Red Heart Rocks!
The Designer and her MuseI finished the sweater I was knitting for my Mom. We had breakfast today with Mom and my step-Dad, Hal. They live in the Marina, so we met them at this really good coffee shop called Nichols. After breakfast, we went back to their place. I had Mom model the cardigan. It fits her beautifully. She loves it. She chose the yarn because she loved the color. You know how Red Heart yarn is kinda' crunchy and brittle-feeling? Well, since it's 100% virgin acrylic, I knew the cardi wouldn't shrink if I machine-washed it. So I did. It still wasn't soft enough. I added a capful of fabric softener to the next wash. That stiff, crunchy acrylic cardigan came out feeling like the softest alpaca! It was amazing. Now the sweater has a very nice drape to it too.
Today, yarn manufacturers are creating softer acrylic yarn, like Caron Simply Soft, Red Heart Soft, Bernat Satin Yarn, Paton's SWS, etc. The yarn in Red Heart Super Savers is still stiff. Fabric softener changes all that! You too can make an entire adult size cardigan, calling for approximately 900 yards (3 skeins of RH) for Under $10! Don't get me wrong....I still love my Noro, Koigu, Rowan, Misti-Alpaca and other fancy yarns, but for durability, wear and economy, I believe in the Goddess Red Heart!
Hal and RozOK, that's enough for yarn endorsement time. More about our Vacation in L.A. weekend tomorrow.
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