Author Archives: Marilyn Smith

Some things you should know about Alpaca Yarn

Alpaca Yarn

Description Alpaca Yarn has a non-abrasiveness (softness) that effectively contends with mohair and cashmere and is appropriate for articles of clothing that will contact skin. A thick fiber, alpaca yarns give great stitch definition and work magnificently for textured examples. Alpaca yarn won’t mat or pill. It contains no lanolin and has a hollow core fiber, […]

What is Acrylic yarn

Acrylic Yarns

Description Acrylic yarn is a synthetic fiber, formed of polymers created from petroleum products by melting and extruding the materials into long, thin fibers. The properties of acrylic yarn vary depending on the treatment of the fibers.  Tightly twisting fibers results in a strong but rough textured yarn. A looser twist will result in a softer yarn. Characteristics Low […]

Knitting vs Crochet. What’s the difference?

Similar, yet different. What are the differences between knitting and crochet? Here we will provide you with a brief introduction to both and jump into their similarities and differences. What is knitting? Knitting, is a method or means, of creating a woven fabric, usually done by hand using two long needles, called knitting needles. It […]

Gradient vs Variegated yarn, What’s the difference?

Crochet Shawl made with Gradient Yarn

While solid color yarns are the staple of most crafters stash, variegated and gradient yarns add the ability to make ordinary crochet or knitting more dynamic. In this blog post we discuss what makes them different and what they can be used for. So, what is a variegated yarn? Variegated yarn(sometimes called multi-color) is yarn […]

Looking for an awesome crochet thread for your next project. We have it right here.

A thread for all seasons. As summer turns to fall, many crafters switch gears from warm weather projects to projects for the shorter, and hopefully, cooler days ahead. And while part of the reason for the switch is the cooler weather, the other reason is that fall is the start of craft fair season. That […]