favorites for 2011

In the spirit of New Year reveling, here is one of those favorite lists that show up this time of year.  A look back at 2011 and all the yarns we have known and loved through the year.  The straight scoop on what us folks at the Knit Cafe truly like to knit with.

Iwona’s List (in her words)
1) Madeline Tosh Light. The colours are stunning, I love that it is superwash. It’s a great yarn for knitting baby projects. I’m hoping to design some baby patterns with it in the future.

2) Blue Sky Alpaca Skinny Cotton. It is the best yarn I have found for making dishcloths. I know it’s a bit luxurious, but it makes a great and quick hostess gift if you’re heading to a party. One skein will make two decent size dishcloths. Bottle of wine costs more :). On a more personal note, doing dishes is much more pleasant since I started using this yarn for my dishcloths. My favorite combo is red and white.

3) Manos del Uruguay Classica, after so many years it is still one of my favorite sweater yarns. It holds its shape great and it comes in many beautiful solid colours and variegated colours. It’s also is amazing for felting.

4) Dream in colour classy has great yardage, and it is superwash! It looks amazing knitted up in our Sexy Shrug pattern.

5) Peter Rabbit Angora is hand dyed by the Fleece Artist. It is a great value, great Canadian yarn; super, super, super, warm.

Kate’s List
1) Casbah by Handmaiden! Take note, as 3 out of 5 knitters chose Casbah as their favorite yarn.  There is something to that.  Delectably soft, this sock yarn has cashmere in it.  It feels so sumptuous running through your fingers and the results you get from Casbah can not be beat.  Kate used Casbah in her sweet crocheted “Orange Crush Blanket” project.

2) Fleece Artist Cashmere.  You can’t do better then 100% cashmere except perhaps if it is hand dyed (which this yarn is).  One skein is enough to make a hat or a luxurious cowl.  Kate made baby mits- Amazing! Look to see a new batch of this good-stuff-yarn showing up on Knit Cafe shelves soon.

3) Manos del Uruguay Classica. 3 out of 5 knitters picked this yarn in their top 5!

4) Madeline Tosh Vintage. Kate made the most adorable baby sweater from this washable yarn.  Vintage is a worsted weight yarn, and the biggest gauge of the Madeline Tosh available.

5) Noro Kureyon is the 100% wool option in Noro’s catalogue of  magical yarn.  Ever changing in colour – using Noro is like reading a book you never want to put down.

Matthew’s List
1) Misti Alpaca Chunky.  Many folks would agree with Matthew that this yarn is the absolute best.  Customers regularly tell me how they want to take this yarn off the shelves and roll around in it.  It is that kind of soft!

2) Noro Silk Garden is silk and wool blended for a softer Noro.

3) Manos del Uruguay Classica. Here is is again!!

4) Spud and Chloe Outer.  We just got a great big order of this stuff and it looks so appealing on the shelf.  Matthew knit a fantastic pint size sweater for his son Hugo from this soft and chunky yarn.  A blend of cotton and wool this yarn has  a really different feel then a lot of the extra bulky yarns you can find.  It is worth seeking out.  Matthew found the pattern for the sweater in More Last Minute Knitted Gifts.  The sweater is called Cozy Comfy Pullover

Maurie’s List
1) Casbah by Handmaiden again!

2) Organic Cotton by Blue Sky  Alpaca.  Choose this yarn for it’s Vegan friendliness or it’s cotton ball softness.  One of our best loved projects – Your First Baby Blanket pattern is made from this yarn.

3) Madeline Tosh Pashmina.  Take the beautiful dying techniques of Madeline Tosh and add them to a yarn composed of Cashmere, Silk and Merino! Need I say more?

4) Sea Silk by Handmaiden is made from Seaweed! This gives it luminosity in spades.  Maurie has made lovely neck decorations with this yarn.

5) Pima Cotton Silk by Misti Alpaca.  We are sure to get more of this yarn for the spring.  This blend of silk and cotton is hand dyed. A gorgeous summery yarn!

Kristin’s List
1) Casbah by Handmaiden again and again and again!

2) Merino Light by Madeline Tosh.  I love this yarn.  I composed a pattern for it and enjoyed every moment of knitting it- all thanks to this amazing yarn. You can knit the Soho Scarf too. It is a free pattern.

3) Maxima by Manos del Uruguay is rad! Soft, one ply, hand dyed, merino yarn.  My favorite pair of mittens is made from this yarn.  The colours are truly spectacular.

4) Silk Garden Sock by Noro! This is the variety of Noro I used this past year and I adored it.  It is a fingering weight, self striping yarn that can be socks or so much more then socks.  Pictured above on the left is a bouquet of Noro: Kureyon, Silk Garden, and Silk Garden Sock in all their glory!

5) Cascade Ecological.  There is nothing showy about this yarn.  It is traditional, wooly, Peruvian Highland fare with a soft hand and fine heathered colours.  Some colours are straight from the sheep. It is a yarn just begging to become a fisherman’s sweater, or to take care of all your large scale projects.
437 metres for $20 = unbelievable value!

…and that’s the way we saw it. What are your favorite yarns of 2011?
Craftily Yours


2 responses to “favorites for 2011

  1. All wonderful yarns. I still like my workhorse Briggs and Little for mittens and things and it’s er, reasonably priced!

  2. Although pricey to use for a large project, my favourite yarn in 2011 was some hand-spun yarn in “Little Boy Blue” colourway spun by Jana. It was amazing to work with. I made some soft and beautiful mittens and a matching scarf. Available, where else? At the Knit Cafe. Thanks for the beautiful yarn.

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