December 30, 2018 by Robin @ Imperial Crochet
A couple of weeks before Christmas, I decided to treat myself to a package of Secret Santa yarn from Lion Brand. I thought it might be a fun surprise and it was inexpensive enough for 9 skeins of yarn.
I suppose I should have known better because I’m really picky about my yarns but when I opened the package, I was quite underwhelmed, to say the least.
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The bag it came in was adorable but the colors and types of yarn I received were nothing like anything I would ever buy myself. If you’ve never ordered one of these, the package comes with 9 skeins of yarn, 3 skeins each of 3 different yarns.
I grabbed the 3 skeins of Homespun that mine came with and a pattern I’d used before with other bulky yarn thinking I’d make a gift for someone and quickly got annoyed with how hard it was to see my stitches.
Homespun is a variegated acrylic blend yarn with a chunky 5 weight. I tossed the wrapper it came in and don’t remember the color name but mine is a gray, pink, and purple mix. You can see the texture in my photo below. Not only is the yarn bulky but it has a string running through it holding the quite-fuzzy yarn strands together.
I almost gave up but then I decided to try a larger hook and a simpler stitch so I spoke not a word but went straight to my work. A single crochet stitch with my #10 Clover crochet hook made the yarn so much easier to work with, in fact, after a while, I could blindly feel where the stitches went and suddenly… (actually it was a few hours) what to my wondering eyes did appear…
I have to admit that I love the way this hat and scarf set turned out so much that I selfishly kept it for myself! It’s super soft, nice and warm and goes great with my all-black jacket. Its unique texture and color scheme give it a fun homemade rustic look that you can’t find in any of the chain stores.
There’s no pattern. I just winged it by making a rectangle-style hat and I didn’t count any rows or stitches or anything for the scarf either. When it was done, I added a cute faux fur pom pom to top it off!
I’m really happy that I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave this yarn another chance. And now… I can’t wait to see where the rest of my Secret Santa yarn stash will take me!
How about you? Have you ever been disappointed with a yarn you’ve purchased only to discover that you really do love it? Or maybe you didn’t end up loving a yarn so much after thinking you would? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. I love hearing from my readers!
“Happy New Year to all, and to all a good night!”