Reviews

Manos Serena 3-Ply

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Manos Serena

April 2018

Manos Serena is a lightweight Baby Alpaca/Pima Cotton 3-Ply Yarn.

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Delicious Yarns Frosting Chunky

March 2017

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I received a sample of Delicious Yarns Frosting Chunky for review.

Delicious Yarns is the brain and belly child of Marcy Winter and Jacqueline Pinson. It started in the pots and pans of Stitch Café, a cozy little knit shop in Valley Village, California with a studio/kitchen that holds dyeing workshops and various other classes.

Delicious Yarns has a main fiber base that is a delectably fine Superwash Merino available in 5 weights.  They also offer a Cotton Bamboo (CB for short) in 2 different color stylings. They’re available in both Sport and Worsted.  And then there’s the new Gourmet line. The name speaks for itself – the most decadent fiber combos they can find.
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I was immediately taken with the labeling – its set up just like a food label, consistent with the shop’s theme.

Frosting Chunky is a delectable 100% Superwash Merino, super soft and squishy to the touch.  The colors are kettle dyed with beautiful variation.  Available in 25 colors ranging throughout the rainbow as well as brown, black and grey, there’s something for everyone.

Contents: 100% Superwash Merino
Weight: 100g       Yardage: 105 yards
Gauge: 12-14 stitches over 4” in stockinette
Needle Size: US 10 1/2-11
Care: Hand wash in cold water, dry flat

Knitting with this yarn is a super sweet treat!  I was a little concerned with the vibrancy of the color that it may come off on my hands, it did not.  I washed my swatch with mild wool wash in cold water and some dye came out, but it did not change the look of the swatch.  It is also noted on the label to take care and wash separately.  I did some rubbing/abrasion to the swatch with no signs of pilling.

Frosting Chunky would be great for next to the skin garments like cowls, mittens and hats, and absolutely luxurious as  adult and baby sweaters.  This yarn is so soft and has super squish factor.  It was a delight to work with, the chunky weight knits up super quick and would be great for gifting projects.

Yarn provided by Delicious Yarns in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.


Be Sweet Magic Ball

November 2017

I received a sample of Be Sweet Magic Ball in the Highland Heathers color for review.

Be Sweet was founded on the principle of being kind to others. Nadine Curtis created Be Sweet in 2003 while living in Cape Town, South Africa. In May of 2015, Laurie Cook purchased Be Sweet and relocated the company to Owosso, Michigan.

Be Sweet’s mission; to bring socially and environmentally friendly products to fashionable consumers that evoke an individual style and help support community development around the world.Be Sweet works with job creation programs to give artisans the confidence and the means to support themselves and their families in otherwise economically depressed regions. “I started Be Sweet to support innovative craft that can be made by those less fortunate. Our products embody the ideals of beauty, creativity, and resourcefulness.”

Magic Ball yarn is a divine arrangement of hand dyed boucle and brushed mohair yarns tied with knobby, ribbon, and metallic goodies.  Its available in 50 different lovely colors!

Contents: Mixed fibers including baby mohair, merino wool, ribbon, and more
Weight: 50g Yardage: 90-95 yards (87 m) varies depending on contents
Gauge: 14 stitches and 20 rows over 4” in stockinette
Needle Size: US 9 (5.5mm)
Hand wash, dry flat


I knit a cowl out of this yarn and it was truly a divine knit!  I love the finished item and it was so fun to knit with this funky yarn.  I used the Magic Cowl pattern on Ravelry by Yarn Garden – its free!

This was a quick knit and would be a great gift for a knitter or non-knitter … just make sure they adhere to the hand wash and dry flat instructions!

This yarn is a “Magic Ball” in that the sections are knotted together, I had no issues with joins and nothing came apart while knitting or washing/soaking.  The coils and ribbons that fell on the inside while knitting I popped through to the front and they remained there after washing.  I wound the skein by hand over a felted wool ball – I did not run it through my wool winder because of the extra bits, ribbons and coils.  It was very easy to wind and took no time at all!  Some extra attention is needed while knitting so that you are not inserting the needle tip into a boucle loop, but this yarn is so fun to knit you’ll want to take it slow and savor every inch anyway!

Yarn provided by Be Sweet in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.


Louet Gems Yarn

March 2017

I received a sample of Louet Gems Worsted yarn for review.

This yarn is worsted spun with a light twist to minimize pilling while maintaining high elasticity. Its then steams to give it a super soft feel to the touch. The main line for Gems comes in Worsted, Sport and Fingering in 29 colors.

Fingering (50 gr skeins) 185 yd/sk -Super Fine #1 (US 2/3), 6.5-7.5 sts/in
Sport (100 gr skeins) 225 yd/sk – Fine #2 (US 3-5), 5-6 sts/in
Light Worsted (100 gr skeins) 175 yd/sk – Light#3 (US 5-7), 4.5-5 sts/in

As 100% Merino Wool this yarn does indeed have a very soft hand.  It is machine washable and dryable.

This yarn was a joy to work with.  It is super soft and smooth.  It performed well for Brioche.  I completed the Rosenkranz hat.  It has excellent stitch definition and blocked out really well.

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Yarn provided by Louet in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.