Some of my readers are already familiar with my latest love affair—the new Izaac Mizrahi yarn collection. As if that talented man had not already given us enough fabulous fashion through his clothing, he decided to forge into fashioning yarn as well.
I am definitely not complaining about his decision to venture into the yarn world. In fact, I think it was a very smart business move. Why focus on just being a fashion mogul when you can take dominion over the yarn world ? After all, who wants to be surrounded by skinny, scantily clad models all day when they could be wrapped up in cozy yarn concoctions instead 😉
Anyway, in my last post I shared with you my discovery of this Izaac Mizrahi yarn. Since that post, the skeins I bought have been taunting me from the corner of my office saying, “come play with me”. I have finally managed to make a quick cowl scarf out of the Lexington Yarn, and let me tell you it is fabulous to work with! Here is my friend, and talented photographer, modeling the knit cowl that I made for her:
The variegated colors in this yarn are vibrant, vivacious and very satisfying to watch develop as they work up (and no, I am not getting paid to say this 😉
The yarn is super bulky with a wool, acrylic mix, making it wearable and not too scratchy. Actually, it is down right SOFT!!! My only complaint about this colorful yarn is that my skeins had a funny smell to them. Yes, they actually smelled a lot like manufacturing oil. It was very weird, but no matter how much I tried to air it out, the smell remained.
This off-putting smell is probably just the case with the batch I bought (maybe something went wrong in the factory?), but maybe give this yarn the sniff test before you buy.
Have you had the pleasure of working with this yarn? What color did you choose? I would love to see pictures!
It seems that knitting and crochet are trendy again—finally! Long gone are the stereotypes of Grandma knitting in her rocking chair (although personally, that is still quite a comforting image since that is how I plan to spend my retirement years).
Rather, it seems that the new world of knitters are funky, fun, young and dare to be different. Take Stephen West for example, or the many crochet artists who were drawn into the love of hook and yarn thanks to the revival of vintage crochet styles.
Knitting has been given a fashionable nudge with runway clothing designers such as Izaac Mizrahi hopping onto the knitting bandwagon with their very own lines of yarn. Although, some of us knitters may fondly remember watching Martha Stewart in her ‘coming home poncho’ as she waved to us from the television screen (and as we all wondered if her reputation would survive)—did these images reignite the knitting bug? Maybe. Either way, I am just happy to see that knitting and crocheting has become hip and trendy again. Which leads me to the whole point of this post—
What does every beginning knitter or crocheter need to have in order to begin a successful journey into the world of learning to knit and crochet?
1) A Patient Teacher
No matter what, if you want to delve into the craft of knitting or crochet, then you will need a skilled teacher who is PATIENT. One that you can call as quick as a dropped stitch and ask, “What on earth does PSSO mean???”
Yes, a skilled teacher is a must in order to learn this complicated craft. If you do not know of anyone off-hand, then pop into your local yarn store and ask if there is someone willing to teach you. You will soon discover that knitters and crocheters are some of THE FRIENDLIEST people on earth!
2) A Basic Set Of Needles or Hooks
Hooks and needles are the tools of the trade and trust me, it may be a bit of an initial expense, but it is best to invest in a basic set of knitting needles or crochet hooks. I suggest that you buy the most used needle or hook sizes. For knitting, you should buy sizes 6 through 10. Once you improve your skills, then you can buy some smaller and larger needles. For crochet, I suggest buying sizes E through K. Again, once you improve, you can purchase more varying sizes.
Also, don’t worry too much about buying the expensive wood needles and hooks—those can come later as your skills increase, for now just buy the basic plastic or steel ones.
3) Yarn, of Course
This is where the fun begins!!!! You will quickly fall in love with all the yarn offerings that are currently on the market. Oh, nothing gets me as excited as a colorful sock yarn (not even my husband)—I begin to drool at the thought of its variegations and patterns that will appear as I knit.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. At the beginning it is best to stick with simple and cheap versions of yarn such as worsted weight acrylics or acrylic blends. There will be many scarves that turn into triangles as you begin, so be patient and buy cheaper yarn until your skills improve.
4) Stitch Markers
You will quickly discover that stitch markers are a must when it comes to knitting or crocheting in the round ( in a seamless circle). But guess what! You actually don’t have to buy these—read one of my older posts to learn all about the free stitch markers that you have lying around your home 🙂
So there you have it! Load up on these simple supplies and enjoy the beginning of your yarn’y adventures. I guarantee that with time and patience, you will become an obsessed yarn-a-holic just like me 🙂
Until Next Time,
I fell in love yesterday. Not with a man (I already love a wonderful man), rather, with a new line of yarn by fashion designer Izaac Mizrahi.
The plethora of colors and thicknesses that this line offers are truly a yarn-lovers dream come true! I stood in the middle of the aisle of Michaels Craft Store with my mouth hanging open, drooling over the color choices, fingering the yarn weights like Gollum with the Ring—My Precious…….
The above photo is blurry due to the shaking of my hands—I was simply too amped-up on yarn to steady myself LOL.
Oh! The possibilities this yarn offers. I am dreaming of making colorful shawls, slouchy hats, cowls, chunky leg warmers….. the list never ends.
Have you had the pleasure of meeting this yarn yet? If so, what did you make with it?
Until next time,
Happy Crafting 🙂