Must Have Monday- Really Good Yarn!

This weeks Must Have Monday features another major essential for establishing knitty nirvana- Really good yarn.  As I said last week, I began my knitting journey with a skein of Red Heart Super Saver.  It was burgundy, scratchy, and I could swear I heard it squeaking when I knit it up too tightly.  Having no LYS’s in my area, nor friends who knit, I had no idea that there was yarn beyond my local Wal-Marts selection. 

I remember clearly my first step into a Local Yarn Store.  It was Anacapa Fine Yarns in Ventura, CA.  I had just moved home after 3 years in Virginia and was desperate to expand my yarn knowledge.  The first step was a glorious one- and my eyes were immediately at task taking in every bright color, my hands began exploring the many textures and fibers.  I was in love, and ended up showing said love by dropping $150 on yarn.  Yarn that had wool content!  Yarn that did not squeak at too tight of gauge!  Yarn that was soft.  I was in knitting heaven.

I make no secret of my love for Madelinetosh yarns.  The colors are deeply saturated and vibrant.  The yarn has been described as “buttery soft” and I would not disagree in the slightest.  It is smooth, exceptionally soft, and a dream to work with.  When knit up at proper gauge, it produces amazing results.  While it can be on the rather expensive side, it tends to be my go-to yarn for most projects.  My absolutely most favorite finished object knit with Madelinetosh would be my Horray Cardigan:

But while Madelinetosh is my all time favorite, it is my no means the only good yarn in my stash!  While knitting up a sample for a pattern for Left Coast Knits, I discovered Squoosh Fiberarts.  The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, and I used Squoosh Fiberarts Ultra Sock.  It was a fabulous experience!  The yarn is amazingly soft and the colors are saturated.  Saturated color is very important to me, if you can’t tell.  While this isn’t the color that I used for the sample, this is an example from to show you the beautifully deep colors:

Although Squoosh can also be on the pricey side, it is a good investment if you need a deeply saturated, extremely soft fingering weight yarn! 

Are you looking for an equally fantastic, yet easier on the wallet alternative?  I would enthusiastically recommend KnitPicks!  Knit Picks offers great yarns in many different fiber combinations at very good prices.  While you will have to buy a few balls to equal the yardage found in most other brands, Knit Picks yarn is in no way inferior.  The prices are fantastic, and once you hit $50 worth of products (which is VERY easy to do with their amazing product selection!), they offer free ground shipping!  One of my most favorite yarns from Knit Picks is without a doubt their Swish Worsted yarn.  A superwash Merino wool with a put up of 110 yards sold for $3.79, or $3.99 for heathered colors.  Buy 2 balls and you have 220 yards of SUPERWASH MERINO wool for less than $8!  That is a fantastic deal considering non-superwash, non-merino Cascade 220 sells for an average of $7 in most stores and online. 

So that is this week’s Must Have Monday!  I’d love to hear what are some of YOUR really good yarn suggestions, or your stash essentials!  Also, my 30th birthday is quickly approaching, so be on the lookout for some giveaways in the month of August!

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