Factors in Choosing Yarn
I buy a LOT of yarn, and much of it isn’t purchased with a specific use in mind. Here are some of the factors I use in deciding what I buy.
QueerJoe’s Yarn Buying Factors
- Color – I try to stick with deep, saturated, smokey, broody colors. Even vibrant jewel tones can fit into this category if the colors are rich and deep enough.
- Tactile Pleasure – The yarn has to have a pleasurable feel. Soft, silky and drapey or ruddy, coarse and satisfying. I just need to know that I will enjoy knitting with it.
- Fiber Content – Mostly, I go toward lamb’s wool. It’s generally got more loft and has a structure to it. Silk and alpaca are more drapey and create a less structured garment or fabric. I tend to keep away from cotton or other plan fibers unless they’re blended with something else. Even acrylics can have a nice effect on plant-based fibers.
- Company – Unless I have some specific project in mind, I will always try to buy from independent yarn producers/dyers. I love yarns like Cascade or Dale of Norway, but I can find them readily any time I need them. I would much prefer to support smaller businesses trying to make their way in the world of yarn.
Recent Favorite Yarn Company
I opted to start out with his Opulent Fingering Weight for my latest scarf project. I’m always looking for stitch patterns that will blend two colorways of variegated yarn in an interesting way, and I like how my latest one came out with two yarns in MJ Yarns Opulent Fingering Weight.