Yarn Tasting

Your Yarn Tastes

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.

4 thoughts on “Your Yarn Tastes

  • October 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm
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    You do get what you pay for but its trial and error. I used to stay away from store brands, but I received a Christmas gift from a non crafter of Hobby Lobby yarn that is indistinguishable from Simply Soft. Micheals store brand is as durable as R.H. Super saver with the softness comparable to Simply Soft. It’s my go to basic yarn for adult and baby afghans. I don’t like a lot of Hershners store brand yarn, but Mary Maxim puts out some great affordable “imitation” good stuff – I am making a scarf with “Lavish” right now. Hershners carries a higher quality of plastic canvas kits in my opinion, so I get both catalogs and wait for the free shipping coupons. This is all to say, get a ball or too of what catches your eye, before committing to it, and don’t be afraid to try a store brand or too, then decide if the cost is worth the fiber content.

    • October 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm
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      I meant to say “two” – pardon the typos – should have proof read!

  • September 18, 2015 at 8:35 am
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    You hit the nail right on the head, Mikey. I’m an acrylic crocheter (give me washable every time), but my Sis knits and makes her own yarn from the shearing to the finished yarn. It is beautiful yarn to be sure, but OMG! the work! And once it’s knitted/crocheted you have to hand wash it. The difference for us is, she makes fabulous knitted pieces to wear, I make afghans, purses, etc. My Sis worked hard all her life so that when she retired she could “buy the good yarn”. For me, it’s like going to a buffet. I’d rather have a little bit of a lot of things than a whole lot of one thing. Same with yarn. I’d rather have several balls of craft yarn than one or two of the fashion yarn. It’s personal preference and I’m glad we have the choices that we have.

  • September 17, 2015 at 5:28 pm
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    Thanks for writing this article 🙂 I am also a craft yarn sort of person, I love afghans and it makes sense for me to buy value level yarns. I like the way red heart yarns work up, and sometimes I will get “I love this yarn” from hobby lobby. I like the colors and that I can make a finished project for an affordable price. That said, I do occasionally splurge on an independent exquisite yarn. 1. because I want to support the people who make that kind of yarn and 2. it is nice to have some different yarn to play with once in a while. I like that there are different types of yarn available so that everyone can indulge their unique interests and make beautiful creations 🙂 Wouldn’t it be boring if we only had one level of yarn?

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