Monday, September 26, 2011

Killing that Yarn! Have a Heart, Red Heart that Is.

Killling your acrylic yarn isn't something bad or new.  You can Google it and find lots of information.


I decided to make something, see the pattern here .


(This pattern is available on the Red Heart yarn website and the designers are the Double Stitch Twins)  and thought I was using the correct yarn only to find out when I was all done, that I didn't use the corrrect yarn.  And if you've followed any of my blogs, you know how much I love Red Heart yarns.  I'm old school, I guess, because when I see or hear yarn in the materials list, I can only think of Super Saver or 4 ply worsted yarns we're all so familiar with.


Red Heart is not just Super Saver yarn anymore.  They have some amazing yarns that we really should give a try.  After all, they are at a very reasonable price for such great quality.


Anyway, the pattern really intrigued me.  I am a Zumba Fitness instructor and am always looking for unique fitness wear that I can make myself.  Since you can't wear sweater, vests or mittens to a fitness class, for obvious reasons, this pattern was right up my alley.


When I was all done,I couldn't figure out why it was this stiff sort of ugly "thing" and not at all like the picture.  Then I read the materials list closer.  I was supposed to use Red Heart Soft yarn.  There's quite a big difference between Red Heart Soft yarn and Red Heart Super Saver.  BUT, I remembered one time how I ruined a project when I tried to steam it and found out acrylic yarns don't take too well to steaming BUT I remembered how soft it became and it's great to know that it stays that way no matter how much you wash it.  Yeah!!


I love my memory sometimes!  Sometimes it's there for me when I need it.  I got out my ironing board and steam iron, a cotton dish cloth and a spray bottle of water.  Amazing!  It softened it nicely and now it's  wearable!  Pictures to come shortly.  So I didn't return all the Red Heart Super Saver yarn I bought to make a couple more of these luscious sexy tops to wear to Zumba Fitness classes and am now on my second project.


The one you'll find in the link above turned out a little large for me so I did design my own.  The original one was a large circular design and I made mine a rectangle because I didn't like a lot hanging under my arm to get in the way of the Latin arm movements.  You know what I mean?


Thanks for following my blog and I hope I've been helpful to many of you.

1 comment:

Sandie Knapp said...

Not sure if you are aware of this, but Red Heart is sponsoring the 2012 Winter Special Olympics, and my craft group will be making scarves, using the Red Heart Soft yarn to make them with. I read also that since Walmart is also sponsoring the same Olympics, they are keeping the yarn in stock to accomodate their customers wanting to participate in the scarf project.

You can read all about it here:
http://scarvesforspecialolympics.org/