Thursday, May 13, 2010

I think it's my fave. Of all the commercial yarns out there. Gorgeous, consistent, reasonably priced, and great yardage. Really, who needs anything more? Apparently, I don't, and even though my eye has wandered to other manufacturers at times, I always feel good about buying the Berroco.

I already have a little Ultra Alpaca addiction, documented in Alene's Wrap and Lucky , and now I'm afraid I might have a new problem.



When I needed a go-to heathery worsted for this guy, I bypassed the Cascade 220 shelves and gave the new Vintage Wool a shot. (I'd been dying for an excuse, really, ever since I saw it at my LYS.) And am I glad I did - It's soft, even a little squooshy. Knits up beautifully - no splitting, no knots. The colors were amazing, and it was a buck cheaper per skein, which - hey - adds up.

7 skeins and you could grab a six pack of summer beer on the way home, right?

This is a very dangerous and fun way to justify purchases and I do it all the time. Save $50 on jeans, and you deserve a shirt. Shoes on sale means a pair of socks. Buy the apples on sale and grab a pineapple for dessert... Try it, it's fun - and self serving, which we all deserve sometimes.


Anyways, I went for this deep purply-burgundy with flecks of navy in it. I spent $30 (5 skeins - not enough for the beer, but a batch of tulips did get bought at Trader Joes for $4.99) and I have a whole sweater's worth, with maybe about 100 yds extra.

So far, I keep thinking "Shiraz" while knitting, but we'll see what kind of name sticks when it's done. Could be something with berries or maybe sangria.
Summer's around the corner.






14 comments:

Holli said...

I just got two skeins of Vintage and used one up right away (on a project that came out way too small and ended up being worn by my niece's teddy bear).

Totally agree with you -- it's a great, superwash yarn.

amy said...

I'm loving that color! I love Berocco and Classic Elite...they are my go-to yarns. When I first saw your post I instantly thought of Shiraz. :o)

shanalines said...

i just got some of Vintage yarn and i've been eager to use it-- glad it's working out!

sangria is a good reddish color choice...

Carol said...

I love Berroco but the Vintage left me a touch unimpressed. I really wanted to like it but it's not for me. That color is really fab though.

theotherSarah said...

Tee hee - funny. That colour is exactly like my Calvados colour, and I totally thought Shiraz the whole time I was knitting - or Syrah as we call it here when we don't want to be mistaken for australians :)

Anonymous said...

I have used Vintage on several projects, but BEWARE!!!! It is NOT machine washable as the label says. I have been screaming this as loudly as I could. I knit Nuss in Vintage last year and washed it on gentle cycle and it looked as if I had washed a Kleenex with it. It completely fuzzed up. It did not shrink though. I wore the sweater all winter long as my indoor, work about the house sweater. It was very, very warm. All that, and I still love Vintage~just handwash! It is so much softer than Cascade.

Thea said...

Thanks for the warning anonymous - I usually dry clean all my knits anyways, regardless of the label - but I'll be SURE not to wash this one!

And my love affair with it can go on....

Kathleen said...

Goodness, you've been busy! Very pretty. I used Vintage for a sweater - like the yarn but ended up not really liking the sweater pattern on my body. Live and learn :)

Hilary said...

That totally looks like Shiraz! Perfect! That yarn is so pretty...I've got to check it out in person.

Oh, and I love your purchase-justification thinking. :)

Happy Friday!

The Litter Box House said...

Hey, did you see that the Fit to Flatter articles mention a couple of your patterns in their 3rd Installment? Congrats!

http://www.stashknitrepeat.com/2010/05/09/fit-to-flatter-installment-3-mindful-project-choice/

Selkie on Ravelry

Turtle said...

lol, oh my, are you sure we aren't siamese twins separated at birth? I mean, i thought i was the only one who thought this way! And not just the justifying, but also about berrocco! (and seriously, any and all alpaca!)

Andi said...

Berrocco is one of my favorites as well. Loving the color...bonus beer trade-off. :)

Anonymous said...

After reading your reply to my comment, I laughed out loud. I WAS rather dramatic wasn't I? ha! (my kids say I'm far too dramatic and are all the time telling me to pop my eyes back in my head) Anyway, I guess it just really, really pissed me off after all the time and money I spent,and the sweater basically looked like crap after I washed it.

BTW~you dry clean your knits??? I thought almost all yarns say don't dry clean. Just curious, I'm still trying to figure this whole knitting world out.

kym said...

I'm with you on the Berroco! Consistently good. I used Vintage Wool for a hat, and loved it. Haven't tried a sweater yet. I have too much Ultra Alpaca in my stash (my all-time favorite go-to yarn!).