A Tale of Two Yarns “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, ...”
And so opens Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities. Similarly it describes Becky's experience with one of her favorite yarns: Rowan's Kidsilk Haze.
It was the best of times: This yarn is GORGEOUS. It's so soft, fluffy, indescribably feminine, and best of all - warm without a lot of weight. And the colors I had to choose from! It was like walking into a candy store.
It was the worst of times: I now call it Kidsilk Crack. I'm addicted. At any and every opportunity I have to use, pet, buy, stash Kidsilk Haze, I do. I've made a sweater with it: the Twilight Pullover. I've made a shrug with it: Stella. I've made a wrap with it: Everyday Wrap. I will admit that through these projects I've come to have a love-hate relationship with this yarn. It's NO FUN to unknit or rip out. Really. It's almost impossible. I would go so far as to say that ripping out Kidsilk Haze is The Worst of Times.
It was the age of wisdom: I chose Kidsilk Haze for each of these patterns because it was the recommended yarn. A wise knitter will choose and use Kidsilk Haze at every opportunity. Especially when it's the recommended yarn.
It was the age of foolishness: Kidsilk Haze is not an inexpensive option. Retailing at $14.95, Kidsilk Haze has cost me a pretty penny.
And in keeping with the Dickensonian trend... “Please, Sir, I want some more...” brings us to Becky's second favorite yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted.
Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted is a superwash worsted weight wool that is soft and doesn't have the squeaky feel some superwashes can have. With 220 yards in each hank, the price tag isn't bad. And finally, why I love this yarn...the funny and creative names. Who can resist Zombie BBQ? Robot Overlord? Turtle Rodeo? Mother Lode?