Brand: Always Magic
Contents: 75% wool, 25% acrylic
Unfortunately this very nice yarn is no longer available. I found only a few pictures left on shops’ websites:
I found it very good in both knitting and crochet, works up quickly and has great colours.
Here are socks I knitted for my niece and nephew:
Pros: very nice structure and great colours, yarn doesn’t unravel and it doesn’t easily come apart by itself. Doesn’t scratch. Easy to undo, if needed.
Cons: Well, hard to buy it now. But if I found some, I’d definitely buy, especially the green-blue-brown mix.
Brand: Puro batik
Contents: 100% acrylic
…and what mixes they are! Just wow, really.
Back to the beginning. I’ve bought green (no longer listed) Puro Batik in Finland last year and it was just lying around for a year and something, waiting for mercy. Finally, I knitted a pair of socks for my son, as he wanted green ones. And it’s soooo nice. Normally, well, 75% of cases, acrylic has this structure that makes it “crinkle” when squished. Well, this one is perfectly silent. It didn’t squeak against my needles, either. It had a very natural feel when I worked.
The finished socks look like this:
He loves them :)
Now, you see how the gradient-stripes come when knit in small rounds.
Pros: softsoftsoft. Soft. And has great colours. and my fav thickness. And it’s all acrylic, so less chance of someone getting allergic reaction.
Cons: None, really. Apart from the fact that it is, more or less, completely unavailable anywhere outside Finland and Estonia.
Today after work I came by my favourite yarn shop and, as the seller already knows me, I again left with a bag of nice things. Two balls of YarnArt Magic Fine, a thick crochet hook to crochet “milled” tubes and a big ball of YA Crazy Color. This one on the top here, brown, gold and blue:
It’s… nice. And soft. Even though (or maybe because?) it’s 25% wool and rest acrylic. No fuzz, really cute colours – at least this colourset – and it’s lots for really little. About 4 euro paid for 100g and I’m starting to think that the afghan I’m considering is looking more and more probable.
Back to the yarn itself – works nicely as basis for granny squares, crochet hook 02. Even though it’s 260m per 100g, with this content of acrylic it’s much thicker than the same with more wool. It has thickness comparable to 7 Veljesta Polkka, which is 200/100. Tiny bit thinner, but close enough.
Has no visible faults, no uneven spin, only some tiny spots of black dye here and there in other colours, but I’d say it’s by design.
In general: Yarn I would suggest to a beginner – quick effect, no fuzz, easy to undo, vivid dyes and cheap enough. Gonne buy at least another ball, for the afghan.
(as an aside, the other yarns in the afghan are also on that photo – the green one to the left and the brown/cream one below)
One of the first set of candle holders I painted, both with a tealight and in sunlight.