Sunday, October 30, 2016

My First Caron Cakes in Cherry Chip. Yarn Review

I'm sure you've heard about Caron Cakes by now. And if you have not, let me tell you how wonderful they are. 

Disclosure: this is not a paid review, and I wasn't compensated for it in any way. I simply want to share my own experience. 

I bought my first ever Caron Cakes roll of yarn in Cherry Chip color a few days ago. Today, I bought my second roll in the same color so I could finish my project.

This yarn is made of 20% wool and 80% acrylic. There are 7.1 oz (200 g) in each roll. That's approximately 383 yards or 350 meters. 

One roll should be enough for a smaller project like a scarf, or maybe a couple of hats. But for a bigger project, such as a baby blanket, you will need at least two if you are using an open, lacy stitch. For something more dense, you'll need three rolls, perhaps even more depending on the size. 

Here is what I love about this yarn:

  • It's soft to touch and easy to work with.
  • The colors are bright and beautiful.
  • This yarn is self striping. It has a very abrupt color change, which most variegated yarns don't.

Here is what I don't love about this yarn:
  • The price! $7.99 for 7.1 oz is pricey. Let's say you want to make a dense stitch baby blanket. The cost of yarn would be at least $24 (plus tax). Ouch! 
  • Because this yarn has 20% wool, the finished items should be hand washed. Let's say you gift the pricey baby blanket mentioned above to a busy new (or not new) mom. I doubt she'll have time for all the hand washing. 


As I mentioned above, I already bought two rolls of Caron Cakes, and I do intend to buy more. This yarn is sold at Micheal's exclusively. But did you know that Michael's offers coupons all the time? You can always find one online, and they accept them on smart phones. Hint, hint.

I can think of many beautiful items that can be made from this yarn that won't require frequent washing. For example, a gorgeous, special occasion shawl or a bright winter poncho would only need to be cleaned/washed once a season.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Newborn Baby Crochet Sweater

It took me a while to make this newborn baby sweater. I used super fine (category 1, fingering) yarn and a small size hook, so the work was moving quite slowly. 

Also caring alone two yarns (blue and white) was an added challenge. It would've been easier to make it one color, but I don't think it will be this pretty. I really like how the blue and white stripes look. 

And this is my "baby" wearing his new sweater. It's a bit too big, but I'm so hopeful the "baby" will grow! *wink* 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Baby Alpaca Wool Autumn Scarf

I made a super warm and cozy scarf/shawl using a baby alpaca wool. But the weather here in Nor-Cal is still summer-like. Hopefully cold days will arrive soon. I'm all ready!

Finished Measurements: 60 inches wide (not including fringe) and 21 inches long (not including fringe).

The pattern is available in my Etsy shop.