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Same Brand, Different Feel…

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as ‘Mikey’, I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I’m a ‘hooker’ at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

11 thoughts on “Same Brand, Different Feel…

  • June 15, 2014 at 1:38 pm
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    I have always known about the dyeing process and why some colors may be stiffer and more course than others but I also find that after washing it feels as soft as the rest. Doesn’t make the item a lesser quality. Washing kind of removes the chemical process that it went thru!

  • June 15, 2014 at 4:21 am
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    yes i agree … and i love your analogy to help explain. TY

  • June 14, 2014 at 4:15 pm
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    I have been a RH user for a very long time (even back when they all had dye lots)…I learned on it and will probably die using it…I have noticed the difference in textures of same colors, different colors, etc and knew that dye makes the difference…what throws me for a loop is when I purchase all yarn in the same basic color (like white, black or grey), I get them home and sometimes there is always one or two that are a different “shade” then the others…I know there are different shades of these and I check the labels to make sure they are all the same color, sometimes I don’t catch it until I use it…when I take it back to the store I find it to be “mislabeled” because I will look at the other “shades”…this is what irritates me the most….

  • June 14, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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    thank you for explaining – this question has been on my mind for a while ;o)

  • June 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm
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    When I am teaching my classes I do explain about the stiffness more in the variegated yarns and less quantity of yarn within the same line of certain name brands. The same thing can happen in the cotton brands. The cost of dyeing techniques is a great influence on pricing from the name brands to the “Home” Spun.

  • June 14, 2014 at 11:08 am
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    I never thought of the feeling of yarns that way. Thanks for the information Mikey! Very interesting.

  • June 14, 2014 at 11:02 am
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    Thanks for the research. I never realized that the dyes used affected the yarn texture.

  • June 14, 2014 at 8:53 am
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    I have some of the older red heart yarn and its a lot courser than the new .I generally try to use what i have to make the soles of bedroom shoes as it last a bit longer . love your videos have learn so much from you ,and so many patterns wow ,love it .

  • June 14, 2014 at 8:05 am
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    With my mom being blind, I know that the feel of the different colors is always different. My mom would crochet and knit in her free time. When starting a project she would always sit and feel the difference and could tell you after a few minutes of feeling the yarn what color she was using. she always said that the black feels a little harder in the feel, where white was a softer feel. She always said it was the dyes. After looking at some of her projects i know what she meant and she was never off on her colors if she was using red and white it was never mixed wrong.

  • June 14, 2014 at 8:01 am
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    I have to thank you for the instructional videos you have on YouTube. I have been crocheting for many years, avoiding certain patterns because of stitches I could never figure out on a written pattern. You have opened up my crocheting world two fold and just from following the videos, my projects are endless. Love and energy to you!

    • June 14, 2014 at 11:56 am
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      I agree, I never would have considered trying some new crochet techniques until I saw Mikey’s videos. It is hard to pick up something new if you can’t see how it is done!

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