30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 14

What’s the worst yarn/fiber that you’ve worked with and why?

Oh, this is a really easy question! Although I crocheted this project, the yarn was not very nice to work with. It was scratchy, coarse, squeaky and just plain didn’t feel good in my hands. I’m shocked that I made it through an entire blanket with it and promptly gave away the remainder of the yarn when I finished. I don’t know what I was thinking. What is it, you say?

Red Heart Super Saver Multis / Ombres / Prints / Heathers in the colorway Fiesta Jewel. Here were my notes on the very first day I started this project:

“1/19 – The net weight for each skein is 6 oz. The yarn is very scratchy and does not feel good when working with it, although the colors are beautiful. I hope I can finish this project!”

Why did I keep working with it? At the time, I hadn’t started knitting. I didn’t know anything about the yummy, deliciously soft yarn that was out there waiting for me to come discover it. What I did know was yarn that could be purchased at Wal-Mart, Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s and Hobby Lobby. And I know that there are some really soft acrylic yarns made by Red Heart.

I’ve used Red Heart Soft in another crocheted blanket and it’s really soft. I know that Red Heart Super Savers has come a long way since I first purchased these skeins…it was a really long time ago, so I don’t want to diss on anyone that knits / crochets with it and likes it. It does serve its purpose.

The pattern I crocheted was the Corner-to-Corner Throw by Catherine J Watson. I tried softening the finished blanket using different techniques I’ve found online. It’s still not soft enough to use and sits in a bag waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Do I continue to wash it over and over, hoping it will soften up after multiple washes? Or do I just donate it to Goodwill and be done with it? What would you do?


Scratchy, but really pretty!

The 30 Day Knitting Challenge is the creation of Meggiewes who blogs at Knitting in Wonderland.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


4 thoughts on “30 Day Knitting Challenge – Day 14

  1. Oh, boy – I had a blanket made of similar yarn that a friend gave to me. Her grandmother crocheted it, and I did everything possible to soften it with no luck. I finally (after at least 10 years of carting it around with me) sent it back to my friend, who was thrilled to pieces to have it back – her grandmother had died and this was one of the few things she had that her grandmother had made. I would give the blanket away; someone will love it and be kept warm by it.

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  2. I never know what to do with projects like this … I have lots of stuff I’ve knit (mostly in the sweater and accessory category) that I just don’t use … either I chose the wrong yarn for the project, I made mistakes that are hard to live with, or for whatever reason they just don’t get worn, and I never know what to do with them! I have a hard time parting with things I’ve knit! But keeping them — the space they take up, moving them to and fro new places — seems silly!

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