I love to crochet! It’s such a soothing hobby, and I am always on the hunt for more yarn, and more crochet patterns. This is such an important part of my self care; I honestly couldn’t have made it through some years without my hook and yarn to calm me when my anxiety was at its worst. Crocheting is especially enjoyable in the autumn as the weather gets cooler, and the days get colder. It’s calming and comforting to sit with yarn in your lap and watch your hands create something warm and cuddly. Like a lap blanket, or scarf.
I have been crocheting for about seven years now, and at this point, I am advanced in crochet techinques. I have also used a lot of different kinds of yarn and different sized hooks. And today I thought it would be neat to share with you some yarn brands I think are amazing.
I am receiving no monies for this post, nor was I asked to include any of these brands. All opinions are my own.
Sugarbush yarn is Canadian, and I absolutely adore it. The worsted weight yarn Bold, is my absolute favourite. It comes in a huge assortment of colours and is made with super squishy merino wool. The stitch definition is incurable and I have yet to crochet anything with it that only looked okay. Everything I work up with this yarn is amazing. I have also worked with other lines within the brand, such as Bliss and Chill, and they were also heaven in my hands as I crocheted. If you are into crocheting or knitting, and have not heard of this brand yet, look into you. You won’t be disappointed.
Bamboo Pop by Universal Yarn
As much as I love merino wool, I also love working with yarns of different fibres and Bamboo Pop is a wonderful cotton/bamboo blend that is divine, and I mean divine. It’s got a touch of a shine to it, and there are so many colours to choose from! Two balls of this can make two scarves (usually) and I cannot get enough of this stuff. Again, the stitch definition is stunning and it adds just enough warmth for the fall and spring so that you don’t become overheated, especially if you are using the scarf as a fashion piece indoors as well. The price point is also excellent for such a generous yardage and quality product.
This brand has been around for at least thirty years, and it’s well known in the yarn world. About two years ago, this brand received a lot of attention because of some comments by the previous head of company that were considered racist (I honestly can’t remember all the details and I am saying “considered” because I cannot say for certain they were as I don’t know what the comments were) and many yarners said they would never to buy the yarn again. I honestly love the 220 Superwash wool if I’m being honest. It’s easy to work with, doesn’t have that itchy feel many wool yarns can have, and they have a great selection of colours. If you’re noticing a pattern, it’s because there is one. I love colour when it comes to yarn. I splash it everywhere! I have lots of this at home, earmarked for certain patterns that I simply haven’t gotten around to. Cascade Yarn also has many other lines to choose from.
Borgo De Pazzi
This Italian yarn always takes my breath away. There is a lot of variety of fibres, and I love this brand so much. I have worked with Giza, Amore Cotton, Pima, and they are each different in feel and how they work up, allowing you to use this brand for a ton of projects from shawls to market bags. You can do a google search for this brand, many online stores carry it, as well as local yarn shops. I am always impressed with both the look and feel of Borgo de Pazzi yarn and the quality is top notch as well. The website is in Italian, but I’ve included the link in case you want to see some pictures. If you are yarn lover like me, I know you do.
While Lion Brand doesn’t impress me as much as the other brands, it is a much lower price point but it’s also higher quality acrylic yarn.The other yarn companies above use natural fibres rather than manmade. I especially love the Heartland line from Lionbrand, and wish there was more colour choices. Their Demin Line is also quite nice to work with, and I am noticing the company is making efforts to put out a little something for everyone from bulky weight yarns to double knit weight, and there are some acrylic blends with natural fibres such as wool coming out as well. So I do like to support this brand when I can.
Well, now that I’ve oohed and awwwed over yarn both online and in my personal stash, I think I will go crochet! I hope I’ve inspired you to take up a hobby at the very least as part of your self care, and that the hobby might be crochet. If you are already a crafter of yarn, then hopefully you found a brand or two you’d like to try out (I swear you won’t regret knitting or crocheting with these brands–I’ve used them all) for your next project. Crochet is a big part of my self care, and while it’s not for everyone, it is something I like to share with others when I can.
Do you crochet? What hobbies do you have? Share in the comments below.