just about the same as the Rowan yarn. I was surprised to discover, however, that the Rowan Cashsoft is much softer than the Debbie Bliss. I'm in love with Cashsoft now & can't wait to buy more of it. It's glorious to work with & the mitts are soothing & luxurious to wear. Sometimes it pays to try lots of options!

Don't get me wrong - the Debbie Bliss yarn is very soft - and I will enjoy using it - and may well buy some more of it. One of my all time favorite yarns is Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk - talk about soft - this is one of the dreamiest yarns ever - and yes, I have made fingerless mitts from it. They felt down beautifully and make a very warm, very soft version of a simple mitt pattern I use a lot. I was happy though that I tried a couple of options for "Fetching" because now I have found not one but two more ultra soft yarns to use!


imquilternity said...

What a glorious color yarn!

Waltraud said...

Wonderful colours, like it!!

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