Monday, December 30, 2013

Yarn Review Monday 11: Madelinetosh DK (Worsted)

What is YRM: I honestly believe there are good things and bad things about every type of yarn, no matter how much you save or how much you break the bank. 

This is for the lay-knitter, not professionals. This is for people like me who might not necessarily be fiber experts despite being a crocheter or knitter for a long time, but need an honest opinion about yarn before they dive into a project with it.

The yarn:
Madelinetosh DK (worsted)
225 yd/205.7 m
100% Merino wool
Mala colorway

The project: Stargazing shawlette (PDF link) (URL with link to PDF)
(photo true to color, subtle yet bright)

What I liked: Blocks out really nicely. Feels softer when you're wearing it than it does when you're knitting with it. I've never experienced that with yarn before now. Probably due to the higher quality of yarn, which is something I'm not used to working with. Very light, very warm.

What I didn't like: The cost! Also, until I blocked the shawl it was disappointingly small and while quite springy, I had some doubts about whether it would block to the correct size. (It did.)

Affordability: I paid $21 for one skein. This is way more than I care to spend but you definitely get what you pay for.


Only because, you know, $$$. If I could afford to spend that much on yarn all the time I'd definitely give it five stars.

Previous yarn reviews:
Bernat Boa ( Eyelash yarn; "unofficial" yarn review)
Berroco Vintage (TM) Chunky
Caron Simply Soft Solids and Simply Soft Light
Cascade 220 Sport Weight
Deborah Norville's Serenity Chunky Sprinkles
DGB Confetti
Fisherman's Wool by Lion Brand
Paton's Classic Wool
Plymouth Yarns Galway (TM) Worsted
Regia Angora
Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this or asked to review this yarn by any store or the company itself. Opinions are my own.