Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sara's Favorite Things: Yarn Edition with Giveaway

Were you ever an Oprah fan? I used to watch a lot of Oprah with my mom when I was growing up. The best episodes of all were her Favorite Things episodes. Around holiday time, she would select a bunch of awesome stuff, tell the audience why it was awesome, and then give out free stuff. (Now she simply posts them online.)

Today I'd like to tell you a bit about my favorites when it comes to yarn. I love many, many yarns and there are many yarns that I haven't tried, but over time I have bonded with a few yarns in particular. I can't give out the yarn to each member of the audience... that would be hundreds to thousands of skeins of yarn, depending on how many people view this particular post! However, what I can do is have a small giveaway. It's been a while since I've hosted a giveaway! Here's the sitch: One lucky reader will be able to choose a yarn that is described below and I will send them a few skeins in colors of their choice. Ready to enter the giveaway? Meet me at the bottom of the post to find out how. In the meantime, here are my...

Cascade Cherub Aran
Cascade Cherub also comes in DK weight, but I like the Aran weight best. This yarn is one of the softest acrylic blends that I have come across, mixed with nylon for extra softness and durability. It has a light halo that gives it an inviting, cozy appeal. This yarn comes in tons of vibrant colors, both solid and variegated, making it easy to find the colors you want for your project. I have written several patterns with this yarn because I think it is excellent for babies. It is washable and durable while still being very soft. I imagine a garment made with the DK weight would be heavenly. That's something I would like to try in the future. This yarn is also very reasonably priced.

Berroco Comfort Worsted and Berroco Comfort Chunky
This is another really soft nylon-acrylic blend. While Cherub Aran is fuzzy and has a lot of halo, Berroco Comfort is sleek and has excellent stitch definition. The finished projects are both super classy and delightfully squishy at the same time. Being another great choice for babies and kids, I have written several baby patterns with this yarn. It comes in tons of great colors and is very affordable. My friend Suzanne recently knit a baby blanket in this yarn and totally loved it, so I have anecdotal evidence that it is great for knitters as well as crocheters.

Crystal Palace Mochi Plus and Crystal Palace Chunky Mochi
I love one ply yarns so very much. They provide projects with such sweetness and show off colorways. This one ply yarn comes in the best colorways ever. So pretty and exciting! This yarn is a merino and nylon blend, giving it superior softness and shine. Each ball is quite petite, less than 100 yards, but I promise you that it is so worth it. Every time I use it I just want to rub it all over my face. What? I'm not a weirdo...I don't know what you're talking about.

Mountain Colors Twizzle
This yarn is such a joy to work with. It is so very soft because it is a blend of wool and silk. The special twizzle color patterning makes for very interesting finished projects. I first got this yarn as a review item, and I was totally hooked (pun intended!) from the moment it came out of the package. This is yet another yarn that is very inviting and awesome to squish. I must have a thing for cozy, squishy yarns! The price point is a touch above other yarns, but with the silk content that isn't surprising.

So there you have them, four of my favorite yarns. There are many more yarns that I love, but these are the examples I felt like sharing with you today. Ready to enter the giveaway? Simply Instagram a picture of one of your favorite crochet things and add me as a tag. For example, you could post a pic of your favorite hook with the description "This is the best hook ever! @illuminatecrochet". Your favorite could be anything from a favorite crochet buddy to a favorite spot to crochet. The deadline is Monday, December 21st at 11:59pm Pacific Time and the winner will be announced the following Tuesday. See you on Instagram!

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